February 2014

Kyle Mantyla, Friday 02/28/2014, 5:35pm
John Stanton @ BuzzFeed: Rudderless Tea Party Searches For Meaning Five Years On. Andy Towle @ Towleroad: United States, EU, Australian Diplomats Issue Joint Denunciation of Uganda's Anti-Homosexuality Law. David Corn @ Mother Jones: Ted Cruz Used a Senate Aide to Book Speaking Gigs for His Firebrand Father. Dylan Scott @ TPM: The Week The 'Religious Freedom' Movement Hit Its High Water Mark. Alexander Zaitchik @ Media Matters: Joe Arpaio's Racist Roast And Other Stories From The Western Conservative Conference. MORE
Kyle Mantyla, Friday 02/28/2014, 5:30pm
Bryan Fischer says that Gov. Rick Perry "may be our last, best hope of reclaiming America and returning it to its constitutional foundations" by refusing to comply with the ruling striking down Texas' ban on same-sex marriages. Dave Daubenmire thinks that he is owed an explanation by the high school that didn't hire him to coach its football team. Glenn Beck hated the new movie "Non-Stop" so much that he spent an entire segment spoiling the plot so that nobody will go to see it. AFA tells people to consider boycotting Walt Disney World... MORE
Brian Tashman, Friday 02/28/2014, 4:30pm
Another leader of the right-wing Quiverfull movement is now in danger of losing his post over a sex scandal. Homeschooling advocate Bill Gothard has been put on administrative leave from the organization he heads, the Institute in Basic Life Principles, in response to allegations from thirty-four different women that he engaged in sexual harassment and failed to notify Child Protective Services about abuse claims. The allegations against Gothard are chronicled on the website Recovering Grace, which aims to expose the activist’s record of “emotional, spiritual, and sexual abuse.... MORE
Miranda Blue, Friday 02/28/2014, 3:16pm
John Derbyshire is the columnist and one-time CPAC panelist who was fired from his job at the National Review after he wrote a particularly racist rant, and has now set up shop at the white nationalist site VDARE. Although he has been largely ostracized by the mainstream media, Derbyshire occasionally still turns up on the fringe, most recently in a series of interviews with blogger Joseph Cotto, who frequently writes up interviews of various fringe-right figures for the open “communities” section of the Washington Times. Cotto posted two interviews with Derbyshire on another... MORE
Kyle Mantyla, Friday 02/28/2014, 3:09pm
Earlier this week, George Washington University Law professor Jonathan Turley testified before the House Judiciary Committee at a hearing is entitled "Enforcing the President’s Constitutional Duty to Faithfully Execute the Laws." Turley has long been a critic of the expansion of executive power and it's encroachment onto the roles constitutionally designated to the other branches of government. At the hearing, Turley testified that the encroachment of executive power has gotten worse under President Obama, which has made him a hero to Glenn Beck who explained on his radio... MORE
Brian Tashman, Friday 02/28/2014, 3:05pm
Gordon Klingenschmitt is aghast at the recent federal court rulings across the country in favor of marriage equality, telling members of his Pray In Jesus Name Project that “this is way beyond the point where it’s gotten out-of-hand.” He calls on Congress to impeach and remove from office any judge who sides with pro-gay rights plaintiffs, since any such judge is “a domestic enemy of the Constitution.” “These lawless judges replace Democracy with dictatorship, abrogate the U.S. Constitution, flaunt the laws of God and nature, assume jurisdiction they don... MORE
Miranda Blue, Friday 02/28/2014, 1:51pm
Last week’s Tea Party Unity conference call – after an eventful conversation between Don Feder and Rick Scarborough  –  featured a presentation from Neil Mammen, author of Jesus is involved in politics!: Why aren’t you? Why isn’t your church? Mammen fielded a question from a caller who asked, “Do you think that we should insist that the next president should have strong religious beliefs to set good examples here in America?” because “Reagan, who ended the Cold War, was by using his Christian beliefs back in the ‘80s, and Obama,... MORE
Brian Tashman, Friday 02/28/2014, 1:50pm
Last year, Anne Paulk and her husband, ex-gay poster boy John Paulk, separated after he announced that he is still gay and criticized the ex-gay movement. But she is still very much the ex-gay activist and on Wednesday appeared on Religious Right broadcaster Janet Parshall’s radio show to “offer Biblical answers for those struggling with same sex attraction,” including her belief that gay men are punished with disease and early death for having sex with other men: Our functionality of our bodies aligns with the intended functionality of our sexuality and put within... MORE
Brian Tashman, Friday 02/28/2014, 1:20pm
Keith Fournier, the editor of Catholic Online and head of the Common Good Alliance, issued a warning today in response to the Texas marriage equality decision, predicting that same-sex marriage will lead to as much violence as China’s Cultural Revolution, which left millions dead. In a post on Matt Barber’s website BarbWire, Fournier writes that marriage must be “liberated” from gay people who are ushering in “nothing less than a Cultural Revolution. I know that some of my readers do not like it when I use the term Cultural Revolution. They object because the... MORE
Miranda Blue, Friday 02/28/2014, 1:05pm
Last week, World Congress of Families spokesman Don Feder joined Rick Scarborough on a Tea Party Unity conference call, where Feder got to talking about how liberals “intimidate” conservative pastors into not speaking out against gay rights. As luck would have it, Scarborough was ready with a “very fresh and very real” anecdote to illustrate that this "threat" comes not just from gay rights activists, but from parishioners who don't want to hear about anal sex in church: Well, let me give you a perspective that’s very fresh and very real.... MORE
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