Uganda’s Parliament May Consider the Anti-Homosexuality Bill Before the End of 2012

According to committee chair Stephen Tashobya, his committee report on the Anti-Homosexuality Bill is almost complete. From Uganda's Daily Monitor: Parliament yesterday passed a resolution in recognition of Speaker Rebecca Kadaga’s stand on homosexuality. The House also urged the Legal and Parliamentary Affairs committee to immediately table its report on the Bill for general debate. The committee’s chairperson Steven Tashobya yesterday said their report is almost done and will be … [Read more...]

International Healing Foundation Strikes Gold with School Project

After years of reporting meager income from operations of the International Healing Foundation, Richard Cohen reported over $600,000 in revenue on his 990 form for 2011. Most of that total - $540,000 - was revenue related to an IHF "special school project." See below:  The IHF website is silent about this project but it seems likely that this is the educational initiative Cohen described in his Fall 2007 newsletter. After lamenting what he considered to be school indoctrination relating … [Read more...]

Uganda’s Anti-Gay Bill: This does not look good

If indeed the speaker of the Parliament wants to bring the bill forward and the committee involved cooperates, backroom intervention from the President will be needed to stop it. Last time I spoke to Stephen Tashobya (the parliamentary committee chair involved), he said he had better things to do than to bring the bill forward. We shall see how much clout the speaker really has in this situation. … [Read more...]

Unification Church President Says Richard Cohen is Foremost Expert on Gays in Their Movement

From 2007 through 2008, I wrote a series of posts which revealed ongoing ties between the Richard Cohen's International Healing Foundation and the Unification Church (aka Moonies). Initially, Cohen's staffer Hilde Wiemann denied she was a member of the movement but then later admitted she had been in the movement long after Cohen said there were no ties between his organization and the church. This week I have come across video which again links Cohen with the Unification church. On … [Read more...]

The Founders’ Bible: Did Thomas Jefferson Base the Declaration of Independence on the Bible?

The authors of the Founders' Bible want readers to believe that America was established to be a Christian nation. By that, they mean that the basis of civil law is Christianity. One important claim in support of the Christian nation theory is that the Declaration of Independence was based on the Bible. In an article titled "Inseparably Linked: The Declaration of Independence and the Constitution," editors Brad Cummings, Lance Wubbels and Paul Jehle describe their view of what Thomas Jefferson … [Read more...]

Who Are the Paleo Evangelicals?

Last week, historian Thomas Kidd described a subset of evangelicals who are reluctant Republicans. Inspired by the term paleoconservative, he calls them paleo evangelicals. These evangelicals, according to Kidd, are suspicious of American civil religion, and skeptical that much good comes from allegiance to any political party. Although conservative, paleos do not agree with the modern GOP on all issues. On balance, the GOP may be the party that gets their votes, but they are not enthusiastic … [Read more...]

When the GOP promoted secular public schools

Texas Governor Rick Perry is supporting cheerleaders at a middle school in Beaumont who want to lead cheers with Bible verses.  According to the Houston Chronicle, the cheerleaders post banners with verses and Christian phrases during sporting events. One such verse is "if God is for us, who can be against us?" I wonder if the team has lost any games this year. A complaint has been lodged in court by the Freedom from Religion Foundation. Yesterday, a judge handed down a temporary injunction … [Read more...]

Nicolas Cage to remake the Left Behind series: Spoof or not?

I really can't tell if this article is a spoof or for real. The breathless beginning: Once in every generation, a moment comes that is so defining, so paradigm-altering, so world-shaking, that you spend the rest of your life telling people where you were when you heard it. It goes beyond making history to shaping the future, and yes, even giving a generation a rallying point and identity. For our generation, that moment came today when Variety announced Nicolas Cage is in talks to star in … [Read more...]

Daily Beast: The Rise and Fall of Dinesh D’Souza

David Sessions briefly chronicles Dinesh D'Souza's rise and recent fall within conservative circles this morning at the Daily Beast. At this point, it is hard to tell whether or not the title of the article is wishful thinking. After watching the conservative response to David Barton's disgrace over The Jefferson Lies, I am not so sure that D'Souza is done among the conservatives and the religious right. Even so, Sessions points us to this 2010 Weekly Standard article about D'Souza's book on … [Read more...]

Bryan Fischer finds a gay he can like

Bryan Fischer is out for vindication. He was dismissed from a CNN broadcast by Carol Costello after ranting away at gays and failing to discuss the SPLC Mix It Up Day honestly. Now he has found himself a gay person who Fischer believes speaks the truth and thinks like he thinks. And as if to shout, "I told you so!" he presents this gay man as an authority in his most recent column. Fischer cites Johann Hari who penned what Hari portrays as an expose of sorts for Huffington Post on the subject of … [Read more...]