Defending Stephen Hawking From the Soldiers of God

Defending Stephen Hawking From the Soldiers of God

Physicist Stephen Hawking who has raised the ire of every believer in Britain because of his new book, “The Grand Design.” Hawking’s great sin is to suggest that God is not necessary for creation: “the universe can and will create itself from nothing.” Of course, the religious zealots are going nuts, but here is why Hawking is right.

Glenn Beck: The Mormon Wolf Preying on the Evangelical Sheep

Glenn Beck: The Mormon Wolf Preying on the Evangelical Sheep

Glenn Beck is a Mormon in evangelical clothing who has co-opted the Christian narrative for his own purposes. He is preaching what he obviously does not, and cannot believe given his Mormonism. Are mainstream Christians aware of this disconnect between Beck and his message? This has been noticed by some on the Religious Right. Some, but not enough.

The Hackery and Mendacity of a FOX News Legal Propagandist

The Hackery and Mendacity of a FOX News Legal Propagandist

We should not expect much out of FOX when it comes to reporting the news. Sure, it can be argued that there is no news that is undistorted by spin, but there is spin and there is propaganda, and there is outright fiction. If you are going to step before a camera and say something, it should at least be made clear to the watcher if what you’re saying is fact or fiction. Peter J. Johnson, Jr., graduate of Columbia College and Columbia University’s School of Law and has served them as a legal propagandist since 1997.

The Faux Hotties of FOX News

The Faux Hotties of FOX News

A Christian watchdog group complained in 2007 that they “see shorter skirts on the women of Fox News than…on the prostitutes being arrested on cop shows.” The thighs and breasts remain. The Family Values network? No, more of a fund-raising network now – and sex sells.

Palin Invokes Prayer Warriors In Her First Amendment Jihad

Palin Invokes Prayer Warriors In Her First Amendment Jihad

The idea of divine right died out a long time ago, when god fled the political scene, only to be resurrected in the New World and in a new century with George W. Bush’s claim that God – not the American people – chose him to lead America. Then there is the Bush crusade against terrorism, and yet nobody epitomizes the spirit of the past better than former Alaskan governor Sarah Palin.

Unspinning the Spin: The Bush Tax Cuts the Federal Deficit and You

Unspinning the Spin: The Bush Tax Cuts  the Federal Deficit and You

Turning Karl Marx upside down, Republicans argue that when the money is taken from the poor and Middle Class it is not class warfare. Rather, it is the natural order of things. The money goes where it is supposed to go according to trickle-down economics – into the pockets of the wealthy. Gone unsaid by the Republicans, these tax cuts increased the federal deficit.

Is the Republican Version of Patriotism Treason?

Is the Republican Version of Patriotism Treason?

American Exceptionalists on the other hand like to erect statues to a Jewish peasant who was executed on charges of sedition more than 2,000 years ago and in another country entirely. It is towards a mythology built up around that man that Republican patriotism increasingly revolves. And I am not talking about the Bible; I am talking about Mythic America.