The right always finds something to complain about when it comes to President Obama — even if it means making stuff up. Here’s more of what we heard in 2014. Click here to read more quotes from the right in 2014.
“Before ObamaCare, there had never been a case of Ebola in the U.S.”
– A tweet from Nick Muzin, the deputy chief of staff for Texas Sen. Ted Cruz. Muzin later called his tweet a “bad joke.” (You reckon?)
“The American people have lost confidence in your leadership as president, and we’re going to not confirm any judicial nominations in the Senate until after the American people have had an opportunity to elect a new president.”
– Richard Land, the former president of Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, expressing the right’s scorched-earth policy toward President Obama.
“‘Net Neutrality’ is Obamacare for the Internet; the Internet should not operate at the speed of government.”
– Senator Ted Cruz, R-Texas, in a Tweet absurdly comparing the effort to keep Internet service from becoming a tiered, unequal system to health care reform.… Read More
Right-wingers spent a lot of time talking about public schools in Texas this year. That’s because the State Board of Education adopted new social studies textbooks for Texas public schools. The new textbooks are based on curriculum standards the board adopted in 2010. Those standards were so controversial that even the conservative Thomas B. Fordham Institute criticized them as a “politicized distortion of history.” Among the curriculum standards identified by Fordham as most problematic were those that exaggerated religious influences on the American founding and our political and legal systems. Those exaggerations include a requirement that student learn Moses was a major influence on our nation’s founding documents. Social conservatives on the Texas board championed such requirements even as scholars across the country dismissed them as absurd distortions. Following is some of what we read and heard during the debate this year. Click here to read more quotes from 2014.
Some excerpts from the new textbooks that will go into classrooms for the 2015-16 school year:
The “biblical idea of a covenant, an ancient Jewish term meaning a special kind of agreement between the people and God, influenced the formation of colonial governments and contributed to our constitutional structure.”
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Sexism. Misogyny. Abortion. When it came to women and issues like reproductive rights, here’s some of what we heard from the far right in 2014. Click here to read more quotes from the right in 2014.
“We already have, ladies and gentlemen, I don’t know how many museums for women all over the country. They are called malls.”
— Right-wing talk show host Rush Limbaugh, expressing his annoyance with House Republicans for their plan to vote on the construction of a National Women’s History Museum, an undertaking Limbaugh considers totally unnecessary.
“Men are better negotiators, and I would encourage women, instead of pursuing the courts for action, to become better negotiators.”
— Beth Cubriel, executive director of the Texas Republican Party, talking about laws requiring equal pay for women.
“Clearly, what [the listener] has asked is a brilliant question because it does reveal that the bigotry we’re told they held back then, they didn’t hold and what they did was they put the family unit higher than the government unit and they tried to work hard to keep the family together. And, as we can show in two… Read More
Our review of what we heard from the right in 2014 continues. Today: religious-righters continued their attacks on separation of church and state and other protections for religious freedom throughout the year. Click here to read more quotes from the right in 2014.
“But it was to be a one-way wall, where the state would not dictate to the church. But the church would certainly play a role in the state.”
— U.S. Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas, redefining separation of church and state.
“This is a Justice Department that has indicted corporations for forming intent to commit a crime. [I]f you can as a corporation through your directors and officers, form the intent to commit a crime, then you can certainly, through your officers and directors form an intent to have religious beliefs.”
— U.S. Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX), arguing that corporations like Hobby Lobby can — as a legal principle — believe in God and practice a religion.
“When we took the Bible out of schools, violent crime increased 694% since that point in time. Wow.”
— Religious-right leaders and discredited, revisionist historian David Barton,… Read More
As legal recognition for same-sex marriage came to state after state this year (but not Texas, unfortunately), the right exploded in fury — with overheated rhetoric that alternated between ridiculous and nakedly bigoted. Here’s what we heard from the right in 2014 about LGBT equality. Click here to read more quotes from the right in 2014.
“My suspicion is that they’re getting their semen from sodomites. Semen flavors up the coffee and makes you think you’re having a good time.”
– Anti-gay Pastor James David Manning of the ATLAH World Missionary Church in New York City, claiming that Starbucks flavors its coffee blends with semen from gay men.
“Whether or not you feel compelled to follow a particular lifestyle or not, you have the ability to decide not to do that. I may have the genetic coding that I’m inclined to be an alcoholic, but I have the desire not to do that, and I look at the homosexual issue the same way.”
– Texas Gov. Rick Perry, comparing gay people to alcoholics.
“They need some basic plumbing lessons.”
— U.S. Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas,