banning marriage equality violates the church's religious freedom to perform such ceremonies. Just a reminder that the shrieking bigots who say they speak for all Christians do not and that religious liberty is restricted when religious ceremonies are criminalized, not when they're allowed. The haters have the argument 100%, completely bass-ackward. UCC is the denomination that the pilgrims of Plymouth Rock founded, by the way. You don't get any more American than that.
The Tea Party simply will not give up on the "death panels" lie. The truth is that it's fostering entrepreneurs -- which is kind of surprising from something that's supposed to be runaway naked Marxism.
Now that Don Sterling is functionally kicked out of the NBA, Fox News is in total panic mode. And it's not hard to understand why -- Cliven Bundy goes down in flames, Sterling goes down in flames. Hell, that's their business model and suddenly everyone's realizing it's hate. What do they do now, stick to reporting facts?
And it's not just Fox, other rightwingers are rushing to defend Sterling. Because if a billionaire can be brought down through his intolerance, what hope is there for the less influential bigot? And of course, there's the obligatory conspiracy theory.
But despite the fact that conservative racism has been big news lately, WingNutDaily founder Joseph Farah goes on the radio to insist that "you just don’t find racism" in the Republican Party. Meanwhile, the head of the Repudblican Party of Illinois apologizes for comparing Pres. Obama to "the offspring of a donkey and a zebra, black and white legs, rest all donkey."
Finally, Cliven Bundy's supporters are reportedly setting up armed checkpoints -- because some fucking nutjob sore-loser sticking an assault weapon in your face is liberty. And the right calls teachers "thugs." I'm against drone strikes, but I'd be lying if I said I wasn't starting to see the attraction. Someone needs to shut these goons down.
[cartoon via McClatchy Newspapers]