Fischer Wants Bunning Impeached for Religious Test for Office

Bryan Fischer is repeating the absolutely bizarre and nonsensical argument coming from the dumber corners of the Christian right that requiring Christian government officials to do their job and apply the law equally as the Constitution requires is the same thing as establishing a religious test for office. And he thinks Judge David Bunning should be impeached for having imposed one on Kim Davis. … [Read more...]

See Penn and Teller Cheaply at Apostacon

Apostacon is coming up in Dallas this weekend and they've somehow managed to get Penn and Teller to do their magic show for a measly $38 for attendees. That's a whole lot less than I paid to see them in Vegas a few years ago. And their show really is very entertaining. JT has the details. … [Read more...]

Jindal Blames PP for State’s Terrible Record on Pregnancy, STDs

Bobby Jindal want on an Iowa right-wing radio show and made a dazzlingly moronic attempt at shifting the blame for Louisiana's record on teen pregnancy and STDs from the government that he leads to Planned Parenthood. Apparently the fact that they exist and have a whopping two clinics in the state makes it their fault that those problems haven't been fixed yet, despite his own massive cuts in funding for programs that would help. … [Read more...]

Committee Votes to Expel Courser and Gamrat

A committee of the Michigan House of Representatives has voted unanimously to expel Todd Courser and Cindy Gamrat, the two legislators caught in a tryst that included a cockamamie plot to spread a fake story about Courser being caught having sex with a gay prostitute in order to cover up their affair. It now goes to the full House for a vote that could bring an end to what I consider the greatest political scandal ever. But now Gamrat claims to have been double-crossed. … [Read more...]

Boykin: Christians ARE the Government

Former Lt. Gen. Jerry Boykin, an absolutely unhinged bigot and theocrat, went on the air with Christian right con man Rick Joyner and repeated the ridiculous David Barton lie about how the Constitution took every idea straight from the Bible. He also reveled in his desire to turn the United States into a theocracy by declaring that Christians ARE the government. … [Read more...]

White Supremacists Threaten to Kill the Pope

White Supremacists, at least the KKK version, tend to be as strongly anti-Catholic as they are anti-black, so their hatred for the pope is hardly a surprise. But the current pope has been calling for Europe and the United States to take in those dirty Syrian refugees, so that makes him not only a Catholic but a "race traitor" as well. So at least a few of them would like to kill him when he comes to America. … [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...]

Palin Interviews Trump. Hilarity Ensues.

Sarah Palin interviewed Donald Trump on some previously unheard of news network called One America News on Friday and it was nothing more than an infomercial for the candidate. Palin gushes and gets all folksy and Joe Six-Packey with him. At one point she says, "I know that's where your heart is, in the working class." Oh yeah, if there's one thing Trump is known for, it's looking out for the working class (you know, like all those people whose homes he paid the government to seize to make way … [Read more...]

Dear God: Thank You for Creflo Dollar

Voltaire is supposed to have said, “I have never made but one prayer to God, a very short one: Oh Lord, make my enemies ridiculous. And God granted it." That's kind of how I feel about all these faith-healing, prosperity gospel preacher con men (and women). They are endlessly ridiculous, hence endlessly amusing, and I don't have to do anything at all to make them seem that way other than quote them verbatim. Like Creflo Dollar, who is still defending his "need" for a $65 million private jet. … [Read more...]

Duggar Pitch Story May Be False

I'd just like to acknowledge Hemant's post about the story that the Duggars are pitching a series to TLC that would have them counseling victims of sexual abuse. He did a little digging and found the original source to be unreliable and no evidence that this is actually happening. As someone who posted a story about that, it's important to correct it. Thanks, Hemant. … [Read more...]

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 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...]