Religious right will hold breath, turn blue, if DOMA overturned


“We will not stand by,” the statement harrumphs. But, actually, yes, yes they will. Standing by is exactly what they will do because that is all they can do. This doesn’t affect them. It doesn’t harm them. It doesn’t compel them to do anything. It doesn’t compel them not to do anything. All they can possibly mean by “We will not stand by” is that “We will assume a posture of extreme indignation and offendedness while standing by.” [Read more...]

Pat Buchanan joins Manhattan Declarers in ‘civil disobedience’ fappery


Pat Buchanan takes a break from race-baiting to pledge his support for “civil disobedience” against marriage equality. Like all the other pundits advocating this, he is unable to explain just how this would work. [Read more...]

Religious right still doesn’t know what ‘civil disobedience’ means

John Lewis (left) and Jim Zwerg in 1961 in Montgomery, Ala.

Civil disobedience can be a powerful tool of nonviolent change, but it is really only appropriate or effective in response to an unjust legal prohibition. It does not apply easily or work well as a protest against what one regards as an unjust lack of legal prohibition. It’s hard to disobey a law that grants permission. [Read more...]

The Münchhausen martyrdom of Rick Warren, Chuck Colson and Fr. Jonathan Morris

"I'd ride a cannonball rather than cave in to a government mandate."

These folks aren’t driven by religion. They’re not really even driven by politics. It’s just a big fantasy role-playing game. Rick Warren, Charles Colson, Richard Land and Father Jonathan Morris all might as well be playing World of Warcraft. Let me show you what I mean. Here’s Rick Warren, boasting of his own courage in [Read More...]