Pastor’s Son Donnie Swaggart Says Gay-Rights Activists Are Just Like ISIS, But (For Now) Without the Head-Chopping

Last month, the city of Houston embarked on a bit of a fishing expedition when it subpoenaed, from five conservative pastors, their sermons and other communications about a controversial local equal-rights ordinance. The city’s request, overbroad and seemingly hostile to First Amendment protections, got a lot of criticism (some fair, some not), so the Houston legal beagles backed off, the subpoenas were rescinded, and the whole thing soon looked like a (bygone) tempest in a teapot. Hemant wrote about the case here and here.

Though its bones have been picked over one too many times already, the affair was like a mini-Benghazi for the Religious Right, a chance to sink its teeth into a juicy anti-left narrative with lots of potential for demagoguery… and not a whole lot of substance.

And so it is that, five weeks after the fact, we find Donnie Swaggart, the son of the thoroughly disgraced televangelist Jimmy Swaggart, on a panel of Christian talking heads, alleging that the Houston affair portends a “war on God.”

“All of this is to shut the Bible up. They want the Bible gone. And I’m going to make a statement: These people that are trying to do this in Houston, the only difference between them and ISIS, those thugs in Iraq, is those here cannot chop our heads off. That’s the only difference. The heart is the same. If they could silence us that way to intimidate others, that’s exactly what they would do.


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A Nativity Scene at the Michigan State Capitol Could Open the Floodgates to Everyone Who Wants to Put Up a Display

The front lawn of the Michigan Capitol Building (below) could soon be home to a Nativity Scene… which means state officials sure as hell better allow displays from everybody else who wants to put one up.

(Hello, Satanic Temple and FFRF!)

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Today, on Capitol Hill, There Will Be a Hearing on “Religious Accommodations” in the Military

Tomorrow, the U.S. House Armed Services Committee will hold a hearing on “Religious Accommodations in the Armed Services” — and Mikey Weinstein of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation will be one of the non-right-wing representatives on the panel (sitting next to people from Family Research Council, Liberty Institute, and the Chaplain Alliance for Religious Liberty):

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This Video Featuring the Children of Saudi Blogger Punished for “Insulting Islam” Will Bring Tears to Your Eyes

30-year-old Saudi Arabian blogger Raif Badawi was punished last year for starting a progressive website that called for, among other things, religious tolerance and women’s rights. That was insulting to Islam, said his critics, and he now faces 10 Years in jail along with 1,000 lashes.

In a video created by Amnesty International Canada, his children narrate a letter they’ve written to their father… and… um… I’d tell you more but there’s something liquid-y streaming down my face.

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Sen. Chuck Grassley Spreads George Washington Quotation About “God and the Bible”… Even Though He Never Said It

Republican Senator Chuck Grassley of Iowa tweeted this earlier today (and posted it on Facebook, too):

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