Archives for July 2013

Rush and Wiles Play Wingnut Poker

Erik Rush and Rick Wiles, two of the nuttiest of the wingnuts, went on the radio together and played a game of wingnut poker, challenging each other to ascend ever greater heights of lunacy -- "I'll see your batshit crazy claim and raise you an even more outlandish one." … [Read more...]

Barton and Lapin: So Stupid Together

Glenn Beck let David Barton and Rabbi Daniel Lapin take over his show and rant incoherently about same-sex marriage. Barton told another lie about Jefferson writing a law enforcing the Biblical definition of marriage, while Lapin said that people staying single leads to tyranny. … [Read more...]

Steve King May Have Lost His Mind

Rep. Steve King is feeling the heat after making comments so racist that even his fellow Republicans are criticizing him. Saying that the vast majority of Mexican immigrants in this country are drug runners and that you can tell this just by looking at them, he took to the House floor to defend himself. And gave a bizarre, rambling speech comparing himself to Jesus and claiming that his free speech rights are being violated. … [Read more...]

Liberty Counsel Supports Death Penalty for Gays

Right Wing Watch catches Liberty Counsel, the Christian right legal group founded by Jerry Falwell and run by Mat Staver and Matt Barber, with their Facebook cover photo citing a Bible verse that demands that gay people be stoned to death. Here's the picture: … [Read more...]

Marine Policy Says Lack of Faith a Risk

You may remember a couple years ago when the Army was forced to change its policy after reporting on this network revealed the "spiritual fitness test" required of soldiers that denigrated non-religious personnel. Now the Marines have been caught doing something quite similar. Official policy in at least two documents identifies those without religious belief as risky and dangerous. … [Read more...]

PA Clerks ‘ Brazenly Flaunt the Law’

Officials in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania have begun issuing marriage licenses to gay couples even though such marriages are not legal in that state. In fact, they've already had their first gay wedding, though it will not be recognized unless a lawsuit against the state succeeds. … [Read more...]

Another Psychic Fail on Royal Baby

In case you needed another reminder that "psychics" are total bollocks, take a look at this press release sent out by Psychic Source, which bills itself as "the nation's oldest and most respected psychic service," on July 11. By a nearly 2-1 margin, their "psychics" predicted that the royal baby would be a girl. … [Read more...]

Is Atheism Increasing or Decreasing Globally?

Right wing news outlets like the Worldnetdaily and CNS News are trumpeting a new report by the Center for the Study of Global Christianity at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in Massachusetts, which claims that the number of atheists and agnostics is decreasing around the world. But let's just say there are some methodological problems with that report: … [Read more...]

No Kirk, We Don’t Hate God

Kirk Cameron is either astonishingly stupid or a liar. Those are really the only two conclusions one can reach after watching this video promoting his new movie, Unstoppable. In it he claims that there are two things that every atheist must "cling to on faith." They're both nonsense. … [Read more...]

House Votes for Continued Illegal Surveillance

Rep. Justin Amash, a Tea Party Republican from Michigan but one that actually does care about civil liberties, tried to add an amendment to this year's defense appropriations bill to prevent the NSA from using the Patriot Act to seize phone records of those who are not under investigation. The White House, a sizable number of Democrats and the majority of Republicans made sure that didn't happen. … [Read more...]

House Forbids Humanist Chaplains

A push has been on to get the military to allow the appointment of at least a handful of humanist chaplains to represent the needs of non-theistic members of the military. Naturally, the Republican party is totally against that idea and the House just voted for an amendment to forbid that from happening. … [Read more...]

Can Libertarian Populism Save the GOP?

As the party bosses, ideological leaders and pundits try to find something, anything to help the Republican party overcome its electoral difficulties, many of the smarter folks on the right have suggested something they are calling "libertarian populism." Russ Douthat spells out his vision: … [Read more...]