In Russia, You Can’t Even Advocate for ‘Blasphemers’

Free speech appears to be all but dead letter in Russia these days. The Duma is ready to pass stronger laws against causing offense to religious believers, but it already seems to be that not only is blasphemy illegal, so is supporting those who are viewed as blasphemous. One man was convicted of a crime for selling t-shirts to support Pussy Riot. … [Read more...]

Is the Pope Trying to Escape Arrest?

An organization calling itself the International Tribunal into Crimes of Church and State (ITCCS) is alleging that Pope Benedict XVI resigned from his position in order to escape a potential arrest for helping cover up child abuse and is seeking the protection of the Italian government. … [Read more...]

Really, Jennifer Granholm?

The New York Times had an article over the weekend about President Obama's emulation of so many Bush policies in the war on terror, including a great many policies that he once strongly criticized as unconstitutional abuses of executive authority. It included this quote from my former governor, Jennifer Granholm: … [Read more...]

OK Gets Bill to Repeal Blasphemy Laws

The Oklahoma House of Representatives is considering a bill to repeal that state's blasphemy law and a committee has passed it and sent it to the floor (if the speaker choose to schedule a vote for it, I imagine). But I find it disturbing that the sponsor had to go out of his way to assure people that he isn't actually in favor of blasphemy: … [Read more...]

What, Chuck Norris Was Busy?

From the annals of "what the hell is wrong with this country," fascist Maricopa County, Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio is bringing in Steven Seagal -- yes, that Steven Seagall -- to train his "volunteer posse" in how to handle a school shooting incident. Jesus, I wish I was making this up. … [Read more...]

Fischer Declares Himself to Be the Antichrist

Okay, not really. But if you follow his claims through to their logical conclusions, that would be the result. On his Facebook page, he claims (bizarrely) that Jesus was in favor of religious liberty and other buzzwords, and anyone who isn't is therefore an antichrist. … [Read more...]

Christina Stephens Needs Some Help

I somehow managed not to hear about this at all, but Christina Stephens, one of JT's co-bloggers both here and at Patheos, was in a terrible accident and is going to have her lower leg amputated. She will be off work for a couple months and could use some help. One of the amazing things about the secular community is how generous people have been to me and many, many others. If you can afford it, please help Christina out. … [Read more...]

Kimberly Daniels Prays for Obama

You may remember Kimberly Daniels. She's a member of the Jacksonville, Florida city council and a self-proclaimed apostle and "demon buster." She has a column in Charisma Magazine with an unintentionally hilarious prayer she offers for President Obama. … [Read more...]

Gohmert Flips Out Over Military Cross Removal

Rep. Louis Gohmert, who truly may be the dumbest man in Congress (I know, he has stiff competition), went on Tony Perkins' radio show and threw a serious fit over the Pentagon ordering the removal of a cross from a building on a remote base in Afghanistan (because it violated longstanding military rules, by the way). Gohmert's predictably idiotic response: … [Read more...]

Glenn Beck and the Man on the Moon

As I've mentioned before, Glenn Beck is on a crusade to change the 4th of July celebration and he's producing a live show from Salt Lake City this year to "tell the American story from a point of view you've never heard before" -- the man on the moon. … [Read more...]

Ooh, a New Roberts Blackmail Theory

The Obama conspiracy generator machine that is owned by every respectable wingnut has churned out yet another crazy theory and it's being endorsed by Judson Phillips of Tea Party Nation, who sent out an email to followers linking to this message board post that lays it out in rather silly detail. Watch how they take no evidence at all and weave it into a certain conspiracy. … [Read more...]

Bryan Fischer Award Nominee: Roger Ailes

The Bryan Fischer Award is given to those who exhibit a staggering lack of self-awareness, accusing their opponents and critics of their own worst traits. And this one is a doozy. Roger Ailes, the head of Fox News, says that President Obama is trying to make Americans hate each other. … [Read more...]