‘Patriots’ Running for Office in Oregon

In the wake of the seizing of the Malheur wildlife preserve by the Bundy brothers and their merry band of anti-government extremists, now other members of local militias and "patriot" groups are running for office in that state. Like Joseph Rice, who is a member of the far-right fringe group the Oath Keepers. … [Read more...]

Obama Declares ‘Loyalty Day’

Did you know that Sunday was "Loyalty Day"? I didn't either. But President Obama declared it to be such in an official presidential proclamation and encouraged people to show their loyalty by flying a flag or saying the pledge of allegiance. … [Read more...]

Stop Saying the Military Protects Our Freedom

If there is one trope I am absolutely fed up with, it's the notion that our military "protects" or "provides" our freedom. And here's an example of a soldier being a complete douchebag, refusing to tip a server and instead telling them that their tip is the freedom he "provided" by being in the military. … [Read more...]

The Consequences of Refusing to Recite Pledge of Allegiance

Hemant flags this story that I'd somehow missed about a high school student in Louisiana who refused to stand and recite the pledge of allegiance, a right that has been guaranteed for nearly 75 years by the Supreme Court, and the appalling response of the teacher and the entire administration. From a letter the AHA sent to the school: … [Read more...]

Bigot Pastor Refuses to Say Pledge of Allegiance

Steven Anderson, the Christian fascist minister from Arizona who wants all gay people killed and women kept in their homes, says he refuses to recite the Pledge of Allegiance. Good, I'm with him so far. No one should recite it, for any reason. But his reasons for not doing so are predictably ridiculous. … [Read more...]

Town Board Votes Against Saying Pledge of Allegiance

How about some good news for a change? The planning board for a town in upstate New York has actually voted to reject a proposal that would require saying the pledge of allegiance before every meeting. That has the uber "patriots" all upset, of course, but good for them. … [Read more...]

Yes, the Pledge of Allegiance Needs to Go

David Niose, legal director for the American Humanist Association, has overseen that group's project urging students to boycott the pledge until "under God" is removed from it. But after seeing how teachers, administrators and other students respond to those who do boycott the pledge, he's realized what I have been saying all along: The Pledge of Allegiance should be done away with completely. … [Read more...]

Zambia Holds Day of Prayer Over Economic Woes

The United States is apparently not the only place where government officials think that prayer is an actual public policy. The nation of Zambia canceled all sports contests and virtually everything else and held a national day of prayer to plead with God to prop up their currency, which has dropped precipitously against the dollar over the last year. … [Read more...]

Carlson Thinks Confederate Flag is a Patriotic Symbol

As incredibly idiotic as the weekday version of Fox and Friends is, what with three of the dumbest people in television all sitting together every day, the weekend version with Tucker Carlson may actually be worse. Reacting to a school in Tennessee that has banned all flags on campus, Carlson and his equally ridiculous co-hosts are apparently under the impression that the Confederate flag is a patriotic symbol. … [Read more...]

Nebraska School Requiring McCarthy-era Loyalty Oaths

From the I'm Sorry, What Decade Is This Department: A public school in Nebraska is requiring its teachers to sign McCarthy-era loyalty oaths, apparently after some wingnut called and asked the superintendent of the school district why they didn't require them. Apparently there's some 1951 law requiring them, a law that no other school in the state evidently follows and that is blatantly unconstitutional. … [Read more...]

D’Souza: Teaching Accurate History = Hating America

Dinesh D'Souza has another undoubtedly idiotic documentary out and he's making the rounds of the right wing fever swamps to promote it. In a conversation with One American News Network’s Rick Amato, who started by declaring that "liberals hate America," D'Souza says that teaching accurate history is teaching young people to hate America. … [Read more...]

Nationalist Jerks Opine on Kid Not Saying Pledge

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court ruled that the Pledge of Allegiance is constitutional, largely because it's voluntary, students can opt out. But the reaction of the community in Texas where a kid was punished by the school for not reciting the pledge shows why this voluntary claim is illusory in practice. … [Read more...]