Today Ginni Thomas, a conservative activist and the wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, hosted a panel on “World War III” that featured birther conspiracy theorist Trevor Loudon.
“World War III started about 1,400 years ago,” Loudon claimed, referring to the birth of Islam, and was then accelerated by the Bolshevik Revolution in Russia. Since then, he said, “Islam and the Bolsheviks have never parted company.”
Loudon said that Barack Obama “was more interested in aiding your enemies and trashing your allies than any [president] you’ve had before,” but claimed that with Donald Trump, America now has a president “who cares about the country.”
Loudon argued that “the radical left communist groups” and the Muslim Brotherhood were “looking forward to a Hillary Clinton presidency” because “she was going to finish off America for them, give them what they wanted and take this country down.”
Now, according to Loudon, “professional revolutionaries” are leading violent protests against Trump…all with the help of Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Evidence that Russia intervened in the election to help Trump, he said, is simply a Saul Alinsky-inspired smear to “accuse others of what you are doing yourself” and “spread hatred.”
“The Democratic Party has been …read moreContinue reading …
The ‘crime’ of blasphemy in Denmark has been around for over 150 years, and the last time it was used – unsuccessfuly – was in 1971.
But it’s being dusted off again to prosecute a Danish man who posted a video of himself torching Koran on Facebook.
According to this report, the 42-year-old put the clip, entitled “Consider your neighbour: it stinks when it burns” to a group called “YES TO FREEDOM – NO TO ISLAM” in December 2015.
Jan Reckendorff, from the public prosecutor’s office in Viborg, said:
It is the prosecution’s view that circumstances involving the burning of holy books such as the Bible and the Quran can in some cases be a violation of the blasphemy clause, which covers public scorn or mockery of religion.
It is our opinion that the circumstances of this case mean it should be prosecuted so the courts now have an opportunity to take a position on the matter.
Judges in Aalborg will hear the case, although a date has not yet been set.
The maximum sentence for blasphemy is four months in prison but Reckendorff said prosecutors were more likely to seek a fine.
In 1971 two Denmark Radio producers were acquitted after airing a song mocking …read moreContinue reading …
Today, attendees of the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) loudly applauded the news that President Trump had rescinded federal guidelines preventing discrimination against transgender students.
Education Secretary Betsy DeVos praised the move while speaking with pro-Trump CNN commentator Kayleigh McEnany, who decried the 2016 guidelines as “lawless” just seconds after hailing DeVos for protecting children “of all identities.”
Despite reports that DeVos initially opposed the decision to withdraw the rules, the education secretary criticized the guidelines as a federal “overreach” before launching into vague talking points about the importance of school flexibility and individual freedom.
Later, DeVos and McEnany spent time discussing the issue of bullying…of conservative students.
Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, who filled his presidential campaign with a bevy of unhinged Religious Right activists and at one point even willingly shared the stage with an extremist pastor who calls for putting gay people to death and said he would cover himself in cow manure if one of his children was gay, declared at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) today that the Democratic Party’s base is “bat crap crazy.”
“The Democrats right now are living in an alternative universe,” Cruz said. “They are in denial and they are angry … I have never seen anything like this.”
“There is a technical term for their base,” he stated. “Bat crap crazy.”Continue reading …
It has become a cliché to observe that 2016 was a year like no other. So packed with world-changing events, it seemed to go on forever. And yet looking back on it now, just weeks into 2017, it seems to have gone by in an instant.
The year was no less significant for us at the Center for Inquiry (CFI). As the tumultuous events of 2016 took the world on a dizzying rollercoaster ride, CFI was assembling the necessary pieces to build a lasting and vital institution.
This was the year that the Center for Inquiry began and completed its merger with the Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason & Science. In a swirling storm of irrationality and misinformation, CFI strengthened its foundations, more firmly establishing itself as a trusted, reliable, and badly needed stronghold for reason.
Now we are proud to share with you the story of that year and the astounding progress that you have helped bring about. With CFI’s 2016 Progress Report, we hope to give you both a broad view of our year’s worth of work and accomplishments, as well as compelling and poignant stories of the impact CFI has had on policy, culture, and the lives of …read moreContinue reading …
After years of smearing transgender youth as sexual predators, far-right activists scored a major victory when President Trump followed through yesterday on his campaign promise to rescind the strong federal guidelines issued by the Obama administration affirming that schools cannot discriminate on the basis of a student’s gender identity.
Last year, when the Departments of Justice and Education unveiled the now-withdrawn guidelines protecting transgender students, conservatives warned that the Obama administration was attempting to “create chaos,” impose “tyranny” and spread the “social, educational and spiritual molestation of our children.”
Carl Gallups, a Religious Right pastor elevated by Trump’s presidential campaign, reacted to the guidelines by saying that parents don’t “want their little six-year-old girl molested in the bathroom because some hairy guy decides he feels like a girl that day and follows their little pretty little girl into the bathroom under federal decree.”
Far-right activist Dave Daubenmire urged people to protest the rules with “pitchforks and torches” so as not to “let perverts violate their daughters’ restrooms.”Continue reading …
The other day, we noted how after years of helping to normalize the racist Alt-Right, the organizers of the annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) are now trying to distance themselves from the movement, despite the fact that this year’s conference features a main stage interview with White House strategist Steve Bannon, who just last year bragged about turning Breitbart, a prominent CPAC sponsor, into “the platform for the Alt-Right.”
This morning, Dan Schneider of the American Conservative Union, which organizes CPAC, delivered a speech titled “The Alt Right Ain’t Right at All” in which he sought to make clear that the Alt-Right has no place within the conservative movement because the term “Alt-Right” has been hijacked by “a hate-filled left wing fascist group” for the purpose of confusing people about what conservatism really represents.
“They stole the term specifically to confuse us,” Schneider stated. “They are anti-Semites, they are racists, they are sexists, they hate the Constitution, they hate free markets, they hate pluralism, they despise everything we believe in. They are not an extension of conservatism … They are nothing but garden variety left wing fascists.”
Of course, blaming far-right racism on the …read moreContinue reading …
The Family Division of the High Court has ruled against a man who claimed his marriage could only be dissolved under sharia, and that his wife must travel to Pakistan for a divorce.Continue reading …
Responding to an article lamenting the rise of secularism in New Hampshire, State Representative Brandon Phinney, above, emphasised the positive aspects of the trend and said it was ‘rather foolish to hold onto archaic beliefs that deny reality’.
Phinney, according to this report, is the highest-ranking known openly atheist Republican politician in the country.
The article, published earlier this month by Fosters.com, quoted Father Gary Belliveau, who leads a parish in Portsmouth, NH, as saying:
What I think we’re facing today with secularism is basically, there’s been the shift from a reliance upon God and a deeper appreciation for the things beyond what we can see and figure out, to the reliance on self.
Phinney pointed out that New Hampshire has a history of higher secular demographics than other parts of the country and said:
I fail to see the problem with this cultural shift. In an age of information, scientific progress and exploration and the understanding of the workings of our world, it is difficult and to be frank, rather foolish, to hold onto archaic beliefs that deny reality.
In these modern times of religious extremism, I do not see the value of belief systems that consistently devalue others …read moreContinue reading …
Complementary and alternative medicine is popular, but it’s poorly regulated, and most products lack good evidence of efficacy. A new approach proposed in Australia may help consumers make more informed, science-based health decisions. …read moreContinue reading …