Despite the religious right’s clamoring for a Republican victory in 2016, there is, perhaps, a reason why more establishment Republicans didn’t attend the Values Voter Summit: They actually want to win elections. And in order to win, it’s imperative that they gain a share of the millennial and women vote. With a platform so divorced from reality, no one outside the realm of “values voters” is likely to be convinced that they will.
Rob Boston of Americans United for the Separation of Church and State, debunks some common myths put forth by the religious right, about the ten commandments. This is a must for anyone to read who supports secularism, and opposes their anti liberty agenda.
Anyone who spends time around members of the Religious Right quickly realizes that they have a serious crush on the Ten Commandments.
The Ten Commandments are found in the Old Testament and are closely identified with the history of Judaism. But in recent years, they’ve been adopted by right-wing fundamentalist Christians eager to prove that the United States has religious underpinnings and wasn’t founded to be a secular nation.
This far-right obsession with the Commandments has legal and political ramifications because fundamentalists often try to display the Commandments at seats of government.
A few days ago, Charisma, a Christian magazine, published an article titled “Why I Am Absolutely Islamophobic,” by Gary Cass. The article opens with:
My fear is not an irrational fear based on uniformed prejudice; rather it’s an historic, clear eyed, informed, rational fear. ISIS is doing to American journalists what every true follower of Muhammad wants to do to you and yours—subjugate or murder you. They believe they have been given a mandate by Allah (Satan) to dominate the world.
He goes on to ponder the best way to deal with this menace. Should we convert the heathens? No!
1. Conversion. Wouldn’t it be wonderful to see Muslims turn from Satan (Allah) to Christ? But, I agree with Phil Robertson: This is not biblically doable. Why? God has a plan and he revealed it at the birth of Ishmael, the father of the Arabs.
Well, perhaps if we let them have their own corner of the world, we can work something out? Nope:
2) D.A.M.N. (Deport All Muslims Now). Deport them like Spain was forced to do when they deported the Muslim Moors. Muslims in America are procreating at twice the rate of other groups. So either we force them all to get sterilized, or we wait for the “Army of Islam” to arise in our midst and do what Muslims always do, resort to violence.
So, what’s left, Mr. Cass?
3. Violence. The only thing that is biblical and that 1,400 years of history has shown to work is overwhelming Christian just war and overwhelming self defense. Christian Generals Charles Martel in 732 and Jon Sobieski in 1672 defeated Islamic Turks and their attempts to take the West. Who will God raise up to save us this time? Will God even intervene or turn us over to the Muslims for turning against Him?
Either way, we must be prepared for the increase of terror at home and abroad. This is not irrational, but the loving thing we must do for our children and neighbors. First trust in God, then obtain a gun(s), learn to shoot, teach your kids the Christian doctrines of just war and self defense, create small cells of family and friends that you can rely on if some thing catastrophic happens and civil society suddenly melts down.
ISIS has done us all a favor. The true face of Islam is on full display even as Muhammad is burning in hell. We will have to face the harsh truth that radical Islam has no place in civilized society. Militant Muslims cannot live in a society based on Christian ideals of equality and liberty. They will always seek to harm us.
You can find the original article here, because the editors at Charisma had an attack of intelligence and have taken the article down. They haven’t apologized or anything, but they have taken it down.
But it doesn’t matter, does it? The fact that no one in this prominent conservative Christian magazine saw nothing wrong with publishing this article says a lot about the Religious Right.
I originally found this article through Fred Clark, who posts for the Slacktivist blog: Charismanews.com goes full-on Hutu radio. Fred Clark has since posted an article on the author Gary Cass: So who is this Gary Cass guy?
Guess what? Wingnut religious right hero, Putin is persecuting evangelical Christians! Will the American religious right who has constantly complained about imaginary persecution of Christians in America take notice? Most likely no, they won’t. Most likely they either won’t believe that their homophobic hero is persecuting fellow Christians, ( In some cases certainly fellow conservative Christians ) or they’ll come up with some really dumb excuse.
Its sad whenever one group is denied their rights, but this just goes to show how far from reality our anti reality, anti gay, anti religious minority wingnuts really are.
Obama and other American Liberals should take the time to speak out against Russia persecution of non Orthodox Christians. Not only will they be helping innocent people, but they’ll be able to make our wingnuts look even worse than they already do.
Brian Tashman over at Rightwing Watch reports.
The same Religious Right activists who accuse President Obama of persecuting Christians by supporting gay rights, have over the last few years hailed Russian leader Vladimir Putin as a hero and global leader of conservative Christians.
Religious Right leaders such as Franklin Graham, Phyllis Schlafly, William Murray, Pat Buchanan, Bryan Fischer, Brian Brown, Don Feder and Scott Lively, among others, have lionized Putin as a fearless Christian leader who is bravely cracking down on gay rights. The World Congress of Families even decided to hold its annual summit in the Kremlin this year (the group officially cancelled the event after Russia began its conflict with Ukraine, but its Russian partners are quietly going ahead with it).
Of course, while claims that Obama is persecuting Christians are completely manufactured by conservatives, there is ample evidence that Putin-sponsored forces in eastern Ukraine are violently persecuting evangelical and Ukrainian Orthodox Christians.
Leah Nelson exposes the genocidal “Christian Anti-Defamation Commission.”
As news of the ultra-violent Islamic State in Iraq and Syria’s (ISIS) repugnant activities has filtered into America’s consciousness, right-wing politicians and media outlets have made the group the latest cause célèbre in their endless rhetorical war against the twin evils of Islam and immigration.
An extremist group too radical for even Al Qaeda to stomach, ISIS has horrified the world with the recent beheading of two American journalists and its brutal massacres of Iraqi religious minorities. Though there is no evidence that ISIS has operatives in America, ultraconservative Texas Gov. Rick Perry has suggested that the group has sent combatants over the U.S.-Mexico border, while WorldNetDaily, a far-right conspiracist online tabloid, claims that ISIS is working with Mexican drug cartels to infiltrate this country.
The LGBT- and Muslim-bashing hate group Christian Anti-Defamation Commission (CADC), takes it one step further than that.
In an unsigned Sept. 4 blog post apparently written by CADC head Gary Cass (Cass is known to write most of the posts on the CADC site), the group seems convinced that ISIS is already here - and it thinks American Christians must prepare to fight back with “overwhelming Christian just war.” In the post, titled “I’m Islamophobic, Are You?,” CADC says “every true follower of Mohammed wants to … subjugate and murder you. They believe they have been given a mandate by Allah (Satan) to dominate the world.”
Punishments to include jail time and hard labor.
I’m also guessing by the wording of the Amendment, that Michael Wilson has no respect for the establishment clause either. Man you can just smell the homophobia.
Oh and gay people have made it a zero sum game? No bigots like you have made it a zero sum game. You guys made it a zero sum game from day one. I’ll bet Wilson is a big supporter of that hideous “Kill The Gays” bill. American Religious right loons worked tirelessly to spread homophobia in Uganda which help to bring that about in the first place. I bet Wilson is proud of those people.
This makes me so glad its not easy to amend our constitution.
He doesn’t have much respect for “man’s law” either. He’d rather we have attacked the supreme court justices who ruled in favor of gay rights and abortion and just refuse to obey the law. Unsurprisingly he’s also a supporter of Cliven Bundy because he wants “the second commandment to be defended by the second amendment.” Wilson doesn’t even think “Fox News” is “conservative,” and I’m not joking when I say that.
I want to thank Jeremy Hooper for creating a post about this at his blog Good As You. He’s one of the people who’s “life style” Wilson wants to outlaw. If not for him I wouldn’t know about this this wingnut.
Not believing in science is like not being sexually attracted to the sun: It’s not applicable, it doesn’t care, and it still works to make your modern life possible, whether you like it or not.Medioimages/Photodisc/Photodisc/Getty Images
No matter how romantic sunsets are. Or how euphemistically you say “fusion.”
Unfortunately, some people think there’s a war between scientific equipment and invisible spirits, and instead of inventing the Ghostbusters, they declared war on understanding itself. The Internet recently shared this page from a science textbook:BJU Press
Making the Insane Clown Posse look like electromagnetic masterminds.
Obviously that’s too stupid to be real, but publishing such things anyway is Bob Jones University’s entire deal. They’re a private Christian university and press, and that page is from their Christian home schooling book Science 4. It’s a stupider attack on the future than How to Hide Land Mines in Time Capsules for Dummies, and even more damaging for the target market. Gary Busey’s science textbook was better. I found a copy of Science 4 with the teacher’s study guide, and America, when you notice your students starting to misspell IQ tests, now you’ll know who to blame.
So glad they wouldn’t be allowed to use this “science” textbook in our public schools at least.
An interesting commentary by Julia Burke, on the obsession some people on the far left have with food, and how it is similar to how some people on right feel about sex. Do you agree? Do you think the analogy is appropriate?
It occurred to me a few weeks ago after a discussion based on a pro-GMO post Kavin wrote for Grounded Parents. Bring up reproductive rights and liberals shake their heads and remark on the incredible cognitive dissonance of the Religious Right. Sure, the Right is “small government” in theory, but it’s about sex, liberals shrug. It’s about policing women’s bodies and an obsessive desire to control what happens in people’s bedrooms. It’s a complete fear and denial of scientific data in favor of emotionally overblown gut reaction.
Then you bring up GMOs. Or locally sourced meat. Or whatever diet is trendy that week.
Food, and how to eat it as “responsibly” as possible, with a particular focus on “where it comes from,” has become the hot-button topic of white liberals. Witness the euphoria surrounding the dawn of food trucks. Witness the Locavore movement. Witness the spot-on “Local Chicken” sketch on Portlandia—those of us who live in “progressive cities,” like my own Madison, laugh at this parody because we’ve heard similar exchanges so many times.
Its been awhile since I took on my favorite punching bag. Bradlee Dean, who’s bigotry, stupidity, insane level of hatred for president Obama, and bizarre views on the left and bestiality I covered in the past, is promoting a new video that’s basically a giant ad for himself. Bradlee Dean is such a “humble” man.