My Thoughts on Obama's "Evolution" Towards Favoring Marriage Equality

So while I was busy ending the semester, Obama gave a tepid, hedged, politically non-committal, mealymouthed endorsement to same-sex marriage. Over time, no doubt, his expressions of support for gay rights will increasingly feature less pauses, hesitations, stammers, ambiguities, and qualifications as the American public increasingly gives him permission (in the form of polls on [Read More...]

Davis Guggenheim, Sycophant

Look, I personally love Barack Obama and all, but there are numerous failures and dark sides to his presidency. Anyone who hasn’t been troubled by the ways he has continued and expanded Bush’s authoritarian policies of unchecked executive powers and limited civil liberteis, or by the ways he failed to fight for a single payer health care [Read More...]

Santorum: Obama Is A "Snob" For Wanting All To Go To College And Be "Made In His Image"

Santorum’s courageous crusade against college continues. The Republican presidential primary has turned into the longest, most amazing game of limbo in human history. The bar just keeps getting lower and lower and lower and the candidates keep worming their way under it in hitherto unfathomable ways. Your Thoughts? [Read more...]

George W. Bush's War On Religion

It turns out that Obama’s alleged “war on the Catholic Church” (and on religion itself) was begun by George W. Bush: In December 2000, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ruled that companies that provided prescription drugs to their employees but didn’t provide birth control were in violation of Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, which prevents [Read More...]

Happy Times

The Obama campaign commemorates 5 years since Obama announced for president. It’s political propaganda, of course, but boy is it some slick, professional, cutting edge advertising. And the consistency in tone with the ’08 campaign shows a remarkable feel for continuity of “branding”: So does this mean that the 2012 Obama campaign will be going, [Read More...]

Religious Privilege and Grievance-Based Catholic Identity Politics on Full Display

In a column last week, Melinda Henneberger criticized the Obama administration’s refusal to exempt the Catholic Church from requirements it provide for its employees health insurance which would cover birth control at organizations it runs which have secular functions. The column is an extraordinary exemplification of religious entitlement, identity politics, and anti-secular, anti-democratic demands for [Read More...]

"What Are The Limits of Church Authority In the Public Sphere?"

This is part 2 of a debate with Roman Catholic theology graduate student named Mary. In part 1, we introduced and began to debate the topic of whether or not universities, hospitals, and social agencies run by the Catholic Church should be exempted from laws requiring employers to provide their employees health insurance that covers [Read More...]

"Should Catholic Employers Be Exempted From Paying For Health Insurance Covering Contraception?"

If you were reading Camels With Hammers regularly before we made the move to Freethought Blogs, you would have frequently been treated to the long, insightful, and vigorously argued comments of my friend Mary. Mary is a Roman Catholic and is politically liberal in many (but not all) respects. We met when I was a [Read More...]

On What's Presidential, What's Creepy, and What's Mitt Romney

I honestly am confused when people say Mitt Romney looks the part of a president–”like he was sent straight from central casting”, as the cliche goes. I never think of presidents as coming off as equal parts sleazy slick soulless greedy corporate raider, creepy door-knocking glazed-eyed proselytizer, and robotically pandering inauthentic politician. I have this [Read More...]


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