Graham: Removing Ten Commandments Monument is Just Like ISIS

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Franklin Graham is predictably upset about the Ten Commandments being moved from the Oklahoma state capitol to private property. And he's predictably making really stupid arguments about it, comparing it to ISIS destroying Christian archaeological sites and artifacts in Iraq and Syria. I don't know if he genuinely believes this nonsense or is just selling stupid to the stupid. I also don't think it much matters. … [Read more...]

One Ten Commandments Monument Comes Down, Another Goes Up

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The good Christian folk in Oklahoma are really, really obsessed with pissing on their territory to let everyone else know that it's their state, not those icky non-Christians. The state government finally took down the Ten Commandments monument on the state capitol grounds after months of trying to defy an order from the state supreme court, and one county put one up almost simultaneously. … [Read more...]

Farris: Christians Now Undergoing ‘Heresy Prosecutions’


Michael Farris, the incredibly influential founder of Patrick Henry College and the Home School Legal Defense Fund, offers up some wildly inaccurate and hyperbolic rhetoric claiming that Christians who oppose gay rights are not undergoing "heresy prosecutions" and that we now have he same level of religious liberty as that of the Middle Ages. History, how the hell does that work? … [Read more...]

Beck Flips Out Over Removal of Ten Commandments Monuments


The state of Oklahoma finally removed a Ten Commandments monument from the state capitol grounds late Monday night after months of frantically trying to find a way not to comply with an order from the state supreme court. The work was done at night, the state said, to "avoid disturbing workers at the Capitol and to keep protesters from demonstrating while heavy equipment was being used to detach the two-ton monument from its base." But Glenn Beck knows the real reason: … [Read more...]

More of That Worldnetdaily Spin


The headline at the Worldnetdaily reads: "Hard habit to break: Obama in new siege on 'Little Sisters' nuns." A new siege? Oh no! What is Obama doing now? Well, nothing actually. The "new siege" is actually the Little Sisters of the Poor appealing their lawsuit over the exemption from the contraception mandate of the ACA, which they've lost at every stage, to the Supreme Court. … [Read more...]

Edwina Rogers is Very, Very Confused


Edwina Rogers, CEO of the Secular Policy Institute (or whatever the hell they're calling it now; they're on, I believe, the third name), has an article at Free Speech Now about the First Amendment and separation of church and state that makes some very odd claims in between a bunch of trite and meaningless writing. The problems start with the very first couple paragraphs: … [Read more...]

Roanoke Schools Bans Preachers from Football Practices

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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...]

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

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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...]

Oklahoma Finally to Remove Ten Commandments Monument

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After months of trying to find ways not to comply with a state supreme court ruling that it was in violation of the state constitution, the Oklahoma state government is finally going to remove a Ten Commandments monument from the state capitol before an October 12 deadline set by the courts. What I don't understand is why doing this required a vote of another governmental body that was bound by the ruling. … [Read more...]

Another Texas School Violates the First Amendment

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Another day, another school administration that has no idea that there are limits on their authority to proselytize their students for Christianity (or who do know and don't care, since they've been getting away with it for so long because no one has previously complained). The Freedom From Religion Foundation has gotten involved after a school principal preached to students at a See You At the Pole event, among other violations. … [Read more...]

Rafael Cruz Finds It ‘Appalling’ That Houston Has Lesbian Mayor


Ted Cruz' even whackier father, Rafael, gave a talk to the group in Houston trying to repeal a human rights ordinance that protects against anti-gay discrimination recently and said it was "appalling" that the city had a lesbian mayor. And most bizarrely, he blamed the election of a lesbian mayor on separation of church and state, which he said doesn't exist. But nah, he's not a theocrat or anything. … [Read more...]