It is being reported that Live Action’s Lila Rose is planning the next step in her ongoing effort to defund Planned Parenthood:  take away their sex-ed money.  Rose is lamenting the fact that Planned Parenthood got federal money to implement evidenced based comprehensive sex/Read full post »

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APRIL 1, 2010 12:11PM

Iowa's 1 year gay-marriage anniversary: Shawn + Maureen


Vintage Shawn and Maureen, 1992

This Friday, April 2 my friends Shawn and Maureen – two upstanding Iowa lesbians  – will be tying the knot. Saturday, April 3 happens to be the one-year anniversary of the Iowa Supreme Court unanimously ruling the ban on same-sex marr

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MARCH 22, 2010 12:39PM

Conversation with Pastor Garner on his Glenn Beck pushback

Pastor Ron Garner in his Long Island church © Dan Wilby Photography 2010

It was sunny and 70 degrees when I pulled into the municipal parking lot out back of Wantagh Memorial Congregational Church (WMCC) in Wantagh, Long Island.  Spring had arrived in New York; the

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MARCH 15, 2010 9:13AM

Coffee Party or Coffee Klatch? Kickin' it off on Bleecker

Saturday, March 13, was a crappy, wet day in New York City. The rain not only fell from the sky, but also seemed to fall up from the asphalt, attacking me from all sides.  There were mangled umbrella skeletons blown across Lafayette Street, just around the corner from

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MARCH 12, 2010 8:13AM

Save Taylor's Maid-Rite: The Plea


Some people call them loose meat sandwiches.  My people, Iowans, simply call them Maid-Rites.
 Taylor's Maid-Rite in Marshalltown, Iowa is an institution.  I grew up eating this ambrosia on a bun:  steamed ground beef, loving/… Read full post »
"[Madonna is] focusing on Malawi.  South Africa is Oprah's territory."
- Madonna's Publicist 

In 1984, I had pink hair, wore tight rolled jeans, owned stock in Aqua Net and worshiped at the altar of Duran Duran.  When Bob Geldof coordinated and released "Do They K

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MARCH 9, 2010 10:51AM

Rep. Miller (CA) bill would curtail Christian school abuse


An ancient but awesome pic of Rep. George Miller 

H.R. 911, the Stop Child Abuse in Residential Programs for Teens Act could be key to shutting down unregulated, unaccredited and abusive Christian boarding schools in the United States.

This legislation actually makes

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What congressman wouldn't vote for a bill called the Preventing Harmful Restraint and Seclusion in Schools Act (HR 4247)?  None of course, right?  But handful of Republicans not only voted "nay" but stood up on the House floor and provided predictable reasons as to why:

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"Sorry we didn't get a meaningful conviction," is how my conversation with Blount County, Alabama District Attorney Tommy Rountree ended this morning.

We had been discussing  the child abuse case against Jack Patterson, founder of Christian boarding school Reclamation Ranch, that I have be

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Huffington Post - along with many other sources - is reporting that rabid anti-gay California State Senator Roy Ashburn was arrested early Wednesday morning for DUI after leaving a gay bar.  


Nothing more to add as they really will be their own downfall.  

Tea Partiers

Today, I stumbled across an article on McClatchy News Services. The story is about a resurgence of energy in the tea party movement and their renewed efforts to reach out to citizens through civic and religious organizations. It seems part of… Read full post »
MARCH 1, 2010 12:41PM

Suicide Tourist

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Craig Ewert, suicide tourist 

“There are people who will look at this and say: ‘No. Suicide is wrong. God has forbidden it. You cannot play God and take your own life.’” Craig Ewert anticipates some of the objections to the act he’s preparing to carry out.… Read full post »

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MARCH 1, 2010 11:09AM

Bill Halter to challenge Blanche Lincoln in primary


It was only a matter of time.  Arkansas Lieutenant Governor/former Clinton Administration employee/Rhodes Scholar Bill Halter announced today his primary challenge to conserva-dem Blanche Lincoln. The primary election will take place on May 18th.  

A host of progressive grou… Read full post »

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FEBRUARY 26, 2010 11:30AM

French consider making "Mental Violence" a crime

 French commercial depicting forms of psychological violence

A New York Times article today is reporting that France's National Assembly approved Thursday night a proposal to add "psychological violence" to a law intended to help victims of physical violence and abuse.  

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FEBRUARY 23, 2010 9:16PM

Silsby going home, leaves legitimate adoptions to suffer


Charissa Coulter, left and Laura Silsby in Haiti 

"We haven't found anything that could suggest wrongdoing on the part of the Americans." Judge Bernard Sainvil, Haiti

Reuters is reporting that Haitian Judge Bernard Sanvil has decided to free Laura Silsby and Charissa Coulter, the last o… Read full post »

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FEBRUARY 22, 2010 9:50PM

Virginia Pro-Lifers: this is why we think you are crazy


"You abort the first born of any, nature takes its vengeance on the subsequent children"  

Virginia State Delegate Bob Marshall of Manassas says that disabled children are God's punishment to women who have aborted their first pregnancy.  He offered up th/… Read full post »

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FEBRUARY 22, 2010 2:26PM

Fundamentalist schools & another case of alleged child abuse

Dr. Jack Patterson, founder of the  Christian boarding school, Reclamation Ranch, goes on trial for aggravated child abuse March 10 in Blount County Alabama.  The trial comes two years after a 17-year-old male resident came forward with charges of severe abuse, torture and beating.

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"My advice, as a Christian priest is to shoplift"  

- Rev. Tim Jones (Daily Mail

Harper's Magazine ran a reprint of a December 2009 sermon by Rev. Tim Jones, Church of St. Lawrence, York, England in this month's edition under the title of Desperation Theology.   

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"My mother didn't carry me around under her arm like a loaf of french bread...looking for sympathy and votes."

In case you missed it, this clip should bring you up to speed on the whole Family Guy Sarah Palin "controversy": 


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FEBRUARY 19, 2010 11:15AM

Missionary's attorney rising religious-right political star


Stegall at the mic, Culberth looking on 

Caleb Stegall, Jefferson County, Kansas District Attorney, has been retained to represent former detained Baptist missionary Drew Culberth. 

Stegall says that Mr. Culberth will be making an appearance on the Today Show soon,/… Read full post »

 Missionaries Carla Thompson, left and Nicole Lankford leaving Haiti

"My faith means everything to me, and I knew this moment would come when the truth would set me free,"Jim Allen of Plano, Texas, newly freed Baptist missionary.

That is the truth of the… Read full post »
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FEBRUARY 17, 2010 4:11PM

Haitian judge releases 8 of 10 missionaries



 Laura Silsby, left and Charissa Coulter

Haitian judge Bernard Saint-Vil said eight of the Baptist missionaries would be allowed to return home without posting bail if they agreed to return to Haiti for any more questions in the pending investigation. 

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CBS Investigates


It seems that the international attention to Laura Silsby and the other 9 Idaho missionaries is bringing other potentially fraudulent Christian adoption services to light.  

CBS reported last night of a case in Ethiopia involving an adoption service called 

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FEBRUARY 15, 2010 8:58AM

Man advising missionaries suspect in sex-trafficking ring



"I'm president of the Sephardic Jewish community in the Dominican Republic, I help people in this kind of situation.  We're not going to charge these people a dime."
-  Jorge Puello, Haiti 

Jorge Puello, a man providing legal advice to the detained Idaho missionaries… Read full post »


I would never typically write about Glenn Beck.  He is repugnant, but is an entertainer that will be the cause of his own tearful, tea-bagging downfall. My tune has changed a bit in the last 48 hours as Mr. Beck now joins forces with David Barton, a politically connected right-wing… Read full post »