Wealthy African-American entertainer sees no contradiction in treating gay Americans as second-class citizens, because of “morals”:

Irony wept:

“We have no trouble condemning slavery today, since we value a free world. We think that the freedom of all people to travel, and take up residence, and find gainful employment, along with the freedom of religion, conscience, and speech are much better values than they had in the ancient past. If that makes me a chronological snob, then so be it. In this aspect we are morally superior to people in the Bible, just like we’re scientifically superior when it comes to the superstitious practice of bloodletting.

One of evangelical’s finest, Charles Hodge, wrote a 40 paged essay titled, ‘The Bible Argument on Slavery,’ where he laid out the case on behalf of slavery just prior to the civil war. It’s a powerful case. It’s based upon the Bible, and reprinted in Cotton is King (Negro Universities Press, 1969). I have little doubt that if today’s Evangelical Christians lived in the South prior to the civil war, they too would’ve accepted his arguments because of the hermeneutical method of placing specific Biblical verses (Ex. 21:20-21) above Biblically stated principles (Gal. 3:28). [For this distinction see Willard Swartley Slavery, Sabbath, War and Women: Case Issues in Biblical Interpretation (Herald Press, 1984)]. “

Our only remaining source of moral clarity:


10.29 [update]: see also.


Texas Congressional Representative Louie Gohmert responding to Obama’s declaration thatwe do not consider ourselves a Christian nation, or a Jewish nation or a Muslim nation. We consider ourselves a nation of citizens who are bound by ideals and a set of values.”


Rep. Gohmert’s response to Rep. Patrick Murphy’s  call for floor speeches regarding the possibility of repealing the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy, which requires all military service men and women who happen to be gay to keep their sexual orientation secret or be dishonorably discharged.

In other words:



Dr. Hern photographed by Jamie Kripke

“This was a cold-blooded, brutal, political assassination that is the logical consequence of thirty-five years of hate speech and incitement to violence by people from the highest levels of American society, including but in no way limited to George W. Bush, Ronald Reagan, Jesse Helms, Bill O’Reilly, Jerry Falwell, and Pat Robertson.”

This is required reading for anyone who earnestly believes in the importance of freedom from the tyranny of religious zealotry. The pro-oppression Christianists who consistently beat the drum of hatred and ignorance about abortion providers and consumers in this country are at worst outright terrorists and at best terrorist sympathizers; i.e., financial and emotional supporters of “premeditated, politically motivated violence perpetrated against noncombatant targets by subnational groups or clandestine agents

Ian Welsh nails it:

To insurance company executives, their profits, their executive salaries and their bonuses, are worth not just lying about, but killing for.”

* Clever title appropriated without permission from the consistently brilliant Lance Mannion.

Perhaps the most idiotic of the sentimentalist cliches is how we must refrain from any criticisms of the freshly dead regardless of how astoundingly horrible the person was while alive.

Thank you Mr. Hitchens.

And, of course, Chasers.

Oh, and Fox News? Fuck you and your selective sanctimony: