Did Ted Cruz Actually Ejaculate into a Cup? Some Thoughts on How We Cover Politics

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We on the political Left often talk about the political Right's propensity to lob unfair personal attacks at President Obama and his family. We need to be able to look in the mirror and ensure that we do not do the same to politicians in the other direction. By way of example, I have been appalled by some of Amanda Marcotte's recent "coverage" of Ted Cruz.Here are some of the excerpts I found disturbing in an article last week: But like a Christian rock song that has the right structure but … [Read more...]

The unBiblical Tea Party Christian

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I recently came upon some remarks Republican John Johnston of Indiana made about the poor while campaigning for Indiana House of Representatives last summer. (Johnston was defeated by his Democratic opponent in the fall.) I know his remarks are old news, but I want to use them to illustrate a point. Here are Johnston's comments, which he posted in an online discussion: For almost three generations people, in some cases, have been given handouts. They have been ‘enabled’ so much that their paradi … [Read more...]

When Men Wax Poetic about My Womb

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I want to start out by saying that right now, I am very frustrated. Very very frustrated. Men need to stop talking about---and especially for---women until they stop and freaking listen. I wrote last weekend about some of Matt Walsh's statements about birth control, but today, I have more to say. Walsh wrote this, for example: The birth control pill is a dramatic and potentially harmful “medication” designed to “cure” a natural function of a woman’s body. It seems that men who develop and pu … [Read more...]

Dismantling Prejudice and Misconceptions

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I've often seen Islam treated as an odd case when it comes to willingness to engage in acts of terror or vigilante "justice". I think it's easy to view the West as having somehow moved beyond this, and our society as being wholly and completely different. It's true that non-Muslims in the West don't tend to carry out honor killings or call for the death penalty for apostates. There are definitely differences. But is it true that non-Muslims in Western countries are immune carrying out acts of ter … [Read more...]

Charlie Hebdo and Freedom of Speech

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The world is abuzz with talk of this week's deadly terrorist attack on Charlie Hebdo, a French satirist newspaper. That anyone could be willing to kill someone else over cartoons---no matter how offensive they find them---is unthinkable to me. Both newspapers and private individuals should be able to be offensive without fearing for their lives. What happened this week at Charlie Hebdo is wrong, and tragic, and horrifying in the extreme.Supporting a person or organization's freedom of speech … [Read more...]

HSLDA’s Core Agenda: Abolishing Compulsory Education

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Prominent HSLDA attorney Chris Klicka elucidated on HSLDA's agenda in a 2001 book, and frankly, when I read it I found even myself slightly surprised, not so much by what their agenda is as by how willing they are to publicly admit it. The framers of the Constitution, unfortunately, never specifically mentioned in the Constitution the right of parents to educate their children. They took it for granted that parents alone had this right and could choose whatever form of education they saw fit. S … [Read more...]

Then What Makes Us Different? Torture Edition

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The Senate Intelligence Committee recently released a report on the CIA's torture program. You can read their summary here. The report, which covered 2001 to 2009, told of water-boarding, sleep deprivation, rectal rehydration, and even of trying to get detainees to talk by threatening their children. But as horrifying as I have found the report itself (if sadly unsurprising), I have been perhaps more horrified by some of the responses I have seen, especially on the Right.Perhaps the most comm … [Read more...]


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