Month: September 2015

Tony Perkins of Family Research Council strikes again

Bearing false witness is Perkins’ anti-Christian stock in trade

From Raw Story: Tony Perkins: The Constitution protects Christianity but not Islam because it’s not just a religion

Judging all Muslims for the violent behavior of the relative few (as a percentage of total population) makes as much sense as judging Christians on the behavior of Anders Breivik, the George Tiller Killer, the violent clashes in Ireland not so long ago, the Inquisition, and the Crusades.

The real danger, in Islam, in Christianity, even in Buddhism, in any politics, or pretty much any worldview, is radicalism.

And radicalism generally requires first that someone radicalize.

And what does Perkins do and have a long, long history of doing? He incites intolerance and hatred by spreading false witness, utterly contrary to Scripture.

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Why can’t Ben Carson address the ramifications of his bigotry?

Maybe because it would be awkward?

From PolitiFact: Ben Carson: Do any Muslim countries have women’s rights, gay rights or religious freedom?

Spoiler: mostly false, with caveats. Ironically, while busily lambasting nations where a different religion holds the majority and calls the shots, he rather fails in addressing those inequalities and the political extremes evidenced here. (more…)

Trump: no obligation to decency

Surprise!

From The Guardian: Trump: I was not obligated to correct questioner who called Obama Muslim

On Twitter, the Republican presidential frontrunner said: “Am I morally obligated to defend the president every time somebody says something bad or controversial about him? I don’t think so!”

Let’s reframe.

Jackass stands up and, based on zero evidence, driven by lies and disinformation that pander to his own ignorance, bias, and prejudice, suspecting (obviously correctly) that his own ignorance, bias, and prejudice will resonate with both the audience and the speaker (Trump), spouts an absurd and pernicious lie (pernicious in the sense that it’s intended to hurt, not in the sense that were it true there is anything actually wrong with the allegation) and doubles down by expressing a desire for ethnic/religious cleansing on American soil.

This was an opportunity for Trump to demonstrate his leadership skills, to lead toward American unity instead of division.

Of course it’s only natural that he’s under no obligation to actually rise to the challenge when running for the highest office of the land.

Who needs leadership in the presidency after all?

Even McCain had more decency. Even McCain.

Hatemongering on the campaign trail: Huckabee edition

What part of Christianity is this?

From Raw Story: Mike Huckabee: Obama has no right to ‘believe he’s a Christian’ after inviting gays to meet pope

Huck and I have one thing in common. We’re not bashful about telling people how to be better at their faith. I think I’m arguably better at it. Jesus dined with lepers, sinners, and tax collectors, after all, but Huck seems to think the company of spiritual leaders is only reserved for some version of the righteous. I guess he has some litmus test for that that must have been cut out of the Gospels.

Meanwhile, the Pope dines with the homeless instead of Congresspeople. Hrmmm…

By their fruits you shall know them.

Ben Carson: constitutional surgeon

This is what a clausectomy looks like

Ben Carson, perhaps the smartest of the GOP pack running for the nomination, and who has a book on the Constitution coming out a) doesn’t believe a Muslim should be president, and b) doesn’t appear to understand the Constitution.

Why is that?

Article VI, paragraph 3 of the Constitution states: “The Senators and Representatives before mentioned, and the Members of the several State Legislatures, and all executive and judicial Officers, both of the United States and of the several States, shall be bound by Oath or Affirmation, to support this Constitution; but no religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office or public Trust under the United States [emphasis added].”

I’m not sure which is worse, a Constitutional scholar like Obama who appears to do end runs around it like a football player runs laps, or someone like Carson who thinks he knows the Constitution but isn’t willing to apply its principles in practice.

Carly Fiorina’s lie that wouldn’t die

Carly either can’t distinguish between evidence or doesn’t know what it is

Last Saturday I posted this on social media with my own comment:

If anyone has the footage she describes, please post. Otherwise, I’ll go with the existing evidence and conclude that this is just another pernicious lie.

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Brain food: various & sundry

Highlights from the past week

Six Easy Ways To Tell If That Viral Story Is A Hoax: I Fucking Love Science

The Deep State Hiding in Plain Sight: Moyers & Company

Physicists Plan To Put A Microbe In Two Places At Once: I Fucking Love Science

Scientists create the first digital ‘tree of life’ for 2.3 million species: The Christian Science Monitor

Disney To Re-Release Theatrical Cuts Of The Original Star Wars Trilogy: Comic Book.com (more…)