Roanoke Schools Bans Preachers from Football Practices

Church and State

After the Freedom From Religion Foundation wrote a letter to the public schools in Roanoke, Virginia detailing clearly illegal actions going on in their football programs, where coaches at multiple high schools were allowing the Fellowship of Christian Athletes to come to practice to preach at the players, the school administrations in the area have put an end to that practice. … [Read more...]

Seriously, Ben Carson?

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Man, Ben Carson has done and said some incredibly dumb things during this campaign, but this may top them all. After his recent comments about Islam being incompatible with the Constitution, the Council on American-Islamic Relations responded and criticized him. Now he's launched a petition to have the IRS take away their tax exemption for allegedly having "brazenly violated IRS rules." … [Read more...]

Christian Reconstructionist Group Swaps One Fascist for Another


The Christian Reconstructionist group American Vision is changing leaders. Christian Fascist Gary DeMar is stepping down and being replaced by fellow Christian fascist Joel McDurmon. These are the people who want to "restore America to its biblical foundations" by implementing the Mosaic law as the civil and criminal law of the land. Of course, America was never a theocracy, so they aren't actually "restoring" anything. … [Read more...]

For the Millionth Time: Criticism is Not Censorship


It always drives me crazy when the right wing pretends that if you criticize someone, you've somehow violated their First Amendment rights. The latest example is from Jonathan Saenz, the virulently anti-gay leader of the group Texas Values, who is outraged -- or so he says -- that "hero" (actually, baseball player) Lance Berkman is being criticized for coming out against the Houston human rights ordinance. … [Read more...]

Another Planned Parenthood Clinic Targeted by Arsonists

For the second time in a couple weeks, a Planned Parenthood clinic has been set on fire by an arsonist. The last one was in Washington, this was is in Thousand Oaks, California, where domestic terrorists apparently threw a rock through a window, poured gasoline in and set the office on fire. This same office was vandalized just a few weeks ago. But I'm sure none of those good Christian "pro-lifers" could have done this, right? … [Read more...]

Another Epic, Incoherent Glenn Beck Rant


I love it when Glenn Beck starts ranting and raving into his microphone, building himself up into a frenzy as he careens from topic to topic trying to make sense while frothing at the mouth. His latest is a real doozy. My favorite part is when he goes on about how we're listening to liars; I assume he was speaking of his own listeners. Gee Glenn, I thought you were turning over a new leaf? This leaf looks and sounds awfully familiar. … [Read more...]

Anti-Abortion Leader Lies About Wanting Abortion Doctors Executed


You may have heard by now that Troy Newman, leader of far-right anti-abortion group Operation Rescue, was denied a visa to go to Australia because of his advocacy of violence against those involved with helping women secure their reproductive rights. In response, Newman claims that he never advocated that abortion doctors be executed, but as Right Wing Watch points out, he has done so in absolutely clear statements with zero ambiguity. Operation Rescue says: … [Read more...]

Russell Moore Says Something Right

Russell Moore of the Southern Baptist Convention's Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission is usually rather flagrantly wrong, but I think his response to Donald Trump's utterly ridiculous photo op with a bunch of TV evangelists laying hands on him and praying for him while he tried to pretend to give a shit was spot on. He points out that nearly all of the people there were prosperity gospel preachers. … [Read more...]

How to Give a Non-Political Prayer


The latest version of one of those statewide prayer rallies -- The Call or The Response -- took place last weekend in North Carolina, sponsored by Christian right power broker David Lane. As Right Wing Watch points out, they bill these things as non-political events intended to increase Christian unity, but in fact they are done to push Christian right voters to the polls and increase the mailing lists of the organizations involved. Here's how Lane opened the "non-political" event with a prayer: … [Read more...]

OK Republicans Offer Place for Ten Commandments Monuments

Church and State

Now that the Oklahoma state government is finally going to comply with a court order to remove a Ten Commandments monument from the capitol grounds, the Oklahoma Republican Party says they'd be happy to take it and put it on the grounds of their headquarters. Sounds like a great idea, that's where it should be. Or at a church. Or anywhere on private property, just not on public property. … [Read more...]

Criminal Justice Reform Package Finally Unveiled in Senate


For several months, a bipartisan group of U.S. Senators have been working on a package of reforms to our criminal justice system and the bill, called the Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act, has finally been submitted. As one would expect, it doesn't go nearly far enough but it at least a strong step in the right direction. And after declaring such reform hopeless for years, I'll take it. … [Read more...]

Ben Carson is Talking Hitler Again

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Someone needs to make an official count to determine whether Ben Carson has said more idiotic things about the fall of the Roman empire or about Hitler. He seems to invoke Hitler as an almost Pavlovian response, and at a New Hampshire campaign event he did it again -- but very vaguely, without actually spelling out what he was referring to. But he swears it wasn't Obama this time, though he's compared Obama to Hitler many, many times. … [Read more...]