April 15, 2005
Frist Ad: Democrats Anti Religion
Family Research Council ads are in response to judicial nominations; NYT:
As the Senate heads toward a showdown over the rules governing judicial confirmations, Senator Bill Frist, the majority leader, has agreed to join a handful of prominent Christian conservatives in a telecast portraying Democrats as "against people of faith" for blocking President Bush's nominees.JMM with more:
Fliers for the telecast, organized by the Family Research Council and scheduled to originate at a Kentucky megachurch the evening of April 24, call the day "Justice Sunday" and depict a young man holding a Bible in one hand and a gavel in the other. The flier does not name participants, but under the heading "the filibuster against people of faith," it reads: "The filibuster was once abused to protect racial bias, and it is now being used against people of faith."
Organizers say they hope to reach more than a million people by distributing the telecast to churches around the country, over the Internet and over Christian television and radio networks and stations.
I don't know which is more amusing -- the wingnut jihad against a federal judiciary that is already predominantly Republican or the fact that the intellectual and often literal descendents of the upholders of Jim Crow now seek to enlist the dark legacy of segregation as some sort of arrow in their rhetorical quiver.
Actually, perhaps it's even more amusing that the same folks spent the 1990s using the same methods to thwart numerous Clinton judicial appointments.
December 09, 2004
Church leaders decry celebrity worship
Note to self: remove yard nativity scene featuring cast of The OC; Reuters:
Church leaders have united to condemn a Christmas nativity tableau depicting soccer star David Beckham as Joseph and his pop singer wife Victoria as the Virgin Mary ... The Vatican is not amused.
"This is worse than bad taste. It is cheap," an official Vatican source said.
"You cannot use contemporary personalities as the central figures of the nativity... And it becomes worse, if that were possible, if the people may be of questionable moral standing."
He says it is sometimes acceptable to use modern figures in the supporting roles because it can help make Christmas contemporary, but not the central characters.
November 10, 2004
Falwell to Return
Plans an 'Evangelical Revolution.' Oh, tell me more:
Seeking to take advantage of the momentum from an election where moral values proved important to voters, the Rev. Jerry Falwell announced Tuesday he has formed a new coalition to guide an "evangelical revolution."How strongly does Falwell believe that same-sex marriages or relations is wrong? Strong enough to compare it to bestiality and crack addiction.
Falwell, a religious broadcaster based in Lynchburg, Va., said the Faith and Values Coalition will be a "21st century resurrection of the Moral Majority," the organization he founded in 1979.
Falwell said he would serve as the coalition's national chairman for four years.
He added that the new group's mission would be to lobby for anti-abortion conservatives to fill openings on the Supreme Court and lower courts, a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage, and the election of another "George Bush (news - web sites)-type" conservative in 2008.
November 07, 2004
[AP] Wisconsin school district to
[AP] Wisconsin school district to teach creationism
Members of Grantsburg's school board believed that a state law governing the teaching of evolution was too restrictive. The science curriculum "should not be totally inclusive of just one scientific theory," said Joni Burgin, superintendent of the district of 1,000 students in northwest Wisconsin.