I haven’t read Time in years. I had no idea it had wingnuts of this magnitude working for them these days.
I’m sure by now many of you have heard about a six month nuclear deal that was reached between the six nations and Iran concerning Iran’s nuclear program.
While we’ll undoubtedly hear about this for the coming days/weeks, it’s really not a huge deal. Basically it’s what President Obama said it is — a step in the right direction. It’s a showing of good faith by both sides to see if more progress can be made going forward.
That’s about it.
But of course Republicans are going to make this into some massive issue where President Obama is weakening the United States and giving in to a nation that supports terrorism. I’ve already seen a few comments where somehow this weakens ties with our allies, even though many of our key allies were a part of this deal.
For many Republicans, unless the headline goes something like, “United States sends troops into Iran” or “United States begins bombing of Tehran,” they’re not going to be satisfied with any sort of diplomacy — especially if it was brokered during the Obama administration.
But the one that takes the cake so far is Texas Senator John Cornyn, who posted on his Twitter account:
“Amazing what WH will do to distract from O-care.”
Good news — at least he didn’t say Benghazi. Though I’m sure that’s coming from some Republican soon enough.
But seriously? Senator Cornyn is trying to claim that the nuclear deal organized by six world leaders was all orchestrated to distract from “Obamacare”?
I can see it now… President Obama gets on the phone with the leaders from Germany, France, Russia, China, Britain and Iran, then says something like, “Hey guys, I’ve had some bad press here back at home concerning my new healthcare law. Can you all do me a favor and agree on some kind of nuclear deal so I can distract people from the issues with the Affordable Care Act?”
(Hey, they went along with the fake Moon landing.-SK)
Yeah, because that makes perfect sense.
How the hell do these people become United States Senators? Is there one of those books “Becoming a United States Senator for Dummies” out there somewhere? How stupid do you have to be to suggest that a nuclear deal with Iran has anything to do with problems with the Affordable Care Act?
These people are so desperate to attack the Affordable Care Act that they’ll literally tie anything that President Obama does back to the healthcare law.
And yes, the health care law has had its issues, I’ll be the first to admit that. But the issues with “Obamacare” pale in comparison to the epic disasters that flowed from the Bush administration.
Church-State Watchdog Group Says Science Instructor Has No Right To Proselytize In Public School Classrooms
Nov 19, 2013
The Ohio Supreme Court correctly ruled that a school district was right to fire a teacher for insubordination after he refused to stop teaching creationism and remove certain religious symbols from his classroom, says Americans United for Separation of Church and State.
In a 4-3 decision issued today, the Ohio high court said Mt. Vernon City School District had the right to fire eighth-grade science teacher John Freshwater because the First Amendment does not permit him to ignore orders from his bosses or display whatever religious items he pleases in his classroom.
“Public schools are for teaching, not preaching,” said the Rev. Barry W. Lynn, executive director of Americans United. “Freshwater not only violated that principle, he openly defied the orders of his superiors. That’s not what freedom of religion is about.”
Note: there seems to be something odd about this article, it appears as if for the most part they reprinted the same article twice on the same page, and it seems they used the wrong link on the top part, but its than mirrored lower on the page with the correct link.
“Will anti-evolutionists be able to adapt and survive in a new textbook market?” Hopefully the answer to that question is no. Evolution is fundamental to biology. like it or not, accept it or not. Also one can believe in God and accept evolution, contrary to what many will claim, the two are not mutually exclusive.
Raymond Bohlin holds a doctorate in molecular biology. He received his master’s degree in population genetics, the study of how adaptation and speciation is expressed by DNA. In other words, he possesses more than a passing knowledge about the theory of evolution. At the University of North Texas, he participated in research revealing that colonies of pocket gophers in Oklahoma and Texas, once indistinguishable, had diverged somewhere along the way into two identifiably distinct species.
In a way, so had Bohlin. He never accepted the hypothesis central to his discipline, hardened in the crucible of 150 years of experimentation, validated by the advent of modern genetics. He could not believe that evolutionary mechanisms could account for the dizzying complexity he saw in the living world. It was easier for him to detect the work of some unseen force — a designer’s hand guiding a spontaneous appearance of species — behind the rise of complex life. It’s the sort of completely untestable idea that doesn’t gain much traction among the editors and reviewers of scholarly journals.
And so, according to his own list of published work, Bohlin’s name was never attached to another peer-reviewed scientific study after his paper on gophers in 1982. Faith in a theory for which there is no experiment turned out to be a dead end. Yet he may be the only creationist to have participated in naming a new species, which is exactly what makes him so valuable to a movement that has worked for decades to scrub Charles Darwin from Texas public schools.
The influence of these ideas is pervasive, especially out in “flyover country” where the national media spotlight is not as bright. As I have observed many times here, radical Dominionists and their allies completely own the Republican Party in Lubbock County, for example, and they routinely get 80% of the vote there.
It’s no secret that the Republican party is actively trying to turn this nation into some form of theocracy. Well, at least socially. The GOP is some kind of hybrid where their economic ideologies are based on the philosophies of Ayn Rand (a devout atheist) while their social ideologies are based on some warped view of “Christianity” that I call “Republicanity.” You might be saying to yourself, “It doesn’t make any sense for a political party to base their economic ideologies on someone who didn’t believe in religion while supporting social issues based on religion.”
And you would be right. It makes absolutely no sense. Which is another reason why I don’t consider most of these people actual Christians.
But beneath this continued push to turn the United States into a theocracy lies a much deeper, more dangerous movement that most people aren’t aware of. This movement is called the “7 Cultural Mountains,” or is sometimes referred to as the “7 Mountains Dominionism.”
What is this, you ask? Well, it’s an effort to place “Christian” control over seven areas of our lives these radicals have labeled as “pillars of society.”
The 7 areas are:
Arts and Entertainment
The 7 Cultural Mountains website describes their movement as:
In 1975, Bill Bright, founder of Campus Crusade, and Loren Cunningham, founder of Youth With a Mission, had lunch together in Colorado. God simultaneously gave each of these change agents a message to give to the other. During that same time frame Francis Schaeffer was given a similar message. That message was that if we are to impact any nation for Jesus Christ, then we would have to affect the seven spheres, or mountains of society that are the pillars of any society.
These seven mountains are business, government, media, arts and entertainment, education, the family and religion. There are many subgroups under these main categories. About a month later the Lord showed Francis Schaeffer the same thing. In essence, God was telling these three change agents where the battlefield was. It was here where culture would be won or lost. Their assignment was to raise up change agents to scale the mountains and to help a new generation of change agents understand the larger story.
This website is designed to help educate those who wish to become change agents in culture for Christian values and to connect like-minded men and women for a common vision.
Basically, two people got together for lunch and claimed to have “simultaneously” received a message from God. Around the same time another individual was also given a similar message. That message basically being that “Christianity” should control seven key areas of society.
These are the people who literally think they speak to God.
It’s also the underlying message behind much of what the Republican party — in particular tea party Republicans — are pushing for.
Politicians that openly speak about receiving messages from God, basing campaigns on injecting religious beliefs into their policy making and believe that this nation was founded on “Christian” principles (Government). Social policies which are crafted based on religious ideology that define what constitutes a marriage and when life is created (Family). A government controlled by people who believe this nation is a “Christian” nation (Religion). The continued push to cut funding for public education to such low levels that private school is the only alternative for a decent education. Private schools which are often religiously based (Education). They constantly attack any and all media entities that don’t agree with them, while perpetuating the belief that only their media can be trusted (Media). They’re heavily backed by radical right-wing billionaires, many of whom advocate for open discrimination in the workplace based on religious beliefs (Business). Then they often blame gun violence on video games, claiming it’s entertainment (not guns) that needs more regulative control (Arts and Entertainment).
If you don’t believe this movement has already worked its way into our government, you’re fooling yourself. And as the tea party continues to gain power within the Republican party, this movement will only grow in influence.
Now, I don’t know about you, but I’m absolutely terrified by the thought of this. Some radical, right-wing religious movement based on the idea that three individuals simultaneously received a message from God hoping to force religion into seven major aspects of everyone’s life.
I’m posting this because of two things on this list invented by devout Catholics which piss-off wingnuts to this day. Oh, I love the irony.
By Maggie Freleng
David Futrelle feels the wrath of men’s rights activists daily. He doesn’t belong in the “manosphere,” and that’s okay with him.
“They are some of the worst human beings I have encountered,” Futrelle, a freelance writer and creator of the website “Man Boobz,” tells VITAMIN W.
Man Boobz began about three years ago on a whim out of Futrelle’s frustration with the “dumber” things men’s rights activists say. Yet, Futrelle’s intention with his blog has far exceeded what he originally set out to do. When the former staff writer for Money Magazine first encountered men’s rights activists, he didn’t consider himself a serious feminist.
By the way, I also recommend that everyone here check Futrelle’s Man Boobz blog where he viciously mocks misogynists, mostly of the misnamed “men’s Rights activists” variety.
After the 2012 election, right-wing activists immediately declared that Mitt Romney lost because he was not conservative enough and that Republican candidates must run to the right if they want to succeed in general elections.
Last night in the swing state of Virginia, however, two extremely conservative candidates both lost in their statewide bids, the first time since 1977 that a candidate from the party that lost the presidential election failed to win the Virginia gubernatorial race.
Not only did the Religious Right dream team in Virginia lose both races, but so did an Alabama Republican who ran even farther to the right than his conservative opponent. These defeats come at a time that the Senate is set to pass the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) with bipartisan support and two states—Illinois and Hawaii—are poised to legalize same-sex marriage.
- See more at: rightwingwatch.org