What is Wrong with the GOP That Dr. Ben Carson is His Party’s Current Frontrunner?

What’s shocking about Chuck Todd‘s interview this morning with GOP Presidential frontrunner Dr. Ben Carson is not that Carson compared abortion to slavery, or wants to prevent women from having access to abortions, or said all sane people should have access to any weapon they can get their hands on, or defended his comment about how the Holocaust could have been prevented if Jews had guns.

It’s that he’s said all of this before and yet there are still people in this country who think he’s qualified to be the President.



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The Problems with Catholic Hospitals

The video below, part of The Atheist Voice series, discusses the problems with Catholic hospitals:



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Republican Sen. David Vitter’s Former Mistress Claims He Told Her to Abort Their Love Child

Louisiana Senator David Vitter, the pro-life, anti-gay, family-values Republican who’s currently running for Governor of his state, may be a hypocrite.

I know, I know… that wouldn’t be news since Vitter was embroiled in a sex scandal several years ago… but now, the escort that he saw for three years is claiming that (1) they had a child together which she gave up for adoption, and (2) Vitter, after being told about the child, told her to get an abortion.

So much for him being pro-life.



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Archbishop Sets Restrictions for When Priests Should Deny Communion to Catholics

It’s hard for me to feel bad for those who have been denied communion by Catholic priests. It’s a silly ritual to begin with, taking a bite of Jesus, but if you’re someone who doesn’t follow or accept Catholic teachings in a certain area, then not receiving communion ought to be the least of your worries. It’s embarrassing when the denial happens publicly, but it ultimately has the same effect of parents telling children that their imaginary friends can’t come out and play unless they eat their broccoli.

Still, that’s been the standard punishment for self-described Catholics who support abortion rights or marriage equality.

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David Barton Lies with Data to Claim Churchgoers Want More Sermons on Abortion and Gay Marriage

It’s easy to look at the results of a survey and shout them from the rooftops if they confirm your narrative… without ever looking at what group was polled.

So if you wanted to show Muslims are all horrible, you might point to a survey from the Pew Research Center showing the percentage of people who think stoning is an appropriate punishment for adultery:

But that would be unfair. That survey, if you read the fine print, says very clearly that these percentages are only “Among Muslims who say sharia should be the law of the land.” So, yes, among the people who want Sharia law, a whole bunch of them want extreme sharia punishments. But among all Muslims, you’d see very different results.

David Barton, the Christian pseudo-historian, made the same mistake this week on Glenn Beck‘s online show.

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