KY Clerk Vows to Die Before Issuing Same-sex Marriage Licenses


Rowan County, Kentucky Clerk Kim Davis has already been ordered to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Now Casey County Clerk Casey Davis (no relation) says he is refusing to issue them as well and he grandiosely declares that he is willing to die rather than bow down to that damn Constitution thing. Cue the ridiculous overblown melodrama in 3...2...1: … [Read more...]

Latest Grand Haven Cross Lawsuit Dismissed

Grand Haven Ruling

A state district court judge on Wednesday dismissed a lawsuit that sought to require the city of Grand Haven, less than an hour from where I live, to display a giant cross on public property. They had done so for decades, but the threat of a suit from some friends against that persuaded the city council to get rid of it. A bunch of local residents then filed suit saying this somehow violated their rights. … [Read more...]

Donald Trump: Super Christian


With all that ridiculous talk about Donald Trump being a "straight shooter" it's rather hilarious to listen to him try to pretend that he's all about Jesus. Having never shown even the slightest interest in Christianity at any point in his life, the thrice-married billionaire who trades in wives on younger models (literally) every 10-15 years is now trying to present himself as a Bible-loving Jesus freak. … [Read more...]

Bryan Fischer Award: Tom Cotton


The Bryan Fischer Award is given to those who display a breathtaking lack of self-awareness, accusing their opponents of their own worst sins and being completely oblivious to their own hypocrisy and contradictions. Today's winner is Sen. Tom Cotton, who announced his arrival in Washington, DC a few months ago by authoring that letter sent by 47 Republicans to the government of Iran to undermine our negotiations over their nuclear programs. Here's why: … [Read more...]

Those Poor, Emasculated Army Rangers

As I'm sure you've heard by now, two female soldiers have passed the Army Ranger training school, one of the most grueling and difficult training regimens in the military. Phyllis Schlafly is beside herself about this, of course, and she worries that the presence of women in the Rangers will "emasculate" those poor commandos. She's so concerned, in fact, that she doesn't think the world can survive it. Yes, she actually said that. … [Read more...]

Carson’s Latino-free Latino Outreach Event

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With Latino voters approaching 10% of the electorate, politicians are increasingly trying to appeal to them in their election campaigns. Given their xenophobic campaign against immigration, the Republicans have a particularly difficult time doing so, getting only 27% of the Latino vote in 2012. Ben Carton aims to improve that showing, throwing a Latino outreach event in South Carolina the other day. There was just one problem: No Latinos showed up. … [Read more...]

And Here’s Why Public Atheism Matters


A ridiculous controversy going on in Nashville, Tennessee illustrates exactly why it is important for atheists to be out and loud if it is possible for them to be so. There's a mayoral election going on and voters are receiving robocalls telling them that Megan Berry, a liberal candidate for the position, is an atheist. So naturally, she had to come out and make a huge public show of her Christianity to counter those "malicious" allegations. … [Read more...]

Fischer’s Weirdest Idea Yet?

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Bryan Fischer has said some really bizarre things over the years, but his latest argument seems particularly baffling to me. He claims that the entire reason the United States exists is to spread the gospel all over the world, which would come as quite a shock to the men who founded the country and failed to mention that. But further, he says that illegal immigration somehow harms our ability to do so. … [Read more...]

Bigot: Even Teaching Existence of Gay People is ‘Child Molestation’


Two of the more virulent anti-gay bigots in the country got together this week when David Noebel went on Republican National Committee member Tamara Scott's radio show in Iowa. They went on quite a tirade about the evils of The Gay, using the usual distortions to make listeners think that schools are now teaching kids in kindergarten about the joys of gay sex. … [Read more...]

Apparently Rainbows Stab Bigots In the Gut

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Ken Barun used to work in the White House as an aide to Nancy Reagan, but now he works for the Billy Graham Evangelical Association. He was on the Family Research Council's radio show Washington Watch this week to promote Franklin Graham's upcoming speaking tour and he told host Craig James how terribly the sight of the White House lit up in rainbow colors affected him emotionally. … [Read more...]

Surprise! Tax Cuts Don’t Raise Revenue

Keith Hall, an economist who was one of George W. Bush's chief economic advisers, has been named the new head of the Congressional Budget Office, a bipartisan agency that provides relatively objective information for Congress to help them evaluate the impact of legislation under consideration. And at his very first news conference in that position, he threw cold water on pretty much the only economic and tax plan the Republicans ever have. … [Read more...]

Graham Comes Out Swinging Hard at Trump


In a presidential campaign in which Donald Trump's bluster has sucked up all the oxygen in the room and left the other 1263 candidates scrambling to get any press attention at all, Lindsay Graham has apparently decided the best way to get press is to directly attack Trump. In an interview with CNN, he said that Trump is unprepared to be commander-in-chief (duh) and that he's an "idiot" when it comes to Middle East policy. … [Read more...]