Robertson: Courts Causing ‘Homosexual Behavior’

Pat Robertson made the bizarre claim that by not stopping same-sex marriage, “this onslaught of homosexual behavior that is being forced on us by the Supreme Court of the United States is having deadly consequences.” Does he think that people are suddenly turning gay because they can now get married? Or that if they can’t get married, they’ll just magically stop being gay?
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Will Obama Claim Torture Convention Doesn’t Apply Sometimes?

The New York Times has a very interesting report about an upcoming hearing before the UN Committee Against Torture, which oversees how nations comply with the UN Convention Against Torture, in Geneva. The White House is sending a delegation to the hearing, but it is unclear what position they will take on the question of whether that treaty applies to the CIA or the military when operating on military bases outside of the United States.
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Republican House Candidate: Gay People are Like Gremlins

Anthony Culler is the Republican candidate challenging Rep. James Clyburn in South Carolina. And while most of his fellow wingnuts compare gay people to Nazis and say they’re demon-possessed, he’s got a whole new analogy: They’re like gremlins, cute but if you get them wet, they’ll try to kill you.
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Arizona AG’s Reason for Not Appealing Marriage Ruling

A federal judge recently invalidated Arizona’s ban on same-sex marriage, like nearly every court that has considered such a law in the last year and a half, and state Attorney General Tom Horne decided not to appeal it, since the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has already upheld similar rulings in other states. But his statement on the matter contains one other unusual justification:
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Republican Legislators Aren’t Scientists. Except on Ebola.

Lee Papa, the Rude Pundit, points out something very interesting. We’re used to hear Republican politicians refuse to do anything about climate change because “I’m not a scientist.” But when it comes to Ebola, suddenly they’re all epidemiologists. Except they keep getting everything wrong on the subject.
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Another Common ‘Christian Nation’ Trick

There are many dishonest arguments made by the “Christian nation” crowd and here’s another one. When talking about the meaning and scope of the First Amendment to the Constitution, they will often talk instead about the early colonies. In an article about a Bible class in North Carolina, Christian News does exactly that:
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Peroutka: Non-Discrimination Laws a Plot Against God

Michael Peroutka, the former Constitution Party presidential candidate and a Christian theocrat, went on Steve Deace’s radio show to rant about the already-withdrawn subpoenas in Houston and claim that non-discrimination laws are a plot to eliminate religion and replace it with idolatry of the government.
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Panetta: Obama Furious Over Senate Torture Investigation

I somehow missed this in the McClatchy report about the Senate torture report and the fact that it didn’t look at all at the culpability of Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld and other administration officials. Leon Panetta’s new memoir says that Obama was furious that the CIA had cooperated at all with the investigation.
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