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Apr 15 2014

American Decency Association: OMG! North Korea!

The sound and fury emanating from the Christian right over the Supreme Court’s decision not to hear an appeal of a New Mexico case where a photography business refused to shoot a lesbian wedding is music to my ears. The American Decency Association says we’re now like North Korea!
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Apr 15 2014

Judson Phillips Has a Thinking Problem

Some people have drinking problems; Judson Phillips of Tea Party Nation seems to have a thinking problem. In his latest missive, he stirs up a frothy mix of bad math, false assumptions and lies to claim that more than a million Democrats voted twice in the 2012 election, ensuring Obama the win.
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Apr 15 2014

Meet the Wingnut Candidate: Bob Marshall

There are a lot of far right candidates out there saying astonishingly stupid and appalling things, but Bob Marshall, a state legislator in Virginia now running for Congress, may have them all beat. Even the Moonie Times is reporting on his history of bizarre and extremist statements.
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Apr 15 2014

Far Too Many Science Teachers Don’t Understand Evolution

A new survey of science teachers in Oklahoma confirms what we have long known from many other such surveys, which is that far too many science teachers in our public schools don’t understand the concepts they’re teaching, especially the theory of evolution.
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Apr 15 2014

The IRS May Be a Bit Out of Control

No one likes the IRS, but this appalling and infuriating story is likely to make you like that agency even less. They’re now withholding tax refund checks from people whose long-dead parents had federal debts from decades ago, and we’re talking hundreds of millions of dollars.
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Apr 15 2014

Witch Hunter Goes to the UK

Helen Okpabio, the Pentecostal preacher from Nigeria who is one of the people most responsible for violence toward suspected “witches” — almost always women and young children — in North Africa, recently took a trip to London to “deliver” people from “spiritual bondage.”
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Apr 15 2014

OMG! Obama Press Secretary Likes Kitschy Art!

Leave it to Jeff Allen, the editor of Matt Barber’s right wing echo chamber BarbWire, to freak out about a couple pieces of kitschy art and draw completely unconnected conclusions from it. After finding out that White House Press Secretary Jay Carney and his wife have a couple of Soviet-era posters, he clutches his pearls.
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Apr 15 2014

Indiana Court: Police Testimony Trumps Video

In an age where it has become absolutely routine to have video evidence that shows police officers to be lying in their reports and testimony, the Indiana Supreme Court is coming down firmly on the side of “who are you gonna believe, the cop or your lying eyes?”
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Apr 15 2014

Jindal: Only Senators Get to Cheat

Bobby Jindal apparently thinks that cheating on one’s wife and staying in office is a privilege extended only to senators, not representatives. In the wake of Rep. Vance McAllister getting caught making out with one of his staffers, Jindal thinks he should resign:
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Apr 15 2014

My Abiding Love for ‘God’s Not Dead’ (Spoilers)

I finally got to see God’s Not Dead on Saturday night along with Jeremy Beahan, Justin Schieber and Dave Fletcher (3/4 of the Reasonable Doubts guys). I had very high expectations for the movie to shatter the unintentional comedy scale and I was certainly not disappointed. I had a blast, though admittedly it was partly because of the company I was in. There are spoilers below, so stop reading if you don’t want to see them.
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Apr 15 2014

The Futility of (Some) Arguments

I regularly take part in Google Hangouts, usually late at night, with an assortment of people from all over the world. Atheists, Christians, deists (well, one deist), you name it. But this weekend I realized after spending two days arguing with the same person that there are some people you just shouldn’t bother debating on a subject, or any subject.
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Apr 15 2014

The Torture Debate in the GOP

Andrew Sullivan makes a really interesting point about Rand Paul running for president, which is that if he does make a run — and he’s obviously going to — it will force the issue of torture out into the open. His opponents will undoubtedly raise the issue to attack him.
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Apr 14 2014

Please Help Me Fight a Lawsuit

So it looks like I’m going to be sued by a white supremacist who doesn’t like it that I’ve called him a white supremacist several times over the last few years. I’m not going to go into a lot of detail right now because I need to hire an attorney (one in Texas, unfortunately) and get some advice on how exactly what I can and can’t say publicly, but in order to do that I need to raise some funds. Here’s what I do know: I’m not going to back down from this. I’m not going to let this racist jerk intimidate me into silence. But I need your help on this one, if you can give it.
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Apr 14 2014

L. Ron Hubbard’s Great Grandson Speaks Out

Jamie DeWolf is the great-grandson of L. Ron Hubbard. This is an amazing bit of spoken word about his family history, including how his grandfather was stalked and abused by Hubbard because he left the church and how he had to change his name to escape the destructive legacy. This is incredibly powerful.
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Apr 14 2014

Senate Report: CIA Lied to DOJ

More leaks are coming out from the Senate Intelligence Committee’s still-hidden report on the Bush-era torture regime and — surprise, surprise — it concludes that the CIA repeatedly misled the DOJ and their own inspector general about what they were actually doing.
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