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Conservative Christian persecution watch: Gay ISIS & the impending criminalization of Christianity
As you may know, there are few groups as persecuted today as right wing American Christians. Scratch that -- no group as persecuted today as far right American Christians. Hell, there's probably ...
Rachel191 05/06/2015 31 49 - -
The "Special Snowflake" Syndrome of American Conservatives
The "religious freedom" debacles in Indiana and Arkansas have illustrated a lot of important points lately. The big one, of course, is that we as a society are moving past the point where it is ...
Rachel191 04/06/2015 214 274 7 -
Since when did we decide that American discrimination doesn't matter as long as others are worse?
I must have missed the memo, but since when did we decide that our discrimination doesn't matter as long as someone else, somewhere else, is worse? It seems like the right has adopted this as a go-...
Rachel191 04/02/2015 8 14 - -
For the right-wing, even #RaceTogether is a good excuse to bash them damned kids
Commentators on the left had plenty to say about Starbucks' #RaceTogether plan to address the complex issues of racism with your cup of coffee. Even Starbucks' baristas weighed in on what a ...
Rachel191 03/20/2015 69 55 - -
Sunday Message for Christians who Believe in Public Prayer
Dear Conservative Christian, Thank you for joining me a second week in a row, friend, for this special Sunday message. Last week we covered Matthew 25, and the moocher nation . Today, at the kindly ...
Rachel191 02/08/2015 11 16 - -
Sunday message to those Christians who scream about our "moocher" nation
Dear Conservative Christian: That's right, you. You, with the Facebook page full of the Obama-is-the-Devil and God-is-love messages. You, who are simultaneously incensed over the idea of women ...
Rachel191 02/01/2015 28 48 1 -
Are any GOP presidential hopefuls not heartless frauds, lunatics, bullies, and/or narcissists?
A foreshadowing of the GOP primary debates? So I was running through the list of potential candidates for the GOP presidential primaries -- that is, those Republican luminaries who have already ...
Rachel191 01/24/2015 48 43 - -
Ted Cruz encourages GOP to "lighten up", "crack a joke"
In a stunning show of ingratitude to the party that promoted him to the national scene, Ted Cruz criticized the GOP for lacking a sense of humor . Or at least for failing to display it more often. ...
Rachel191 01/20/2015 17 7 - -
Family Values Shocker: pro-life, gun loving Tea Partier Holly Fisher admits cheating on husband
So much for family values. Remember Holly Fisher, the tea party star who found internet fame after several of her photos went viral? There was the photo of her posed, gun in one hand, Bible in ...
Rachel191 01/19/2015 169 220 3 -
Lemme mansplain this abortion thing
So, honey, you're wondering what's so terrible about abortion? Well lemme mansplain it to ya. Abortion is terrible, horrible, and really bad, because it deprives a man of his right to force his ...
Rachel191 01/15/2015 429 307 6 -
It's time to acknowledge that tolerance of intolerance kills
Leelah Alcorn died last Sunday. After years of censorship, castigation and rejection of her gender identity by strict Christian parents, Leelah took her own life. At 17, she is dead. What a tragedy.
Rachel191 01/03/2015 4 12 - -
Brave right wing site uncovers the latest insidious feminist attack on men
If you follow right wing media, you know that men are under attack . Like traditional marriage and Christmas, men and boys are constantly under siege in this country from the left, and of course, ...
Rachel191 01/02/2015 71 105 1 -
50 reasons to vote for Mary Burke & against Scott Walker
The following are 50 reasons, off the top of my head, to vote for Mary Burke -- and against Scott Walker. Feel free to add your own in the comments. You think pregnant women have a "right to life".
Rachel191 11/02/2014 10 24 3 -
Scott Walker is the candidate for you...if you pretty much hate everything
Infantilize women? Loathe working people? Fear youth? Despise teachers? Oppose educating future generations? Favor theocracy to the constitution? Prefer indoctrination to education? Think Wisconsin ...
Rachel191 10/28/2014 21 32 5 -
"Taking back your democracy"
So, Stephan Pastis of Pearls Before Swine is at it again...infusing his (excellent) comic strip with truth: Midterms are notorious for low voter turnout. Everywhere ...
Rachel191 10/19/2014 5 4 - -
Clueless right-wing reactions to Columbus Day
Compliments of the right wing religious clowns at The Political Insider : Genocide? Slavery? Rape? Don't worry, it's all cool: Columbus ...
Rachel191 10/13/2014 4 10 - -
Scott Walker's women's outreach: shutting clinics, repealing equal pay, mandating ultrasounds & more
During the first 2014 Wisconsin gubernatorial debate, Scott Walker wanted to assure voters that he's very reasonable in regards to abortion, and really just has women's health in mind. He's pro-life,
Rachel191 10/13/2014 5 20 - -
Wisconsin sinking millions into failed private schools
Long before Scott Walker was governor, he was a proponent of voucher schools; since becoming governor, he's continued to expand public monies for private schools. I've mentioned specific examples of ...
Rachel191 10/12/2014 29 60 2 -
If the GOP has thoroughly accomplished one thing in the past 6 years, it's this
In six years of professional "No-ing," the GOP has accomplished very little. They've shut down the government, accused the president of trying to destroy the country, cooked up every sort of ...
Rachel191 10/12/2014 292 573 10 -
Scott Walker: lies, deflections, and to hell with the poor (the minimum wage debate recap)
Governor Walker doesn't think the minimum wage should be a living wage. And he finally, with much pressing and after much prevarication, acknowledged it last night. In last night's debate, he ...
Rachel191 10/11/2014 2 13 1 -
Being transgender is a product of mental illness? So says right wing writer...
There's a fascinating disgusting article at Townhall written by mental health expert right wing bigot John Hawkins. Hawkins, among other things, runs Right Wing News , which shares informative ...
Rachel191 09/30/2014 90 50 - -
Scott Walker & the Mary Burke plagiarism charges...or, People Who Live in Glass Houses...
If you listen to Wisconsin Republicans, it seems like Mary Burke has been running around with scissors and tape, cutting and fastening snippets of just about everything together to form a jobs plan. ...
Rachel191 09/25/2014 30 19 - -
Dawkins embraces rape culture, redux: on lying with dogs, and getting up with fleas
So I'm not the only one who took note of Dawkins' recent expressions of sexism. In fact, I picked up on it a few days later than most (because, to be honest, I'm not on Twitter very much). There was ...
Rachel191 09/18/2014 34 15 - -
Richard Dawkins' embrace of rape culture
So I happened to stumble on these two items simultaneously: Mark Oppenheimer's article about misogyny in the atheist movement , covering among other things allegations that Michael Shermer plied at ...
Rachel191 09/16/2014 111 26 - -
Allen West celebrates forcing atheist airmen to pledge to god...and some conservative readers object
So this article  from Allen West showed up in my facebook feed, shared by a family member (who knows I'm an atheist, does not believe I am evil incarnate, and yet still somehow justifies this ...
Rachel191 09/08/2014 39 55 - -
Brave atheist to be tortured, imprisoned in Saudi Arabia...Christian persecution fetishists quiet
So in case you haven't heard about Raif Badawi, the Saudi human rights advocate, Friendly Atheist at Patheos Atheist has a very sad update on his fate : Last year, 30-year-old Saudi Arabian ...
Rachel191 09/07/2014 127 208 4 -
Wisconsin shortfall might force budget repair bill despite Walker's brilliant governing
So, if you talk to any Wisconsin Republicans, you already know (*ahem*) that Scott Walker is the greatest thing since sliced bread. Walker has given us  forced ultrasounds , repealing equal pay ,
Rachel191 09/07/2014 9 21 1 -
Anti-gay conservative advocate: death of gay parents, replacement w/hetero parents brings kids joy
Laurie Higgins, conservative anti-gay advocate from the Illinois Family Institute (a group, as noted by ThinkProgress' Zack Ford , that has a " storied history  of making extremely anti-LGBT ...
Rachel191 09/05/2014 23 28 - -
"Women who really want to be women" are stay-at-home women -- says a bunch of Fox guests who aren't
In case you missed Fox's self-loathing women segment, here you go: Among many other gems, the authors of "What Women Really Want" (hint: pretty much whatever patriarchal men tell them to want), ...
Rachel191 09/02/2014 16 23 1 -
Walker: 2012's "gold standard" jobs numbers "misleading", but "inaccurate" numbers awesome!
So, here we have yet another example of Scott Walker illustrating his disregard for consistency and honesty. Wisconsinites might remember that, during the recall election, some of Walker's opponents ...
Rachel191 08/30/2014 9 20 2 -
Walker's WEDC votes for Ashley furniture $6 mil tax credit, owners then donate $20 K
So just yesterday I posted about some of the *ahem* peculiar things we're learning about what Scott Walker has been doing in (to?) Wisconsin. One of those items was: And, finally, in an unrelated ...
Rachel191 08/25/2014 8 19 - -
Georgia gun-nuts give rapists, pedophiles back their guns
So I came across this truly mortifying story , about a Georgia cop who tried to sodomize a woman with his service weapon . That failing, he raped her. Krauss was convicted of sexual assault against ...
Rachel191 08/25/2014 42 34 - -
A roundup of this week's "Scott Walker says and does the darndest things" moments...
So, some interesting news from Wisconsin, about our illustrious governor, Scott Walker -- primarily about his dance with unethical and illegal behaviors. For starters, we have this : Newly ...
Rachel191 08/24/2014 5 19 2 -
Self proclaimed pro-lifers object to ALS research
So, in case you missed it , the "pro-life" community has its collective panties in a wad over the ice bucket challenge. Shockingly, the same folks who think life is sooooo precious that a live woman ...
Rachel191 08/24/2014 3 7 - -
Parental rights trump a child's, including his right to life...except abortion -- that's murder!!
There's a curious strain of contradictory thought in this country, that posits that, on the one hand, a parent should have absolute control over their child (what they eat, what they wear, what they ...
Rachel191 08/18/2014 11 9 - -
When a corpse has more rights than a woman
Look around the world. Consider the status of women in "pro-life" countries, particularly as relates to the "life of the mother". In countries like Ireland or the Dominican Republic , where laws ...
Rachel191 08/14/2014 85 185 6 -
Atheism & Mythicism: Danger, Will Robinson
I recently caught a program on the newly launched AtheistTV  that featured an interview with Richard Carrier, which got me thinking about this topic. For those of you who are unfamiliar with Dr. ...
Rachel191 08/12/2014 162 13 2 -
The Wall of Separation between Church and State isn't an atheistic or liberal conspiracy...
There is a revisionist strain of teaching in modern day American fundamentalism, furthered by frauds like David Barton, that the Wall of Separation is largely a myth. It was not, as the fiction goes,
Rachel191 06/11/2014 12 26 1 -
Wisconsin recovery weaker than neighboring states, lower than predictions
One of the things I often hear from Scott Walker fans is, "But, look, we're doing better now than before Walker took office! Therefore he's doing a great job." Nevermind the fact that this follows ...
Rachel191 06/10/2014 12 14 - -
Countering Young Earth Creationism: God's regrets, God's Immutability, and the Genesis Story
Should the Genesis story be taken literally as an accurate telling of events? This is the second of an on-going series, examining the flaws in consistency, logic & theology that arise from a literal ...
Rachel191 06/01/2014 94 16 2 -
A Wisconsin Spring
So this is a totally non-political photo-heavy journal, highlighting some of the beauties of a Wisconsin spring, particularly as experienced by me and my family. It's 100% a feel good post, of no ...
Rachel191 05/31/2014 8 20 1 -
"Thugs with jugs", death threats, insults: gun rights advocates targeting women
Mother Jones has an article on gun activists and their targeting of women that is at once elucidating and mortifying. It details some of the tactics these "responsible gun owners" sink to -- threats,
Rachel191 05/15/2014 24 30 - -
Right-wing gobbles up Sriracha CEO's comment that pollution regulation similar to communism
Turns out, a regulation requiring you to put in an air filtration system so that your (very successful) business doesn't flare up allergies and stink your neighbors out for months at a time is the ...
Rachel191 05/15/2014 23 20 - -
Michael Sam is not Tim Tebow, and celebratory kisses are not showy envangelizing
As much as I hate to post on a topic that's been talked to death...there's one aspect that I have not seen addressed as I feel it needs to be. As you almost certainly know, openly gay football ...
Rachel191 05/14/2014 31 29 1 -
The right has finally abandoned its remaining shred of humanity
It used to be that the right wing pretended to have a moral compass. Pretended, in fact, to have the only true  moral compass. It wasn't that they hated women and want to pay us less, take away our ...
Rachel191 05/13/2014 257 478 8 -
Matt Walsh has a meltdown over Emily Letts' abortion (grab the popcorn!)
Turns out, you can go on Fox News and talk about how shooting an unarmed teenager was just " God's plan ", and right wingers will enrich and worship you. You can gun down, execution style, two non-...
Rachel191 05/09/2014 13 37 - -
Hobby Lobby's Steve Green pushing nationwide curriculum to teach the "danger" of ignoring his god
Hobby Lobby's president, Steve Green, really, really does not understand religious freedom. We already know that Green's vision of "religious freedom" is not a personal freedom to believe what you ...
Rachel191 05/08/2014 17 34 - -
No, conservatives, it's not hypocritical for an actor to support gun control
Every time an actor or actress has the audacity to voice his or her opinion that maybe, just maybe, a nation with more gun-related deaths since 1968 than in all American wars combined needs to take ...
Rachel191 05/08/2014 15 10 - -
US pregnancy related death rate on par with Romania, Iran
Here's some appalling statistics for you. Women who are 15 years old in 2014 face a lifetime risk of dying of 1 in 2,400, up from 1 in 3,700 for women who were 15 in the year 2000, according to ...
Rachel191 05/07/2014 9 20 1 -
The right's "Reality Free Zones"
Thought of the moment...do you ever notice that, instead of a substantive debate with real solutions, the right's most recent responses to just about everything is denial? There is no one in ...
Rachel191 05/01/2014 9 15 - -
Ohio geologists link fracking to earthquakes, state implements stricter permit conditions
Didn't see this posted yet (did I miss it?), but it's important to note. Ohio state geologists have recently linked fracking to earthquake activity. As a result, new permit conditions were put in ...
Rachel191 04/12/2014 12 28 - -
Dinosaurs on Noah's Ark? A look at Young Earth Creationist craziness
This is the first in a series of examinations of the problems with (a literal interpretation of) Genesis . My intentions in writing these are two-fold: firstly, to raise awareness about the a-...
Rachel191 04/10/2014 84 31 - -
The Republican response to Pay Equality summed up in one segment from "Yes, Minister"
For those not familiar with the series, "Yes, Minister" and "Yes, Prime Minister" are British political comedies from the 80's, full of brilliant commentary about the political process -- as ...
Rachel191 04/08/2014 7 12 - -
WI's worst performing public schools doing better than "school choice" peers
Since Scott Walker took office, with the prodding of a Republican dominated legislature, the state push toward voucher schools has expanded from select areas & low income residents to squarely ...
Rachel191 04/08/2014 12 41 2 -
What can we learn from "God's Not Dead"?
No, seriously. I mean it, what can we learn from the intellectual travesty that is God's Not Dead ? Oh for pity's sake, stop laughing already! It might be unquestionably is a self-defeating, ...
Rachel191 03/27/2014 18 12 1 -
Don't like being preached at? Get mad when someone proselytizes at work?
(Trigger warning) Don't like being preached at? Would you get mad if someone insisted on proselytizing at work? A viewer presented a scenario of this nature to Pat Robertson, declaring that the ...
Rachel191 03/25/2014 21 24 - -
Bill O'Reilly mischacterizes atheists (again), is generally an egotistical pinhead...
In terms of predictability, this ranks right alongside "the tide comes in, and the tide goes out"...but (surprise) Bill O'Reilly mischaracterized atheists, again, this time in an interview with ...
Rachel191 03/24/2014 69 73 1 -
Did Matt Walsh "demolish" the bodily autonomy argument? Not even close.
So " Young Conservatives " blog is trumpeting that Matt Walsh just "demolished" the bodily autonomy pro-choice argument. A big claim. And one that falls laughably short of the reality. First, ...
Rachel191 03/06/2014 105 61 - -
"Personal responsibility" and abortion
I hear, a lot, from those who want to take away abortion rights that they just want a woman to "take responsibility" or show some "personal responsibility" for her "decision to get pregnant". In pro-...
Rachel191 02/27/2014 38 59 2 -
"God's Harvard" and victim blaming
(Sexual assault trigger warning) I'm mostly going to leave this link here , discussing sexual assault at conservative Christian Patrick Henry College, because it really speaks for itself. But I'm ...
Rachel191 02/18/2014 10 19 - -
What Missouri's background check repeal tells us about universal background checks
So we now have evidence to support the basic and blindingly obvious statement that background checks save lives. Will it make a difference to those who insist that background checks are futile? I don'
Rachel191 02/17/2014 38 28 1 -
"We have this book..."
So I've only had time to watch Matt Dillahunty and Israel Rodriguez' Friday talk at the 27th Annual Shenandoah Lectureship (it's quite frustrating to watch Rodriguez' continual failure to grasp ...
Rachel191 02/15/2014 3 9 - -
A modern day miracle: Ken Ham delivered the decisive blow in the creationism debate
So I was thinking about this earlier, and it seems to me that, in the question of whether or not creationism is a viable scientific field of study, despite Bill Nye's very good, factual answers, it ...
Rachel191 02/05/2014 451 419 4 -
Rick Warren's, and American evangelicalism's, "huge lie"
Our culture has accepted two huge lies. The first is that if you disagree with someone’s lifestyle, you must fear or hate them. The second is that to love someone means you agree with ...
Rachel191 02/02/2014 83 121 3 -
On the perpetuation of creationism in our country
So, as some of my readers will know, I was raised to believe in young earth creationism. We were homeschooled, and that was the "science" we were taught. Our textbooks ( Abeka science ) devoted huge ...
Rachel191 01/28/2014 60 68 4 -
Buddhist student harrassed, ridiculed, told to accept it, leave school or convert
So here's a fascinating -- and by fascinating, I mean appalling -- case that the ACLU is filing on behalf of a local family, against a Louisiana school district and several officials/teachers. ...
Rachel191 01/26/2014 335 473 12 -
"Traditional marriage" under fire...
I've detailed before why the concepts of Biblical and traditional marriage are nothing at all like people generally imagine . It turns out that that concept, contemporary heterosexual unions, that ...
Rachel191 01/21/2014 9 8 - -
People don't like mining in WI near public land? Let's shut down the public land...
Glenn Grothman, Wisconsin's pet idiot, strikes again. First noticed this one here : A new bill to allow the Gogebic Taconite iron mining company to bar the public from using public access land on ...
Rachel191 08/31/2013 15 48 - -
“Hate the sin, love the sinner” is a crock
To some people, that will be an obvious observation; and to others, a hideous lie. Still, it shows up so often that it needs saying. The concept of hating the sin but loving the sinner is a ...
Rachel191 08/31/2013 73 63 1 -
God is not pro-life
Every time I discuss abortion, it's always the same...it always gets back to God, and how he ostensibly hates abortion. Nevermind that such belief has no business being legislated. To many folks, if ...
Rachel191 08/05/2013 107 119 8 -
Attention African Americans: You Do Not Face Racism. You're Welcome, White Conservative Spokesmen
Rachel191 07/22/2013 2 9 - -
The Trayvon Martin conversation that we need to have
The Huffington Post recently ran an article on “ 15 shocking 'stand your ground' cases ,” in which “stand your ground” was considered a sufficient justification for everything from settling ...
Rachel191 07/17/2013 5 8 - -
Religious “education”, tax dollars, and why Scott Walker has it all wrong
What is the difference between an education and indoctrination? If you had to sum it up in a few words, or break it down to a single concept, what would you come up with? The ability to question. ...
Rachel191 06/10/2013 9 6 - -
Pro-life GOP is working hard to ensure that women have the same rights...as cattle
Now you might recall that the GOP has repeatedly taken brave stands against all manner of measures beneficial to women and the furtherance of gender equality in our nation. Equal pay for equal work ...
Rachel191 05/24/2013 7 15 - -
Scandal Chasing (a look at the pettiness of politics in these great United States of America)
Scandal chasing, or, perhaps, more appropriately titled, a look at the pettiness of politics in these great United States. Back during the election, a veritable eternity ago, or so it seems, the ...
Rachel191 05/22/2013 7 14 - -
Zombie Obama targets at the NRA convention.
I’ve posted before about the levels of vitriol that have crept into gun control rhetoric, and how potentially dangerous that can be. The principle extends beyond gun control to politics in general,
Rachel191 05/05/2013 15 16 1 -
Remember how you cheered
On the evening of April 19th, after the capture of Boston marathon bomber “suspect #2” Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, Bostonians took to the street to celebrate. Facebookers and tweeters filled the internet ...
Rachel191 04/20/2013 15 15 - -
"Guns aren't part of the problem, but sexual liberalism is!"
That's more or less the drift of yesterday's press release from the Family Research Council : If Congress wants to stop these tragedies, then it has to address the government's own hostility to ...
Rachel191 04/19/2013 6 6 - -
"Cowering" "Boston liberals"
Now I've talked before about the dangers of the extreme rhetoric we're seeing in the gun control debate, but here's a piece that really exemplifies what I'm talking about. I wonder how many Boston ...
Rachel191 04/19/2013 16 17 - -
Will Ron Johnson's “Victims of Government” campaign feature victims of his governing?
By now, you've no doubt heard that the background check bill was defeated, and – unsurprisingly – almost exclusively along party lines, with the self proclaimed “party of life” coming down ...
Rachel191 04/17/2013 8 5 - -
Missouri GOP rep puts business owners under the gun
One would assume that the self-proclaimed party of personal liberty, freedom, and all that, the party that complains about onerous regulations strangling business, would respect a person’s wishes ...
Rachel191 04/12/2013 13 14 1 -
The dangers to gun control efforts (and civil discourse) of heightened rhetoric
The gun control debate has been raging in earnest for some time now, ever since the massacre at Sandy Hook. There are some staggering statistics out there, like the fact that more Americans have ...
Rachel191 04/10/2013 2 4 - -
The Bible is not a scientific treatise on biology...
The Bible is not a scientific treatise on biology, reproduction, or anything else It seems an obvious statement, except, based on the number of times I hear Bible verses, cherry picked of course, ...
Rachel191 04/06/2013 50 59 3 -
Dear Christians who oppose “gay marriage” because it isn't "Biblical marriage"...
Dear Christians who oppose “gay marriage” because it isn't "Biblical marriage", There may be a lot of reasons that you're opposing “gay marriage”/marriage equality. But your alleged ...
Rachel191 04/04/2013 118 336 19 -
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