Archives for March 2013

Portman Changes Position on Marriage Equality

Sen. Rob Portman of Ohio, who was one of the leading candidates to be Romney's vice presidential nominee last year, has reversed his position on same-sex marriage after his son came out of the closet. That personal connection convinced him of the need to treat people equally: … [Read more...]

A Nate Phelps Profile

There's a profile of Nate Phelps in the Telegraph, much of which is probably familiar to many of you. But there are a few things in there I didn't know. I knew that his father Fred had done some civil rights work in the 50s and 60s, and I assumed he'd just become a terrible person since then. Turns out he was a terrible person all along: … [Read more...]

Freeper Has Blueprint to Convert Atheists

A poster on Free Republic, maybe the craziest wingnut site on the net, has the perfect plan to talk to atheists, especially of the ex-Mormon variety (for some reason). Like Ray Comfort, he likes to invent conversations with straw atheists to make his point seem much stronger: … [Read more...]

FL. Lt. Gov. Resigns

Jennifer Carroll, the lt. governor of Florida, has stepped down from that position due to an ongoing investigation into a non-profit organization that she worked for and did commercials for. This is the same woman, you might recall, who was accused of being a lesbian and said that women who look like she does aren't lesbians. … [Read more...]

Newcombe’s Ignorant Blather About Evolution

Jerry Newcombe, spokesman for Truth in Action Ministries (formerly Coral Ridge Ministries, led by the late D. James Kennedy), has a column in the Worldnutdaily defending the idea that there was a literal Adam and Eve like the Bible says. He presents no evidence for this, of course, merely saying that he believes that because he believes in Jesus and Jesus quoted Genesis. Wow, what a compelling argument. But then he tries to argue against evolution and falls flat on his face. … [Read more...]

Shapiro: We Need to Demonize Obama More

Ben Shapiro, who has taken over from James O'Keefe as the latest Boy Wonder of the far right, went on the 700 Club and said that the real problem with Republicans is that they just don't spend enough time demonizing President Obama. Yes, I'm serious. … [Read more...]

Palin to ‘Write’ a Christmas Book

Sarah Palin has signed a deal to write -- or to put her name on something someone else wrote -- a book about Christmas. And from the description of the book and a statement issued by Palin through the publisher, I'm sure it will be every bit as vapid as one would expect. … [Read more...]

Klayman on the Radio

Back when the Terri Schiavo situation was going on, I was invited to debate Larry Klayman on a radio show about it. He and Alan Keyes had met with Gov. Jeb Bush to ask him to send in the state police to prevent the machines keeping her body alive from being turned off (Bush said no). It didn't go well for Klayman, who mostly babbled incoherently and had no idea what he was talking about (the host of the show concluded the segment by saying this was an appearance Klayman was going to want to … [Read more...]

NARTH No Longer Tax Exempt

Warren Throckmorton reports that the National Association for the Research and Therapy of Homosexuality (NARTH) has lost its tax exempt status with the IRS after failing to file a Form 990 for the last three years. This is the group most responsible for all that "ex-gay" nonsense. Could this be the beginning of the end for the organization? We can only hope. … [Read more...]

A New Low for Erick Erickson

Just in case you thought that Erick Erickson has been as big as asshole as he could be, he never misses an opportunity to be as much of a dickhead as a person could possibly be. Here's his reaction to the news that the new pope had a cozy relationship to the Argentinian dictatorships: … [Read more...]

Oh, Do I Get Email

I sometimes complain that PZ gets all the crazy email and I don't get nearly as much as I deserve. Boy, did I hit the jackpot with this one though. A guy named Matt Wykoff, a really hardcore traditionalist Catholic (see his website), sent me an email telling me that I've been found guilty by the church and I must shut down Freethought Blogs. … [Read more...]

Wingnuts Freak Out Over Brennan Not Using a Bible

A friend of mine posted a link to this Facebook page of a group called Unite the USA where people are freaking out about the fact that new CIA director John Brennan was sworn in on a copy of the Constitution rather than the Bible. Actually, no one bothered to mention what he did use, only that he didn't use a Bible. Let the pearl clutching begin. … [Read more...]