Archives for November 2013

Fischer: God Will Punish Us for Iran Agreement

Adding to the seemingly endless list of things that God is allegedly going to punish us for, Bryan Fischer says that God will curse America for reaching an initial agreement with Iran over nuclear power. Because Israel doesn't like it. Good news, gay people -- you're off the hook, the next earthquake or hurricane will be John Kerry's fault, apparently. … [Read more...]

A Thanksgiving Message from Shelley Segal

The delightful Shelley Segal, who is tremendously talented and one of the nicest people you could ever meet, delivers a Thanksgiving message about gratitude toward, of all things, stromatolites. But she's right, we likely wouldn't be here without them. … [Read more...]

My Interfaith Thanksgiving Service Talk

On Monday night I participated in an interfaith Thanksgiving service in Grand Rapids at Temple Emanuel, a Reformed Judaism synagogue. I was representing CFI - Michigan, on whose advisory board I sit. It was the 14th annual event of its kind and CFI has been involved for the last few years at the insistence of the religious leaders involved, who have gone out of their way to include us. I was very pleased to take part in it. … [Read more...]

The Ultimate Filibuster Hypocrisy

There's plenty of hypocrisy on both sides of the political divide over judicial filibusters, but none so shameless and blatant as the Judicial Confirmation Network, now known as the Judicial Crisis Network. As the original name suggests, JCN was created specifically to get judges confirmed -- but that was when Bush was the president. Once Obama was nominated, they changed their name and their focus. … [Read more...]

Staver Doesn’t Understand Colonialism

Mat Staver, the dumbest lawyer in America not named Larry Klayman or Orly Taitz, recently went to Peru to receive an award and speak to government officials about...whatever it is they wanted to speak to him about. He seems not to understand what colonialism means. … [Read more...]

Bishop Paprocki’s ‘Exorcism’ Ritual

As reported last week, Catholic Bishop Thomas Paprocki of Illinois held a special exorcism ceremony at the same time that Gov. Pat Quinn was signing into law a bill that recognizes same-sex marriages in that state. ThinkProgress has some details on what Paprocki said during his sermon at that ceremony, like how this was just a "minor exorcism." … [Read more...]

Walker Supports ENDA?

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is clearly considering making a run for the White House in 2016 but he may find himself in trouble with the religious right base over his apparent support for laws that forbid discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, including one in his state: … [Read more...]

Prager’s Preemptive Accusations of Hatred

One of the hallmarks of conservative rhetorical strategy over the last couple decades has been the use of preemptive hypocrisy. In order to distract attention away from their own behavior, they preemptively accuse their political opponents of displaying their own worst traits. Dennis Prager provides a classic example: … [Read more...]

Conservative Foreign Policy: Chicken Hawks and Chicken Littles

The predictable conservative reaction to the Obama administration's negotiations with Iran reminds us yet again that right wing rhetoric never really changes. Just like we are always on the verge of being taken over by the UN or China and perpetually at risk of being overrun by immigrants (fear and xenophobia being their primary currency), every single negotiated settlement to any foreign policy problem is the death of the country as well. … [Read more...]

The Militarization of Law Enforcement Continues

Now that the Iraq war has ended and the Afghanistan war is winding down, the Pentagon has lots of surplus equipment and they're ready to unload it on local police departments. Because every sheriff's department should have IED-resistant armored personnel carriers with machine guns mounted on them. … [Read more...]

America: Home of the Devil

Michael Bresciani is moving up in the world. Usually he writes for the Christian Post but now he's got a spot at the Worldnetdaily to spout inane nonsense about how America has been taken over by Satan because of gays and atheists (and especially gay atheists, I imagine). … [Read more...]

Lenski’s Amazing E. Coli Experiment Continues

25 years ago, Dr. Richard Lenski of Michigan State University began an ingenious experiment on E. coli bacteria that is still going and giving us a much deeper understanding of how evolution operates. Ars Technica has an article on the latest published findings, but let me first explain how the experiment was set up. … [Read more...]