Monthly Archives: February 2007

Hurt Piece

How it hurts when someone I consider a friend and even a mentor writes some shit that is so crazy and so naive I can’t get past the first few grafs. What too few people realize is that Ralph Nader is not as progressive as they think. That’s not an argument worth making right now, but if Ralph declares, I might have to open my files.

KKKonservapedia 

Apparently Phyllis Schlafly’s new Conservapedia considers Brown v. Board of Education to be a most egregious example of judicial activism.

Jill Tubman has more on Conservapedia’s promotion of racist right ideology.

Whitewashing Romney’s Evangelical Problem 

While Romney’s own campaign worries his Mormonism could turn off Republican primary voters, Fox News has routinely portrayed the base’s hostility to Romney’s faith as an invention of the liberal media. Over at Media Matters I demonstrate how in spite of mountains of evidence, Fox News has sought to undermine the notion that evangelicals — the base of the Republican base — are the source of this anti-Mormon hostility.

Case in point: on the February 8 edition of Fox News’ Special Report, Fred Barnes claimed, “[Romney's] problem is liberal intolerance which has a great deal in this country. It’s not bigotry on the part of conservatives.” Maybe Barnes couldn’t find the Southern Baptist Convention’s massive downloadable file on Mormonism. Funny — all he needed to do was visit the SBC’s webpage containing “free resources on cults and sects.” (Fred, scroll down past the Nation of Islam and the Church of Scientology and you’ll find it).

In case Barnes needs any more evidence of Romney’s evangelical problem, on the website of Janet Parshall, one of America’s most popular evangelical radio personalities, an (unscientific) poll contains troubling numbers for Romney: 48% of respondents — a plurality — say Romney’s religion will “affect his candidacy very much.” That’s code for evangelicals are uneasy about a candidate they consider to be a cult member.

Fair and Balanced 

This entry on Fox News on Conservapedia is all you need to know about the right’s answer to the apparently anti-American Wikipedia:

The success of Fox news over every other news channel is because it is fair and balanced. [1] It has many people on it who work to spread truth such as Sean Hannity who is a great American. [2]. Fox News is best because instead of just telling you what to think, they only report the news unbiased and then allow the viewer to decide. [3].

In 2005 the White House selected Tony Snow from Fox News to be the new White House press secretary which was a great honor for Fox because it showed how well it was presenting the real truth instead of the fake liberal version. [4]

Apocalypse Now

A heart-warming email from Pastor John Hagee, courtesy of Bruce Wilson at Talk2Action:

CHRISTIANS UNITED FOR ISRAEL

Membership Update

January 29, 2007

Newsflash!

This morning I had an extended breakfast with Senator John McCain of Arizona. Our topic of discussion was Israel and his candidacy for the Presidency of the United States of America.

Senator McCain’s comments concerning Israel are on target! He gets it! While I do not want to put the specifics of our conversation in this update I am glad to report to our leadership and supporters that John McCain is solidly pro-Israel.

We discussed his positions on other matters that I will share with you when I speak with you in person. This newsflash goes to the ends of the earth and I don’t want to read it in the media tomorrow.

Who is Pastor John Hagee? I profiled him for the Nation last summer:

Hagee is a fire-and-brimstone preacher from San Antonio who commands the nearly 18,000-member Cornerstone Church and hosts a major TV ministry where he explains to millions of viewers how the end times will unfold. He is also the author of numerous bestselling pulp-prophecy books, like his recent Jerusalem Countdown, in which he cites various unnamed Israeli intelligence sources to claim that Iran is producing nuclear “suitcase bombs.” The only way to defeat the Iranian evildoers, he says, is a full-scale military assault.

“The coming nuclear showdown with Iran is a certainty,” Hagee wrote this year in the Pentecostal magazine Charisma. “Israel and America must confront Iran’s nuclear ability and willingness to destroy Israel with nuclear weapons. For Israel to wait is to risk committing national suicide.”

More…

…in his 1996 book The Beginning of the End, Hagee described the murder of Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin as fulfillment of prophecy and suggested admiration for Rabin’s assassin, Yigal Amir.

Imagining Amir’s mindset as he prepared himself to kill Rabin, Hagee wrote, “Tonight, if God was good, an opportunity would show itself. No longer would Rabin be able to transfer Israeli lands to Palestinians. The damage he’d done in the West Bank and Gaza was enough. Israel had a divine right to the land, and to give it away was an act of treason against Israel and an abomination against God.”

Suddenly this exchange between Saint McCain and Tim Russert during McCain’s April 2, 2006 appearance on Meet the Press becomes eerily significant:

TIM RUSSERT: So we could have two wars at once?
SEN. McCAIN: I think we could have Armageddon.

Lil’ Haggard Runs to the ACLU
lonnie latham's two faces

Rev. Lonnie Latham is a two-faced character.
A notoriously anti-gay Southern Baptist Convention heavyweight who resigned his post for engaging in “offering to engage in an act of lewdness” (read: seeking meat whistle lessons from an undercover cop posing as a male prostitute), Latham has now asserted his right to solicit sex from that cop. And he’s enlisted the anti-Christian commie pinkos at the ACLU to help him. Strange bedfellows indeed.

Not Wild About Romney
I heard American Family Association founder and Christian right heavyweight Rev. Don Wildmon discuss Mitt Romney on American Family Radio’s “AFA Report” last week. After reciting a litany of weird facts about Mormonism from a USA Today article, Wildmon said this: “It’s not Romney’s religion that makes me have a problem with him. It’s that he’s a flip-flopper.”

Hillary-Obama Dustup 

I’m not inclined to care very much about the Hillary-Obama tiff — everyone will forget the whole thing happened in a week — and I’m not going to engage in punditry. But has anyone noticed that both Bill Richardson and Tom Vilsack condemned David Geffen’s remarks, or at least suggested that “name calling” is not acceptable?

Sweet Anti-Semitism
sugar hitler

When Borat takes his coffee break, he reaches for imported Croatian sugar packets. Not only are they sweet, they’re decorated with images of Der Fuhrer beside some hilarious Jew jokes. Croatians are reportedly outraged…not!