Kansas Christianists seek monopoly on worldly honors and emoluments

This bill is the epitome of the recent effort to redefine “religious liberty” as a way of enshrining the privileges of the privileged. It is an attempt to, in Thomas Jefferson’s phrase, secure a “monopoly on worldly honors and emoluments.” The thing about monopolies, of course, is that unlike liberties, they can’t be enjoyed by everyone — only by the select chosen few. [Read more…]

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This sad spectacle would never have happened if Gene Rivers was still alive

If obsequiously sucking up to the dominant, privileged religious majority were a crime, then Gene Rivers would, indeed, be guilty. But that’s never been against the law. It was Micaiah who was sent to prison. The apple-polisher Zedekiah remained a free man. So Rivers knows he doesn’t have any reason to worry about “going to jail.” [Read more…]

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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…]

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Manhattan Declaration Direct-Mail Fundraising Inc.

The half-a-million signatories of the Manhattan Declaration provide quite a mailing list. More importantly, it’s a mailing list of reflexively fearful white Christians who have already proven they can be easily manipulated by scary stories about the Big Gay Menace, the Satanic baby-killers, and the evil secularists threatening Christian America. A list like this is a money-making machine. That was the whole point. [Read more…]

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

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…]

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Culture warrior baffled by symbol with two short parallel lines

Being a culture-warrior means pretending you’ve never heard of equality: “When I moved to Washington I noticed these small blue stickers with two yellow lines permeating the city. They were on cars, t-shirts, and lamp posts. It wasn’t long before I Googled ‘blue sticker yellow lines’ and discovered it is the logo of the Human Rights Campaign.” [Read more…]

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Freedom for all three religions: fundraising theater

The Thomas More Law Center, a conservative Catholic fundraising group that portrays itself as a defender of religious liberty, seems to be hoping to corner the market on fundraising from anti-Muslim conservative Catholics. That’s bad. But it has had the felicitous side-effect of pushing the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty — another conservative Catholic fundraising [Read More…]

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Those he hated and harmed not remembering Chuck Colson fondly

“I found him to be one of the most kind and gentle and thoughtful human beings I’ve ever met.” — Karl Rove, on Chuck Colson Political powerbroker turned Christianist political powerbroker Chuck Colson died Saturday. Karl Rove’s remembrance, above, is neither typical nor accurate. Mark Silk’s headline does a good job of summarizing the trajectory [Read More…]

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