July 2013

Kyle Mantyla, Wednesday 07/31/2013, 10:34am
An effort to create positions for atheist chaplains to serve in the military is one that is welcome by former Navy Chaplain Gordon Klingenschmitt, who was the guest on the "Talk To Solomon" program recently to discuss the issue. The whole thing really did not sit well with host Stan Solomon, who said that atheism is "basically sticking your head up your butt and wondering why it's dark" and said that being an atheist chaplain is like being "a sensitive cannibal who says grace before he chews your leg off." After Klingenschmitt claimed there was no need for... MORE
Brian Tashman, Wednesday 07/31/2013, 9:50am
American Family Association spokesman Bryan Fischer yesterday alleged that former congressman Anthony Weiner is running for mayor in order to “create an opportunity for more jihadist activity” as part of a Muslim Brotherhood plot, led by his wife Huma Abedin. Fischer, who on Monday said that Abedin seeks to “destroy Western Civilization,” claimed that Weiner is running for mayor in order to “pull back” on the NYPD’s surveillance of the city’s Muslim community and aid “Islam and the Muslim Brotherhood and their agenda to exterminate and... MORE
Kyle Mantyla, Tuesday 07/30/2013, 4:35pm
Steve Benen @ The Maddow Blog: The video Steve King thinks he wants you to see. Jeremy Hooper: Pastor who vowed to punch out pro-gay clergy: I am 'truly sorry.' Media Matters: Meet The Fringe Right-Wing Commentators Who Met With Top Republicans To Push For A Benghazi Special Committee. Joan McCarter @ Daily Kos: New anti-Obamacare campaign: Health insurance is bad. TFN Insider: Alarm Bells Are Ringing: Creationists Get Influential Positions in Texas Science Textbook Review. MORE
Kyle Mantyla, Tuesday 07/30/2013, 4:31pm
Gary Glenn, the anti-gay president of the American Family Association of Michigan, is running for a seat in the state legislature. Speaking of the AFA, Mike Huckabee will be speaking at their annual retreat in October. "Ex-gay" activists will be in to Washington, DC tomorrow to meet with members of Congress and "demand equal rights as ex- homosexuals." Gabriel Gomez, the Massachusetts Republicans who lost last month’s special Senate election, will join the board of directors of GOProud. Finally, the Louisiana sheriff who has been arresting... MORE
Brian Tashman, Tuesday 07/30/2013, 3:40pm
Ohio-based Religious Right activist Linda Harvey today expressed outrage that a district court judge ruled on behalf of a gay couple, who are both Ohio residents but were married in Maryland, against the state’s ban on same-sex unions. One of the men has Lou Gehrig’s disease and is seeking to have his partner listed on his death certificate as his surviving spouse and be buried in the same family plot. Harvey called their lawsuit “nonsense” and charged that if the men wanted to be married, they should have married women: “There’s no discrimination or... MORE
Brian Tashman, Tuesday 07/30/2013, 2:55pm
Peter LaBarbera of Americans for Truth About Homosexuality was the special guest today on Sandy Rios In The Morning, where he was called in to discuss the Pope’s recent comments on gay priests. While LaBarbera didn’t think the Pope’s remarks reflected a major shift in church policy, he was worried that the new Pope isn’t anti-gay enough. “It seems to me that the last thing that the Catholic Church needs is more homosexual priests,” he said, claiming that gay activists led a “penetration of the church” in order to molest children and shield... MORE
Peter Montgomery, Tuesday 07/30/2013, 2:27pm
Right-wing political strategists have invested huge sums in recent decades to undermine public support for public schools. MORE
Brian Tashman, Tuesday 07/30/2013, 2:10pm
Frank Gaffney is upset about the “fatuous” coverage of the marriage of Huma Abedin and Anthony Weiner: “Weiner is married to a woman who has longstanding ties to a dangerous jihadist organization known as the Muslim Brotherhood.” Like the other conservative commentators demanding that the media report on debunked claims that Abedin is part of a Muslim Brotherhood secret agent, Gaffney is incensed “the mainstream media and many others are deliberately ignoring or papering over the fact that Ms. Abedin was brilliantly placed to run Islamist influence operations... MORE
Kyle Mantyla, Tuesday 07/30/2013, 12:17pm
It may be 2013, but that doesn't mean that Satan has updated his methods of corrupting America's youth, as John Hagee explained in his Sunday sermon this week in which he warned his congregation, yet again, that if they read Harry Potter books they are "opening the gates of your mind to the Prince of Darkness and he will invade, and once he's invited in, he doesn't go out until he is cast out." Even more dangerous, Hagee warned, is that infernal rock and roll music, which "is nothing more than Satanic cyanide" that needs to be taken outside of the home and... MORE
Brian Tashman, Tuesday 07/30/2013, 12:10pm
Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) accused President Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder of acting like “despots” over the “outrageous” Justice Department decision to challenge new voter suppression efforts in Texas. While the Supreme Court recently gutted a key enforcement of the Voting Rights Act, DoJ retains the right to ask a federal court to impose preclearance requirements on a particular state under Section 3 of the law, which the court’s ruling did not alter. “He’s trying to reinstitute the Voting Rights Act in Texas; if I was a Texan I would be so... MORE
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