by Dan Quinn

Our review of what we heard from the far right in 2012 ends with a last bit of potluck nuttery. You can read more quotes from 2012 and previous years here. Stay tuned — we expect to hear much more like this in 2013.

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“It’s horrifying some of the things that they’re teaching high schoolers.”

— Glenn Beck, telling an audience of his plans to launch a show to compete against “Glee”

“Wouldn’t it be interesting to do a study between those that are on welfare and see how much and how often they read the Bible. You know, if Booker T. Washington is right that Christianity and reading the Bible increases your desires and therefore your ability for hard work; if we take that as an axiom, does that mean that the people who are getting government assistance spend nearly no time in the Bible, therefore have no desire, and therefore no ability for hard work? I could go a lot of places with this. I would love to see this proven out in some kind of sociological study, but it makes perfect sense.”

— David Barton, musing about aRead More

by Dan Quinn

With 2012 drawing to a close, we continue our review of what we heard from the far right over the past year. You can read more quotes from 2012 and previous years here.

“I tell you what, Richard gave a two-word axiom that we ought to emblazon on everything we have: liberalism kills.”

— David Barton, head of the Texas-based organization WallBuilders, quoting Richard Land of the Southern Baptist Convention

“Get a grip fellow — if you want to be an American act like one and be proud of our country and stand up for our military. If you can’t do that then go where people are sensative [sic] enough for you — I guess that would be Afghanistan — where they still live like they are in the Stone Age — but still very sensative.”

— Texas State Rep. Debbie Riddle, R-Tomball, writing in a Facebook exchange with a Houston law student

“I know in your mind you can think of times when America was attacked. One is December 7th, that’s Pearl Harbor day. The other is September 11th, and that’s the day of the terrorist attack. I want you to remember August… Read More

Our review of what we heard from the far right in 2012 includes the requisite ignorance, intolerance and verbal gay-bashing that’s still so prevalent in those quarters. You can read more quotes from 2012 and previous years here.

“We don’t think that there are any such students.”

— Dr. Michael Farris, Patrick Henry College’s founder and chancellor, denying the existence of gays and lesbians on his fundamentalist Christian campus. “Queer at Patrick Henry College,” a six-month-old blog operated by three pseudonymous writers — all of whom graduated from or have taken classes at the school — shows otherwise.

“Since April, JC Penney’s has not aired Ellen DeGeneres in one of their commercials until now. A new JCP ad features Ellen and three elves. JCP has made their choice to offend a huge majority of their customers again. Christians must now vote with their wallets.”

— Religious-right group One Million Moms, urging Christians to boycott JC Penney because talk show host and lesbian Ellen DeGeneres appears in a Christmas TV ad for the retailer.

“This issue will destroy and undermine the church in America more than any other movement.”

— Former senator and… Read More

With 2012 being an important election year, the far right was awash in over-the-top diatribes aimed at President Barack Obama. The level of irrational rhetoric directed at the president seemed to rise as the year dragged on and the election drew closer. In fact, the election results seemed to send some on the right into even more bizarre fits of rage and despair. Check out today’s installment of our review of what the far right had to say in 2012. You can read more quotes from 2012 and previous years here.

“Maybe God will have to bring our nation down to our knees — to where you just have a complete economic collapse. And maybe at that point, maybe people will again begin to call upon the name of almighty God.”

— Franklin Graham, the son of evangelist Billy Graham, arguing that President Obama’s re-election placed the country on a path to destruction

“It means during the last seven years, there will be no freedom of speech, freedom of worship, freedom of commerce. America as we know it will be gone by the last seven years of the great Tribulation. America is going to… Read More

Whether on prayer in public schools or creationism in science classrooms, we heard plenty from politicians and activists who see no problem mixing religion and state. Our review of what the far right had to say in 2012 continues. You can read more quotes from 2012 and previous years here.

“In 1962 we kicked prayer out of the schools. In 1963 we kicked God’s word out of ours schools. In 1980 we kicked the Ten Commandments out of our schools. We’ve kicked God out of our public school system. And I think God would say to us, ‘Hey, I’ll be glad to protect your children, but you’ve got to invite me back into your world first. I’m not going to go where I’m not wanted. I am a gentleman.'”

— The always-thoughtful and compassionate (NOT) spokesperson of the American Family Association, Bryan Fischer, blaming the Connecticut school shootings on there being no government-forced prayer in public schools

“To say that people of faith have no role in the public square? You bet that makes you throw up. What kind of country do we live that says only people of non-faith can come into the public square… Read More


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