August 2012

Kyle Mantyla, Tuesday 08/28/2012, 11:13am
Yesterday on "WallBuilders Live," David Barton and Rick Green discussed the case of Arizona pastor Michael Salman who has recently become a Religious Right cause célèbre because he is  supposedly being persecuted simply because he wanted to hold Bible study meetings at his home.  In reality, Salman had been attempting to illegally build a church in his back yard and had been holding multiple-weekly church services on his property until he was found guilty of dozens of code violations and sentenced to sixty days in jail. Barton took up the case today and... MORE
Brian Tashman, Tuesday 08/28/2012, 10:25am
While talking with David Brody of the Christian Broadcasting Network at the Republican National Convention, Newt Gingrich demanded that President Obama release his college application, senior paper, and other records. “What I said to the conservative movement is we know so little about this President that it’s perfectly reasonable for conservative activists to ask lots of questions: where’s his senior paper at Columbia? Where’s his application to go to Columbia? All sorts of stuff that we don’t know.” Gingrich claimed, “In some ways we know less about... MORE
Peter Montgomery, Tuesday 08/28/2012, 8:30am
Note: this story is cross-posted at AlterNet. The official 2012 Republican Party platform is a far-right fever dream, a compilation of pouting, posturing, and policies to meet just about every demand from the overlapping Religious Right, Tea Party, corporate, and neo-conservative wings of the GOP.  If moderates have any influence in today’s Republican Party, you wouldn’t know it by reading the platform.  Efforts by a few delegates to insert language favoring civil unions, comprehensive sex education, and voting rights for the District of Columbia, for example, were all... MORE
Kyle Mantyla, Monday 08/27/2012, 4:48pm
Adele Stan & Peter Montgomery @ AlterNet: Right Wing Finally Unites Behind Romney With Anti-Obama Hate-Fest in Tampa. Sarah Posner @ Religion Dispatches: An Immoderate Proposal: Sam Rodriguez, “Centrist” Evangelical, to Give Benediction at RNC. Pema Levy @ TPM: Chris Matthews Calls Out GOP: You Are Playing The ‘Race Card.’ Wayne Besen @ Truth Wins Out: Scott Lively Dumps Moderate Act And Vows To Bring Culture War to Springfield, Mass. Annie-Rose Strasser @ Think Progress: Rush Limbaugh Suggests Obama Manipulated Hurricane... MORE
Kyle Mantyla, Monday 08/27/2012, 4:36pm
Maggie Gallagher wants to know why the shooter who targeted FRC hasn't been charged with a hate crime. Mike Huckabee continues his defense of Todd Akin. Rick Scarborough warns that "it is clear that God is speaking right now to America, and unless there’s a genuine repentance and a great move toward repentance and reunion with God, a cataclysmic judgment is going to fall on this country.” Samuel Rodriguez writes that "the Republican Party has been presented with an historic opportunity to craft a conservative and compassionate immigration policy... MORE
Josh Glasstetter, Monday 08/27/2012, 4:29pm
Mitt Romney’s relationship with the Tea Party, despite his embrace of their positions on a range of issues, is famously awkward. Yesterday’s Unity Rally 2012 was no exception. Following a rousing speech by Niger Innis, the emcee gave an uncharacteristically restrained introduction of Rep. Jason Chaffetz to speak on behalf of Romney: Our next speaker is here on behalf of a guy you may have heard of. His name is Mitt Romney. He’s here to ask for your vote for this particular man for, uh, I believe it’s president of the United States.  Chaffetz, however, was... MORE
Brian Tashman, Monday 08/27/2012, 3:40pm
Today on Focal Point, American Family Association spokesman hosted Monica Cole of One Million Moms, the AFA’s women’s subgroup, to talk about why listeners should be upset about the NBC comedy The New Normal. The New Normal, which involves a gay couple who hire a surrogate mother, is not the first Ryan Murphy show the AFA went after, as Fischer and Cole last year declared war on Glee. Fischer maintained that the show shows “how subversive Hollywood is when it comes to undermining our values” and Cole said the show “continues to attack Christian values,... MORE
Brian Tashman, Monday 08/27/2012, 3:00pm
After successfully crafting the Republican Party’s platform to be the “most conservative platform in modern history,” Religious Right activists were out in full force at Focus on the Family’s and the Florida Family Policy Council’s “Prayer Rally for America’s Future” in Tampa’s River Church, led by faith healer Rodney Howard Browne. Along with disgraced pseudo-historian David Barton, who argued that abortion is banned under the constitutional amendment guaranteeing jury trials, and the FFPC’s John Stemberger, who concluded the rally... MORE
Kyle Mantyla, Monday 08/27/2012, 2:58pm
After blaming "government schools" for bringing America “to the point that a man like Barack Obama could be sworn in as president of the United States," conservative radio host Neal Boortz told attendees at the Tea Party Unity Rally that the "Democrats, the looters, the moochers, [and] the parasites" were all going to vote to give themselves "access to your pocket."  As such, it was vitally important for every Tea Party activist and Republican to find somebody who shares their views but who does not normally vote and convince them to vote in... MORE
Kyle Mantyla, Monday 08/27/2012, 2:08pm
Conservative radio host Rusty Humphries served as emcee of last night's Tea Party Unity Rally ahead of the Republican National Convention where he kicked things off by saying America does not need to move "forward," as MSNBC and President Obama and Mao Tse-tung like to say, but rather "upwards toward God." And sometimes, Humphries told the audience, you just "have to treat these liberals like dogs; grab them by their collar [and yell] 'bad Democrat, no!'" MORE
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