Cognitive Dissonance

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And Kirsten Powers just keeping rolling…

So, no group supports abortion clinic bombings ideologically?


Ever heard of an organization named Army of God? Click the last two photos in the set to view the pages listing Scott Roeder as an “American Hero” and murderers, arsonists, and bombers as “Heroes of the Faith.”

Really, stop trying to bend over backwards to exclude anti-choice terrorists as TERRORISTS. What do you call a man like Clay Waagner, who mailed over 200+ threatening letters, supposedly containing anthrax, to Planned Parenthood clinic? What, is he just a prankster?

This lone wolf bullshit needs to stop. Christians bombing abortion clinics in the name of God are terrorists. Muslims who commit bombing in the name of Allah — same thing. The biggest difference is that every time an incident of terrorism motivated by extremist anti-choice ideology takes place, Christian pro-life groups aren’t forced to launch a media blitz to clarify that the terrorist does not represent Christians.

Muslims do not get the same courtesy in the U.S. If an act of terrorism is even speculated to be committed by a Muslim, the media immediately demands Muslim-Americans roundly condemn the attacks and explain how that person is not a Muslim — this, of course, operates under the Islamophobic notion that EVERY MUSLIM EVERYWHERE supports the terrorist acts of the very, very few.

Scott Roeder, Army of God? Eh, lone wolf, not a real Christian, etc. 

Just stop. This is not a hypothesis you can defend and still be a decent goddamn human being.

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[Y]ou don’t need to be in the pew every Sunday to know there’s something wrong in this country when gays can serve openly in the military but our kids can’t openly celebrate Christmas or pray in school.

Rick Perry, in his new campaign ad entitled “Strong

It’s not often that you get gay-baiting, hooray military, AND “War on Christmas” buffoonery in one 30 second message. That takes some kind of, uh, talent.

This quote from his ad is wrong, though. The pew on Sunday is about the only place you’ll hear about this issue. Just in case you missed it in the campaign spot, Perry helpfully puts it in a banner ad over the video:

With all the problems this country faces economically, it’s apparently the Obama administration’s war on religion that’s keeping America from being great. Okay then…

Let me say this: I know of nowhere in this country where a child is prevented from praying at school. I know a child or teacher leading others in prayer, with mandatory participation, at a public school is unconstitutional. And when Perry says War on Religion, that’s code for Christianity, because I didn’t see him taking a stance against Rep. Peter King’s witch-hunt against Muslims. No one stopped Perry from holding his pray-a-thon or from issuing an official proclamation from the governor’s desk imploring Texans to pray for rain this year.

And this War on Christmas bullshit needs to stop. This message ticks me off the most in this video. I walk into Wal-Mart. Are there menorahs? No. Big, 20-foot Christmas trees in the front entrance and decorations throughout the store. Let’s keep in mind December 25th marks the only religious-based federal holiday. Just for funsies, here’s how the University of Wyoming explains Christmas to international students:

December 25, Christmas: The major holiday in this country, Christmas began as a Christian celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ. It is now a widely celebrated day of feasting and gift giving. A mythical figure, Santa Claus, is said to visit the homes of sleeping children on the night of December 24 and leave gifts for them. All state and federal offices are closed.

I don’t see anything decorating the front lawn of the Albany County Courthouse other than Christmas decorations. In fact, the city pays for a synchronized light show with both secular and religious carols:

It’s not different elsewhere, either. Search the Google and you’ll find many displays similar. No one is going to come to your house from the Obama administration and take your nativity. Also, it’s still called the National Christmas tree:

Oh, and remember Obama’s 56 states gaffe? Maybe he was referencing the 56 states and territories of the U.S. Just sayin’

So in summary, there’s no War on Christmas, Obama is not waging a war on religion, gay people aren’t infiltrating the military to stop your kids from praying in school, and Rick Perry just slammed the door on his way out.

(Source: cognitivedissonance)

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'Jesus Ween' offers a Christian alternative to Halloween, says Calgary pastor

Happy Jesus Ween y’all:

A Calgary pastor is promoting Jesus Ween, a faith-based alternative to the traditional holiday fare of candy and spooky garb.

Instead of chocolate bars and gummy bears, he’s asking people to shun demonic costumes and instead dole out pocket-sized bibles or other “Christian gifts.”

The idea has caught on in communities across North America, according to Jesus Ween creator Paul Ade. He’s hoping it will bring a new perspective to an otherwise pagan festival, he said.

"I do not associate myself with ghosts, demons, Satan and witches. These are things I want to get rid of," he said.

"If it’s OK for a child to know about demons, it should also be OK for a child to know about Jesus."

Jesus Ween has attracted international attention, with media reports circulating as far away as Britain.

The pastor has 200 “kid-friendly” bibles ready to distribute to Calgary children on Monday. “I don’t think we’re ruining anybody’s fun. Getting a bible is not getting a bomb. It’s nothing really bad,” Ade said.

Remember when you though getting raisins and apples were the worst? Imagine the fury in the US if he were to create Allah-ween instead. 

My God. That sounds awfully close to “Halloween” - perhaps it’s best to lock the kiddies up! Or he could take the advice of another fellow pastor:

The insertion of Jesus into a harmless holiday reserved for treats and spooky pumpkins is a turnoff, argues John Van Sloten, the pastor of New Hope Church. “I think it’s awful. It feeds into the stereotype that to be a person who follows Christ is to be against everything outside of the church,” said Van Sloten. “I’m kind of appalled by someone doing this.”

The picture accompanying the article is hysterical when compared with the whole Halloween-the-satanic-holiday tone of the Jesus Ween Facebook and website. Instead of Christians “having to hide” on Halloween, they can give Bibles to monsters like these:

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Why Cupcakes?
Simply because everyone wants them!

Cupcakes were designed for children’s birthday parties. We love Children and we love birthdays. We think this would be a good way to tell people that we think that every child should be allowed to have a birthday.

Bring in a tray of cupcakes for any group of people and you will find that they will flock to get them. As soon as they take a bite they will probably ask, “Who’s birthday is it?”

Then you answer. “It’s no ones [sic] birthday. These cupcakes represent the 50,000,000 children who weren’t allowed to be born, who never had a birthday.” The cake in their mouth will become dry and the moment will hopefully become quite somber. Then you say, “If you and I were aborted we wouldn’t have a birthday party either.”

The idea behind is to spread the terrible truth about the assault on the unborn in a thoughtful, unique, and kind way.

Cupcakes for Life’s suggestion on how to ruin a perfectly good day at work, school, etc. Well, not really, but that is how I would interpret this, particularly because your aim is to “turn the mood quite somber.”

Either that, or I’d feel coerced into listening to your pro-life message because you gave me a cupcake that was a delicious treat, but now has become a condemnatory caketastic resentment in a paper cup.

Personally, I’d rather you give me some lit with gory pictures so I don’t feel bad about throwing food away. As soon as you tell me what you’re up to with your sugary guilt trips, I’m going to throw it away and resist the urge to start singing “I’m a prom night dumpster baaaaby…” while doing so.

Okay, so I wouldn’t go that far, but you get my drift. If I weren’t born, I would not care since I would not exist. If you want children to be born so they can get cupcakes and birthdays, like this flyer implies, you have an awfully naive, privileged view of the likely life of unwanted children. Here’s my favorite flyer (click to enlarge):

Oh, you wanna remember the unborn, unwrap their gifts, and eat some cake? That’s so selfless. You’re assuming that every child who was aborted would get gifts and cake, and that’s a pretty big leap o’ logic. And you don’t think it’s fair some children don’t ever get a birthday party? Why not stuff your self-righteousness and take a tray of cupcakes to an already-born child whose parents can’t afford a birthday party or some cake? To quote George Carlin, “Because that’s something Christ would do!”

And you wanna talk about indoctrinating children? Here’s Cupcakes For Life’s vision: “Imagine ten students from every school in the US baking 50 cupcakes and bringing them to school in the name of LIFE on the same day! Imagine that every one of these students is on a mission to promote the idea that every person should have the right to be born and have a birthday. Imagine the impact of students telling other students the facts about abortion. Imagine students starting to actively campaign against abortion in elementary, high schools, and colleges all across America!” Elementary school? Really?

You want to know how this will backfire? Some sanctimonious individual is going to give this to someone who lost a child, someone who had a miscarriage, and no matter how sweet the cupcake, it will be absolutely bitter. You just reminded that person of their loss in a condescending manner that will not endear you to anyone. Or you’ll give it to someone like me, who is not going to have the patience for this shit, and you better be prepared for a hearty debate. In all seriousness, if I have my way, I’ll just buy your cupcakes off you and take them to Planned Parenthood.

Better yet, I think on the day this is planned (Oct. 9th), I’m going to take a tray of cupcakes from my local grocery to my local reproductive health clinic to thank them for putting up with this kind of BS daily. If you’re going to do this, and I encourage you to, I recommend bringing store-bought cupcakes still sealed, or else they may throw them away for health and security concerns.

If you take cupcakes to Planned Parenthood, I also suggest contacting Cupcakes For Life here and thanking them for this idea. It’s only fair.

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Summer Marriage Equality Tour

Tour Objective: Last year, I helped organize the 2010 Summer for Marriage Tour with the National Organization for Marriage. Over the course of 30 days, we traveled more than 10,000 miles to spread a discriminatory message I once believed in to oppose same-sex marriage.

Ironically, it was that very summer tour that led me to change my mind and come to support marriage equality. This new tour will serve as a testimony to that change and will seek to spread two messages.

Firstly, that marriage equality is not an ideological issue. Too many see support for gay rights as strictly a liberal issue. That’s a mistake. Supporting the constitutional rights of all citizens is a conservative issue, too.

Secondly, the tour will seek to demonstrate to conservative legislators across the country that more and more people are coming to support marriage equality. Eventually, that truth will start reflecting changes among conservatives, too. If I, an opinionated conservative can change my mind, it won’t be long before many other conservatives do, too. Not to mention independents.

Signal boost! Folks, if you can donate to this, please do. This is Louis Marinelli, former organizer for NOM. He’s attempting, as a conservative, to do a summer of equality tour that’s similar to the NOM tour of 2010.

Read about Louis Marinelli’s personal journey here.

Tour dates here.

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In history there’s never been a civilization ever in history that has embraced homosexuality and turned away from traditional fidelity, traditional marriage, traditional child-rearing, and has survived. There isn’t one single civilization that has survived that openly embraced homosexuality. So you say, ‘what’s going to happen to America?’ Well if history is any guide, the same thing’s going to happen to us.

Pat Robertson, reminding us again that teh gayz are gonna destroy ‘mericuh. 

Same as it ever was, eh Pat? How many years have you been making this claim? Two things: First, throughout history, every civilization fails. See what I did there? No civilization will continue indefinitely. Second, Rome embraced Christianity approximately 150 years before it fell. So, Pat, by your logic Christianity is just as likely to have caused the fall of Rome.

Your move, pal.


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And when I say choose, they don’t choose it in the sense of like going through a cafeteria line and looking at all the different types of lifestyles and saying, I’ll take that one because it looks exciting. No. Everybody knows it is not exciting. It has many harmful effects. They choose it in the sense that they succumb to the temptation to give into it. They are not born that way. God would not call something an abomination and make someone where they had no choice. They have the opportunity, they have the power to say no to that lifestyle…

The average American doesn’t understand the threat that homosexuality and the total acceptance of it into our society is to our nation. We need to wake up to this threat. I am always being accused of hating homosexuals. I don’t hate anyone. This isn’t a matter of hating someone or trying to deny them their equal rights. All American citizens have equal rights under our Constitution. This is trying to get acceptance for a behavior that is specifically mentioned in God’s Word that is wrong. If the homosexuals get special status for same-sex marriage, what would stop them from seeking approval for group marriage or marriage to animals or children?
Rep. Sally Kern of Oklahoma, demonstrating why she’s one of the worst people ever. The interview is in advance of her forthcoming book, The Stoning of Sally Kern. Shit you not, that’s what it’s called. She’s a complete victim, right?


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Excellent animation on whether or not homosexuality is a choice from For The Bible Tells Me So. Here’s the synopsis:

Can the love between two people ever be an abomination? Is the chasm separating gays and lesbians and Christianity too wide to cross? Is the Bible an excuse to hate? Through the experiences of five very normal, very Christian, very American families - including those of former House Majority Leader Richard Gephardt and Episcopal Bishop Gene Robinson - we discover how insightful people of faith handle the realization of having a gay child. Informed by such respected voices as Bishop Desmond Tutu, Harvard’s Peter Gomes, Orthodox Rabbi Steve Greenberg and Reverend Jimmy Creech, FOR THE BIBLE TELLS ME SO offers healing, clarity and understanding to anyone caught in the crosshairs of scripture and sexual identity.

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In modern American politics, being the right kind of ignorant and entertainingly crazy is like having a big right hand in boxing; you’ve always got a puncher’s chance. And Bachmann is exactly the right kind of completely batshit crazy. Not medically crazy, not talking-to-herself-on-the-subway crazy, but grandiose crazy, late-stage Kim Jong-Il crazy — crazy in the sense that she’s living completely inside her own mind, frenetically pacing the hallways of a vast sand castle she’s built in there, unable to meaningfully communicate with the human beings on the other side of the moat, who are all presumed to be enemies.

Bachmann’s story, to hear her tell it, is about a suburban homemaker who is chosen by God to become a politician who will restore faith and family values to public life and do battle with secular humanism. But by the time you’ve finished reviewing her record of lies and embellishments and contradictions, you’ll have no idea if she actually believes in her own divine inspiration, or whether it’s a big con job. Or maybe both are true — in which case this hard-charging challenger for the GOP nomination is a rare breed of political psychopath, equal parts crazed Divine Wind kamikaze-for-Jesus and calculating, six-faced Machiavellian prevaricator. Whatever she is, she’s no joke.

Matt Taibbi, "Michele Bachmann’s Holy War"

I keep saying, she’s more dangerous than Palin could ever be…

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