Archives for February 2013

Nixon’s Bribe to Bork

A new memoir from Robert Bork is being published posthumously and it includes a story that certainly rings true, though it's a good thing it never came true. Bork says that Richard Nixon offered him a spot on the Supreme Court if he fired special prosecutor Archibald Cox (which he did). … [Read more...]

Land Gives Perkins His Namesake Award

Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council proudly received the 2012 Richard Land Distinguished Service Award from Land himself this past weekend. The award is given by the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention. … [Read more...]

School Shootings are Nothing New

This is about a month and a half old now but I missed it completely when it came out. Jack Schneider, an education professor from Holy Cross, wrote in the Christian Science Monitor about the long history of school shootings in the United States: … [Read more...]

Hey Look! Another Barton Lie!

There's an old line about people who lie habitually to the effect that they would rather cross the street to tell a lie than stand still and tell the truth. This applies quite well to David Barton, who I doubt could write a grocery list without somehow distorting things. Right Wing Watch quotes from a recent talk he gave at a church, talking about the Supreme Court's ruling in Abington Township v Schempp: … [Read more...]

Robertson: Pray Away Demons From Secondhand Clothes

Pat Robertson, responding to a question from a viewer, said recently that it's a good idea to pray over any items you buy secondhand, like clothes, because demons may have attached themselves to them and it's important to "rebuke any spirits that happened to have attached themselves to those clothes.” … [Read more...]

Dawkins Lawsuit Settled in Michigan

I'm sure many of you have heard about the lawsuit that was filed by CFI - Michigan (full disclosure: I'm on the advisory board) and the national CFI office against a country club that breached a contract they had signed to hold a dinner with Richard Dawkins at their facility. CFI put out an official statement about it on Tuesday: … [Read more...]

Michigan Republicans Overwhelmingly Support Vote-Rigging Scheme

The Republican and Democratic parties in Michigan held their state conventions this past weekend. The Democrats wisely got rid of their chairman, Mark Brewer (covering him for most of the last few years was highly annoying; he was the king of the outrageous and badly reasoned press release). And the Republicans showed overwhelming support for a proposed scheme to hand out the state's electoral votes by electoral district rather than by popular vote. … [Read more...]

Texas Bill Would Punish LGBT-Friendly Schools

Two wingnut Republicans in the Texas legislature have filed a bill, HB 1568, to punish any public school in the state that dares to offer equal benefits to gay employees and their partners. The punishment would be a loss of 7.5% of their state funding. Here's the text of the bill: … [Read more...]

How the Government Impedes Scientific Research on Marijuana

This past weekend was the National Medical Cannabis Unity Conference in Washington, DC, and a theoretical physicist from Cal Tech gave a talk in which he laid out the many ways that the federal government impedes scientific research into the potential medical benefits of marijuana and then uses that lack of research to justify continued obstruction. … [Read more...]

How to Turn an Atheist Into a Christian

Steve Cable of Probe Ministries has a long essay about how to convert different types of "leavers" -- those who were Christian and left for various reasons. It's all based on a book called Generation Ex-Christian: Why Young Adults Are Leaving the Faith...And How to Bring Them Back by Drew Dyck. And he groups post-modernist and modernist thinkers together, with a strategy for how to convert them back to Christianity: … [Read more...]

‘We Can’t Expect God to Protect Us in a Crisis’

The Worldnutdaily is still working overtime to raise money to keep Joseph Farah's Ten Commandments billboard campaign going. He says the intent is to "prick the conscience" of the country, starting with Las Vegas (yeah, good luck with that). And in their latest faux article on the subject, they offer this quote: … [Read more...]

Is the Persecution of Early Christians a Myth?

That's the thesis of a new book by Candida Moss, a professor of New Testament and Early Christianity at Notre Dame, called The Myth of Persecution: How Early Christians Invented a Story of Martyrdom. Moss argues that the claims of widespread persecution and martyrdom of Christians by the Roman empire in the first couple centuries after Jesus' death are vastly exaggerated and often simply made up. … [Read more...]