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H/T: Miranda Blue at RWW


During a speech in Texas last week, Rafael Cruz, the father of Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), encouraged religious leaders to “restore America” by distributing biblical voting guides in church.

“When government ceases to work towards those ends it is our right, and it is I believe our duty, to remove that government and replace it with another government,” the conservative pastor said July 31 at Trinity I.S.D. Auditorium, paraphrasing the Declaration of Independence.

The event was promoted by the Trinity County Republican Party of Texas.


Mississippi Republican Sends Bibles To Everyone In Congress For ‘Advice Meditating On God’s Word’

Hagee on pro-choice and LGBTQ-affirming Christians:

“You people who are running around calling yourselves Christians supporting abortion, you are not!” he thundered.

“Our greatest problem in this nation is counterfeit Christianity,” he explained later in the sermon, telling gay-affirming pastors, “Those of you who got on national television and endorsed homosexual lifestyle because the president did so, you are a counterfeit Christian, you are a moral coward, you are a hireling shepherd. Shame on you.”

Hagee on welfare and immigrants:

One of these was social safety net programs. “To those of you who are sick, to those of you who are elderly, to those of you who are disabled, we gladly support you,” he said. “To the healthy who can work but won’t work, get your nasty self off the couch and go get a job!”

“America has rewarded laziness and we’ve called it welfare,” he said, adding that “God’s position” is that “the man who does not work shall not eat.”


Hagee also linked the possible doom of America to the crisis of unaccompanied minors fleeing violence in Central America, who he claimed are being used for cover by “rapists, murderers, pedophiles, drug pushers, terrorists” who are “being treated like royalty at your expense.” 

h/t: Peter Montgomery at RWW

h/t: Amanda Marcotte at AlterNet


Is your head spinning from all the talk about religious exemptions these days? From ENDA to Hobby Lobby to state-level "turn away the gays" bills, that phrase is on the lips of everyone who works in, advocates for, or cares about LGBT civil rights.

But what does it mean?

The Daily Beast's Jay Michaelson comes to the rescue with a piece called “Why Progressives Just Woke Up and Killed ENDA,” which contains an incredibly informative primer on the different kinds of religious exemptions.

Michaelson talks about religious exemptions as a series of concentric circles, or levels, starting with churches and ministers and becoming increasingly more broad as they radiate outwards. Here’s an overview:

  • Level 1: Churches, ministers, and Sunday School teachers. "Here," Michaelson writes, "almost no one disputes that some religious exemptions are justified." Indeed, no one wants to force clergy to marry any couple they don’t want to marry, straight or gay. Everyone agrees that that would be an unacceptable breach of the wall of separation between church and state. Next?

  • Level 2: Religious organizations. Most people support some exemptions in this circle as well, Michaelson notes, “but not as many. If you’re a church official working for your denomination, maybe. But what if you’re a secretary or working in the cafeteria?”

  • Level 3: Religiously-affiliated organizations, such as Catholic hospitals, nursing homes, schools, universities, and charities. This is where the entire debate about Obamacare’s contraception mandate took place, Michaelson points out (the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops also falls under this category), and the administration’s compromise widened the law’s exemption to include all groups in this circle. ENDA’s religious exemption falls into this circle as well.

  • Level 4: Private corporations whose owners are religious. The Supreme Court’s ruling in Hobby Lobby moved the contraception into this circle. And that leaves the right wing’s wet dream:

  • Level 5. The individual exemption. Anyone can discriminate against anyone else, as long as they claim that it’s for religious reasons. Michaelson correctly describes this scenario as “pandemonium” for same-sex couples, who when going out on a Friday night “could be married at the movie theater but not at the bar afterward.”

But it’s that Level 5 exemption — an unquestioned “right” to discriminate against anyone, at any time, because Jesus — that the Religious Right so desperately wants. It’s the quintessential special right and would be the ultimate form of Christian privilege. And it’s why we must stop them now, before they ever get the chance to obtain it.

Michaelson’s article is well worth reading in full. Click here to check it out over at the Daily Beast.

H/T: Miranda Blue at RWW

h/t: Paul Rosenberg at Salon





It hasn’t even been 48 hours since the Supreme Court handed down their decision in US v. Hobby Lobby, but Rick Santorum and his film company EchoLight Studios announced today that they’re making a documentary about the decision, to be released in September. Even better: They already have a trailer for it. It’s like they were anticipating that this would happen!

Okay, technically, this film has been in the works for months: One Generation Away: The Erosion of Religious Liberty, will “makes the case that the free expression of Christianity has lately been taking a backseat to free speech, government expansion and political correctness,” according to The Hollywood Reporter. Hobby Lobby is one of several federal and state court cases that will tackle this issue (expect Gay Cake to make an appearance), but considering that pro-life conservatives count this as a huge victory, it will probably be the focus of the entire film.

Santorum is CEO and Chairman of EchoLight Studios, which is responsible for these films.

Watch the trailer below via EchoLight Studios, and keep your eyes peeled: Mike Huckabee and Ronald Reagan make super special appearances…

[h/t AV Club]

So… a documentary about “The Erosion of Religious Liberty” which will presumably focus on… religious right-wingers winning a court case to allow a for-profit corporation to have a religion. Also, I’m pretty sure it will not address the liberty of Muslims or those who practice religions not of the Book.

how do i not have this in my GIF reactions folder

(via thepoliticalfreakshow)

h/t: Brian Tashman at RWW

h/t: Heather “Digby” Parton at Salon

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