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Tea Party Family Values and the World’s Greatest Freak Show

Grandma's got a beard and Uncle Stan is a charlatan — Aunt Betty's such a lunatic, she may as well have two heads.

Fundamentalist Christians are convinced that contemporary American society is the World’s Most Spectacular Display of hideously mutated, diseased and anomalous freaks.  “Step right up folks!” the preacher yells, “and witness a grotesque parade of ho-mo-sex-uals, lesbians, Wiccans, radical feminists, godless liberals, secular humanists, and … (congregation gasps) Muslim extremists!”

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Surprise! Crisis Pregnancy Centers Don’t Separate Education, Religion

The Texas Independent reports today on violations ranging from fire safety to client privacy in Texas’ many “alternatives to abortion” contractors.

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The Evangelical Adoption Crusade

Even after the Silsby affair, when ten American missionaries were arrested in Haiti for attempted child theft, the Christian adoption movement is unchastened.

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I Spy With My Little “i”… The Not-So-Subtle Misogyny of THE FAMiLY LEADER’s Marriage Vow

There’s one “little” detail in THE FAMiLY LEADER’s “Marriage Vow” that critics have overlooked – small, subtle, and yet glaringly obvious once you see it: Simply stated, women who are unwilling to subordinate and sacrifice themselves to populate America’s economic and political war machine are selfish with a capital “I” – s.e.l.f.I.s.h.

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Why We Need to Keep Countering Extremists’ Lies with Facts

When accumulated in one place, the number of lies the religious right tells about human sexuality and gender roles is dizzying.  But countering their lies with facts, while important, is more complex than simply insisting on the facts. 

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Pro-Lifers Stand Up for… Murder?

Is murder a right-to-life issue?

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5 Myths About the Catholic Vote And How to Counter Them

Think you know how Catholic voters feel about the issues and how they’ll vote in the elections? Think again.

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POLL: Half of Tea Party Followers Also Aligned with Religious Right

A new poll confirms that “tea-partiers” align heavily with the religious right.  One part of me says, Duh. The other is glad for the evidence.

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Guns and Genitals: Sex-Ed Montana Style

Many of the same states that resist comprehensive sex ed also have loose laws for gun ownership.  Gun-rights advocates maintain that straight-forward education is the best way to keep kids safe. So why do we treat sex ed differently?

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Weekly Pulse: The Religious Right vs. Birth Control

HHS has 18 months to decide whether to require insurers to provide oral contraceptives, IUDs, and other prescription birth control with no co-pay.  The far right is already organizing against this.

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