Archives for September 2011

The Mythical Hero of the Right

Guess who said this:Rather than talking about putting up a fence, why don’t we work out some recognition of our mutual problems? Make it possible for them to come here legally with a work permit. And then, while they’re working and earning here they can pay taxes here. And then when they want to go back, they can go back. Open the borders both ways.If you guessed Ronald Reagan, award yourself a cookie. He said in during a debate with George H.W. Bush during the 1980 election. And this was … [Read more...]

Sekulow: Constitution Will Be Amended to Add Sharia Law

Jay Sekulow of the American Center for Law and Justice went on the 700 Club to tell their credulous followers that radical Muslims are going to amend the U.S. Constitution to impose Sharia law on America. With a straight face.Sharia law is a real situation in the United States. You have leading Imams that are considered moderate saying Sharia law is compliant with the U.S. Constitution, and the reason the reason they say that is because they know the constitution can be amended through a … [Read more...]

Pope Wants Christians to Gang Up on Secularists

Pope Benedict thinks Christians should put aside their differences to fight the real enemy: Us.All faiths have to work together to stanch the tide of secularism sweeping the world, warned Pope Benedict XVI on Friday (Sept. 23) during the second day of a tour through his native Germany...“The most urgent thing for ecumenicalism is, namely, that we can’t allow the push of secularism to force us, almost without noticing, to lose sight of the major similarities that make us Christians, and wh … [Read more...]

Happy Blasphemy Rights Day

I almost forgot that today is International Blasphemy Rights Day, probably because, for the first time in a few years, I'm not speaking anywhere as part of the day's festivities. I was invited to speak at the University of Illinois but I had to turn it down because I had another engagement a few days later that I would need the time to prepare for. Alas, that later event got postponed and now I wish I'd accepted the invitation. I actually have video of the "stand up skeptic" presentation I did … [Read more...]

Douthat on Capital Punishment

Russ Douthat of the New York Times has a badly argued post about the death penalty in the aftermath of the Troy Davis execution. First, he says that Davis should have been given a new trial. Obviously true. But then he says this:I strongly agree with death penalty critics like Will Wilkinson that the general decline of capital punishment in the United States over the last three centuries is a sign of moral progress. (It’s a very good thing that we aren’t hanging people for property crimes any … [Read more...]

Palin’s Utter Lack of Irony

In a Fox News interview, Sarah Palin actually criticized the media for turning the Republican presidential race into a reality TV show. She also accuses the media of not vetting the candidates well enough. She's right, of course -- that's exactly what the major media does with campaigns and most journalists don't do their job in truly vetting what is important about candidates.But this being said by a woman who was put on a presidential ticket with almost no one, including McCain, knowing … [Read more...]

The Man Obama Has Become

I'll give you three guesses who said this about President Bush:We don't expect the President to give the American people every detail about a classified surveillance program. But we do expect him to place such a program within the rule of law, and to allow members of the other two coequal branches of government - Congress and the Judiciary - to have the ability to monitor and oversee such a program. Our Constitution and our right to privacy as Americans require as much. … [Read more...]

Joyner: Founding Fathers Were Dominionists

Attention, Chris Rodda. Wingnut preacher Rick Joyner says the founding fathers themselves were dominionists:To a large degree our nation, America, was built on or by those whole held to dominion theology. Most of the Founding Fathers were devoted Christians, this is really you would have to call them dominionists. Now it drove them to try to build and establish a government that was built on biblical principles because they really thought they were building the Kingdom of God here.Funny, … [Read more...]

Separation of Church and State is Not “Anti-God”

The White House has new website where you can set up petitions to tell the administration what you would like them to do or change and some of the items receiving the most signatures involve the separation of church and state. And the Christian Post is quite unhappy about that.A petition created on Sept. 22 by "Dimitar T," entitled "Edit the Pledge of Allegiance to remove the phrase 'Under God,'" has attracted more than 13,000 votes and is the fourth most popular petition on the White … [Read more...]

Roy Moore’s Religious Bigotry

Wingnut extraordinaire Judge Roy Moore may be even more crazy than I originally thought. From the ReligionLaw listserv comes this story from Prof. Paul Finkelman:When I was the main expert in the Ten Commandments monument case in Alabama (Glassroth v. Moore), Chief Justice Roy Moore said that the Ten Commandments monument could not offend any religion because all religions believe in the Ten Commandments. When asked about Hindus or Buddhists he said "they are not real religions so they are … [Read more...]

Having the Wrong Priorities

We may well have put an innocent man to death recently and what is the conservative website Newsbusters outraged about? Alec Baldwin said mean things to Michelle Malkin. Because that's what really matters. … [Read more...]

Santorum on States’ Rights

Here's a spokesman for Rick Santorum explaining his position on states' rights and marriage equality:“Senator Santorum is certainly an advocate for states’ rights, but he believes as Abraham Lincoln – that states do not have the right to legalize moral wrongs.Because same-sex marriage is just like slavery. … [Read more...]