Welcome To My New Home

Okay, leaving Freethought Blogs, a blog network I created, was the really difficult part. Joining Patheos is the easy part, mostly because I have a lot of friends here already and a lot of bloggers that I really respect. This will be the 6th home of Dispatches from the Culture Wars. First I was on Blogger, way back in November, 2003. A few months later, I switched to a service called MBlog, which was kind of like Wordpress.com but for Movable Type, a popular blogging platform at the time. A few … [Read more...]

AL Police Officer Admits to Lying for Other Officers

Here's a rare but important situation. A police officer in Alabama, likely at great risk to himself, testified at the trial of another officer that he and other officers lied to help cover up a case of totally unprovoked brutality by the cop on trial. … [Read more...]

Jewish Fascist Again Tries to Murder Gay Pride Marchers in Jerusalem

Back in 2005, an ultra-Orthodox Jewish bigot attacked a gay pride parade in Jerusalem, stabbing several people. He spent the last ten years in prison for it. He got of prison a few weeks ago and the first thing that he did was stab six more people at this year's pride event. … [Read more...]

Savage: Trump is the ‘Winston Churchill of Our Time’

No, that headline is not a joke. Michael Savage actually said, out loud on the radio, that Donald Trump is the "Winston Churchill of our time." Oh, and he also said that Trump is going to win the Latino vote in the election. Seriously. I'm not kidding. … [Read more...]

Gramm Decries ‘Exploitation’ of CEO With $158 Million Golden Parachute

Former Sen. Phil Gramm, a lickspittle for the rich if ever there was one, testified in front of the House Financial Services Committee this week and was outraged -- slammed the table and everything -- that his good friend, former CEO of AT&T, was "exploited" because he only got a $75 million payout when he retired (it was more, actually). … [Read more...]

Obama Trolls Conservatives Again

On his trip to Kenya, President Obama trolled the far right a couple times. First, he joked that he was only there to find his birth certificate. Second, he joked about how he thinks he would win reelection if he could run a third time. Michael Savage predictably took the bait. What Obama actually said: … [Read more...]

Richard Land and ‘Extreme Gay Rights’

President Obama spoke out in favor of LGBT rights during his visit to Kenya, which of course has the Christian right frothing in rage. Richard Land, who was too extreme even for the Southern Baptist Convention, says that he is advocating for "extreme gay rights" abroad. … [Read more...]

Wiles: Obama is Going to Slaughter Millions of ‘Resistors’

It's a day that ends in Y, so that means Rick Wiles made another bizarre, hyperbolic and dystopic prediction about how Obama is going to destroy the entire world, especially Christians. Obama, he says, is going to "slaughter millions of American resistors in a bloody cleansing of the general population." … [Read more...]

Billionaire Brothers Give $15 Million to Cruz PAC

A pair of billionaire brothers who made their money through fracking have contributed $15 million to the Super PAC set up to support Ted Cruz' presidential campaign. The brothers are huge supporters of the Christian right, including David Lane and the American Family Association. … [Read more...]

Wingnut Predicts More Abortion Clinic Violence

John Zmierak, the extraordinarily bigoted editor of televangelist con man James Robison's rival to BarbWire called The Stream, made a prediction that sounds a lot like a threat to me, that in the wake of the incredibly dishonest videos released pushing the lie that Planned Parenthood is selling fetal body parts there will be more violence at clinics. … [Read more...]

When Donald Trump Isn’t Xenophobic Enough For You

Donald Trump has made his anti-immigrant position the centerpiece of his presidential campaign, but for the leaders of two prominent anti-immigration groups, he just isn't far enough to the right, not enough of a xenophobic racist, for their tastes. Roy Beck from Numbers USA: … [Read more...]

CAIR Files Discrimination Suit Against Florida Gun Store

A lawsuit has already been filed against the owner of a gun store in Florida who made a video declaring that he would not allow Muslims to buy guns at his store. The suit was filed by the local chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations and it seems like an open and shut case. … [Read more...]