More Proof That Evangelicals Have No Ethical Basis Grounded In Christian Tenets

Ken AshfordGodstuff, Immigration and XenophobiaLeave a Comment

The Public Religion Research Institute is out with a survey of, among other items, immigration. In general, the pollsters found: Americans largely reject the policy whereby families entering the country without permission are treated as criminals and children are separated from their parents. Only 22% of the public expresses support for this policy. More than seven in ten (71%) Americans oppose such … Read More

RIP Billy Graham

Ken AshfordGodstuff, In PassingLeave a Comment

“America’s Preacher” has died at the age of 99. Graham served as a spiritual advisor to roughly a dozen U.S. presidents from Harry Truman to Barack Obama — and he made waves in the early 1950s by forcing churches to racially integrate for his services. He preached to an estimated 200 million people in 185 countries around the world during his life. … Read More

Speaking Of Sex Scandals…

Ken AshfordCorporate Greed, Godstuff, Republicans, Sex Scandals, Sex/Morality/Family ValuesLeave a Comment

While we wait for the doors to blow wide open on the Trump-Daniels sex scandal (IF they blow open, that is), let’s chew on this: Casino mogul and Republican National Committee (RNC) finance chair Steve Wynn is facing accusations of sexual misconduct, including that he forced a woman to have sex with him in 2005, The Wall Street Journal reported Friday. Wynn, … Read More

Trump Recognizes Jerusalem As Capital Of Israel

Ken AshfordForeign Affairs, Godstuff, Middle East, Trump & AdministrationLeave a Comment

Trump’s speech in a nutshell: “Today we finally acknowledge the obvious: That Jerusalem is Israel’s capital,” Trump said. “This is nothing more or less than a recognition of reality. It is also the right thing to do. It’s something that has to be done.” This is the actual presidential proclamation on Jerusalem. PRESIDENT DONALD J. TRUMP’S PROCLAMATION ON JERUSALEM AS THE … Read More

Trump’s Executive Order On “Religious Liberty”

Ken AshfordGodstuff, Trump & AdministrationLeave a Comment

I was dreading this. Trump signed it about half an hour ago. But the final version of the order addresses two issues. First, it instructs the Internal Revenue Service to “exercise maximum enforcement discretion” in cases of pastors and other religious leaders speaking about political candidates from the pulpit, which is currently outlawed by a provision typically referred to as … Read More

Does Korematsu Provide Precedent For A Muslim Registry?

Ken AshfordConstitution, Godstuff, Race, Supreme Court, Trump & Administration, War on Terrorism/TortureLeave a Comment

No. No, it doesn’t.  Not even a close call. Let’s just all get on the same page. This is happening: Trump surrogates are already citing Japanese internment camps from WW II as “precedent” for Muslim registry pic.twitter.com/DVnjtom0mc — Brendan Karet (@bad_takes) November 17, 2016 And the obvious question is…. would it be constitutional for the government to require citizens to … Read More

Is This The End Of The Line For Judge Roy Moore?

Ken AshfordConstitution, Courts/Law, Gay Marriage, Godstuff, Sex/Morality/Family ValuesLeave a Comment

Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore is set for a hearing at 1:30 p.m. (2:30 EST) today on charges he violated Alabama’s ethical standards for judges. Moore is asking the Alabama Court of the Judiciary to dismiss the ethics complaint filed by the state’s Judicial Inquiry Commission. The Judicial Inquiry Commission is asking for a summary judgment against Moore … Read More

Editorial From The Christian Post

Ken AshfordElection 2016, GodstuffLeave a Comment

Ouch: Editors’ Note: The Christian Post has not taken a position on a political candidate before today. We are making an exception because Trump is exceptionally bad and claims to speak for and represent the interests of evangelicals. We the senior editors of The Christian Post encourage our readers to back away from Donald Trump. As the most popular evangelical … Read More

On His Deathbed, Bob Bennett Apologizes For What He Wrought

Ken AshfordGodstuff, Republicans, Right Wing Punditry/Idiocy, Tea PartyLeave a Comment

Bob Bennett was a rightwing conservative senator from Utah.  He served in the US Senate for 18 years, and I rarely agreed with him on anything. He was consistently earning high ratings from conservative activist groups such as the National Rifle Association, U.S. Chamber of Commerce and American Conservative Union. But in 2010, something happened — the emergence of the Tea … Read More

Abortion Charlatans

Ken AshfordGodstuff, Women's IssuesLeave a Comment

Sam Bee did a nice expose on the “crisis pregnancy centers” that pretend to be abortion clinics, but actually have a pro-life agenda. The word she neglects to use is…. FRAUD. We have our share of those places around here, too, and its only when you read the fine print that you realize it is a church-related place.

Trump May Have Hit The Ceiling

Ken AshfordConstitution, Election 2016, Godstuff, Immigration and Xenophobia, Republicans, Rightwing Extremism/Violence, War on Terrorism/TortureLeave a Comment

Donald Trump has defied political pundits for months now.  When he first attacked John McCain, the thought was that it would kill him in the polls, but then he went up.  And that’s been the story for over four months now.  He keeps on appealing to the worst-of-the-worst conservative base and his numbers go up. But many are now saying … Read More

Thoughts and Prayers

Ken AshfordGodstuff, Gun Control, Right Wing and Inept Media, War on Terrorism/TortureLeave a Comment

There seems to be a backlash to this almost reflexive (and increasingly meaningless) response to mass shootings, best exemplified by the cover of today’s New York Daily News: There has also been a backlash to the backlash.  Christians got offended at what is being called “thoughts and prayers shaming”.  The Weekly Standard offered a headline that blared,“Liberal Outrage Over Prayers … Read More