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Ralph Reed Bilking Black Churches?

Wow, this is an explosive story. GQ has a story on Ralph Reed, former Christian Coalition director now running for Lt. Governor in Georgia, that contains new allegations that will shock even the cynical. Jack Abramoff and Ralph Reed were, according to email exchanged between the two of them in July of 2003, working on…

FRC Lobbyist Mackin the Ladies

Crooks and Liars and Wonkette have all the dirt on Jack Burkman, a registered lobbyist for the Family Research Council, and his apparent taste for picking up young women and attempting to pay them for sex. I’m sure he only intended to save their souls for Jesus.

I’ve talked before about how easily one could put together a conservative essay generator, similar to the postmodern essay generator, that would crank out volumes of buzzword-laden prose that makes no sense whatsoever. I think perhaps someone has already written one and this piece at the Worldnutdaily is the result. It’s just loaded with the…

The FDA approved a vaccine for HPV, a virus that causes cervical cancer. Believe it or not, this is actually opposed by the religious right in one of the most twisted and destructive bits of ‘thinking” I’ve ever seen. In the US, for instance, religious groups are gearing up to oppose vaccination, despite a survey…

Robertson’s Leg Press, take 2

This just gets funnier and funnier. After making the stupendously ridiculous claim that he could leg press 2000 pounds because of his “age defying shakes”, Pat Robertson is now defending that claim – kind of: A spokeswoman recently released a photo she said showed Robertson leg-pressing 2,000 pounds on February 1, 2003. Robertson had surgery…

An Oldie but Goodie

While we’re talking about anti-gay bigotry and the religious right, how about this oldie but goodie from Pat Robertson. Last summer, he declared that gays are responsible for no-fault divorce and abortions: ROBERTSON: I had interviewed a lady who was a sociologist who says “I am a lesbian,” but she described homosexuality in this term,…

Roy Moore was thrashed in the Republican primary for governor of Alabama, as expected. With 97% of the precincts reporting, Bob Riley was leading 67-33. Here’s my favorite quote, from an MSNBC article: Riley said voters saw state government has changed while he has been in office. “People appreciated the difference in the level of…

The Wall Street Journal has an interview with former Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore that contains some predictably absurd statements. Like this one: Roy Moore makes no apologies. “I’m not trying to dodge or get away from my past,” he tells me over lunch at a Montgomery seafood restaurant. “I think what we stand for…

The Washington Post has a report on religious right poster boy Ralph Reed and his misuse of religion in the service of making himself right. This will surprise no one: In August 1999, political organizer Ralph Reed’s firm sent out a mailer to Alabama conservative Christians asking them to call then-Rep. Bob Riley (R-Ala.) and…

Televangelist Fraud

So I’m flipping channels and I come across Rod Parsley’s Breakthrough program. I’ve talked about Parsley before and some of the astonishingly stupid things he’s said. But this one may take the cake. He was – naturally – begging for money and making outlandish promises of what would happen if his credulous followers would just…