Fundie Watch: February 2009

James Dobson resigns as chairman of Focus on the Family board

Filed by Bil Browning | February 27, 2009 | 4:00 PM | comments

Oh happy day! James Dobson has stepped down as chairman of the board for Focus on the Family. Conservative evangelical leader James Dobson has resigned as chairman of Focus on the Family but will continue to play a prominent role...Read More

Compromise doesn't happen 5 miles before the finish line if you're serious

Filed by Alex Blaze | February 27, 2009 | 12:00 PM | comments

Laurie Higgins, of the Illinois Family Institute, responded to one of my particularly colorful posts here at Bilerico and called it "deeply troubling." Similar to what my fifth-grade teacher said about me.... Actually, one thing I love about the rightwing...Read More

And Blankenhorn and Rauch think these people will compromise on marriage?

Filed by Pam Spaulding | February 26, 2009 | 5:00 PM | comments

WingNutDaily agrees with Colorado State Senator Scott Renfroe (R) that gays should be put to death. Or, more accurately, "gays," since WND doesn't acknowledge the use of that word as the rest of society does at this point. It's no...Read More

Colorado Republican and Democrat: No HIV screening for sluts!

Filed by Alex Blaze | February 26, 2009 | 10:00 AM | comments

Colorado Senator Dave Schultheis (R-Colorado Springs) is opposed to HIV screening for pregnant women, because if a woman has HIV she's obviously a slut who deserves to die from AIDS: "This stems from sexual promiscuity for the most part, and...Read More

A real Savior-based economy

Filed by Alex Blaze | February 25, 2009 | 1:00 PM | comments

South Carolina's governor, Mark Sanford (R), recently rejected stimulus money for his state's unemployment insurance fund. The funds are meant to alleviate the burden of state unemployment funds (since most states can't deficit spend), increase the amount of free money...Read More

RNC Chair Michael Steele: Gay Rights? Depends on when you ask me...

Filed by Waymon Hudson | February 24, 2009 | 10:00 AM | comments

Michael Steele, the new RNC Chair who has promised an "off the hook" make-over for the Republican Party, can't seem to get all of his issues squared away or remember what he's said in past interviews. Steele, who has a...Read More

There is compromise on this issue, but this isn't it

Filed by Alex Blaze | February 23, 2009 | 5:30 PM | comments

Guest blogger Jack Drescher and Nan Hunter both addressed this recent NY Times column on a supposed compromise on the issue of same-sex marriage. I wanted to address the column from a different point of view, but both of their...Read More

Holding "Ex-Gay" Programs Legally Liable For Harm

Filed by Michael Hamar | February 23, 2009 | 12:00 PM | comments

Truth Wins Out and Lambda Legal have teamed up to produce a booklet, Ex-Gay & The Law, that looks at the possible harmful effects of reparative therapy utilized by "ex-gay ministries" - which is condemned by the American Psychiatric Association,...Read More

Minnesota's Gay Republican Senator Koering Answers Questions about his Anti-Equality Vote with Nasty Email

Filed by Waymon Hudson | February 20, 2009 | 2:00 PM | comments

Wow. If this is "damage control", I'd hate to see him stick his foot in his mouth! State Sen. Paul Koering, R-Fort Ripley Minnesota, is answering those who are asking him about his statement that he will not vote for...Read More

The Christianist Propaganda Blue Print

Filed by Michael Hamar | February 20, 2009 | 10:00 AM | comments

Having followed the tactics and propaganda methods of a number "family values" Christian organizations for nearly ten (10) years, one thing has always struck me. Namely, that their tactics and their propaganda campaigns against gays draw heavily on the Nazi...Read More

They are Exactly Who We Said They Were

Filed by Sean Bugg | February 19, 2009 | 2:00 PM | comments

In some of the least surprising news of all time, anti-gay (and primarily Mormon) members of the Utah state legislature have defeated a series of pro-gay bills that would have secured inheritance, medical, adoption and employment rights for gay and...Read More

Carol Carter and her Racist Emails: Still as Classy as Ever...

Filed by Waymon Hudson | February 18, 2009 | 2:30 PM | comments

Remember Florida Republican State Committeewoman Carol Carter of Hillsborough County, the GOP funny woman who sent out this knee-slapper of racist email? I'm confused. How can 2,000,000 blacks get into Washington, DC in 1 day in sub zero temps when...Read More

Things that make you go HUH?: Minnesota's gay Republican will not vote for marriage equality bill

Filed by Waymon Hudson | February 17, 2009 | 6:00 PM | comments

Can someone please explain this "logic" to me? From the Minnesota Independent (via Pam's House Blend & Tips-Q): State Sen. Paul Koering, R-Fort Ripley, told KLKS on Friday that he will not vote for the Marriage and Family Protection Act,...Read More

Rebranding the crazy right

Filed by Alex Blaze | February 17, 2009 | 4:00 PM | comments

The Religious Right doesn't like being called that anymore, so they're trying out new words. It seems that people don't like what they hear when they hear "Religious Right" (via Juan Cole): Jerry Falwell, cofounder of the Moral Majority, self-applied...Read More

More like them

Filed by Terrance Heath | February 16, 2009 | 1:30 PM | comments

Sometimes ya gotta wonder if Republicans can actually hear themselves when they talk. And then, you hope they don't, because it's infinitely more frightening to think that they do, and that they mean to say things like "We should be...Read More

Outrageous anti-gay Don't Ask, Don't Tell commentary up at

Filed by Pam Spaulding | February 16, 2009 | 12:30 PM | comments

I don't know who the "F" Merrill R. Darby is, but this guy has one of the most homophobic commentaries I've ever seen, easily eclipsing some of the best of Elaine Donnelly of The Center for Military Readiness re: DADT....Read More

Happy birthday, Charles!

Filed by Brynn Craffey | February 09, 2009 | 12:00 PM | comments

The 200th birthday of Charles Darwin is next Thursday and may I be the first one on Bilerico to wish a rousing "Happy birthday!" to the distinguished British naturalist, whose brilliant "On the Origin of Species" threw religious fundamentalists into...Read More

The Perpetual Culture War

Filed by Alex Blaze | February 05, 2009 | 1:30 PM | comments

The cat's been out of the bag for a long time about the "Culture War" being just another means to keep the Christian conservative flock in-line to support right-wing economic policy that ultimately benefits nobody but the rich, but I...Read More

More Racist Emails from Florida Republicans

Filed by Waymon Hudson | February 05, 2009 | 12:00 PM | comments

Updated at the end of the post. Maybe emails like this will put a stop to the ridiculous "post racial world" talk that is going on after the election of Obama... Florida Republican State Committeewoman Carol Carter of Hillsborough County...Read More

The Peter is flipping out about the gay nom for Office of Personnel Management

Filed by Pam Spaulding | February 03, 2009 | 6:00 PM | comments

As Josh at Right Wing Watch puts it, Peter LaBarbera sees the nomination of openly gay John Berry to head up the Office of Personnel Management as some sort of "gay mole", one with a sinister plot to homosexualize the...Read More

Mormon Church Spent More to Pass Prop 8 Than It Originally Reported

Filed by Michael Crawford | February 02, 2009 | 5:00 PM | comments

Props to Pam Spaulding for bringing this to our attention: Six weeks into an investigation by California's Fair Political Practices Commission, the Church of Latter-Day Saints has admitted that it spent nearly $188,000 more on the campaign to approve Proposition...Read More

No thaw in Icelandic-Hoosier relationships

Filed by Don Sherfick | February 02, 2009 | 9:45 AM | comments

The news from Iceland about that tiny North Atlantic island just naming the world's first openly lesbian head of state has no doubt sent chilling winds blowing through the halls of the Indiana General Assembly. No doubt, the same lawmakers...Read More