Archives for February 2013

First Lady Oscar Appearance Prompts Right Wing Outrage

Sunday night I was flipping channels and I happened upon the Academy Awards show just as they were giving away the Oscar for best picture. As you probably know, they did a surprise live shot from the White House and Michelle Obama, along with Jack Nicholson, gave out the award. The first thing I thought was "I can't wait to see how the wingnuts turn this into something evil and horrible." It took about half an hour for to jump all over it. … [Read more...]

Barber’s Hate Letter to LGBT Teens

Many of us recently offered our thoughts on what we would say about sex and sexuality to a teenager and one of the common themes was to make sure that if that teen were gay, that was okay and normal and should never be a source of shame. Matt Barber of Liberty Counsel does the exact opposite in his open letter to gay teens. Most of it is just lame preaching like this: … [Read more...]

A Million Bigot March

On March 27, the Supreme Court will begin hearing oral argument on the two marriage equality cases. The Family Research Council is asking its followers to show up for a million bigot march on the National Mall, presumably to influence the court in some way. … [Read more...]

Alan Keyes’ Theocratic Vision

Alan Keyes has always had a bizarre conception of the concept of natural rights, an idea espoused strongly but enforced incompletely and hypocritically by the founding fathers. He seizes on Jefferson's reference to "Nature's God" to claim that rights are limited by whatever the Biblical God allegedly says. He repeats this in his latest Worldnutdaily column: … [Read more...]

Cruz and the New McCarthyism

Newly elected Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas -- where else? -- is already developing quite a reputation as one of the most reactionary men ever to serve in that body, garnering comparisons to Sen. Joe McCarthy. And for good reason, as Jane Mayer notes at the New Yorker. Cruz claims that there were a dozen communists who wanted to overthrow the government at Harvard Law School when he was there in the 90s. … [Read more...]

Shooting the Moon on Prop 8

Lyle Denniston has an analysis of the briefs filed in the Prop 8 case before the Supreme Court, particularly the brief filed by Ted Olson and David Boies, the unlikely legal tandem challenging the law. He notes that their brief takes a very aggressive pro-equality stance: … [Read more...]

The Worldnutdaily Fear and Paranoia Machine

In 1964, Richard Hofstadter wrote the famous essay The Paranoid Style in American Politics, noting that the right is always marketing paranoia, preying on our fears to make us clamor for more authoritarian policies. A quick look at the Worldnutdaily front page shows that, 60 years later, they're still doing the same thing. … [Read more...]

Lively: Censor and Discriminate Against Gays

The maniacally deranged Scott Lively is just thrilled about legislation being considered in Russia that would forbid the advocacy of gay rights. And he says he has the solution to the whole problem, which is to actively discriminate against gay people as the Bible demands. … [Read more...]

Private vs Public in Indiana

My friend Sheila Kennedy, a longtime Dispatches reader and a law professor who has done some important work on church/state matters, has a blog post about the guy who submitted the bill to require transvaginal ultrasounds in her home state of Indiana: … [Read more...]

Bangladeshi Rioters Demand Fascism

Thousands of rioters took to the streets of the capitol of Bangladesh on Friday, demanding death for atheist bloggers who dare to write things that they find insulting toward Islam. The resulting clash with police resulted in a great deal of violence and mayhem. … [Read more...]

Obama Administration Files Brief in DOMA Case

The DOJ has filed a brief in United States v Windsor, the case challenging the constitutionality of section three of the Defense of Marriage Act. The brief argues that section three of DOMA, which prohibits the federal government from recognizing same-sex marriages performed in states where they are legal, violates the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment: … [Read more...]

Creech’s Staggeringly Stupid Take on Church and State

You know, people of all political and religious persuasions hold dumb opinions and say dumb things. But if you come across something so egregiously moronic that it causes your jaw to slump into your lap at the fact that the person writing it manages to tie their shoes in the morning, there's a good chance it was written by a Christian right winger. Exhibit A: Rev. Mark Creech and this mind-blowingly idiotic column about separation of church and state. … [Read more...]