Religious right groups jump at chance to shield members from seeing books

Concerned Women for America and the American Family Association are both urging their followers to think twice about shopping at Amazon’s CEO Jeff Bezos upset the anti-gay activist groups by donating $2.5 million to protect marriage equality in Washington State. “So long Amazon” was the message from “One Million Moms” (which David Badash, accurately, [Read More...]

Religious right pretends that Obama has a ‘God-talk’ problem

So here’s a common urban legend on the religious right, stated here by Phyllis Schlafly: Every time [President Obama] recites the Declaration of Independence, he omits the word “Creator.” Now we all know what’s in the Declaration and it’s very strange, you can’t blame it on a slip of the tongue or blame it on [Read More...]

Defending Franklin Graham by smearing his father

If the "real" Billy Graham is nothing like his public persona over the years, then maybe he secretly hated Johnny Cash.

Back in May, I asked “Is Billy Graham being exploited for political gain?” Following that post — and then again following my post earlier this week, “Billy Graham did not go to Chick-fil-A (and he didn’t tell you to go there either)” –  a few people wrote comments or emails “defending” Billy Graham. “Defending” is [Read More...]

Battling imaginary Satanic baby-killers in Utah and Ohio

This is a disingenuous diatribe against Satanic baby-killers that exist only as an urban legend. And so is this. Here, again, is self-proclaimed “authority on Satanists,” Judy Byington: Secret ceremonies in which malevolent men and women cloaked in hooded robes, hiding behind painted faces and chanting demonic incantations while inflicting sadistic wounds on innocent children [Read More...]

Setting the world on fire for Jesus

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Perhaps you’ve seen the video. A peculiar fellow in a pink shirt stands on the lawn in front of General Mills headquarters. He holds a box of Honey Nut Cheerios and a propane torch. The man says: One out of every eight boxes of cereal in this country is Cheerios. This is really the treat [Read More...]

Fred Phelps: Why it is not possible to believe that you ate Chick-fil-A because of ‘freedom of speech’


Please stop pretending that the orgy of hate last week at Chick-fil-A had anything to do with free speech. It obviously did not. I know it. You know it. Everyone knows it. Fred Phelps. That’s why if you say you went to Chick-fil-A “Appreciation Day” because of “freedom of speech,” everyone knows you’re just play-acting. [Read More...]

Untrustworthy spirits: Pat Robertson and Eliphaz

A couple of stray notes formed a chord for me. First was a remark by Ben Myers: So the Spirit has spoken to you, quietly, cogently, confirming you in a conviction? Eliphaz thought so too (Job 4). Eliphaz was one of Job’s friends in that profoundly strange and strangely profound story. Here’s all you need [Read More...]

Clowns, prophets and the Chick-fil-A Flustercluck

I suspect James McGrath is probably right when he says, regarding Chick-fil-A: “Satire is likely to be a more effective weapon in the controversy … than protests and boycotts.” That calls to mind an exchange from Robert Wiede’s Directors Guild  interview with Mel Brooks: Q: On the surface, The Producers is simply good, silly fun. [Read More...]