As continue our review of the outrageous and offensive things we heard from the right in 2016, let's look at the some of the year's rhetoric involving anti-Muslim hysteria and religious freedom. You can check out previous posts from the Year in Quotes here. Read More
It's that time again -- our annual review of the most offensive, ridiculous and otherwise outrageous quotes we heard from the right over the past 12 months. We've got a real basket of deplorables to share this year. You can check out previous posts from the Year in Quotes here. Today we'll start with what we heard from the presidential campaign trail. Read More
On this last day of our annual review of the most outrageous things we heard from the right over the past 12 months, here is our final installment of Potluck Nuttery. (Click here for previous posts on what we heard from the right in 2015.)
“The Left hates the Duggars because they have standards – even if they fall short – they have standards. The Left will not tolerate that”
– Texas state Rep. Bill Zedler, R-Arlington, tweeting that the famous Duggar family – with 19 children – was being unfairly persecuted after revelations that the oldest son, Josh Duggar, repeatedly molested little girls (including his sisters) when he was a teenager. News reports indicated that after Josh’s parents learned about the molestations, they delayed seeking counseling for their son for 16 months and that the statute of limitations had run out by the time police began an investigation. Josh, who stepped down as executive director of the religious-right group Family Research Council Action, later admitted to cheating on his wife on the Ashley Madison website and having sex with strippers.
“I am not accusing anybody, I am raising questions. If the United States says, ‘Here, Palestinian terrorist groups, we want… Read More
As we wind down our annual review of the most outrageous things we heard from the right over the past 12 months, the remaining quotes fall into our Potluck Nuttery category. We will have a second round of Potluck Nuttery tomorrow. (Click here for previous posts on what we heard from the right in 2015.)
“We had Confederate Heroes Day before there was a Martin Luther King Jr. Day, why can’t they change theirs? I have no problem with them both being celebrated on the same day because most of the people who celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day don’t celebrate Confederate Heroes Day.”
– Reta Brand, director of the Texas Society Order of Confederate Rose, on a proposed bill by Texas state Rep. Donna Howard, D-Austin, to change Confederate Heroes Day to the more inclusive Civil War Remembrance Day.
“Hiroshima is coming. Greg Fenves will rue the day.”
– Kirk Lyons, a lawyer for the Sons of Confederate Veterans, on the removal of the Jefferson Davis statue at the University of Texas at Austin campus.
“There is a penalty to be paid for what the beatniks, who morphed into the hippies [did]. You say what… Read More
The right’s contempt for facts is especially evident when it comes to issues like climate change and evolution. Here’s some of the science denialism we heard from the right on in 2015. (Click here for previous posts on what we heard from the right in 2015.)
“I’m going to punt on that one as well. That’s a question a politician shouldn’t be involved in one way or another. I love the evolution of trade in Wisconsin.”
– Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, responding to questions about his thoughts on evolution during his failed campaign for the Republican presidential nomination.
“No, it hasn’t changed my mind. We all have the same evidence, and it’s just a matter of how you interpret it. There’s no dates stamped on these things.”
– Canadian Edgar Nernberg, who serves on the board of a creationist museum that promotes the idea that Earth is only about 6,000 years old, explaining his personal discovery of 60-million-year-old fish fossil.
“Humans, horses, and other animals do not use similar facial muscles and communicative expressions because of shared ancestry, but they do share a common Designer and so we would expect to see similarities in living things — and… Read More