February 2014

Miranda Blue, Wednesday 02/26/2014, 4:46pm
Religious Right talk show host Steve Deace has been on a tear recently about Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul’s lack of response to a federal judge’s ruling striking down his state’s ban on marriage equality, and brought Michael Peroutka of the Institute on the Constitution on to his program today to discuss the issue further. The two started off with talking about “freedom to discriminate” bill such as the one being considered in Arizona. “Would Jesus bake a cake for homosexuals wanting to get quote-unquote ‘married’?” Deace asked. “I... MORE
Brian Tashman, Wednesday 02/26/2014, 4:20pm
UPDATE: The Mississippi Business Journal reports: “The Mississippi House of Representatives Civil Subcommittee late Wednesday voted to strike provisions of a so-called ‘religious freedom’ bill.” The Mississippi state legislature may soon approve its own anti-gay “right-to-discriminate” bill, which already passed the State Senate as part of legislation that adds “In God We Trust” to the state seal. The Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty criticized a similar bill in Georgia that the group warned would turn religion into “an... MORE
Kyle Mantyla, Wednesday 02/26/2014, 4:08pm
On his radio program today, Bryan Fischer offered up another defense of the Arizona law that would allow businesses to legally discriminate against gay customers in the name of protecting "religious liberty," declaring that opposition to the law is itself an effort to institute Jim Crow laws that discriminate against Christians. "Yeah, Jim Crow is back," Fischer said, "but it's because of the work of Big Gay and their allies, including the NFL." Claiming that the NFL has threatened to move the Super Bowl from Arizona if Gov. Jan Brewer does not "bow the... MORE
Brian Tashman, Wednesday 02/26/2014, 1:55pm
An Arizona-based Tea Party group is rallying around the state’s ‘right-to-discriminate’ legislation, SB 1062, by claiming that “the First Amendment protects only the practice of the Christian faith.” The Williams Tea Party of Coconino County defended the anti-gay bill on its website, alleging that “the First Amendment protects only the practice of the Christian faith” and that the First Amendment “protects the right of those of the Christian faith to not serve those who are clearly abhorrent to that faith.” The group also attacked a pastor... MORE
Miranda Blue, Wednesday 02/26/2014, 1:26pm
Scott Lively has been backtracking from his support for Uganda’s harsh new anti-gay law, telling the Associated Press that he would “rather the Ugandans had followed the Russian anti-propaganda model.” In a statement published on his website yesterday, Lively repeats his praise of Russia’s “gay propaganda ban” as a way to “avoid the moral degeneracy that has occurred in the U.S. and E.U. due to so-called ‘gay rights.’” While Lively says the law’s punishments are too harsh, he applauds Uganda for “taking a strong stand... MORE
Miranda Blue, Wednesday 02/26/2014, 1:00pm
Since the IRS proposed new regulations of political activity by 501(c)4 nonprofit groups, the Religious Right has been up in arms, claiming that President Obama wants to use the regulations to “silence the Christians,” “silence conservatives,” and “eliminate his enemies.” The only problem with this claim is that the proposed regulations wouldn't actually target conservative groups – they would affect all 501(c)4 groups equally, including many progressive groups like People For the American Way. In fact, progressive groups have been split on the... MORE
Brian Tashman, Wednesday 02/26/2014, 12:30pm
Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) says he is a fan of the Arizona bill that would pave the way for legal anti-gay discrimination by businesses. Speaking today with Janet Mefferd, Gohmert said that the law would merely uphold constitutional principles. “These are religious beliefs and how have we gotten so far afield from the Constitution that we say, well if you’re not willing to embrace the liberal beliefs that we have then your religious beliefs are not protected,” Gohmert said. “It doesn’t say that in the Frist Amendment, it avoids the establishment of a religion.... MORE
Kyle Mantyla, Wednesday 02/26/2014, 12:08pm
Do you recall the story Glenn Beck told a few years back when he traveled to New York City and he was treated badly when he dined in several restaurants and then treated even worse on his flight back to Texas? Beck railed about it on his program the following week, repeatedly complaining that he was treated "as a subhuman," stating that he "just wanted to be treated as a human" who was worthy of dignity and respect: I’m tired of being treated as a criminal, a disease, mentally challenged, stupid, or subhuman just because I happen to believe that the founders weren... MORE
Miranda Blue, Wednesday 02/26/2014, 11:59am
Pat Buchanan visited the Steve Malzberg show yesterday to expound on his column suggesting that the U.S. repeal all civil rights laws. “Everybody is claiming victim status,” Buchanan complained. “This isn’t the same situation we had at Selma bridge,” he added, “and it is time to move on.” “Some of these civil rights laws in my judgment, once the job that they have been passed to do have been done, the reason they are continuing is because there is this gigantic bureaucratic empire that has been built up and erected to sit on top of all of us and... MORE
Brian Tashman, Wednesday 02/26/2014, 11:45am
Pat Robertson today endorsed a campaign to impeach Eric Holder because of the attorney general’s stance on marriage equality. “I really think the House should impeach Holder,” the 700 Club host said. “There should be a move of impeachment in the House and he should resign.” “What we’re seeing now more and more is the rights of homosexuals, the practice of homosexuality, sodomy, consensual sodomy, is being raised and elevated above the rights of religious believers and that is terrible,” he said, warning that gay rights is trampling on the First... MORE
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