Thursday, June 02, 2005

Congressmen defend proselytizing

The ongoing scandal at the U.S. Air Force Academy is creating enough heat and light to draw a few morons to it, namely several Republican Congressmen. New York Democrat Steve Israel is making the rounds of various religious publications, pointing out that some of his more pin-headed colleagues across the aisle just don't get it. Confirming Israel's complaints are Indiana Rethug John Hostettler, who denies there is a problem at the Academy, and North Carolina Republican Walter Jones, Jr., (a real pant-stain) who says the only problem in Colorado Springs is one of "political correctness." Read about Israel's proposed legislation to deal with the outbreak of evangelical fundie proselytizing at one of our nation's military academies here.

Judge rips Wiccan parents

A Marion County, Indiana, judge has ruled that a couple cannot teach their son about the family's Wiccan religion. Judge Cale J. Bradford made his decision in a divorce decree. Neither Thomas Jones, Jr., nor his ex-wife Tammie U. Bristol had asked for the clause Bradford inserted in the decree. The couple are appealing Bradford's religious meddling. Read about it here.

Wednesday, June 01, 2005

AFA to boycott Ford

A week after its boycott of the Walt Disney Company collapsed, the American Family Association says it will now train its sights on the Ford Motor Company. Ford's sin? "Affirm(ing) and promot(ing) the homosexual lifestyle" by donating money to gay rights groups. Read about it here.

Top cadet spams academy

This year's top cadet at the U.S. Air Force Academy is a beady-eyed Christian zealot who spammed the entire academy with religious quotations right before his graduation. Wing Commander Nicholas Jurewicz is now under investigation for his mass e-mailing. The academy has been embroiled in scandal recently with some cadets complaining that the school favors evangelical fundamentalist Christianity to the point that it allows anti-Semitism to fluorish on campus. Read about it here.

Tuesday, May 24, 2005

Preacher wants God in government

Apparently it's now de rigueur for Baptist ministers to run for public office on the promise to completely erase the line between church and state. Tonight's fledgling pol is Rev. Mark Jarvis. Jarvis is running as a Republican candidate for the Virginia state assembly. "My goal is to invite the presence of God back into the public life," Jarvis said during a recent debate with the incumbent Republican. Hey, at least he's open and honest about what kind of havoc he intends to wreak. Read about it here and here.

Wingnuts drop Mouse boycott

The Christian right American Family Association is saying "no mas" and dropping a nearly decade-long boycott of Walt Disney Co. AFA spokesman Tim Wildmon said Monday that the AFA is ending its nine-year boycott of the company's theme parks and products. "There are so many other issues we need to move on to and deal with that are taking our time and energy," Wildmon added. The AFA originally went to the mats with the Mouse over Disney's extension of benefits to same-sex partners. The boycott didn't put a dent in Disney's drive toward world domination as the company churned up higher and higher profits during the nine years of boycott. Read about it here.

Sunday, May 22, 2005

Porn star set for Bush bash

Remember when California held a recall election for former Gov. Gray Davis? One of the Republican candidates was a young woman named Mary Carey, a blonde, rather pneumatic lovely who makes her living as a pornographic movie star. Carey's back in the spotlight as an invited guest to President Bush's June 14th President's Dinner. Carey will be attending the dinner, sponsored by the National Republican Congressional Committee, along with her boss, California porn king extraordinaire Mark Kulkis. Kulkis is a major GOP contributor and paid big bucks both to attend the dinner and for a private audience with Karl Rove. No word if Mary Carey will be giving Karl a lap dance, but listen to Kulkis rave about the Republican Party: "Republicans bill themselves as the pro-business party. Well, you won't find a group of people more pro-business than pornographers. We contributed over $10 billion to the national economy last year." Our favorite pornographer, Larry Flynt, might take exception to Kulkis' speaking for the entire porn community. Read about Ms. Carey's rendezvouz with the Godly GOP here. Meet Mary on-line here (21 years old and older only, please). Pssst, Mary! Ask Karl whether he swings any weight with the Tacoma Police Department, which recently busted you in a strip club raid.

Friday, May 20, 2005

Dominionists plan revolution

The hayseeds and goosesteppers fueling the rise of the Christian far-right have a game plan for this country. Courtesy of the Yurica Report, here's a great article from a recent edition of Rolling Stone about a meeting of Dominionists -- people who want to turn this nation into an outright theocracy. Bob Moser, the author, wrote for years for the Independent Weekly here in the Triangle region of North Carolina. He does a great job here of turning over a rock and documenting what crawls out from under it.

Moyers blasts political religion

Bill Moyers may be winding down a distinguished career, but that's not stopping him from speaking out on controversial issues. In this essay in a recent New York Review of Books, Moyers tackles the frightening implications of the far-right's fusion of Christian evangelical fundamentalism and Republican politics.

GOP wants intimidated judiciary

Eleanor Clift actually has a pretty good column in this week's Newsweek outlining the real aims of the Republican far right when it comes to judicial nominations. Pay particular attention to Clift's analysis of Sen. Richard Shelby's Constitution Restoration Act of 2004. This nasty piece of legislation is a naked attempt to strip courts at all levels of the ability to review cases that involve religion. Clift includes a money quote from Judith Lichtman, National Partnership for Women & Families, on Shelby's piece of shit pandering to the fundie Godbotherers: “We’re lulled into thinking it’s too ridiculous to pass, but it’s the genius of the right to make what is really radical accepted in the mainstream.” Read about it here. Read the Constitution Restoration Act here. While you're at it, ponder why the So-Called Liberal Media aren't all over this scandalous story.