As it turns out, the only crime Freddie Gray was accused of at the time of his fatal arrest and Nickel Ride was carrying a switchblade. Except the knife wasn't a switchblade. It was an ordinary, legal, pocketknife.
When a 700 Club viewer asked Pat why polygamy was a thing in the days of the Old Testament, Pat explains to his viewers why polygamy was OK then, but isn't today. Of course, Pat's same logic explains why because homosexuality was banned thousands of years ago in a Bronze Age magic book, it should be prohibited today...
We all could have predicted it, once Mike Pence signed that repulsive piece of garbage, the RFRA, into law. For all intents and purposes, it legalized and affirmed anti-LGBTQIA discrimination in the state of Indiana.
It was only a matter of time before some bigoted idiot decided to shoot off his or her mouth, announcing how they'd use their Sincerely Held Religious Beliefs™ to justify discrimination and ill treatment towards members of the LGBTQ community.
In this case, the scumbags in question were the O'Connors, running Memories Pizza, who said they would not cater a gay wedding (as if anyone with any sort of taste would cater a wedding reception with pizza). Despite their piousness, the bigotry that oozed from their mouths was palpable, and people on the Internet reacted, trolling their Yelp page, flooding Twitter, and expressing outrage in ways from polite to illegal.
The O'Connors whined, crying to their right-wing buddies about how their Christian Faith has led to people being mean to them on the Internet, so Dana Loesch of The Blaze started a GoFundMe campaign to help the beleaguered bigots, raising a grand total of $842,387. Intolerance has its rewards apparently.
What, you think that we're gonna take this lying down? The Trevor Project is calling, and they need help keeping LGBTQIA teenagers alive.
Oh, you're thinking that us mean old atheists mean to infringe on your religious beliefs.
No. I'm ranting because the opposite is happening. People are using their religion as an excuse to be shitty to just about everyone else.
Yes, we have a First Amendment in this country. Yes, it guarantees your freedom of (or from) religion. But there's a limit. There is a point where your right to act on behalf of your imaginary friend stops.
Your right to freedom of religion ends when your exercise of religion causes harm to others.
Those who've seen my rantings here on Daily Kos know that as I'm an atheist, I have little patience for religion at all. I agree with the sentiment that it is "easily weaponized superstitious hokum."
But I do have quite a bit of affinity towards the Unitarian-Universalist Church. That's mostly because the members I've met are incredibly nice people, and almost always awesome progressives, but also because about half of them are also atheists, and are there for the community. It's the good parts of church, but set up in a way that I can disregard the woo.
So this is a little personal for me. A group of anti-abortionists just pulled a Fred Phelps...
I keep thinking about this news story, about two Florida police officers, including a deputy chief, that were fired from the Fruitland Park police department, when an FBI report revealed that they were members of America's oldest domestic terrorism organization, the Ku Klux Klan.
Fruitland Park police Chief Terry Isaacs said his department has been shaken by troubling but unproven allegations that a deputy chief and a former police corporal were associated with the Ku Klux Klan.
The allegations, contained in a confidential FBI report provided to Isaacs by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, led to the sudden resignation of Deputy Chief David Borst and Isaacs' decision Friday to dismiss Officer George Hunnewell.
Isaacs would not confirm that the report linked the two officers to the KKK, instead describing the group as a "subversive organization." He said he couldn't be more exact in his description because he thought he was not authorized to release details of the report. Issacs said the document was given to him as chief to consider how the allegations might affect the officers' credibility and the perception of the department in the community.
Chief Deputy State Attorney Ric Ridgway, from whom Isaacs sought advice, identified the KKK as the hate group.
You know when Dr. Gordon "Assless Chaps" Klingenschmitt, court-martialed former chaplain and candidate for Colorado's House District 15, is about to say something extraordinarily batty, when he says "Let us discern the spirits."
This time, Klingenschmitt said something that is kind of personal to me, as I am an atheist. He suggested that because I don't like mixing church and state, that I need an exorcism.
Come below the fold to discern Klingenschmitt's spirits (you might want to drink some spirits on the way...)
Most people paying attention to Colorado's primary elections that took place last Tuesday were paying attention to the Governor's race, where Both Ways Bob Beauprez beat Tom Tancredo to the GOP nomination. There wasn't a whole lot of contentious stuff on the Democratic side.
Yet another of Clear Channel’s Liberal Talk stations is dropping the format.
“AM 760″ KKZN Thornton/Denver is next in line to shift to another Talk variation following similar moves in recent months at sister stations in Portland and Los Angeles. Morning host Gloria Neal posted on Facebook that she had been fired as the station would be changing formats. With Randi Rhodes ending her syndicated show next week the station is losing two of its shows.
Greg Foster, VP/Programming for Clear Channel Denver confirmed to the Denver Post that Neal was let go.
“I can confirm that Gloria Neal’s show is no longer on KKZN and she is no longer with our company. We will be announcing new programming for KKZN in the near future.”
It looks like our great Fourth Estate has made things clear, with regards to their coverage of the killings of three people in Kansas City, in a series of blatant hate crimes against the Jewish community.
They gave it a big yawn. CNN is back to being the Malaysian Plane Crash Channel, and FAUX News is back to using the Bundy story as fodder in their attempts to incite terrorism. If you want informed, objective journalism, cable news is not the place to get it.
The manhunt didn't appear to take long either. It didn't have to, at least to catch Frazier Glenn Miller. He didn't run very far after committing those murders.
Randi Rhodes raised a very good question on her show last night. What would have happened, if the Kansas City terrorist had yelled "Allahu Ackbar!" from the back of that police cruiser, instead of "Heil Hitler!"?
As we've just passed the anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombing, we only have to look back a year to see.
I've done them all: Vampire: The Masquerade, Dungeons and Dragons, GURPS, Call of Cthulhu Deadlands, Savage Worlds, the occasional LARP. I've been a gamer for a quarter century. So sue me, I'm an incurable geek.
And amazingly enough, I haven't sacrificed any cats to Satan, or drank anyone's blood, or raped anyone, and nobody's taught me how to cast Mind Bondage (boy, that spell would be handy!)
So, can I ask a favor of you? Yes, I get it. We've got a douchebag teabagger out there who's as hypocritical as hypocrisy gets. He's an anti-gay, misogynistic, fundie gun-bunny who likes to get his freak on. And he's a gamer.
But try to avoid the collateral damage. The vast majority of gamers are not like Jacob Rush. All the role-playing games, LARPs and related games I've played were, and are, good, clean fun. Yes, some of the games I played, and GM'd, come out like Stephen King novels. But understand that when someone's behaving like a freak, like Jacob Rush, the problem isn't with a game, it is with the person.
Jacob Rush is a freaky asshole. But don't take it out on us gamers.