Politics, Religion, and Science oh my………..

Why ‘Constitutional Conservatives’ Like Michele Bachmann and Rick Perry Have No Respect for the Constitution

“A great irony of our political discourse is that those who describe themselves as “constitutional conservatives” display not only habitual ignorance of what our founding documents proscribe, but also show blatant scorn for the most important principle they enshrine: the separation of powers. For much of our history, people across the political spectrum laid competing claims to being the true champions of the United States constitution, but in recent years that ground has largely been ceded to the far-right. When the Tea Partiers stormed into Congress, one of their first acts was a bit of political theater arranged by Tea Party caucus leader Michele Bachmann, R-Minnesota: reading the Constitution (with the embarrassing bits edited out) aloud on the floor of the House.”

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The Mystic Chords of Violence’s Memory

by Michael Shermer, Sep 27 2011. This is a review of The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined, by Steven Pinker, (October 2011, Viking. 771 pages. ISBN 978-0-670-02295-3). Originally published in the Autumn issue of The American Scholar as “Getting Better All the Time.”

Excerpt: “The Bible (the “Good Book”), Pinker reminds us, “depicts a world that, seen through modern eyes, is staggering in its savagery. People enslave, rape, and murder members of their immediate families. Warlords slaughter civilians indiscriminately, including the children. Women are bought, sold, and plundered like sex toys. And Yahweh tortures and massacres people by the hundreds of thousands for trivial disobedience or for no reason at all.” In fact, the book opens with a murder. After creating the heavens and the earth and Adam and Evil and their two boys Cain and Able, the former killed the latter.”

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(NOTE: MORE CHRISTIAN WHINING!!! Its all fine and good when Christian organizations get public libraries to ban books, force laws to be passed even when they reside in another state, and dont mind taking money from tax payers to teach hatred here in the USA, but also in Uganda, where they helped create a “Kill the gays bill”…with American tax payers money….not to forget the mosque three blocks from 9/11 sight….all these Christians know what to do is whine, because being a victim is at the very core of their disgusting religion.)

Microsoft, other businesses put in middle of e-commerce gay-rights culture war

“Gay-rights advocates — including a Seattle man who started the effort — have gotten some of the world’s largest businesses, including Microsoft and Apple, to pull out of an e-commerce relationship with a marketer that indirectly gave money to conservative Christian groups that see homosexual behavior as a threat to the morality that holds society together.

Now the marketer and the Christian groups are fighting back, saying that the companies that have dropped the marketer were misled and that the charities are being slandered for their religious beliefs, according to a story published Sunday in The New York Times.”

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What McCain, Palin Have in Common with The Third Reich

by Len Hart

“Albert Speer is credited with having said that Nazi Germany was built upon empty, meaningless platitudes. The same can be said of every GOP ‘reign of terror’ –be it Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan or, more, recently George W. Bush. The rule of law means nothing to the GOP but that matters little to goppers. GOP demagogues have even less to offer. As a Reagan devotee swooned at the 1992 Republican National Convention in Houston: “Ronald Reagan made us feel good about ourselves”

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Michele Bachmann tailors “don’t settle” message for Christian base

“Don’t take your life, don’t take this university, don’t take the future of the most magnificent country God has ever bequeathed” for granted, Bachmann told Liberty students, putting a Christian spin on her recent campaign mantra of “don’t settle.” She continued, “Don’t settle for anything less than what this great and mighty God has planned for you.”

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Denialist Demagogues and McCarthyist Tactics

by Donald Prothero, Sep 14 2011

“A few weeks ago, Texas Governor Rick Perry made the news by not only topping the field of GOP Presidential candidates in denying climate change, but upping the ante, and blaming it on greedy scientists. Many of the other GOP candidates have claimed that scientists are trying to scam the public for nefarious purposes”

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Evangelicals Without Blowhards

by Nicholas Kristof:

“In these polarized times, few words conjure as much distaste in liberal circles as “evangelical Christian.”

That’s partly because evangelicals came to be associated over the last 25 years with blowhard scolds. When the Rev. Jerry Falwell and Pat Robertson discussed on television whether the 9/11 attacks were God’s punishment on feminists, gays and secularists, God should have sued them for defamation.

Earlier, Mr. Falwell opined that AIDS was “God’s judgment on promiscuity.” That kind of religious smugness allowed the AIDS virus to spread and constituted a greater immorality than anything that occurred in gay bathhouses.

Partly because of such self-righteousness, the entire evangelical movement often has been pilloried among progressives as reactionary, myopic, anti-intellectual and, if anything, immoral.

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Pat Tillman’s Atheism

by Michael Shermer, Sep 13 2011

In the 2010 documentary film, The Tillman Story, the story of Pat Tillman and his tragic death at the hands of “friendly fire” is retold. Tillman was the NFL star who gave it all up to join the military cause in Afghanistan after being inspired by 9/11 to do something for his country. He did not do it for the glory or publicity, and gave up a lucrative football career for what he perceived to be a worthy cause. After his death the U.S. government implemented a publicity campaign to use Tillman’s death as a tool to promote the war as a cause so worthy that even a highly-paid NFL star believed it to be worth the sacrifice. What the government failed to mention is that Tillman was killed at the hands of his fellow soldiers during a “fog of war” incident in a steep and narrow slot canyon in which there was much confusion about where enemy fire was originating. It’s a very disturbing film to watch—infuriating in fact—and Jon Krakauer’s book, Where Men Win Glory, presents the story in excruciating detail in a compelling narrative.

Pat Tillman was an atheist. At his funeral his younger brother Richard got up to speak, visibly upset, noticeably inebriated, and with beer in hand proceeded to thank everyone for their warm sentiments, but upbraided those like Maria Shriver and Senator John McCain who made religious overtones in their sentiments, noting about his brother Pat: “He’s not with God, he’s fucking dead. He’s not religious. Thanks for your thoughts, but he’s fucking dead.”

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More Americans neglecting health in sick economy; Skipping medical tests, forgoing drugs to save

by Lindsay Goldwert, Wednesday, September 28th 2011

“Of the 48% of Americans who said they’d neglected their heath in 2011, 21% admitted to putting off a doctor’s appointment ; 17% said they’d put off a medical procedure. It’s a sign of a sick economy — More Americans are taking dangerous risks with their health. In 2011, the percent of people in the U.S. who admitted to forgoing medical tests, medication and appointments in order to save money rose a staggering 9 percentage points to 48% — up from 39% in 2010, according to a Consumer Reports survey.”

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Wednesday, public schools across the country will be the site of a religious ritual glorifying Christ

“Wednesday morning, Christian school children across the country will make a very public exhibition of their faith, an exhibition some of their non-Christian peers may find disturbing, if not intimidating. Wednesday, public schools across the country will be the site of a religious ritual glorifying Christ, and very publicly dividing the school into Christians and non-Christians. The ritual, known as “See You at the Pole,” is a controversial “student led” prayer rally set for the fourth Wednesday of September.”

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PHOTOS: 9/12 D.C. Protest Signs

September 17, 2009

(NOTE: OMG…LMFAO: why are there so many fat, ugly, old nasty people on the “right” side of politics? Don’t they realize if there were no “left” they would be skinny, starving, working 7 days a week, 20 hours a day, not allowed a bathroom or lunch break, if they lost a limb at work, they would have to do without or be fired, and the woman wouldn’t even be outside the kitchen, let alone wearing pants and showing any skin. The young ones would be in factories, the old would be dead because there would be no Social Security, Medicare, pensions, and other safety nets placed by “leftist” ideology, what was before just old people dying penniless and hungry after giving their blood, sweat and tears to the USA. Can’t wait to see what these pigs have in store for us as we get closer to the next presidential election.)

SEE PICTURES FROM CONSERVATIVE CHRISTIANS

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The United States of America, the way the Founding Fathers’ envisioned and planned it; is a ‘Constitutionally limited Democratic Republic’, however, America is a little bit of all types of political ideologies depending on who is in power and at what time in history.

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Science & Skepticism Triumph in the New Jersey Courts

by mattusmaximus on August 29, 2011

“It’s not often spoken of, but I think perhaps one of the most critical reasons why it is that we need to have a populace that is well educated in basic critical thinking and reasoning skills can be summed up in how our court system works.  In the United States, many trials in court are decided by juries, which are composed of everyday folk like you and me.  And, as is sometimes the case, juries that are tasked with making major decisions – such as in murder cases – can all-too-often fall victim to sloppy thinking.  And, unfortunately, sometimes this sloppy thinking is actively encouraged by rules set by the courts themselves!”

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(NOTE: Palin apparently hates free speech, unless it is her’s of course)

Sarah Palin threatens to sue author Joe McGinniss over controversial book, ‘The Rogue’

by Aliyah Shahid, September 27th 2011

“Sarah Palin wants to see Joe McGinniss in court.  The former Alaska governor is threatening to sue the author who wrote an explosive tell-all, alleging the pol had a sexual tryst with hoops star Glen Rice and dabbled in marijuana and cocaine.”

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The Republican War on Science Returns

by , August 22nd, 2011

“My latest post at DeSmogBlog is about how, unfortunately, my six year old first book remains as relevant as ever. Just look at Jon Huntsman’s recent and dramatic stand against the anti-science tilt of his own party. However, there are at least three important updates, or considerations to add to the argument of the original The Republican War on Science.”

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MORE FROM AUTHOR:

Articles:

(September 27th, 2011)

Beyond Gardasil: The Religious Right’s Attack on Reproductive Health Science

(September 16, 2011)

(Article from May/June 2011 Issue of Mother Jones )

Books:

(Published by Basic Books July 14, 2009)

(Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt; First Edition edition,(July 2, 2007)

(Published by Basic Books August 29, 2006)

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