Archives for December 2013

Hey Look, a Tired, Hackneyed Argument

Jeffrey Lord of the American Spectator has penned a predictable, tired, cliche-ridden column making the shiny new argument that atheism is a religion. Atheists, he says, worship the "God of No God." He offers only one substantive argument for that conclusion and it doesn't even come close to being logical. This is so trite that I suspect he phoned it in: … [Read more...]

Ladies and Gents, the Nation’s Worst Teacher

A teacher in Fairfield, Ohio has been suspended and (I would hope) likely to be fired after allegedly making racist remarks to a black student. And it turns out that this teacher has a long history of warnings and infractions and some of his former students are speaking out. … [Read more...]

Glenn Beck’s Year That Was

Right Wing Watch has a great deal of fun chronicling Glenn Beck's inanity on a daily basis, so they've compiled a long list of the whacky and ridiculous things Beck said in 2013. It's quite a list, full of pathos and fury and much weeping and grandiosity. … [Read more...]

Hagee: Celebrate Christmas or Leave the Country

John Hagee preached a pre-Christmas sermon in which he said that "if you pass a manger scene and someone is singing 'Joy To The World,' you can take your Walkman and stuff it into your ears, or you can call your lawyer, or you can just exercise your right to leave the country; planes are leaving every hour on the hour, get on one." Fuck you, John Hagee. I'm not declaring a war on Christmas, but I am at war with this kind of stupid, xenophobic assholery. … [Read more...]

Rafael Cruz’ BS American History

As Right Wing Watch points out, Rafael Cruz is now just repeating David Barton's bullshit about the founding fathers, Christianity and the Constitution. He says that the Declaration of Independence is little more than a collection of sermons (what?) and that over half of the signers of the Declaration were "seminary graduates" and "theologians." That is a ridiculous lie. They graduated from universities that were founded as seminaries, but that does not make them "seminary graduates," much less … [Read more...]

Another ‘Witch’ Killed in Africa

The horrifying trend of people in African countries killing others after accusing them of being "witches" continues with this story of two men in Zimbabwe killing an 81-year old man because they thought he had killed their uncle through his use of "witchcraft." … [Read more...]

Dr. Oz: Brain Scans Prove ‘Psychic’ is Genuine

Dr. Oz continues his descent into being a colossal fraud with a recent episode in which he brought on another quack doctor to do a brain scan on "psychic" con woman Teresa Caputo (the "Long Island Medium") and "prove" that her "psychic" powers are real and true while she performs incredibly bad cold readings. Steven Novella describes the cold readings: … [Read more...]

Becket Fund: Equality an ‘Affront’ to Religious Liberty

The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty has actually done some good work on behalf of genuine religious freedom, but much of the time they are as ridiculous as Liberty Counsel or the ACLJ. Especially when they hand out awards like the one they just sent out this press release about: … [Read more...]

Chaz Stevens, Please STFU

I agree completely with Hemant in his criticism of Chaz Stevens, the Florida atheist who got that Festivus pole made of beer bans put up next to a nativity scene at the state capitol and other places. Not for the Festivus poles but for an unhinged and moronic rant he videotaped himself giving in front of another nativity scene and put on Youtube. He then made that video private, but here's Hemant's transcript: … [Read more...]

Japanese Prime Minister Angers China, South Korea

The Japanese Prime Minster has created a minor international incident by visiting a Shinto shrine to dead Japanese soldiers from World War II. China and South Korea are apparently a bit sensitive to such symbolic visits for various reasons. But it's the prime minister's response to the whole thing that has me amused: … [Read more...]

John Bolton’s Macho Foreign Policy

John Bolton, the far-right's go-to guy on foreign policy, has a list of President Obama's foreign policy "failures" that reveals much about the right-wing view of that subject. The psychological roots of that view, it seems to me, are found in typical American male psychology. … [Read more...]

Bryan Fischer Award Nominee: Joseph Farah

The Bryan Fischer award is given to those who display a staggering lack of self-awareness, accusing their opponents of displaying their own worst traits. But rarely does someone engage in such behavior quite as blatantly as Joseph Farah of the Worldnetdaily, who accuses Joe Conason of being an "activist working undercover as a journalist." The whole thing began when a news site accidentally sent out a Farah column under Conason's byline. … [Read more...]