thomas jefferson

Castro Tweet Controversy Reveals Fundamental Threat to Democracy, even from the Press

Castro Tweet Controversy Reveals Fundamental Threat to Democracy, even from the Press

Back in the day, during the Reagan era, New York Democrat and Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan termed the GOP the…

5 years ago

Founders Offer Wisdom for Protecting America from Fake News

In the early moments of the American republic, the nation’s sovereignty and security presented no small worry to the founders.…

5 years ago

Steve King Says ‘We Can’t Restore Our Civilization With Somebody Else’s Babies’

Steve King tweeted that "culture and demographics are our destiny. We can't restore our civilization with somebody else's babies."

7 years ago

Dissent, Democracy, and Deliberation Are on Trump’s Chopping Block

James Madison said representatives should be able to "withstand the temporary delusion" to "give time and opportunity for more cool…

7 years ago

Jeff Sessions Believes the First Amendment Separation Clause Is Unconstitutional

Jefferson stating separation of church and state is contained within the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment is "unhistorical" according…

7 years ago

Religious Right Clergy at Capitol Hill to ‘Drive Out Satan’ Drive Out Freedom Instead

"[T]he serious enemies are the priests of the different religious sects, to whose spells on the human mind its improvement…

7 years ago

Newt Gingrich Says Pastors Have a Duty to Fight ‘Totalitarian Secularism’

"I think you have a duty...to have the courage to stand up and tell the truth; tell the truth about…

8 years ago

Rebellion Talks Leads to New Call To Impeach Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin

The Republican Bevin’s “insurrection talk” has elicited the second call for his impeachment as governor in six months; the first…

8 years ago

At Values Voter Summit Donald Trump Promotes An America Where We Live ‘Under One God’

"Imagine what our country could accomplish if we started working together as one people, under one God, saluting one flag."

8 years ago

The Panama Papers Show it’s Time for ‘No Representation Without Taxation’

The Panama Papers reveal how the elite work against us. If our cry should not be "off with their heads!"…

8 years ago

President Obama’s Brilliant Religious Freedom Speech Lost On Religious Republicans

Some may argue that evangelicals lack any humanity, because if they did they would not be driven by inhumanity toward…

8 years ago

Bush-Appointed Judge Forces Kentucky Taxpayers To Fund An Evangelical Ministry

Kentucky taxpayers are being "compelled" to spend at least $18 million to build and support the Answers in Genesis Noah's…

8 years ago

The Founding Fathers Promoted Public Education But Rafael Cruz Says it’s a Commie Plot

Ted Cruz's father says public education is a communist plot, but for the Founding Fathers, it was America's hope for…

8 years ago

David Barton Finds Someone Dishonest Enough to Republish His Jefferson Lies

David Barton got his book of lies about Jefferson back into print again, thanks to the liars at World Net…

8 years ago

John Oliver Hilariously Demolishes Fake Founding Father Quotes

The GOP and Religious Right have been throwing fake Founding Father quotes at us for years. John Oliver hilariously rips…

8 years ago

Ben Carson Falsely Claims Founding Fathers Would Have Rejected Muslim President

Ben Carson claims the Founding Fathers would have rejected a Muslim president, but their words show him to be a…

9 years ago

Ben Carson’s Use of Fake Jefferson Quote Reveals His Distance from Founding Ideals

Ben Carson repeatedly used a quote he attributed to Thomas Jefferson to justify his gun position. Unfortunately for Carson, Jefferson…

9 years ago

Look Out! “General” Jerry Boykin Says Christians ARE the Government

Boykin claims "when you hold up a Bible, you need to hold up the Constitution right next to it" and…

9 years ago

Why Bill Maher is Right, and Joseph Farrah is Wrong

Bill Maher poked the Religious Right's persecution myth full of holes. Joseph Farrah's attempt to discredit Maher only discredits himself

9 years ago

The Romans Had Them, but There are no Republican Edicts of Toleration

Compare this list of Roman edicts of toleration to a current Republican list - oh wait, there isn't one

9 years ago

A Religious Right Heretic Says Interfaith Dialog is Heretical

It is hardly a surprise the Religious Right does not want to talk to those of other religions. After all,…

9 years ago

GOP Governors Slash Education To Grow Their Ignorant Base 

Because Republicans depend on "the widespread ignorance of objective reality," their fascist threat to democracy is only succeeding due to…

9 years ago

Welcome to the Age of Authoritarianism – Sponsored by the 1 Percent

The 21st century is seeing the spread of the authoritarian principle that far from being the origin of authority, people…

9 years ago

Of Black Men and Sea Changes – and Hope

Barack Obama and John Boyega were both attacked for taking a traditional white man's role: president and storm trooper

9 years ago

Rick Santorum Lyingly Claims Separation of Church and State is Communist and un-American

In fact, the separation of church and state is something quintessentially American. Americans invented the idea, after all

9 years ago

The Texas State Board of Education is Wrong: Moses is Not a Founding Father

Had the Founders heeded Moses, we would never have had a Constitution forbidding religious tests in the first place, or…

9 years ago

The First Amendment Protects All Religions – Including Satanism

You don't have to approve of a religion to understand and accept that every religion is on equal footing in…

9 years ago

The Religious Right Wants to Choose the Republican Candidate for President

Bryan Fischer wants an Evangelical conclave to choose candidates for president. Tough luck, Catholics, Jews, Muslims, Atheists, and others

9 years ago

The Specter of a Controlling Islam Hides a Controlling Religious Right

It's a neat trick, pretending facts don't exist so you can replace them with some agenda-friendly invented facts. *Cough* Benghazi…

9 years ago

This is How Big a Deal it is that Pope Francis Says Evolution and the Big Bang are Real

Pope Francis has declared that evolution and the Big Bang are facts, no longer to be debated, saying of evolution:…

9 years ago

You Are Voting for Democracy or Theocracy in the 2014 Midterms

Jody Hice's new "Big Idea" is that state-sponsored religion, forbidden by the First Amendment, will put an end to government…

9 years ago

Right-Wing Evangelicals Violate the Law and Campaign From the Pulpit

The organizers behind Pulpit Freedom Sunday do not even contend they are prohibited from preaching religion, they complain they cannot…

10 years ago

Keeping Their Voters Stupid Keeps Republicans Elected

Over the past six years after every election, a relatively common question is why do so many Americans dependably vote…

10 years ago

In A Victory for Public Education Judge Says NC School Vouchers Are Unconstitutional

The judge, Superior Court Judge Robert Hobgood, identified the Republican legislation, "Opportunity Scholarship Program," as a scam to "siphon money…

10 years ago

On Independence Day Republicans Crusade To Eliminate the Rights of Half The Population

Republicans at all levels of government, at the behest of the religious right, have launched a vicious crusade to eliminate…

10 years ago

The Supreme Court’s Shameless War on American Democracy

The Supreme Court ought to be protecting democracy. Like the other branches of the government, it answers to the people

10 years ago

North Carolina’s Lt. Governor Declares War on the U.S. Constitution

Dan Forest told the Faith and Freedom Coalition this weekend, "America is at a great crossroads where it must decide…

10 years ago

Bobby Jindal Thinks Dumbing Down America Will Make GOP Look “More” Smarter

Jindal says Common Core is a federal plot to takeover education, as though the Founding Fathers didn't support the public…

10 years ago

Right-Wing Christians Take It To a New Low By Handing Out Guns In Churches

The notion of so-called Christians exposing themselves as the anti-Christs they really are is being played out in the drive…

10 years ago

Supreme Court Throws Out Establishment Clause With Public Prayer Ruling

When Americans in the near future look back and wonder how, why, and when their democracy was lost to theocracy,…

10 years ago

The Supreme Court Joins The Right Wing Attempt to Replace the Constitution With the Bible

The Supreme Court is likely not done facilitating theocratic tyranny or disabusing the people from their 1st and 14th Amendment…

10 years ago

Religious Conservatives Thrown Into A Frenzied Panic After Court Won’t Impose Biblical Law

Religious conservatives have been thrown into a frenzied panic because a federal judge struck down what they thought was their…

10 years ago

Sarah Palin Disgraces History With Claim Adams and Jefferson Support Her War on Christmas

Sarah Palin's contention that Founding Fathers John Adams and Thomas Jefferson would join her in the war against the imagined…

10 years ago

When Republicans Call Obama Marxist They are Condemning the Pope, Thomas Jefferson, and Jesus

Every time Republicans decry President Obama's economic policies as Marxist, socialist, or communist, they are in effect condemning the Pope,…

10 years ago

The Unfair Tax Exemption for Politically Active Churches Must End

There is a simple solution that will satisfy the Christian churches and the secular groups suing for equality, and it…

10 years ago

David Barton Thinks He Scares Us

"I'm really scary," Barton declared. "I am very scary for people who have a secular worldview."

10 years ago

John Hagee Says We are a Pagan Nation Without Shame

According to Hagee, "America is becoming a pagan society; we are in a moral free-fall."

10 years ago

Republicans Substitute Conservative Ideology For Science and History In Public Schools

Republicans are using public school funds to teach Christian conservative ideology in place of science and American history.

11 years ago

Marijuana is Illegal Because It Is a Major Source of Funding For Law Enforcement

Law enforcement officials have been staunch opponents of legalizing the weed for personal or medicinal use because as contraband, it…

11 years ago

Obama Understands Thomas Jefferson Better Than So Called Republican Patriots

Obama clearly understood the need to remind Americans of Jefferson's words at the beginning of his speech, and it is…

11 years ago

Things Thomas Jefferson Never Said About Gun Control

Conservatives love to invent quotes to back up their positions and they hate it when somebody - including "communist" CNN…

11 years ago

The True Jeffersonian Face of Religious Freedom

For Thomas Jefferson, religious freedom was neither freedom to coerce nor a coerced mind, but rather a free mind

11 years ago

Real Independence Would be a Government That Worked

Let's remember to celebrate our declaration of independence, a political act whose primary intent was to achieve a government that…

11 years ago

Gay Representative Barred from Speaking Because He is in Violation of God’s Law

Apparently, those who find themselves in violation of God's law, lose their rights under Republican governance

11 years ago

Ralph Nader Attacks the Imperial Presidency but Ignores the Do-Nothing Congress

Ralph Nader is railing against the "imperial presidency" but has nothing to say about our runaway, do-nothing Congress. It makes…

11 years ago

The Republican Party and the un-Founding of America

Republicans claim to be the defenders of the Constitution; this while wishing to do away with every amendment save the…

11 years ago

Fox News Says Rep. Keith Ellison Is ‘Very Dangerous’ Because He’s a Muslim

Apparently if you actually exercise your First Amendment rights to be something other than Christian, you're dangerous.

11 years ago

America’s Capitalism Has Embraced White Slaves as Well as Black

American capitalism supported white indentured servitude before and alongside black slavery and relinquished it only reluctantly.

11 years ago

Fundamentalist Says Refrigeration Removes Sin. Tough Luck Gays and Lesbians!

Oklahoma Pastor James Taylor says if you can refrigerate something (like shellfish) it isn't an abomination anymore

11 years ago

Misremembering is the Conservative Way of Treating Martin Luther King

As our nation celebrates Martin Luther King Jr, conservatives choose NOT to remember him, but to misremember him as a…

11 years ago

Gun Nuts to Build 2,000 Acre Citadel in Idaho’s American Redoubt

How do America's most extreme gun enthusiasts want to live? You'll soon get to find out as they build their…

11 years ago

Fox News Has a Holiday Wish List but Governor Chafee Can’t Have a Holiday Tree

"All I want for Christmas is to kill it," seems to be the song conservatives think liberals sing each and…

11 years ago

After Campaigning from the Pulpit, Right Wing Churches Must Lose their Tax Exempt Status

Regardless if religious organizations abuse their agreement with the IRS or not, it is long past the time to end…

11 years ago

Let’s Not Give Right Wing Religious Idiots and Hypocrites the Last Laugh

The Religious Right says some laughable things, but there is nothing laughable about their money, power - or influence on…

11 years ago

Romney’s Tax Plan Turns the Laws of Mathematics on their Head

Ask yourself why the laws of mathematics work differently for Mitt Romney than for the rest of the universe before…

12 years ago

Kirk Cameron Throws Stones at Gays But Says He is the Stoning Victim

Kirk Cameron has been stoning gays and lesbians but wants to present himself as the victim because people dared criticize…

12 years ago

Biblically Clueless Joseph Farah Attacks the Left’s Biblical Literacy

Joseph Farah just can't wrap his mind around a Christianity that includes its Christ, and attacks Jim Wallis for getting…

12 years ago

Romney and Ryan – The Haters in Chief

It is un-American to have as a president a man who preaches religious intolerance and who promotes the idea of…

12 years ago

Spiritual Hurricanes and an Aura of Unreality Surround GOP Convention

Most of us like a little reality in our diet, but the Republican Convention seems to be focused more on…

12 years ago

Virginia Republicans Call for Armed Revolution if Obama Wins in November

In a newsletter the Virginia Republican Committee is telling Republicans that if President Obama wins reelection, armed revolution will be…

12 years ago

Glenn Beck May Give Barton’s Book of Lies a New Lease on Life

David Barton's Christian publisher may have dropped his book of lies and who better to save lies about a Founding…

12 years ago

David Barton and Bryan Fischer Get All Three-Year Old on Their Critics

Barton can't win an argument on merits so he attempts to delegitimize critics instead by assigning them to the category…

12 years ago

David Barton’s Christian Publisher Finds His Book Deficient and Cancels It

David Barton found himself without a publisher Friday when Thomas Nelson pulled his books from the shelves and canceled its…

12 years ago

As Our Institutions Fail, Will Americans Get Angry or Apathetic?

We need to believe in the competence of our public institutions for our society to function. When they don't function,…

12 years ago

Less Than One Million Moms Doesn’t Like What’s Normal

Less Than One Million Moms wants to boycott NBC's The New Normal, which features two gay parents and a surrogate…

12 years ago

David Barton Finally Answers his Critics – by Attacking Them

Barton's The Jefferson Lies has been criticized by scholars, but Barton won't argue history: he's more interested in character assassination…

12 years ago

Celebrating the Triumph of Our Liberal Revolution

Nothing is more liberal than a revolution; the best conservatism can manage is counter-revolution to restore the status quo lost…

12 years ago

David Barton Supporters Say Criticism of Barton Proves Barton is Right

David Barton's deputy Rick Green and the ACLJ's David French claim that criticism of David Barton proves that Barton is…

12 years ago

Trapped by Religion

Thomas Jefferson once hoped to liberate us from being trapped by beliefs not our own but the GOP has made…

12 years ago

Abortion: Religion-Based Bigotry Versus the World of Facts

The GOP stance on abortion hinges on religious dogma, not on science and even when science does enter the picture…

12 years ago

Getting Jefferson Right – A Review

Two conservative Christian scholars team up to debunk Barton's The Jefferson Lies, exposing Barton's lies of commission and ommission and…

12 years ago

The Barton Lies: A Review of David Barton’s The Jefferson Lies

In the Jefferson Lies (2012), David Barton lets loose a barrage of lies and invents terms to turn Thomas Jefferson…

12 years ago

Obama’s Constitution-friendly Religion

Jeffrey T. Kuhner of the Edmund Burke Institute, who last year accused President Obama of having "black nationalist sympathies" (whatever those…

12 years ago

President Obama Takes Back Thomas Jefferson From the Tea Party

While speaking at Hampton University today, President Barack Obama did something subtle today. He took Thomas Jefferson and the actions…

14 years ago

How Thomas Jefferson Warned Us About Sarah Palin

The press fawned over Sarah Palin when she arrived at last night's Time 100 Gala, stepping over themselves to get…

14 years ago