The Lies They Tell II

So not only are religious-right groups lying about why they support North Carolina's anti-LGBT discrimination law, they also appear to be exaggerating when making claims about who else supports it. Read More

Earlier today we saw this piece in the Dallas Morning News that observed how Sen. Ted Cruz had taken a more measured tone than his Republican presidential rivals on the case of Kim Davis, the Kentucky county clerk still refusing to obey the law and issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

But that was before Davis was held in contempt and jailed by a federal judge this morning. And now Cruz seems to be madder than his dad Rafael Cruz always seems to be. Cruz’s statement following the contempt finding:

Today, judicial lawlessness crossed into judicial tyranny. Today, for the first time ever, the government arrested a Christian woman for living according to her faith. This is wrong. This is not America.

No, Sen. Cruz, Davis was held in contempt and jailed not for her faith, but for her refusal to obey multiple court orders telling her to do, you know, the job she’s collecting a paycheck to do. A paycheck, by the way, that doesn’t bounce thanks to the taxes paid by some of the same people Davis is discriminating against.

But anyway, Cruz continued:

Those who are persecuting Kim Davis believe that Christians… Read More

Religious-righters spend a lot of time these days screaming “persecution!” when they’re not allowed to use religion to discriminate against people they don’t like. So it’s more than just a bit hypocritical when they question the religious faith of people who don’t share their political views. That’s what Rafael Cruz, father of Ted Cruz, the U.S. senator from Texas and a Republican presidential candidate, did this past weekend.

Speaking at an event hosted by the Palm Beach County Tea Party in Florida, Rafael Cruz argued that Catholic and Jewish Democrats put their political beliefs ahead of their religious beliefs.

“Unfortunately, in the northeast, the Jews are Democrats first and Jews second. This is what has happened to a great many in the Catholic church. They are Democrats first and Catholics second.

There are people voting Democrat because, ‘My grandfather or my father voted Democrat.’ Let me tell you something. The Democratic party today is not the Democratic party of John Kennedy. John Kennedy would be a Republican today.”

Cruz went on to suggest that religious leaders who don’t lead their congregations to take the right political positions are like religious leaders who failed… Read More

As we’ve said before, the religious right isn’t really a religious movement. It’s a political movement that uses religion as a weapon to divide Americans and push an agenda. And that agenda often promotes a peculiar version of political Christianity.

So we weren’t surprised this week to see a fundraising letter from a California-based group called The Center for Cultural Leadership that offers another example of how religious-right groups are corrupting Christianity. Key excerpt:

“When the Western intellectual elites offer high-sounding arguments that fetuses are not really humans, that ‘gender’ is ‘fluid,’ that Islam is a peaceful religion, that Jesus was nonjudgmental, that politics should engineer the New (anti-Christian) Society, that ‘hurtful’ religious speech should be suppressed, that law is what law professors decide it is, that porn is harmless, and that interventionist economics protects against market fluctuations, we counter with a distinctly Christian intellectual demolition.”

According to this group, apparently, being Christian requires buying into a litany of arguments about abortion, Islam, LGBT people, etc. But especially revealing is the suggestion — highlighted in bold above — that there is a “distinctly Christian intellectual” argument against “interventionist economics.”

What? Have Friedrich Hayek and Milton Friedman taken their place alongside the Twelve Apostles?

Kevin Kruse, a professor of… Read More

On Wednesday, state Rep. Tony Tinderholt, R-Arlington, filed a complaint with the State Commission on Judicial Conduct against state District Judge David Wahlberg. The alleged wrongdoing? That Wahlberg issued the order that allowed Suzanne Bryant and Sarah Goodfriend to obtain a marriage license, making them the first same-sex couple to legally marry in Texas.

Quorum Report editor Scott Braddock, via Twitter, had something to say about the Tinderholt complaint.

Rep Tony Tinderholt has been married five times but is very concerned about a couple that's been together for 30 years #TxLege

— Scott Braddock (@scottbraddock) February 26, 2015

A man on his fourth wife is the biggest defender of the sanctity of marriage, y'all #TxLege

— Scott Braddock (@scottbraddock) February 26, 2015

I believe it's his fourth wife because he was married to one of them twice, as I understand it. #TxLege

— Scott Braddock (@scottbraddock) February 26, 2015

In fairness, if I had multiple failed marriages I might worry about the sanctity of the institution as well #TxLege

— Scott Braddock (@scottbraddock) February 26, 2015

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The New York Times

In the past year, at least 5 states and numerous cities have joined a long list of places to officially recognize Indigenous Peoples’ Day. Here are some localities that will be formally honoring it for the first time – and what it took to get there. nyti.ms/32i8jfq