The ‘I’m Not a Bigot, I’m a Christian’ Argument

Mike Huckabee continues his tour of the right wing fever swamps to promote his new book and inevitable campaign for the Republican nomination for president and the arguments and claims are just getting more and more absurd. On Jim Bakker’s show, he tried the “I’m not a bigot, I’m a Christian” argument.
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What Does Faith Mean? Gibberish, Apparently

Andrew Sullivan offers this as his quote of the day, but it really should have fallen under his “poseur alert” category, which lampoons terrible writing that serves to obscure rather than offer anything meaningful. If Jesus fed thousands with a few loaves and fishes, imagine how many he could serve with this gigantic word salad:
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About That Bakery Sting in Colorado

Much is being made of an ostensibly clever sting operation by a Christian right operative in Colorado, wherein he went to a bakery and demanded that they make him a cake with a bigoted anti-gay message on it. When the bakery refused, he filed a civil rights complaint in an attempt to turn the tables on the anti-discrimination laws. Eugene Volokh, one of the foremost First Amendment scholars in the country, says he’s wasting his time:
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Worldnetdaily Still Beating the Birther Drum

In yet another example of the eternal sunshine of the wingnut mind, the Worldnetdaily is celebrating the “fact” that their birther bullshit has now “appeared before the U.S. Supreme Court again.” Well no, actually, it hasn’t. Attorneys have asked the court to hear their appeal of the roughly 89,437th birther lawsuit. The fact that the previous 89,436 suits were dismissed does nothing to dampen their enthusiasm. Or prevent them from engaging in this kind of dishonest “journalism.”
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The Endless Irony of Bill O’Reilly

Bill O’Reilly is quite upset that people are criticizing the movie American Sniper because it’s “pro-military.” He doesn’t bother to engage any of the actual substantive criticisms of the movie, of course, he just calls those criticizing it “far-left kooks,” using his familiar argumentum ad labelum strategy. Hilariously, he used this graphic:
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