Maryland to Eliminate the Death Penalty

Maryland is poised to become the 18th state to outlaw the death penalty after the state legislature voted by a strong margin to do so. The governor says he will sign the bill, which would commute the sentences of those on death row to life in prison without parole. … [Read more...]

Fun With the CPAC Exhibitors

CPAC is the biggest gathering of conservatives in the country every year and, unsurprisingly, it attracts all the usual suspects making bizarre claims -- not only from the stages in the various sessions but in the exhibition hall too. ThinkProgress reviews some of the ideas being pushed by those who have tables at the event. … [Read more...]

Pastor Picks Up Wife to Show Her Who’s Boss

In the ongoing battle for the title of the nation's second most repulsive preacher (Fred Phelps is pretty much unbeatable in first place), Steven Anderson may have taken the lead over Terry Jones with a recent sermon explaining how he keeps his wife in her proper place by picking her up and carrying her across the room every morning. Hemant has the transcript: … [Read more...]

Starnes Throws Fit About Sex Talk at University

Todd Starnes seems to bear a striking resemblance to the Church Lady from Saturday Night Live, as he is perpetually clutching his pearls in response to some outrage. The latest freakout is over an event at the University of Tennessee that will feature a lesbian bondage expert and a week of talk about sex. … [Read more...]

Pareidolia Strikes Again

On Wednesday, around the time that the new pope was announced in Rome, some of the folks in South Florida thought they saw a sign from God in the sky, a cloud that they interpreted as having the shape of an angel. Naturally, the Worldnutdaily is linking to the story. … [Read more...]

Bradlee Dean Lies About the ACLU

One thing you can be certain of when dealing with someone from the Christian right is that they have swallowed a whole bunch of lie about the ACLU, lies that are repeated like a mantra in wingnut circles. Bradlee Dean repeats all the usual lies in his latest Worldnutaily column. He starts with a list of things he says students already have the right to do, most of which are true: … [Read more...]

Cruz vs Feinstein: A Draw

I've seen a lot of people and websites commenting on the exchange between Sen. Ted Cruz and Sen. Dianne Feinstein about the 2nd Amendment and gun control last week during a committee hearing. Most of those people seem to think that Feinstein won the argument, but frankly I think it was a draw. Cruz' question was badly reasoned and Feinstein's answer was as well. … [Read more...]

Baptist Hypocrite Used Jesus to Sleep With Teen Girl

You may recall that Jack Schaap, pastor of the First Baptist Church in Hammond, Indiana, was arrested last year for having sex with a 17-year old girl in his congregation. Prosecutors released a bunch of letters last week that he wrote to the girl, using religion to get the girl to sleep with him: … [Read more...]

Farah: No One is Comparing Obama to Hitler. Except Him.

Worldnutdaily grand poobah Joseph Farah had a column on Friday entitled It Could Never Happen Here..., which of course argued that Obama is leading us to a Hitler-like dictatorship where they seize the guns and then start killing people (Christians, no doubt). But don't get the idea that he's comparing Obama to Hitler. … [Read more...]

Jefferson Influenced by Persian King

BBC News has an interesting article with information that, with all the study I've done of Thomas Jefferson, I had never come across before. One of the influences on him when it came to religious and political liberty was Cyrus, the Persian king who conquered Babylonia in the sixth century BC. … [Read more...]

Total Cost of the Iraq War Over $6 Trillion?

As we "celebrate" the 10th anniversary of the invasion of Iraq, a new report says that the total cost of the war is over $2 trillion when you add together not only the immediate expenses but the ongoing expenses of caring for the veterans who came back with massive physical and psychological injuries. And that's just the beginning: … [Read more...]

Vatican Official Blathers About Death of Family

Perhaps the most bizarre argument offered by the anti-gay bigots is the claim that allowing gay people to form legally protected families through marriage is a plot to destroy all families. Unsurprisingly, a high-ranking Vatican official repeated this nonsense recently: … [Read more...]