Fundie Watch: August 2007

Larry Craig might resign today, and why are Republicans calling for his resignation?

Filed by Alex Blaze | August 31, 2007 | 3:42 PM | comments

From CNN: Several well-placed GOP sources in Washington and Idaho have told CNN that embattled Republican Sen. Larry Craig is likely to resign soon, possibly as early as Friday. Sen. Larry Craig, shown here in a 2005 photograph, is facing...Read More


Audio of Larry Craig's police interview

Filed by Alex Blaze | August 30, 2007 | 6:43 PM | comments

You can hear the tape of Larry Craig's police interview here. He says over and over that he disagrees with the officer's recounting of the events that took place but that he wouldn't fight them in court. Obviously, he was...Read More


Ted's spiritual restoration team: get a job

Filed by Pam Spaulding | August 30, 2007 | 10:40 AM | comments

OMFG, how humilating. Ted Haggard's Daddy Dobson-approved Spiritual De-Gaying Oversight Squad has released a statement in light of the disgraced pastor, former male escort client and meth purchaser's outrageous fundraising plea to the faithful to support the lifestyle to which...Read More


Larry Craig Innocent?

Filed by Sean Kosofsky | August 29, 2007 | 1:06 PM | comments

There has been a great deal of controversy recently around what the real issues are going on in the Larry Craig scandal. Hypocrisy. Is he really gay. Committing a crime while in office. Infidelity. And on and on. I just...Read More


Where does Larry Craig go from here?

Filed by Alex Blaze | August 29, 2007 | 8:28 AM | comments

Well, that's the $64,000 question. In his press conference yesterday he implies that he's going to try to fight it: "In June, I overreacted and made a poor decision. While I was not involved in any inappropriate conduct at the...Read More


Larry Craig's public statement

Filed by Alex Blaze | August 28, 2007 | 7:43 PM | comments

First it's "I'm a powerful man, so I can't be arrested." Then it's "In contradiction to everything I built my career on, I'll accuse the police of forcing me to confess. Don't ever expect me to stand up for people...Read More


Senatorial Procedures at the Minneapolis Airport

Filed by Don Sherfick | August 28, 2007 | 7:23 PM | comments

To all of those reacting with unbridled vindication over the hypocrisy related to Idaho Senator Larry Craig's Minneapolis Airport stopover: Ethics Committee, don't waste your time. The embattled Senator was simply exercising his right to an old Senatorial prerogative: THE...Read More


Senatorial Procedures at the Minneapolis Airport

Filed by Don Sherfick | August 28, 2007 | 7:23 PM | comments

To all of those reacting with unbridled vindication over the hypocrisy related to Idaho Senator Larry Craig's Minneapolis Airport stopover: Ethics Committee, don't waste your time. The embattled Senator was simply exercising his right to an old Senatorial prerogative: THE...Read More


But Larry Craig is not someone else, this isn't another planet, and I'm not a bigger person

Filed by Alex Blaze | August 27, 2007 | 10:54 PM | comments

Bil broke the story earlier tonight that Larry Craig, a Republican Senator from Idaho, was arrested in the Minneapolis/St. Paul airport in a men's room. He pleaded guilty, paid a $500 fine, and is serving a year's probation. But what...Read More


Larry Craig's statement

Filed by Alex Blaze | August 27, 2007 | 10:43 PM | comments

Larry Craig's full response to being charged with lewd conduct and violating privacy: Idaho Senator Larry Craig made the following statement in response to the Roll Call story this afternoon: "At the time of this incident, I complained to the...Read More


The Evolution of the Federal Marriage Amendment: The POTUS and A Primer Part III

Filed by Don Sherfick | August 27, 2007 | 11:00 AM | comments

In the first two posts on of marriage versus civil unions here, and here, I've talked a little about the fact that marriage is almost exclusively a state matter, and how the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) was enacted out...Read More


By Their Priorities Shall Ye Know Them

Filed by Sheila S. Kennedy | August 26, 2007 | 9:51 AM | comments

For some of us, citizenship means an obligation to accept the "rules of the road," to live within the constitutional framework. For others, it implies an obligation to change or evade those rules when they conflict with--or inconvenience--promotion of their specific religious beliefs or practices. Read More


Free to Preach Hate. For a Price.

Filed by Terrance Heath | August 25, 2007 | 1:14 PM | comments

I have Prometheus to thank for bringing to my attention this LA Times op-ed addressing the silliness of black ministers who claim that the hate crimes bill will stifle their freedom to preach anti-gay hatred from the pulpit. A...Read More


A challenge accepted

Filed by Bil Browning | August 24, 2007 | 11:56 AM | comments

Over at the Indiana Family Institute's blog, Veritas Rex, Director of Operations and Public Policy Ryan McCann has issued a challenge to me that I'm perfectly willing to accept. Another blogger had a post up about Rev Billy Graham that...Read More


Mike Jones spotted!

Filed by Alex Blaze | August 24, 2007 | 6:48 AM | comments

The Denver alternative paper spotted Ted Haggard outer Mike Jones leading, as Daniel Gonzales put it, "absolutely filthy bar trivia." No joke: He takes the microphone and starts to introduce the guest quizmaster for the evening, only to be flouted...Read More


The House isn't cooperating with the investigation of Mark Foley...

Filed by Alex Blaze | August 23, 2007 | 4:23 PM | comments

And they're saying they don't have to. From the AP: Florida's top police agency said Wednesday its investigation into former U.S. Rep. Mark Foley's lurid Internet communications with teenage boys has been hindered because neither Foley nor the House will...Read More


I'm Just an Angry Transsexual Activist Mafioso

Filed by Marti Abernathey | August 23, 2007 | 1:17 PM | comments

In KQED's recent interview of J Michael Bailey and Alice Dreger, (If you don't know Bailey, he's the one that said Bailey said: in men there's no hint that true bisexual arousal exists, and that for men arousal is orientation...Read More


Fun with Wikiscanner

Filed by Alex Blaze | August 22, 2007 | 6:35 AM | comments

You know that space between the way you see yourself and the way others see you? Well, for Focus on the Family, that space is about as wide as the broadside of a barn. Because back in 2005, someone at...Read More


New ex-gay study soon: Set your eyes to "roll"

Filed by Alex Blaze | August 21, 2007 | 6:20 PM | comments

The anti-gay group NARTH has been touting a five-year study soon-to-be-released for, well, the last five years. Well, Ex-Gay Watch is already on the case here: There are unconfirmed reports that the study has a sample of as few as...Read More


Just in case you thought the Religious Right was all about freedom of religion....

Filed by Alex Blaze | August 17, 2007 | 2:04 PM | comments

From the Columbus Dispatch: A conservative Christian values group has been interrupting services at two central Ohio churches to protest their support for homosexuality. Minutemen United vowed to attend services every Sunday.[...] [Rev. Kathy] Hurt said a man, who introduced...Read More


The gay-bashing fundie caravan heads to Florida

Filed by Pam Spaulding | August 17, 2007 | 8:42 AM | comments

Oh boy, you folks down there in the Sunshine State better be prepared for the fundie invasion ahead. The best and brightest of the professional right-wing fundamentalist fearmongerer set are coming to "inform and empower involved Christian citizenship," according to...Read More


Bill O'Reilly lied

Filed by Alex Blaze | August 16, 2007 | 1:19 PM | comments

Well, that kinda goes without saying. Those people who toil away at Media Matters have recorded another lie by Mr. Propagandist. He said that there's a poll that showed that most Americans would be less likely to vote for a...Read More


Young Republican leader pleads guilty to rape

Filed by Alex Blaze | August 09, 2007 | 2:45 PM | comments

From the Cleveland Plain Dealer: The former head of the Michigan Federation of Young Republicans admitted today that he sexually abused a colleague during a national convention here last summer. Michael Flory, a 32-year-old attorney from Jackson, Mich., pleaded guilty...Read More


Liberty, and Being a Pagan in America

Filed by Patricia Nell Warren | August 07, 2007 | 9:00 PM | comments

These days the religious right is on a roll with imposing conservative Christian belief in American life. Hence the liberty of Americans is now at risk if they want to publicly identify their personal belief or spiritual view as anything...Read More


When Love is Not Enough

Filed by Karen Celestino-Horseman | August 06, 2007 | 1:43 PM | comments

Patrick Atkins and Brett Conrad met in 1978 and remained together until fate and Patrick's family separated the life partners. Read More


Busted Florida Republican state rep's "black gay panic" defense on soliciting charge

Filed by Pam Spaulding | August 06, 2007 | 6:30 AM | comments

Another Republican sexual hypocrite out of control. Florida State Representative Bob Allen (R-of course) is clearly shooting for worst defense of the year after being caught trolling for a same sex encounter. Earlier this month he was arrested at Veteran's...Read More


More GOP code

Filed by Jen Jorczak | August 02, 2007 | 5:36 PM | comments

Over at Huffington Post, Christina Page has delved further into the coded messages used by the GOP Presidential candidates, this time decoding their thoughts on birth control: To layman's ears, it all sounded pretty standard: He wants to overturn Roe...Read More


High Politics in Rome

Filed by Steve Ralls | August 02, 2007 | 10:58 AM | comments

Italy, that European land of infamous sex drives and smoldering men, is in the midst of its own David Vitter-like political scandal. Cosimo Mele, a member of Italy's staunchly Catholic UDC party (which, much like American Republicans, proclaims to carry...Read More


Hypocrisy on its knees

Filed by Bil Browning | August 02, 2007 | 8:37 AM | comments

Wow. There's not a lot you can really say that would add anything to this, is there? 'Cuz this story finds the top and then sails right over it. A Baptist minister has been charged in Tennessee with indecent exposure...Read More