The Christian Holocaust Has Begun!

Now that Judge Bunning has thrown raging bigot Kim Davis in jail for refusing to comply with the law and issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, the Christian right is absolutely losing its collective mind. My favorite reaction by far to this point: The Christian Holocaust has begun in America! Invade Rowan County, Kentucky! Revolution! Oh Josh Feuerstein, you really are a moron. … [Read more...]

Judge Bunning Puts Kim Davis in Jail


Whoa, things got a lot more serious at this morning's hearing on a contempt of court motion than I expected. In their motion for contempt, the plaintiffs in the case had asked only for fines, not jail time, but Judge Bunning ruled that fines would be useless because Kim Davis' supporters would pay them for her (and he's right), so he told her to go directly to jail and remain there until she agrees to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. … [Read more...]

Santorum Lies About Climate Change Consensus


Carly Fiorina isn't the only second-tier Republican presidential candidate lying about climate change. Rick Santorum got in on the act when he appeared on Bill Maher's show, claiming that only 57% of climate scientists think that CO2 is the primary driver of climate change. Maher correctly wondered what ass he had pulled that from and both FactCheck and PolitiFact have tracked down the source of this lie. Here's the conversation with Maher: … [Read more...]

A Mass Baptism at a Public School Football Practice

Church and State

The link between sports and Christianity in this country is a very strong one, forged by groups like the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and Athletes in Action. There seems to be an almost endless supply of football coaches, especially, who think part of their job is to proselytize their players and convert them to Christianity. Here's another example out of Georgia, where they held a mass baptism at football practice. … [Read more...]

Scott Walker: Political Outsider


There are few rituals more ridiculous than the one that politicians engage in while running for office, claiming to be "political outsiders" who are out to "shake up the establishment." If you're a Carly Fiorina or even a Donald Trump, you might be able to pull that off. If you're Scott Walker, who has spent nearly his entire adult life in public office, you just come off as a really bad liar. … [Read more...]

Is Kim Davis Being Taken For a Ride by Liberty Counsel?


Mark Joseph Stern wonders if Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis isn't being victimized by Liberty Counsel, the Jerry Falwell-created Christian legal group led by Mat Staver, the dumbest lawyer in America not named Larry Klayman. And there's a case to be made there, I think, at least in the sense that the attorneys with Liberty Counsel know that she has no shot of actually winning her case and being allowed to discriminate as an agent of the government. … [Read more...]

Beck Knows Why Obama Changed the Mountain’s Name


We've heard all manner of explanations from the right wing for why Obama changed the name of Mt. McKinley to Denali. It's because he hates white people! It's because he hates Republicans! It's because he's a dictator! But Glenn Beck, believe it or not, has a far more realistic explanation than those. It's still silly and wrong, but it's not nearly that stupid. … [Read more...]

The Right Wing’s Dumbest Tweets About Kim Davis


The Christian right luminaries are busy tweeting their support for Kentucky County Clerk Kim Davis and making some spectacularly stupid arguments in those tweets. The comparisons they make are not just laughable, they are precisely the opposite of reality. Kim Davis is not a brave hero fighting injustice, she is creating injustice. But Matt Barber says she's the modern Rosa Parks: … [Read more...]

I Think I’d Really Like Iceland


The United Nations has been asking countries around the world to help the millions of refugees from the civil war in Syria by taking some of them in, thus easing the burden a bit on Jordan and Turkey, which has been hit with a a massive influx of them. The United States is taking a small number of them, a few thousand, and Iceland agreed to take 50 of them -- until the people there decided that wasn't enough and offered to open their homes to them personally. … [Read more...]

Trump Supporters Think Obama is a Foreign-Born Muslim


Now that Donald Trump is running for president, we're able to poll those who support him and find out what they believe about all manner of other things. And what are we finding out? That they are pretty much completely out of touch with reality. Over 60% of his supporters believe that Obama was not born in the United States and is a Muslim. Which is not all that much higher than Republicans in general, sadly. … [Read more...]

Huckabee’s Faux Outrage Over Renaming Mt. McKinley


The Republican presidential candidates are predictably throwing a fit about President Obama renaming Mt. McKinley to Denali. Always eager to make a mountain out of a molehill -- see what I did there? -- they have declared this almost completely irrelevant action an outrageous abuse of power. Donald Trump has pledged to change the name back if he's elected. And Mike Huckabee sees this as proof of Obama's dictatorial ambitions. … [Read more...]

Contempt Fines Won’t Get Davis Out of Office


This morning is the hearing scheduled to hear arguments on why Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis should or should not be held in contempt of court for refusing to follow Judge David Bunning's order that she issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. She's going to be found guilty of contempt, I'm sure, though not necessarily today. It may be Friday or Monday before Bunning actually rules. The question, though, is whether it will do any good. … [Read more...]