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You may have heard rightwing pundits such as columnist David Limbaugh, Texas Governor Rick Perry and Todd Starnes of Fox News tell you (with no real evidence, but with lots of emotional rhetoric) about the war that’s being waged against Christianity.
The Christians are absolutley safe. The Justice Department isn’t going to investigate the claims made by priests during sermons. The FCC isn’t going to regulate church sermons and force priests to be truthful and accurate. The United States Congress isn’t going to order the U.S. Treasury to take the words “In God We Trust” off of our money, and religious programming such as “The 700 Club” will not be taken off American television. Christians make up more than 75 percent of the U.S. population and they run all three branches of the U.S. government. They also control the American mainstream media and comprise most of the U.S. armed forces and law enforcement agencies. With such power and wealth and influence at their command, who in America could possibly wage war against them?
However, while many of you are focused on the fabricated “war on Christianity”, there is a very REAL war going on against science and scientists in America. Unlike David Limbaugh, Rick Perry and Todd Starnes of Fox news, I will sumbit real evidence that this war is being waged. Make the jump»
Back in May of 2010 Sarah Palin went on Fox news with Bill O'Reilly and called for U.S. law to be based on the Christian Bible.
Palin is reportedly considering a run for the White House in 2012 and has millions of supporters here in the United States.
During her interview, Palin gushed: “I think we should keep this clean, keep it simple, go back to what our founders and our founding documents meant,” adding, “They’re quite clear that we would create law based on the God of the Bible and the Ten Commandments."
The Constitution was originally written to say,
"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances."
Also in the United States Constitution (Article 6, paragraph 3) states that "no religious test shall ever be required as a qualification to any office or public trust under the United States."
In addition there was Thomas Jefferson's letter to the Danbury Baptist Association in 1802 wherein he describes the "wall of separation between church and state," and explains to the Danbury Baptists that the federal government cannot and will not favor one religion over another or declare an official state religion for the United States of America.
So, our founding fathers said that Congress cannot make any laws that are based on any Gods or any religious books or any religious dogma and Sarah Palin turns around and says that our founding fathers intended that all of our laws would be based on the Christian God and the Christian Bible and Christian dogma.
So, glossing over the fact that Sarah Palin is either dishonest enough to lie about America’s founding fathers or stupid enough to actually believe that America’s founding fathers wanted a Christian theocracy, can you imagine how deranged it would be if we did as Sarah Palin says and re-wrote American law so that it was based on the Ten Commandments?
Now, most Christians can’t even tell you what the Ten Commandments are. And I’m certain that Sarah Palin’s millions of sycophantic groupies aren’t any smarter. So as a free educational service I’m going to tell you what all ten of the commandments are and I’m going to explain why it would be disruptive, chaotic and illogical to make them the basis for America’s legal system.
Promoted. -- GH
Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) railed against President Barack Obama's nominees to the federal bench on Tuesday afternoon, complaining that Obama was only nominating individuals with "ACLU DNA" and rattling off a list of potential judges who are now or have ever been a member of the American Civil Liberties Union.
"I'm sure that less than one percent of the lawyers in America are members of the ACLU," Sessions said. "It seems if you have the ACLU DNA, you get a pretty good leg up to being nominated by this president."
The ACLU -- which has over 500,000 members and supporters -- did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The American Civil Liberties Union is an organization that has gone to court repeatedly over the past nine decades to protect and defend the civil liberties guaranteed in the United States Constitution.
What does Jeff Sessions have against the United States Constitution?
As a United States Senator, Jeff Sessions swore this oath when he first came to office:
"I do solemnly swear that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter: So help me God. "
Okay, so he swore an oath to support and defend the Constitution of the United States, so why is Sessions threatening to block judges that have "ACLU DNA"?
Has Sessions forgotten his oath of office?
Or was he lying when he swore he would support and defend the Constitution of the United States?
Either way his opposition to American civil liberties is troubling.
[ed. note - made link clickable, luaptifer]
Bumped and promoted. Originally posted 2010-11-27 15:56:25 -0500. -- GH
Bill O’Reilly, Sean Hannity and other “news” anchors at Fox “news” have been reporting that Obama’s recent trip to Asia cost the American tax-payer $200 Million a day. This figure was total bullshit. The cost of the trip was far, far less than Bill O’Reilly had reported on Fox “news”
When called on it, Bill O'Reilly goes through some impressive linguistic gymnastics to try and make it sound like (even though the $200 million figure was total bullshit) that Fox "new" didn't tell any lies when they claimed Obama's trip was costing the American tax-payer $200 Million a day.
He claims that even though this $200 Million figure was reported repeatedly on Fox "news" that Fox "news" didn't report it!
Despite the murkiness and evasiveness of Bill O’Reilly’s defense, he seems to be claiming that because the original figure of $200 Million a day came from some person in India (and not a Fox "news" employee) that Fox "news" can't be responsible for spreading bad information. It's that guy in India who’s responsible for spreading bad information.
So, Fox “news” never does any fact checking?
Ever?Make the jump»
Does anybody out there remember what television was like in the 1970s?
Back in the 1970s we had TV shows like Welcome back Kotter, Barney Miller, Chico and the Man, M*A*S*H*, All in the Family. WKRP in Cincinnati, the ABC After school special and Fat Albert.
The main thing that binds all of these TV shows together was that all of these shows had a social message. They taught important lessons. They taught about the importance of trying to resolve problems without violence, the stupidity of racism, the ugliness of war, the importance of social justice, the importance of getting a good education, the importance of accepting of people who are different than you are, the importance of staying off of drugs and other social messages as well.
We also had Schoolhouse rock which helped to educate America's children.
That was then. This is now.Make the jump»
[ed note -CM1] Bumped for some Christianist food for thought.
Do Republicans want to turn America into a Christian theocracy?
This is not a question that news anchors or political analysts have been asking (at least not in public), but maybe they should be.
Republican leader Mike Huckabee has gone on record as saying that the Constitution of the United States of America should be amended to conform to the word of God. That sounds pretty straightforward to me. Make the jump»
I first became interested in this subject back in 2007. At that time, a University of Florida student (Andrew Meyer) had attended a speech by Senator John Kerry and asked him questions afterwards. The student had asked Senator Kerry a series of questions that Kerry was perfectly ready, willing and able to answer, however the police at the event didn’t approve of the things Meyer has said. They cut the power to his microphone, threw him on the ground, pinned him, handcuffed him and then used a taser to assault him.
Make the jump»
Promoted by GH. Originally posted 2009-06-15 14:04:50 -0400.
Joseph Goebbels was Adolf Hitler's propaganda minister from 1933 to 1945. In that position, he perfected an understanding of the "Big Lie" technique of propaganda, which is based on the principle that a lie, if audacious enough and repeated enough times, will be believed by the masses.
Goebbels used modern propaganda techniques to psychologically prepare the German people for aggressive war and the annihilation of civilian populations. Among other propaganda devices, he accused many of Germany's ethnic and national minorities (such as the Poles, the Jews, the French) of trying to destroy Germany.
Is there really any significant difference between the propaganda of Joseph Goebbels in the 30s and 40s, and the propaganda of people like Bill O'Reilly, Sean Hannity, Ann Coulter and Rush Limbaugh? Make the jump»
Bumped and promoted. Originally posted 2008-09-18 09:33:30 -0500, from the same person who brought you Christians Who Hate Christ. Enjoy. -- GH
Imagine you bought a used car back in 2003 and after driving it around for a few months you discovered that the odometer had been rolled back, the airbags had been deployed and never replaced, the spare tire in the trunk was bald and the transmission had been so badly abused that it burnt out in six months.
Would you buy another used car from the same salesman?
Hopefully, after getting burned by the same salesman once, you would never trust him a second time. Sadly, people in America seem to like being suckered. Make the jump»
Promoted -- GH. Originally posted 2008-06-22 15:50:20 -0500.
This is the oath John McCain will have to swear if he is declared winner of America's presidential election in November of 2008. Every American president since George Washington has had to take the same oath. It is an American tradition that defines us even more so than baseball and Mom's apple pie. If the Constitution of the United States is not preserved, protected and defended, then this country isn't really the land of democracy that America's founding fathers created and wished to preserve.
However, it would seem that John McCain has no respect for America's founding fathers, or the U.S. Constitution which every president must swear and oath to defend. Make the jump»
It is not typically my style to write editorials or news stories about religion. Religion typically inspires people to emotional reactions rather than intellectual thought, however this time I have a point about America's political and corporate leadership that requires me to examine what the Bible said and how loyally the Republicans and Right-Wingers have followed the dictates of Jesus Christ.
You see, the Republicans of my lifetime (1966 up until present day) have been very fond of claiming that the Christian God is on their side and that they're doing the Lord's work. George W. Bush even went so far as to claim that his favorite philosopher was Jesus Christ. But really, when you read the words of Jesus Christ how well do the Republicans walk the walk? What would Jesus Christ say about Republicans such as Pat Robertson, Jerry Falwell, Ronald Reagan, George W. Bush or Rush Limbaugh? Make the jump»