‘Stuff that you long ago forgot isn’t general public knowledge’

"What do Christian fundamentalists have against set theory?" asks Maggie Koerth-Baker at BoingBoing. She goes on to answer why -- basically for the same reason that Christian fundamentalists do everything: Us-vs.-Them tribalism. But don't let me spoil the ending, go read the whole thing (the kicker is terrific). What I want to highlight here, though, is her introduction, which I may plagiarize if I ever decide to write my own memoirs because it so closely parallels my own experience: I've … [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 the teleprompter because he does it all the time. It's terrible that the president keeps misquoting the Declaration. And it's especially terrible that the word he keeps leaving out -- … [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 now for the homosexuals. And this is our protest of General Mills -- right there -- advocating same-sex marriages. So we are gonna torch some cereal. It goes downhill from there. The plastic liner of the … [Read more...]

‘The terrible downward spiral of our nation’s moral standards’

Christian Piatt quotes from another of the recent statements purportedly from Billy Graham, a fundraising letter that included this paragraph: Some years ago, my wife, Ruth, was reading the draft of a book I was writing. When she finished a section describing the terrible downward spiral of our nation’s moral standards and the idolatry of worshiping false gods such as technology and sex, she startled me by exclaiming, “If God doesn’t punish America, He’ll have to apologize to Sodom and … [Read more...]

Billy Graham did not go to Chick-fil-A (and he didn’t tell you to go there, either)

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Steve Knight does not believe that recent statements allegedly from evangelist Billy Graham are really statements from Billy Graham: Let me tell you about Billy Graham, just as he is, because based on what I experienced working for the man for six years, two statements issued under his name last week (and one earlier this year) significantly collide with the well-established values of this great humble faith leader. … I sincerely fear that Billy has become a puppet for the political … [Read more...]

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

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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. Fred Phelps, buddy. Fred freakin' Phelps. Fred "God Hates Fags" Phelps of the infamously nasty Westboro Baptist Church. Fred Phelps proves you're just playing … [Read more...]

Chick-fil-A Flustercluck: The Day After

Gracequeer Felicia Jenay Follum

"Had there been a Fox News back in 1960, I'm sure there would have been a Woolworth's Lunch-counter Appreciation Day, too." "The people who organized boycotts of these bigots and the places they represented back then were similarly accused of 'intolerance' at the time." "If Mike Huckabee had declared yesterday 'Homeless Appreciation Day,' would the response have been even half as large and loud?" "It's a systemic pattern of discrimination for a certain way of being a … [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. But do you take personal pleasure in the subversive element of making fun of Nazis? There are Nazi jokes in many of your movies. A: Yeah. If you can make them … [Read more...]


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