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Mar 19 2014

Acton Loses State and Local Tax Exemption

Well this is an interesting development, though I don’t know that it’s really legitimate. The Acton Institute, a Christian right organization in Grand Rapids, has lost its state and local tax exemption as a non-profit, though it is still recognized at the federal level.

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Mar 19 2014

Fred Phelps on His Deathbed

My friend Nate Phelps alerted the world on his Facebook page that his father, Fred Phelps of the Westboro Baptist Church, is now under hospice care and his death appears imminent. Unfortunately, he is being denied the opportunity to go see his father one last time.

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Mar 18 2014

Quote of the Day

Andrew Sullivan shared this quote from James Madison on Sunday, which was Madison’s birthday. It seems particularly prescient in light of the last 15 years, indeed in light of the entire history of the country. “Of all the enemies to public liberty war is, perhaps, the most to be dreaded, because it comprises and develops …

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Mar 18 2014

Oh Yes, the Dignity of the Office

After President Obama’s appearance on Between Two Ferns (which was, frankly, overhyped; it just wasn’t that funny, though it had its moments), the press predictably wrung their hands in deep concern about the dignity of the office. Rachel Maddow points out a whole bunch of instances of other presidents going on comedy shows. We should …

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Mar 17 2014

Really, Ezra Klein?

I’ve been very excited to see how Ezra Klein’s new startup at Vox Media develops but I have to confess to being absolutely baffled by his decision to hire Brandon Ambrosino, who is little more than a gay Uncle Tom who has made a career out of being the “good” gay guy who will back …

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Mar 11 2014

Inclusiveness and Diversity: You’re Doing It Wrong

So on Friday I got an email about an event being hosted at Calvin College in Grand Rapids entitled Principled Pluralism: Navigating America’s Increasingly Diverse Religious Landscape. It’s sponsored by the Aspen Institute’s Inclusive America Project. The text of the invitation says:

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Mar 09 2014

Phelps Family Members Attending Synagogue

Remember Megan and Grace Phelps-Roper, the two granddaughters of the loathsome Fred Phelps who escaped that horrible family last year? The Huffington Post reports that they are now attending a local synagogue that has a much healthier view of the world.

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Mar 04 2014

Patton Oswalt on Bill Hicks

Last week was the 20th anniversary of the death of Bill Hicks, the greatest comic of his generation and, in my view, one of the four or five greatest of all time. Patton Oswalt, one of the best comics of the present generation, wrote about it. Coincidentally, the first part of it was something I …

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Mar 01 2014

The Drunken Founding Fathers

Stanton Peele reminds us that the founding fathers were known to drink. A lot. I mean a whole lot. Beer, wine, hard cider, whiskey. Whatever they could get their hands on, and in large amounts, a fact that was systematically covered up by temperance movement historians.

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Feb 28 2014

Lobbyist Loses Client After Trying to Ban Gays from NFL

Some PR folks like to say that there’s no such thing as bad publicity. Republican lobbyist Jack Burkman is finding out that his publicity stunt of trying to pass a bill to ban gay men from the NFL proves that maxim wrong. He’s already lost one client due to his bigoted grandstanding:

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Feb 26 2014

Look! A New Blog!

We haven’t added any new bloggers for a while, mostly because we were waiting to complete the redesign, but we’ve got one new one before that’s finished. Kaveh Mousavi is an atheist living in Iran, which gives him an interesting background and a whole lot to say (and the need to hide his real identity). …

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Feb 22 2014

Learn Philosophy From Dan Fincke

My friend Dan Fincke is starting another round of his online philosophy classes, which other friends like Shelley Segal and Alex Songe have raved about. I don’t have time to take the whole courses, but I’m gonna drop in now and then and see if I can learn something. You can get all the details …

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Feb 20 2014

The Impending Clown Shortage

When I was a kid, my family was a bunch of clowns. Literally, my dad and my brothers and I used to dress up as clowns and go to hospitals and take part in parades and such. Apparently we need to get back into it because the nation is apparently facing a major shortage of …

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Feb 16 2014

Perkins, Blackwell Lie About Domestic Terrorism

Tony Perkins and Ken Blackwell told a big ol’ honking lie on the Family Research Council’s radio show a few days ago, claiming that right wingers don’t commit domestic terrorism in this country, that it’s always done by left wing extremists. Seriously, they said that:

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Feb 15 2014

A New Trailer for God’s Not Dead

Here’s a second trailer for the God’s Not Dead movie. Seriously, I can’t wait to see this. It’s like a Christian version of the Karate Kid, with the professor as John Creese from the Cobra Kai and the freshman student as Daniel San. This is going to be hilariously idiotic. The unintentional comedy scale may …

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