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The 53-year-old head of Britainâ€™s second-biggest bank said banks are the â€œbackboneâ€ of the economy. Rewarding high- performing bankers with more pay doesnâ€™t conflict with Christian values, he said. Varley was paid 1.08 million pounds ($1.77 million) and no bonus in 2008.
â€œTalent is highly mobile,â€ Varley, a Catholic, said. â€œIf we fail to pay or are constrained from paying competitive rates then that talent will move to another employer.â€
â€œIs Christianity and banking compatible? Yes,â€ he said in an interview after the speech in the 283-year-old church. â€œAnd is Christianity and fair reward compatible? Yes.â€
Varley joins Goldman Sachs International adviser Brian Griffiths and Lazard International Chairman Ken Costa as London bankers whoâ€™ve gone into London churches in recent weeks and invoked Christianity to defend a banking system that critics say has created wealth and inequality in the U.K.
â€œThe injunction of Jesus to love others as ourselves is an endorsement of self-interest,â€ Goldmanâ€™s Griffiths said Oct. 20, his voice echoing around the gold-mosaic walls of St. Paulâ€™s Cathedral, whose 365-feet-high dome towers over the City, Londonâ€™s financial district. â€œWe have to tolerate the inequality as a way to achieving greater prosperity and opportunity for all.â€
â€œThe levels of inequality in London are just mind- boggling,â€ said Nicholas Sagovsky, canon theologian at the 764- year-old Westminster Abbey, where British monarchs are crowned and Queen Elizabeth I and Queen Mary I are buried.
Bankers are trying to defuse public anger at a financial crisis that triggered a state bailout of lenders including Lloyds Banking Group Plc and Royal Bank of Scotland Group Plc. The two banks yesterday got 31.3 billion pounds more from the government, after receiving 37 billion pounds last year.
â€œItâ€™s terrible to say things like that in a church,â€ Neil Jameson, executive director of London Citizens, a non-profit that campaigns on issues from low pay to crime, said of Goldmanâ€™s Griffiths. â€œHe should be condemned,â€ Jameson said.
The efforts to try to burnish the image of bankers have gone from being unconvincing to ridiculous. I am certain we will see Jon Stewart comment on the latest twist, of trying to claim that God wants banks (and therefore bankers) to make a lot of money.
Since Calvinism is the de facto religion of America, equating wealth with virtue would normally make perfect sense. But one of my colleagues, who is thinking about writing a book on Christianity and capitalism, points out that God as depicted in the Bible is not a very good steward of the planet. He regularly uses brimstone, floods, earthquakes, plagues, and whatnot. And there arenâ€™t offsetting scenes of acts of nature conservancy. So if man was created in Godâ€™s image, and God seems to have a bit of an appetite for destruction, perhaps the God-invokers are barking up the wrong tree. They might instead consider passing themselves off as mere vessels of Divine will in helping make bad things happen, that the people are who are suffering, in good Calvinist logic, clearly must be sinners somehow, even if it is not obvious what they did wrong.
During a debate on the House floor today over designating 21 miles of the Molalla River as â€œwild and scenic,â€ Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC), who opposes the legislation, tried to claim a progressive environmental record for her party. â€œActually, the GOP has been the leader in starting good environmental programs in this country,â€ said Foxx.
Foxx then extended her claims of the GOPâ€™s progressive history to the issue of civil rights. â€œJust as we were the people who passed the civil rights bills back in the â€™60s without very much help from our colleagues across the aisle,â€ said Fox. â€œThey love to engage in revisionist history.â€ When Foxx finally yielded her time on the floor, Rep. Dennis Cardoza (D-CA) passionately rebuked her:
CARDOZA: Today, what Iâ€™m hearing on the floor really takes the cake. The gentlelady from North Carolina, in her statement just now, indicated that the Republican GOP had passed the Civil Rights Act legislation with almost no help from the Democrats. I canâ€™t believe my ears. It was the Kennedy and Johnson administration where we passed that Great Society legislation. It was over the objections of people like Jesse Helms from the gentlewomanâ€™s state that we passed that civil rights legislation. John Lewisâ€¦
FOXX: Would, would the gentleman yield?
CARDOZA: No, I will not yield. John Lewis, a member of this House, was beaten on the Edmund Pettus bridge to get that civil rights legislation passed. Tell John Lewis that he wasnâ€™t part of getting that legislation passed.
The battle among Republicans over what the party should stand for â€” and how much it should accommodate dissenting views on important issues â€” is probably going to move from the states to the Republican National Committee when it holds its winter meeting this January in Honolulu.
Republican leaders are circulating a resolution listing 10 positions Republican candidates should support to demonstrate that they â€œespouse conservative principles and public policiesâ€ that are in opposition to â€œObamaâ€™s socialist agenda.â€ According to the resolution, any Republican candidate who broke with the party on three or more of these issuesâ€“ in votes cast, public statements made or answering a questionnaire â€“ would be penalized by being denied party funds or the party endorsement.
The proposed resolution was signed by 10 Republican national committee members and was distributed on Monday morning. They are asking for the resolution to be debated when Republicans gather for their winter meeting.
The resolution invokes Ronald Reagan, and noted that Mr. Reagan had said the Republican Party should be devoted to conservative principles but also be open to diverse views. President Reagan believed, the resolution notes, â€œthat someone who agreed with him 8 out of 10 times was his friend, not his opponent.â€
Hence the provision calling for cutting off Republicans who agree with the party on seven of 10 items. The resolution demands that Republicans support â€œsmaller government, smaller national deficits and lower taxes,â€ denial of government funding for abortion, and â€œvictory in Iraq and Afghanistan.â€ It calls on candidates to oppose amnesty for illegal immigrants and repealing of the Defense of Marriage Act.
The development is going to put pressure on Michael Steele, the party chairman, as he tries to maintain a balance between those in his party who have been saying the road to victory is to include divergent views, and those who say the party needs to embrace conservative principles that have been at its core.
Mr. Steele managed, at his partyâ€™s last meeting, to steer clear of potentially contentious resolutions, including one that equated Democrats with socialists.
Gail Gitcho, a spokeswoman for the committee, said it was not clear what Mr. Steele would do.
â€œThe deadline for submitting resolutions for the R.N.C. Winter Meeting is more than 30 days away,â€ she said. â€œAt this point, we do not what resolutions will be submitted nor what the final language of any resolution ultimately submitted may be.â€
Here is the resolutionâ€™s list:
(1) We support smaller government, smaller national debt, lower deficits and lower taxes by opposing bills like Obamaâ€™s â€œstimulusâ€ bill;
(2) We support market-based health care reform and oppose Obama-style government run health care;
(3) We support market-based energy reforms by opposing cap and trade legislation;
(4) We support workersâ€™ right to secret ballot by opposing card check;
(5) We support legal immigration and assimilation into American society by opposing amnesty for illegal immigrants;
(6) We support victory in Iraq and Afghanistan by supporting military-recommended troop surges;
(7) We support containment of Iran and North Korea, particularly effective action to eliminate their nuclear weapons threat;
(8) We support retention of the Defense of Marriage Act;
(9) We support protecting the lives of vulnerable persons by opposing health care rationing and denial of health care and government funding of abortion; and
(10) We support the right to keep and bear arms by opposing government restrictions on gun ownership
HILL: Mary, are you seeing the center? Which as we know, moderate independents are increasingly important in every election. And 2010, not that far away.
MATALIN: I — I’m going to ask again. I want Paul to tell me who of the 49 blue dog Democrats which constitute three quarters of what constitutes the majority of the party, who — which blue dog Democrat would be against three of these things? I can’t think of anyone in any district.
And the country is 2 to 1 conservative. And the — it’s not — people don’t identify themselves, people who do identify themselves as Republicans and Democrats are in the minority. Who identifies themselves as independents are 2 to 1 conservative. And they’re increasingly opposed to these big government programs that President Obama has ushered in. And it’s hurting the party.
The generic ballot for Republicans, when they were running as liberal lights, was minus seven. Now it’s plus four. That’s a swing of 11 points on the “would you vote for a Republican or a Democrat in your district?” So we need to get back to what — how we got off track in the first place when we were in the majority.
HILL: And we also need to wrap this up or I’m in big trouble. So Paul, I’ll let you have the last 30 seconds.
BEGALA: I’m just amused that Mary is not saying that — I guess George Bush and John McCain, men she supported, were somehow liberal light.
I think this is great. I think the Republicans should go back to the Dark Ages. And don’t stop there. Go all the way to the Stone Age. This is what I want as a Democrat. I couldn’t be happier. It’s my Thanksgiving gift from the RNC. And I want to thank the Republicans for trying to keep the Democrats in the center.
read it all at C&L
The Eagle Tribune, By J.J. Huggins, November 27
Methuen, MA â€” Mary Jo Coady walked into her daughter’s bedroom Sunday afternoon and noticed a familiar image on the bottom of an iron sitting on the floor.
“I see his eyes, his nose, his whole face and I was like, ‘That’s Jesus looking at us,’” Coady said.
The rust-colored residue on the bottom of the iron strikes a remarkable resemblance to Jesus Christ. For the 44-year-old secretary who was raised Catholic, the image reaffirmed her faith at a time when she has separated from her husband, had her hours cut at work, and moved out of a house she owned and started renting a home where she now lives with her two college-age daughters.
“It just gave me a sign that life is going to be good,” Coady said. “I think he’s listening.”
Dr. Joseph Kelley, associate professor of religious and theological studies at Merrimack College, called upon the thinking of Swiss psychoanalyst Carl Jung to explain the phenomenon. Jung believed external religious images such as statues, icons, and sacraments receive their power from the deeper spiritual realities in the souls of people who revere the images, Kelley said.
“A person sees the image of Jesus somewhere because the inner presence of Christ is active in their spiritual life and is projected out into the external world. So a person’s conviction about the outer image is rooted in her or his inner spiritual life,” said Kelley. “Jung thought this was true, both of accepted religious images and artifacts, such as a painting of Jesus or Moses or a saint, as well as of more idiosyncratic or accidental phenomena. The external image has meaning because of the inner conviction of the one who believes.”
getting struck by lightening, why is he wearing a straight jacket
National Post, by Mary Vallis, December 4
Tis the season for Jesus! As Christmas approaches, the saviour is turning up all kinds of unexpected places. Not to be outdone by the Virgin Mary, who chose to appear on a grilled cheese sandwich a few years back, Jesus is making his appearances everywhere from Texas to Tennessee.
The mayor of Arlington, Tennessee, believes he knows exactly why President Barack Obama chose last Tuesday night to announce his Afghanistan troop surge: It was a nefarious plot by the “Muslim” president to pre-empt that night’s broadcast of A Charlie Brown Christmas.
Russell Wiseman, mayor of Memphis suburb Arlington, suggested in a Facebook posting that Obama wanted to obscure the traditional Christmas TV special’s Christian message. And in what the Memphis Commercial Appeal described as “an extensive thread that attacked the president,” Wiseman also said that Obama supporters “need to move to a Muslim country … oh wait, that’s America … pitiful.”
This is how the Commercial Appeal transcribed Wiseman’s Facebook posting, which is accessible only to the mayor’s Facebook friends:
Ok, so, this is total crap, we sit the kids down to watch ‘The Charlie Brown Christmas Special’ and our muslim [sic] president is there, what a load … try to convince me that wasn’t done on purpose. Ask the man if he believes that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and he will give you a 10 minute disertation [sic] about it….[w]hen the answer should simply be ‘yes’….
And in a statement that will inevitably be interpreted as a declaration of either a class war or a racial war, Wiseman went on to lament the fact that Americans who don’t own property are allowed to vote.
“[Y]ou know, our forefathers had it written in the original Constitution that ONLY property owners could vote, if that has stayed in there, things would be different…,” Wiseman wrote.
Asked by the Commercial Appeal to comment on his screed, the mayor replied that the newspaper was “making a mountain out of a molehill” over the story.
Read the full story at the Memphis Commercial Appeal here.
of why the US needs universal health care. He exhibits paranoia coupled with extreme narcissistic personality disorder. How many innocents have been harmed by his untreated mania? In the absence of freely available mental health care, the most one can hope for is that he fell through that very thin ice he’s standing on.
Media Matters For America, by Brian Frederick, December 19
Newt Gingrich became the latest to play the ridiculous “it’s snowing so global warming must be a hoax” card. Gingrich took to Twitter – where he’s been schooled before – on Saturday morning to share a few thoughts about the storm:
newtgingrich As callista and i watched what dc weather says will be 12 to 22 inches of snow i wondered if God was sending a message about copenhagen
newtgingrich After the expanding revelations of dishonesty in climategate having a massive snow storm as obama promises our money to the world is ironic
newtgingrich There is something jimmy carter like about weather service upgrading frrom winter storm to blizzard as global warming conference wants US $
I might add this tweet, too.
@BobbyJindal approval rating at 65%, Amazing results for one of our brightest governors
A U.S.-based conservative Christian organization [*cough* American Family Association *cough*] has said that Tilikum, the male killer whale who last week dragged to her death his 40-year-old trainer Dawn Brancheau, should himself be stoned to death in accordance with biblical scriptures.
Posted on the website of the American Family Association (AFA) on February 25, the day after the tragic death of Ms Brancheau, and seemingly receiving little publicity until now, a blog written by Bryan Fischer refers twice to Exodus, the second book of the Old Testament, when calling for Tilikum to be stoned to death.
Maintaining that had “the counsel of the Judeo-Christian tradition … been followed, Tillikum would have been put out of everyone’s misery back in 1991″ Bryan Fischer does not however suggest that the killer whale’s owner should be “put to death” as the Book of Exodus would seem to allow.
Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) is calling for a strong re-assertion of states rights against Congress — in the form of a Constitutional amendment to eliminate the direct popular election of Senators, and go back to the pre-17th Amendment setup of state legislatures appointing them.
“Ever since the safeguard of State legislatures electing U.S. Senators was removed by the 17th Amendment in 1913, there has been no check or balance on the Federal power grab for the last 97 years,” Gohmert said in a press release, calling for a constitutional convention of the states. “Article V requires a minimum of 34 states to request a Convention which in this case, would be an Amendment Convention for only ONE amendment.”
The second of seven religious name changes planned by a Zion man â€” from In God We Trust to One Nation Under God â€” was approved Friday by Lake County Associate Judge Helen Rozenberg.
One Nation Under God, who was known as Steve Kreuscher before he made his first name change in 2008, said his next name will be 777, a sequence significant in Christianity.
Under God came to court in Waukegan armed with a list of various name changes allowed around the country, should he have needed them to convince the judge. He didn’t. Rozenberg had said last week that she wanted to research the legality of the change before granting it.
Under God, 59, said he’s making the name changes to draw attention to the need for the Christian “unity” America had in the 1950s and because of the loss of “religious freedoms” in the United States, including school prayer.
He also said he expects the name changes to give him some notice as an artist.
Under God, a slight, soft-spoken man, declined to say where he worked or what he did for a living, but he did say his name changes and artwork have gained support and respect in the community. “Hardly anyone teases me,” he said.
After 777, Under God said he wants to change his name to What Would Jesus Do, No Cross No Crown, Thermado Zattersof and, finally, Angelico Zioneero.
I understand he’s planning to change his name to an odor. It will be a complex aroma somewhere between the smell of turpentine and fish, but for simplicity his close friends and family will be able to refer to him as the smell of fish for short.
[yes, I understand that's an old Prince joke. We all understand the importance of recycling nowadays.]
“The best-informed man is not necessarily the wisest. Indeed there is a danger that precisely in the multiplicity of his knowledge he will lose sight of what is essential.”
- Dietrich Bonhoeffer
Crooks and Liars, By karoli, August 18
For anyone familiar with the mantra of fundamentalist Christians, what I’m about to share will not surprise you. What might surprise you, though, is how doggedly Sharron Angle pursued the question of a high school football team wearing black jerseys for one homecoming game.
Back in 1992, Sharron Angle waged her very first public campaign — against black football jerseys. After the local favorites had been defeated by an upstart team of newbies from a neighboring county in 1991, the coach came up with this for the following year:
Springing ahead, Jones came up with an innovative idea to fire up his charges for their 1992 homecoming game against Laughlin. Utilizing the â€œdarkest dayâ€ theme, he suggested the Muckers could wear black jerseys to remember the previous yearâ€™s debacle.
Angle’s weird and extreme position comes from the theology of light and dark articulated throughout the Bible. It’s based on a literal reading of Scriptural passages invoking metaphorical applications of light and dark, culminating in Jesus’ proclamation that he is the “light of the world”.
Sharron Angle is on the record as recently as June, 2010 claiming that there is no constitutional requirement for separation of church and state. That squares with her theological views to a “T”, shaped by her long, enduring association with fundamentalist, and even activist, churches.
Angle is a member of Fellowship Community Church now, a fairly mainstream Southern Baptist church. However, she was a member of Word of Light Fellowship around the same time that she would have been waging this campaign against black football jerseys. Word of Light is an Assemblies of God church, similar to Sarah Palin’s home church.
And that, my friends, puts her squarely into the dominionist/Christian Reconstructionist camp, right alongside Jim Demint, and top Republican presidential hopeful, Mike Huckabee. Oh, and Sarah Palin, of course.
Angle isn’t just crazy. She is a soldier in her own holy war. It began with football jerseys, but now the stakes are much, much higher.
The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of Likely Voters in the state shows Democratic Senator Harry Reid and his Republican challenger Sharron Angle tied with 47% of the vote each. Five percent (5%) prefer some other candidate, and two percent (2%) are undecided.
Two weeks ago, Reid held a two-point advantage over Angle.
Earlier this year, Reid was considered to be one of the Senateâ€™s most vulnerable incumbents. He picked up just 39% of the vote following Angleâ€™s primary victory but has seen his own numbers improve to 41% in late June, 43% in early July, 45% in late July and 47% today.
For Angle, the numbers have been heading in the opposite direction. The GOP nominee attracted 50% of the statewide vote following her primary victory in early June. That fell to 48% later that month, 46% in early July and 43% in late July. The current survey represents the first time her support has increased since the primary.
When leaners are included in the new totals, Angle attracts 50% of the vote, while Reid picks up 48%. This is the first Rasmussen Reports Election 2010 survey in Nevada to include leaners. Leaners are those who initially indicate no preference for either of the candidates but answer a follow-up question and say they are leaning towards a particular candidate.
Fort Worth Star-Telegram, By Aman Batheja, September 2
MESQUITE — Conservative blogger and activist Andrew Breitbart told a North Texas Tea Party crowd Thursday night that the biggest enemies of conservatives are not President Barack Obama, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.
“It’s George Stephanopoulos. It’s Diane Sawyer. It’s Charlie Gibson, and, my God, it’s Katie Couric,” Breitbart said. “They are the problem.”
More than 500 people attended the event sponsored by the Dallas Tea Party and described by organizers as a fundraiser, symposium and election-season kickoff. Attendees paid between $5 and $20.
Breitbart devoted much of his keynote speech to, in his view, a major power source of the left — the mainstream media.
“We are at war with the mainstream media of America, and they’re losing,” Breitbart said to cheers. “They are in their last death spiral.”
Delaware is not normally where you go for exciting politics. It’s a small state, totally dominated for most of the last three or four decades by three or four guys who keep getting reelected, except when they trade one of the state’s four major offices and get elected again. Mike Castle’s been getting elected for about thirty years. He was Governor. Then the state’s sole Representative since 1993. And now he’s trading up to be Senator. That’s just how things work in Delaware.
Until about a month ago.
Now it looks like he’s about to get rocked by totally wild-eyed Tea Partier Christine O’Donnell. She’s the one who says it’s not enough to be abstinent. You have to eliminate sexual desire entirely. Which suggests she’s what you’d call an aspirational politician rather than a realist.
First The Tea Party Express started pouring in money for her. Then Palin endorsed her. Then this morning the Weekly Standard unloaded this hatchet-job on her. And now PPP has just released a poll showing her 3 points ahead of Mike Castle.
Stephen Broden, a Republican running for Congress in Texas’ 30th District, said he would not rule out a violent overthrow of the government if the midterm elections don’t cause a change in government, saying that “our nation was founded on violence” so “the option is on the table.”
According to the Dallas Morning News, Broden said in a TV interview yesterday: “We have a constitutional remedy here and the Framers says if that don’t work, revolution.”
“If the government is not producing the results or has become destructive to the ends of our liberties, we have a right to get rid of that government and to get rid of it by any means necessary,” he continued.
Rep. George Cleveland, a Republican from Jacksonville, took issue with the federally defined poverty line during a meeting of a committee that is considering new rules for the state’s pre-kindergarten program.
“We have no one in the state of North Carolina living in extreme poverty,” Cleveland said. Extreme poverty is prevalent in other countries, not in the United States, he added.
“Poverty is a governmental definition in this country, and through the years they keep redefining poverty to make sure we have a poverty class. Poverty is you’re out there living on a dollar and half a day. I don’t think we have anybody in North Carolina doing that.”
In an interview later, Cleveland said that he was sure there are people in the state living hand-to-mouth with no place to live, but people in other countries live in much worse conditions.
AP, By Dina Cappiello, April 30
WASHINGTON â€” The Obama administration’s top environmental official in the oil-rich South and Southwest region has resigned after Republicans targeted him over remarks made two years ago when he used the word “crucify” to describe his approach to enforcement.
In a letter to EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson sent Sunday, Al Armendariz says he regrets his words and stresses that they do not reflect his work as administrator of the five-state region including Texas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Louisiana.
Evangelist Urges Christians to ‘Vote for Jesus,’ Not Obama or Romney
The Christian Post, By Stoyan Zaimov, May 14
Bill Keller, an Internet evangelist who runs LivePrayer.com, has launched a new campaign urging Americans to vote for Jesus instead of Mitt Romney or President Barack Obama in November’s general election. The minister says the idea for the initiative came directly from God.
Keller, who in the past has compared the choice between Romney and Obama as “flipping a coin where Satan is on both sides,” explained in an exclusive interview with The Christian Post on Friday that Christians can play a big part in the future of America by making a statement vote by writing in “Jesus” on their ballots, instead of choosing “the lesser of two evils.”
Do it! Dooooo it!
Joe the Plumber: Bible More Accurate Than Science Books Because Itâ€™s Never Been Revised
Wurzelbacher explained how his pastor, who seems to believe that faith and science are incompatible, noted that while science textbooks have several new editions, the Bible has never been revised. â€Revision Seven.â€™ He said, â€˜now look at the Bible, what does it sayâ€™? I said, â€˜Holy Bible.â€™ He said, â€˜see any revisions on it Joeâ€™? I said, â€˜no.â€™ He said, â€˜the reason why is because this is Godâ€™s wordâ€¦manâ€™s always looking for an answer, thatâ€™s why itâ€™s revised.â€
Gun control led to Holocaust: Jews, others â€˜unable to defend themselves,â€™ says Joe the Plumber
“In 1939, Germany established gun control,” Wurzelbacher says in latest campaign ad, “from 1939 to 1945, six million Jews and seven million others, unable to defend themselves, were exterminated.”
By Ryan Gorman / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
According to Joe the Plumber, gun control is to blame for the Holocaust.
Ohio Congressional hopeful Samuel Wurzelbacher’s latest campaign ad features a short narrative over footage of him shooting fruit and vegetables off a fence, while explaining how Germany’s 1939 gun control laws paved the way for Germany’s worst atrocities.
Wurzelbacher starts the ad off innocently enough, loading a shotgun while saying “In 1911, Turkey established gun control. From 1915 to 1917, 1.5 million Armenians, unable to defend themselves, were exterminated,”
Locked and loaded, Senator John McCain’s former BFF turned his focus to Germany, while also focusing on some unlucky tomatoes and apples:
“In 1939, Germany established gun control,” Wurzelbacher says while unloading shot after shot, “from 1939 to 1945, six million Jews and seven million others, unable to defend themselves, were exterminated.”
The gun controls in Germany referred to by Wurzelbacher actually went into place in 1938 and forbade only Jewish people from owning guns.
After knocking off six “enemy” apples and tomatoes, he grins and says “I love America.”
Having already beaten out South Dakota politician Jeff Barth and his rubber-chicken-shooting, ostrich-riding campaign ad, Wurzelbacher is now reaching out to Tea Party voters by invoking the second amendment in the video’s description on YouTube:
“If you hunt or just like shooting guns, the 2nd Amendment will always be a good thing. History also tells us it’s our last line of defense in the face of an out-of-control government. And killing fruits or vegetables isâ€¦what?”
His spokesperson Phil Christofanelli told Politicker “there’s nothing offensive” about the ad.
“Joe is a student of historyâ€¦there’s nothing offensive about it, it’s just historical fact,” Christofanelli told Politicker, “It’s a historical fact that Hitler implemented gun control before the Holocaust and that’s just a fact that was pointed out in the video.”
“Using the memories of the six million Jews killed in the Holocaust to make a political point is never appropriate, under any circumstance,” NJDC President and CEO David Harris said in a statement on the group’s site, “to imply that these innocent lives were taken because of gun control laws is simply beyond the pale.” Harris went on to demand an apology and immediate removal of the offensive video.
Christofanelli didnâ€™t help his candidate any further when he blamed gun-control laws in the South for slavery:
â€œWell, blacks weren’t allowed to own guns in the south, that’s a historical fact as well,” Christofanelli told Politicker, “it would seem that the argument would apply there as well.
Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) is no stranger to outlandish conspiracy theories but the former GOP presidential primary candidate took her theories to a new height in an interview earlier this week with the American Family Assocationâ€™s Sandy Rios. Bachmann claimed that the Muslim Brotherhood has infiltrated various department of the U.S. government.
Bachmann told Rios (HT RightWingWatch):
It appears that there has been deep penetration in the halls of our United States government by the Muslim Brotherhood. The Muslim Brotherhood has been found to be an unindicted co-conspirator on terrorism cases and yet it appears that there are individuals who are associated with the Muslim Brotherhood who have positions, very sensitive positions, in our Department of Justice, our Department of Homeland Security, potentially even in the National Intelligence Agency. I am calling upon the Justice Department and these various departments to investigate through the Inspector General to see who these people are and what access they have to our information.
Sen. DeMint blasts â€˜secularâ€™ government, urges Creationism in schools
â€œWashington reflects people,â€ he said at Heritage International Ministries. â€œIt reflects our culture. If reflects the fact that weâ€™ve become increasingly secular as a culture.â€
â€œPart of that is the government pushing faith aspects out of our society, cus now in our culture if you say something is wrong, if you want to raise your family and teach your children right and wrong, youâ€™re likely to be persecuted in some way by the government for saying something is wrong.
â€œThe stigma is now on you, instead of those who are doing things that are wrong,â€ he continued. â€œSo the government has been a participant in secularizing our country. And perhaps the worst of that, the thing weâ€™ve conceded as a people we need to fix, is turning the education of our children over to the government.â€
Later in his speech, DeMint said children should be able to go to schools that teach creationism. He claimed that scientific discoveries, such as the human genome project, provided evidence supporting creationism. DeMint also said God had put Christians in charge of â€œthis vineyard we call America.â€
Fabulous video at the link; where *do* they get their information?.
One such person who got called out was former President George W. Bush, the president who appointed Chief Justice John Roberts. He discussed Bush with co-hosts Stu Burguiere and Pat Gray.
BURGUIERE: This destroys Bushâ€™s legacy amongst conservatives.
BECK: Oh, itâ€™s done. Done. How are you feeling, Mr. Bush? You know, Iâ€™ve gotten some heat for saying George Bush was a progressive. Screw you. George Bush was a progressive. He was a progressive. Progressive light. He wasnâ€™t as bad as Barack Obama. He was a progressive. Admit it. And if you donâ€™t admit that you have a problem, youâ€™re never going to be able to cure it.
Texas GOPâ€™s 2012 Platform Opposes Teaching Of â€˜Critical Thinking Skillsâ€™
TPM Muckraker, By Eric Lach, June 29
The Republican Party of Texasâ€™ recently adopted 2012 platform contains a plank that opposes the teaching of â€œcritical thinking skillsâ€ in schools. The party says it was a mistake, but is now stuck with the plank until the next state convention in 2014.
The plank in question, on â€œKnowledge-Based Education,â€ reads as follows:
We oppose the teaching of Higher Order Thinking Skills (HOTS) (values clarification), critical thinking skills and similar programs that are simply a relabeling of Outcome-Based Education (OBE) (mastery learning) which focus on behavior modification and have the purpose of challenging the studentâ€™s fixed beliefs and undermining parental authority.
Elsewhere in the document, the platform stipulates that â€œ[e]very Republican is responsible for implementing this platform.â€
Contacted by TPM on Thursday, Republican Party of Texas (RPT) Communications Director Chris Elam said the â€œcritical thinking skillsâ€ language made it into the platform by mistake.
Part of the controversial Arizona birther bill passed on Wednesday makes a certificate of circumcision (given to parent of a Jewish child after the religiously significant procedure is performed) acceptable proof of American citizenship for presidential candidates. While candidates wonâ€™t be asked to â€œwhip it outâ€œ in the State House, a documented circumcision will join a verified Christian baptism, postpartum hospital records and long-form birth certificiates as proof that candidates are indeed Americans.
Governor Brewer of Arizona has not taken a public stand on the bill, and will now have five days to sign or veto it before the law is automatically enacted.
There is likely to be much public debate over the bill, which seems to be validating the possession of a penis and/or demonstrable Judeo-Christian upbringing as preferrable characteristics of presidential candidates. Not to mention the fact that neither a certificate of circumcision nor baptismal record are in any way legal documents.
The circumcision issue is an interesting twist in the birther agenda, coming at a time when the humaneness of male circumcisionâ€“both in the U.S. and abroadâ€“ is under hot debate. One might question if the radical birthers are now not only trying to shape the definition of who makes a viable U.S. president, but also what makes an American penis.
In a letter dated July 4, the candidate, Randi Shannon of Coralville, argued that the legitimate federal government of the United States was replaced by illegitimate â€œcorporateâ€ government in 1871 and has been operating since then in violation of the U.S. Constitution.
She learned this fact just recently, she said, and has come to believe it after months of research.
Dropping her bid for state office was a rejection of that illegitimate government. Now, she said she has been appointed to serve as a U.S. senator in the recently revived and constitutionally legitimate Republic of the United States of America. She was placed in the office, she said, by Iowaâ€™s four U.S. House members in the â€œRepublicâ€ government.
Tea Party: Has Obama Been Hiding Heâ€™s Gay And Was Married To A Man?
The New Civil Rights Movement, By David Badash, August 6
Jerome Corsi, a radical right wing Tea Party author and conspiracy theorist, in this just-released video â€œreportedâ€ for his website, 1776 Nation, asks â€” and all but positively states that â€” President Obama is hiding that heâ€™s gay or bisexual, and spends over ten minutes positing that a young Barack Obama may have been married to his Harvard Pakistani roommate.
Coming to a Facebook page near you!
Texas Tribune, By Hollie O’Connor, August 22
A Lubbock County judge is making headlines after suggesting that President Obama might hand over sovereignty of the United States to the United Nations, possibly igniting in a civil war.
In an interview with Fox 34 News in Lubbock, County Judge Tom Head said that if re-elected, Obama was “going to try to hand over the sovereignty of the United States to the U.N. Okay, whatâ€™s going to happen when that happens? Iâ€™m thinking worst case scenario here. Civil unrest, civil disobedience, civil war maybe. Weâ€™re not just talking a few riots here and demonstrations. Weâ€™re talking Lexington-Concord take up arms and get rid of the guy.”
Beck: God put Romney behind in polls to prove it’s a miracle when he wins
Raw Story, By David Edwards, October 1
Conservative talk show host Glenn Beck says that GOP hopeful Mitt Romney’s poll numbers have fallen as a part of a plan from God to make it obvious to the American people that divine intervention was responsible when Republicans take the White House in November.
“I know Mitt Romney wasn’t your first choice, nor was he mine,” Beck recently told controversial “historian” David Barton in a video clip highlighted by Right Wing Watch on Monday. “I am to the point that — A — God is trying to make this so clear to us that if it happens, it’s his finger. Because nothing looks good.”
God almighty, some of these Repug-nants are going all Taliban with their non-sensical God drivel.
Rep. Paul Broun (R-GA): Evolution, Big Bang ‘Lies Straight From The Pit Of Hell’
“All that stuff I was taught about evolution and embryology and the Big Bang Theory, all that is lies straight from the pit of Hell,” Broun said. “And it’s lies to try to keep me and all the folks who were taught that from understanding that they need a savior.”
According to Broun, the scientific plot was primarily concerned with hiding the true age of the Earth. Broun serves on the House Science Committee, which came under scrutiny recently after another one of its Republican members, Rep. Todd Akin (R-MO), suggested that victims of “legitimate rape” have unnamed biological defenses against pregnancy.
“You see, there are a lot of scientific data that I’ve found out as a scientist that actually show that this is really a young Earth,” he said. “I don’t believe that the Earth’s but about 9,000 years old. I believe it was created in six days as we know them. That’s what the Bible says.”
Broun — a physician, with an M.D. and a B.S. in chemistry — is generally considered to be among the most conservative members of Congress, if not the most. He drew national attention in 2010 for saying he did not know if President Obama was an American citizen.
Videos at the link.
Paranoia, they destroy ya…
Thanksgiving: How the Holiday Is Celebrated in the Bible
Christian Post, By Paul de Vries, November 21
The invitation for every one of us to speak our thanks personally to our Creator, our Savior, is a unique and precious gift we Christians especially embrace. And we are grateful for the Biblical revelation that fuels vibrant human-to-divine thanks.
Thanksgiving – or giving thanks – is a huge theme in the Bible. For the first special meal recorded in the Bible, the marvelous priest-king Melchizedek brought plenty of food and wine to Abram (later called Abraham), along with Abram’s small team of warriors and the people he rescued, to express thanksgiving for their extraordinary victory of liberation. Very few words of that ancient thanksgiving meal are recorded for us – 25 words in English, a mere 14 words in the original Hebrew. Nevertheless, those few words include strong blessings both for Abram and for God, who is identified as the Most High, the living and active liberator. In response, Abram gratefully gave to Melchizedek, a priest representing the Most High God, a thanksgiving offering of 10% of the plunder from the stunning victory this same living God had enabled.
O’Reilly bashes ‘fascist’ atheist: Christianity not a religion, so Christmas displays are OK
During the contentious interview, O’Reilly insisted that Christmas displays in public buildings were not a constitutional issue because Christianity is not a religion.
“It is a fact that Christianity is not a religion, it is a philosophy,” the Fox News host declared confidently. “If the government was saying that the Methodist religion deserves a special place in the public square, I would be on your side.”
“Jesus Christ,” O’Reilly said, then apologized. He added that Christmas trees had nothing to do with Christianity and were a secular symbol.
I suppose it was only a matter of time before Bill O showed up here.
“It’s a mason jar with a little bit of pee-pee in it, uh?” Beck said.
Governor Blames Teens For His Failed Abstinence Only Policies, Says They ‘Do Not Care’ About Birth Control
Think Progress, By Tara Culp-Ressler, November 30
Even though the increased numbers of young women using effective forms of birth control have contributed to a steady decline in the teen birth rate over the past decade, Mississippi has retained the highest rate of teenage pregnancy in the nation. At an event this week to address the issue of unintended pregnancy in the state, Gov. Phil Bryant (R) told reporters he believes that although most adolescents do know how to obtain and use contraception, “the problem is teenagers do not care enough” about using birth control.
Bryan Fischer: ‘Enormously insensitive’ to hurt God’s feelings by not using oil
Raw Story, By David Edwards, November 30
Bryan Fischer, the director of issues analysis of the conservative fundamentalist American Family Association, on Thursday told a so-called “expert” who denies climate change that not using God’s fossil fuels would be like “crushing” someone’s feelings by rejecting their birthday present.
The Cornwall Alliance’s Calvin Beisner, who has previously said that believing in climate change “is an insult to God,” explained on Thursday that the Bible said it was also very rude to not use oil, coal and natural gas.
“You know, God has buried those treasures there because he loves to see us find them.”
Pope Benedict denounces gay marriage during his annual Christmas message
The Pope sent a clear [as mud - gender identity has about nothing to do with gay marriage...] message to gay rights activists who are celebrating gains made this year — the Vatican still thinks same-sex marriage is a ‘manipulation of nature.’
NY Daily News, By Carol Kuruvilla, December 22
Pope Benedict used his annual Christmas message to denounce gay marriage, saying that it destroyed the “essence of the human creature.”
In one of his most important speeches of the year, the Pope stressed that a person’s gender identity is God-given and unchangeable. As a result, he sees gay marriage as a “manipulation of nature.”
“People dispute the idea that they have a nature, given to them by their bodily identity, that serves as a defining element of the human being,” he said at the Vatican on Friday. “They deny their nature and decide that it is not something previously given to them, but that they make it for themselves.”
Pamela Geller: CPAC is “enforcing the Shariah”
Salon.com, By Jillian Rayfield, March 8
“What are they doing at CPAC? Essentially, they are enforcing the Shariah,” said anti-Islam blogger Pamela Geller. “Under the Shariah, the blasphemy laws, you cannot say, you cannot offend, you cannot criticize and you cannot insult Islam. That is effectively what they’re doing, they are enforcing the Shariah.”
George W. Bush’s art teacher says he’ll “go down in the history books as a great artist”
Bonnie Flood spent a month teaching the former president to paint and says his passion for art is “amazing”
Salon.com, By Prachi Gupta, March 8
After a hacker shared emails that revealed former President George W. Bush likes to paint portraits of himself in the shower, Fox 5 in Atlanta has followed up with a very special report from a woman who spent one month teaching him how to paint. “He picked it up so quick, it was amazing, actually,” says Bonnie Flood. The prolific dog painter (“He started out painting dogs, and I think he said he’s painted over 50 dogs,” said Flood) is “going to go down in the history books as a great artist.”
Republican Congressman Cites Biblical Great Flood To Say Climate Change Isn’t Man-Made
“If you believe in the Bible, one would have to say the Great Flood is an example of climate change. That certainly wasn’t because man had overdeveloped hydrocarbon energy.”
Buzzfeed, By Andrew Kaczynski, April 10
A Republican Congressman cited the biblical flood as an example of climate change that had not been caused by humans. Texas Rep. Joe Barton made those remarks Wednesday at the Subcommittee on Energy and Power hearing on H.R. 3, the Northern Route Approval Act, a bill that would give Congress the authority approve the Keystone pipeline.
“I don’t think it’s a secret that I’m a proponent and supporter of the Keystone pipeline,” Barton said.
Barton continued to say he didn’t deny the climate was changing, but argued that the change was due to natural causes, as he has in the past.
“I would point out that if you’re a believer in the Bible, one would have to say the Great Flood is an example of climate change and that certainly wasn’t because mankind had overdeveloped hydrocarbon energy.”
Antonin Scalia Does Not Believe in Molecular Biology
Gawker, By Max Read, June 13, 2013
Justice Antonin Scalia agrees with his fellow Supreme Court justices that naturally occurring genes can’t be patented. Where he appears to differ: The existence of genes, the basic science of genetics, molecular biology, and evolution. He just dissented from all of the above.
Today, the court found in favor of the Association for Molecular Pathology in a case about the legality of patenting genes, ruling 9-0 that while synthetic genes may be patented, those extracted from the human body may not.
Clarence Thomas wrote the opinion, which was joined by Justices Roberts, Kennedy, Ginsberg, Breyer, Alito, Sotomayor, and Kagan. But not Scalia. While he voted with the majority, he wrote his own concurrence to make abundantly clear that he did not agree with the parts of Thomas’ opinion that recited the basic, sound, and undeniable fundamentals of molecular biology.
While he “joins the judgment of the court,” Scalia wrote, he won’t sign on to “Part I–A and some portions of the rest of the opinion going into fine details of molecular biology.” Why? Because he can’t “affirm those details on [his] own knowledge or even [his] own belief.”
Scalia can’t fully join his fellow justices because he doesn’t believe in genes.
Bobby Jindal: Anti-discrimination laws are a ‘Silent War on Religious Liberty’
Raw Story, By Scott Kaufman, February 14
Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal (R) spoke at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Library on Thursday night about what he called “The Silent War on Religious Liberty” being waged by the Obama administration.
“These days we think this diversity of belief is tolerated under our law and Constitution,” Jindal said. “But that’s wrong. This diversity of belief is the foundation of our law and Constitution. America does not sustain and create faith. Faith created and sustains America.”
This “Silent War,” Jindal contended, “threatens the fabric of our communities, the health of our public square, and the endurance of our constitutional governance. It is a war against the propositions in the Declaration of Independence. It is a war against the spirit that motivated abolitionism. It is a war against the faith that motivated the Civil Rights struggle…It is a war against America’s best self, at America’s best moments.”
“It is a war — a silent war — against religious liberty.”
The main front in this “silent war,” according to Jindal, involves “the freedom to exercise your religion in the way you run your business, large or small.” He cites the case of Hobby Lobby, which is “exercis[ing]” its religious freedom by refusing its employees health care and not stocking Hanukkah-related merchandise.
Maybe this should be under “Campaign 2016″…
Ex-U.S. General: Jesus Is Returning to Earth With an AR-15. Really.
Gawker, By Adam Weinstein, February 19
Retired Lt. Gen. William G. “Jerry” Boykin is not known for being sane. Famed as the Bush-era general who put a divine crusading spin on the Iraq War, Boykin is now a leader of the religious right who wants you to know Jesus loves the Second Amendment, literally, and wants to kill shit.
The Lord is a warrior and in Revelation 19 is says when he comes back, he’s coming back as what? A warrior. A might warrior leading a mighty army, riding a white horse with a blood-stained white robe … I believe that blood on that robe is the blood of his enemies ’cause he’s coming back as a warrior carrying a sword.
And I believe now – I’ve checked this out – I believe that sword he’ll be carrying when he comes back is an AR-15.
Now I want you to think about this: where did the Second Amendment come from? … From the Founding Fathers, it’s in the Constitution. Well, yeah, I know that. But where did the whole concept come from? It came from Jesus when he said to his disciples ‘now, if you don’t have a sword, sell your cloak and buy one.’
I know, everybody says that was a metaphor. IT WAS NOT A METAPHOR!… And the sword today is an AR-15, so if you don’t have one, go get one. You’re supposed to have one. It’s biblical.
Literal-mindedness, the scourge of the fundamentalist and those who must deal with them, hopefully made less probable with a good grounding in the Humanitites. (It doesn’t seem to have worked for our friend Jerry. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in English – yes, from VPI, but still).
Holy shit! Just when you think they can’t get more loony!
DeLay said that Americans have forgotten “that God created this nation [and] that He wrote the Constitution, that it’s based on biblical principles,” but he is also optimistic that the tide is beginning to shift, noting that when he was in Congress, he sealed off the rotunda in the Capitol building so that leaders from Congress could come together for three hours to get on their knees and seek the face of God.
“And I really feel now,” DeLay said, “that the Lord has heard us and I see the Holy Spirit moving”
Shorter Hammer: It’s morning in (Dominionist) America!