The Morning Quote

goat rodeo

Our morning quote comes from theocratic boy exorcist and volcano scholar Bobby Jindal, about the prayer rally and American Family Association hate-a-thon he is headlining at LSU (against their wishes, it seems) that will kick-off his entry into the 2016 Goat Rodeo:

“Christians have the right to rent, to pay for a hall at a public university so they can come together and pray,” Jindal told reporters at an economic development announcement in New Orleans.

Asked if he agreed with the American Family Association’s agenda, Jindal sidestepped that question and said, “The left likes to try to divide and attack Christians.”

Jindal said the protesters themselves should consider joining the prayer rally. He said they “might benefit from prayer.”

Jindal is looking for a toe-hold with his Y’all Qaeda supporters against his likely 2016 Goat Rodeo competitors, theocrats Frothy Santorum and Uncle Sugar Mike Huckabee.

Your Bottomless Mug of Stupid

Our new pal Missouri State rep. Rick Brattin explains his bill requiring women to have written consent from a man before she can have an abortion, you know, even following a legitimate rape.

You see, his bill is about men’s rights:

“Right now the way it is the woman gets the full say and the father gets no say, and I think that that needs to change. With the women’s movement for equal rights, well it’s swung so far we have now taken away the man’s right and the say in their child’s life.”

News That Will Drive You To Drink

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Meet Missouri Representative Rick Brattin. He’s just filled a bill that will require women to get a permission slip from a man before they can have an abortion. The bill states that “[n]o abortion shall be performed or induced unless and until the father of the unborn child provides written, notarized consent to the abortion.”

And then as an homage to his fellow Show-Me state hero, Todd Akin, he says that it must be a legitimate rape:

“Just like any rape, you have to report it, and you have to prove it,” he said. “So you couldn’t just go and say, ‘Oh yeah, I was raped,’ and get an abortion. It has to be a legitimate rape.”

News That Will Drive You To Drink

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It’s that most wonderful time of the year, when Members of Congress like Rep. Doug Lamborn (R-Colo.) propose counter-insurgency measures to the (nonexistent) War on Christmas:

CONGRESSIONAL RECORD HOUSE SPEECHES AND INSERTS PAGE H8944
Dec. 10, 2014
THE CHRISTMAS RESOLUTION
(Mr. LAMBORN asked and was given permission to address the House for 1 minute.)

“Mr. LAMBORN. Mr. Speaker, it is the most wonderful time of the year, a time when millions of Americans gather together to celebrate Christmas. For many of us, Christmas is a time to remember the humble birth of our Savior on a holy night more than 2,000 years ago in the town of Bethlehem. We give thanks for Jesus’ message of love and peace and remember the sacrifice He made for us all. It is a season of giving, of love, and of joy.

“According to a recent poll, 9 out of 10 Americans celebrate Christmas. Sadly, however, there is a troubling effort in America led by a vocal minority to remove the symbols and traditions of Christmas from the public arena.

“There have been many examples of atheist groups working to remove public nativity displays and other decorations. Just last year in my home State of Colorado, an anti­religious organization filed a lawsuit against school officials for their support of student­led [sic] involvement with Operation Christmas Child.

“Mr. Speaker, these petty efforts by groups offended by the religious significance of Christmas violates the freedom of religion our Founding Fathers provided for us in the Constitution. This Congress and in Congresses past, I have introduced a resolution to protect the symbols and traditions of Christmas for those who celebrate the holiday.

“The resolution also disapproves of efforts to ban references to Christmas. We must not allow those who chose to take offense to shut down the religious celebration of every other American.”

So let’s examine Rep. Lamborn’s assertions:

  • “According to a recent poll, 9 out of 10 Americans celebrate Christmas.”
  • Define “celebrate, please. One third of Americans celebrate Christmas as a cultural rather than religious holiday; less than half will attend any religious services.

  • “There have been many examples of atheist groups working to remove public nativity displays and other decorations.”
  • We’ve talked about not treating one religion over another; that’s the establishment clause of the First Amendment. If a municipality offers displays to all religions equally, then there is no problem; however when Baby Jeebus goes on display and the Satanists are told to pound dirt, well, then there’s a problem.

  • “… petty efforts by groups offended by the religious significance of Christmas violates the freedom of religion our Founding Fathers provided for us in the Constitution.”
  • Mr. Lamborn doesn’t seem to understand the Constitution, which is remarkable for an elected official.

  • “Just last year in my home State of Colorado, an anti­religious organization filed a lawsuit against school officials for their support of student­led involvement with Operation Christmas Child.”
  • This one is really easy. Operation Christmas Child is an explicitly evangelistic initiative founded by the Rev. Franklin Graham. The project sends shoeboxes packed with toys, toiletries, and religious tracts to children in developing countries and the goal is conversion. The American Humanist Association brought a suit to stop it because it was using public schools and children to collect donations and assemble the gifts and Xristian religious tracts (and therefore violating the Establishment Clause). It should be noted that they saw it as free, child labor.

  • “The resolution also disapproves of efforts to ban references to Christmas. We must not allow those who chose to take offense to shut down the religious celebration of every other American.”
  • And please name one instance, just one, of anyone banning references to Christmas. This is just the Falafel Bill-O clause, claiming that unnamed entities are banning Christmas.

Anyway, Mr. Lamborn continues to be an easily offended Xristian who would instantly sell out the Constitution that he doesn’t understand for a theocracy that he does. Anyway, this is our Congress at work paying religious whack-jobs like Rep. Lamborn.

No Pork For Ham* – A Follow-up

Grifters Gotta Grift

Jeebus on a dino

We should have seen this one coming now that Kentucky has realized that it was being grifted by the founder of Answers in Genesis’ Ken Hamm, who is clearly Elmer Gantry without the sex appeal:

Ken Ham fundraising letter accuses Beshear administration of launching ‘massive attack’ on religious freedom

As you may recall Kentucky’s Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet suddenly realized that Ham’s latest embarrassing theme park (Noah’s Ark After Dark Park or some such thing) was actually a ministry to convert the heathen, would hire only Xristians (and make them sign an oath), and would not follow equal opportunity laws, especially they would discriminate against gay people. The Cabinet therefore refused Ham’s project request to keep 25% of tax revenue (about $18M over 10 years).

Which of course means that Ham is suffering the outrageous slings and arrows of religious persecution!

“Atheist groups have launched major attacks in various ways. They tried to derail our bond offering, and are now attempting to undermine the sales tax refund incentive for the Ark project. These secularists are ‘rocking the boat’ and we have had to work hard to counter their attacks. But through it all, God has blessed and the Ark construction is well underway!

Kentucky’s State Government is an atheist group? The 11th Commandment is a god-given right for Y’all Qaeda to bilk the taxpayer, and I think that is scriptural, but I could be wrong.

One letter from the State of Kentucky to AiG makes it clear that the state seeks to discriminate against us because of our Christian message. The letter from a state official, with statements that criticize us for having an evangelistic purpose and possibly hiring Ark staff who agree with our Christian faith, is remarkable.

This thinking is so twisted, it is outrageously hard to unravel what he thinks that the First Amendment does. There is nothing there that says every ministry has the right to grift.

Here is one of the many incredible statements in that letter (which was also obtained and published by the liberal media): ‘The Commonwealth (of Kentucky) must have the express written assurance from Ark Encounter, LLC that it will not discriminate in any way on the basis of religion in hiring.’

But as is clear settled law, churches and other religious organizations are allowed to hire employees who agree with their religious viewpoint!

Which is true, Ken. So is it a public amusement park, or is it a church? You can discriminate legally if it is a church, but you cannot get your hands on those sweet, sweet tax dollars if it is.

Even though this governmental heavy-handedness could mean an unjust loss of $18 million in sales tax refunds over 10 years, we will not — in any way — water down our message!”

How can it be a loss if it was never yours to begin with, Ken? You think you are entitled to that tax break?

So please send your contributions to Answers in Grifting, um, well what does he say here:

Ham closes the letter by saying they need $14 million more in donations to complete the first scaled-back phase of Ark Encounter construction, enclosing a reply form soliciting donations directly to AiG. They also note that such gifts to their 501(c)(3) are “tax deductible.”

How can you be a tax-deductible charity if you are also a for-profit public limited liability corporation? Good thing the new Republican Congress is stripping funding from the IRS to investigate this sort of thing.

Soliciting supposedly tax-deductible donations to the nonprofit ministry AiG for the Ark Encounter project potentially opens up the project to another legal challenge, as the Freedom From Religion Foundation recently asked the IRS to investigate and possibly strip AiG of its tax-exempt status due to blurring the lines between it and the for-profit Ark Encounter, LLC they created and own. AiG created Ark Encounter in order to qualify for state tax incentives, but still appears to be soliciting tax-deductible donations for the park and requiring a religious test for job applicants — both legal if they wanted to do so on its own, but beyond the acceptable scope for a for-profit company seeking tax incentives under Kentucky law.

* Hat tip to Big Bad Bald Bastard for coining that headline.

Some Fries With Your Stupid?

The theocrats are the single greatest threat to our American Democracy. They would impose Biblical law on all of us faster than you can say Separation of Church and State:

He seems nice.

This man and his theocratic brethren, they are what all of us are up against. But look closely there, that is the face of hatred and it is carrying a cross and speaking from a pulpit. There is a reason I call then Y’all Qaeda.

News That Will Drive You To Drink

Bill-DonohueThat happy-go-lucky fella Bill Donohue of the Catholic League has prepared his Holiday Card already! It will take the form of a billboard in Los Angeles, because he wants to ensure Hollywood feels the love of Baby Jeebus:

NOT ALL CHRISTIAN HATERS ARE EQUAL:
ABROAD WE’RE BEHEADED
AT HOME WE’RE BASHED
THE DIFFERENCES ARE PROFOUND;
SO ARE THE SIMILARITIES
HAVE A PEACEFUL AND JOYOUS CHRISTMAS

Psst, Bill: I suspect that there are very few muslims heading up Hollywood Studios.

Some Fries With Your Stupid?

Remember Megan Fox, the home-schooling fundamentalist who is always on the look-out for things that offend her Christian beliefs? Today she goes to the Zoo and finds dragons.