December 2012

Brian Tashman, Wednesday 12/19/2012, 4:00pm
In his initial response to the shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, Tea Party Nation president Judson Phillips emailed members an article about the massacre which sharply criticized teachers and urged government to cripple teachers’ unions and place guards like George Zimmerman at every school. Today, Phillips emailed out a piece arguing that it should “be required that all teachers and other staff be armed and in trained in SWAT” because Americans should worry about “the bloodbath you may well see if Iranian and Hamas agents go en masse into the schools of this nation.... MORE
Brian Tashman, Wednesday 12/19/2012, 3:25pm
Former military chaplain Gordon Klingenschmitt is citing an article by fellow anti-gay activist Ron Crews to warn that the repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell has led to the “persecution” of Christians in the military. “Christian troops endure open homosexual harassment,” Klingenschmitt writes in his latest email to members of his Pray In Jesus Name Project, “Sexual harrassment [sic] is banned in the military, unless you're a homosexual abusing a Christian, then it's openly encouraged.” Klingenschmitt also argued that soldiers should be able... MORE
Kyle Mantyla, Wednesday 12/19/2012, 2:18pm
One of the most remarkable things about the Religious Right today is the amazingly widespread belief that any criticism or disagreement with their agenda is somehow a violation of their First Amendment rights.  The Religious Right seems to truly believe that the First Amendment protects their rights to say anything they wish while simultaneously rendering them immune from criticism or opposition, as if the very same First Amendment that protects their free speech rights does not protect the free speech rights of those who disagree with them. Case in point:  the day after the... MORE
Brian Tashman, Wednesday 12/19/2012, 12:30pm
Religious Right author Joel Rosenberg says that people like Jon Stewart of The Daily Show share in the blame for the Newtown, Connecticut, school shooting because they have waged a “cultural war against Jesus and Christmas” and tried to “drive [God] out of our society.” Like American Family Association spokesman Bryan Fischer, Rosenberg claims that God did not stop the massacre because God is a “gentleman”: “If a nation tells Him to leave, He will leave.” All this is so painful to see, so heart-wrenching. I look at my own children —... MORE
Brian Tashman, Wednesday 12/19/2012, 10:40am
WorldNetDaily columnist Burt Prelutsky claims that the supposed War on Christmas is the fault of “my fellow Jews” who intend to “pull off their own version of the Spanish Inquisition, forcing Christians to either deny their faith and convert to agnosticism or suffer the consequences.” “When it comes to pushing the multicultural, anti-Christian agenda, you find Jewish judges, Jewish journalists and the largely Jewish funded ACLU at the forefront,” he writes, “anti-Semitism is no longer a problem in society; it’s been replaced by a rampant anti-... MORE
Kyle Mantyla, Wednesday 12/19/2012, 10:16am
On last night's episode of "The Glenn Beck Program," guest host Tim Ballard brought on David Barton to give his "expert" perspective on how the Founding Fathers would have responded to the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Barton insisted that the Founders called the Second Amendment "the biblical right of self defense" and crafted it to ensure that citizens could protect themselves again any and all threats, including the government, with equal firepower.  In Barton's view, whatever weapons the government possesses must also be available to... MORE
Brian Tashman, Wednesday 12/19/2012, 10:10am
After attacking Bob Costas for criticizing America’s gun culture, Ted Nugent is blaming America’s purportedly “politically correct culture” for the school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut. In an op-ed for the far-right Washington Times, Nugent said that the shooting occurred because of the country’s “’anything goes’ value system” which “vilifies, condemns and mocks traditional societal values and customs at every opportunity.” Some blabbermouths already are using the Connecticut school massacre to promote their anti-gun... MORE
Brian Tashman, Tuesday 12/18/2012, 5:15pm
Michael Keegan @ Huffington Post: Connecticut and the Cause of Our National Political Paralysis.  Stephen Webster @ Raw Story: Discovery Channel kicks Ted Nugent to the curb.  Steve Benen @ Maddow Blog: Learning the wrong lessons from the Newtown massacre. Hussein Rashid @ Religion Dispatches: Pam Geller’s Latest Subway Ad Inadvertently Attacks Hebrew Bible. Adam Serwer @ Mother Jones: Todd “Legitimate Rape” Akin Now Going After Gay Troops.  Wayne Besen @ Truth Wins Out: “Ex-Gay” Rock Star John Paulk Exposed As... MORE
Brian Tashman, Tuesday 12/18/2012, 5:05pm
The Family Research Council is facing a sexual harassment lawsuit.  One of America’s largest megachurches has been rocked by a sexual and physical abuse scandal.  The Texas pastor who endorsed Uganda’s Anti-Homosexuality Bill now says he never read it. Gary Bauer joins other Religious Right activists in blaming the Sandy Hook shooting on abortion rights, evolution and secular government.  Frank Gaffney says conservatives should oppose Chuck Hagel if he nominated to be Secretary of Defense because he has “pro-Islamist views.... MORE
Brian Tashman, Tuesday 12/18/2012, 4:30pm
Eagle Forum founder Phyllis Schlafy brought on conservative historian Don Critchlow, who wrote a fawning biography of Schlafly, as her guest on Saturday’s Eagle Forum Live to promote his new book, Takeover: How the Left’s Quest for Social Justice Corrupted Liberalism. He told Schlafly that President Obama and today’s Democratic Party have a “more insidious” and “much more radical agenda, actually, than what the old communists were talking about,” as they plan to take away “real rights” and “control the way we live.” Schlafly... MORE
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