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...]

Anatomy of a David Barton Lie


Warren Throckmorton is again taking David Barton to task for his ubiquitous lies. This time he's focusing on Barton's claim that John Locke's Two Treatises of Government contains more than 1500 references to the Bible. It's a claim that Barton has made over and over again, in books and videos and interviews. It's completely false. But Throckmorton has figured out how Barton does the math. … [Read more...]

Wingnut on Wingnut Crime: Farah vs Coulter

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During the Republican presidential debate on Wednesday night, Ann Coulter apparently got so fed up with the GOP's pandering to Israel that she tweeted out, "How many fucking Jews do these people think there are in the United States?" That got Worldnetdaily owner Joseph Farah hopping mad and accusing her of anti-Semitism. And he's shocked -- SHOCKED -- to find out that Coulter has "degenerated" into a "slur machine." … [Read more...]

John Adams and American Exceptionalism


Warren Throckmorton, a Patheos blogger in the Evangelical Christian portal, calls our attention to a letter from John Adams to John Taylor in 1814, a letter I had never seen before. His argument in that letter seems to be a direct rebuttal to all the talk we hear today about American exceptionalism and the idea that America is uniquely favored by God as an example of Christian virtue to the world. … [Read more...]

Mikey Gets Email

Mikey Weinstein gets some of the vile hate mail imaginable and I like to republish the worst of them. This one is particularly heinous, full of bigoted slurs and actually cheering on the idea of him burning in hell. Must be some of that Christian "love" we hear so much about. … [Read more...]

Sarah Palin for Energy Secretary


Sarah Palin, the grifter from Wasila, says she wants to be the Secretary of Energy under President Donald Trump, presumably because they share a total ignorance of how government actually works. And she says that if she were named to that position, she wouldn't hold it very long -- that seems familiar, doesn't it? After all, you wouldn't want to take time away from your next reality show -- because she'd just close the whole agency up. … [Read more...]

Liberty Law School Dean Goes Full-On Theocrat

Church and State

Rena Lindevaldsen, the interim dean of the Liberty University Law School (replacing Mat Staver, who stepped down a few months ago), has gone full-on theocrat. In a speech to students at that university, she bluntly declared that the government has no authority to pass any law or enforce any decision that goes against (her own interpretation of) the Bible. RJ Rushdoony would be so proud of her. … [Read more...]

Tired of Democrats and Republicans? Vote for the Christian Party

Church and State

A Tennessee man, apparently thinking that the Republican Party, or even the Constitution Party, just aren't quite Christian enough for him, has formed the Christian Party and declared himself a candidate for president. Darrell Trigg is running on a plainly theocratic platform, though not as extreme as the Constitution Party, which is made up mostly of Christian Reconstructionists. … [Read more...]

Titus: We Should Only Allow Christian Immigration

Many years ago, a couple friends of mine put me in touch with Herb Titus, former dean of Pat Robertson's Regent School of Law, after I had written a blog post referring to him as a Christian Reconstructionist. Turns out he's not, but only for technical theological reasons. There is no question that the man is a genuine theocrat, he's made no bones about that. And now he says that we should only allow Christians to emigrate to the United States. … [Read more...]

More Atheists Emulating David Barton


An old classmate of mine from high school posted a link to this article by some guy named Ken Harding, one of the seemingly endless supply of bombthrowing atheists who suffer from a serious case of the Dunning-Kruger effect. The title alone -- Our Founding Fathers Were Not Christians -- is the first tipoff that you've just wandered into a morass of oversimplification, half-truths and ignorance. And so we have. Let us fight our way through the thicket. … [Read more...]

Glenn Beck: All God, All the Time


Glenn Beck is trying to get everyone excited for his latest rally, this one in Birmingham, Alabama, to save the world from...well, from something. He put on a webinar with David Barton and others to encourage ministers to come and to bring their flock with them. Amusingly, he declared himself a "secular broadcaster" but says he's "almost all God now because we're out of time." God is drawing a line in the sand, you see, and Beck must be the prophet who warns everyone. … [Read more...]

The Truth About Margaret Sanger and Eugenics


NPR does a fact check on the ubiquitous claims from the right wing that Margaret Sanger, founder of Planned Parenthood, was a racist who wanted to eliminate blacks. The truth is that while she did flirt with eugenics in the early days, as did a great many people at the time, the accusations are generally based on fake quotes, false claims and wild exaggerations. Here's what Ben Carson recently said about it: … [Read more...]