Lauren Mayer: 'Cherry Picking the Bible'



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From YouTube:

Demolishing the arguments against marriage equality in down home gospel style

From the video:

With marriage equality on the move, right-wing bigots disapprove, defending homophobia with religion-based myopia

"Don't rail against same sex at us till you observe each word of Exodus."


Your Weekly Upchucks: Shocking Religion News by Author @KCBoyd3



K. C. Boyd, is the author of Being Christian - A Novel,: A black comedy guaranteed to take you on a wild and frightening ride deep into the dark side of the religious right. It is available on Amazon in multiple formats.

She is the go-to blogger for religion, hypocrisy, and all things church v. state.  You can read her earlier posts on The Political Carnival here and more about who she is on her own website here

The Weekly Upchuck April 19, 2015

Abortion, Contraception And Other Women’s Issues


Fifty Shades Of Hate

Fifty Shades Of Propaganda, Hypocrisy And Other Such Lies

Fifty Shades Of Stark Raving Mad

If Media’s The Message

  • #AtheistPrezHah Fox priest: ‘Hard to trust’ an atheist president because they don’t fear eternal damnation
  • #PoliticallyEvil This anti-gay movie is true evil: What are Rand Paul and Mike Huckabee doing in the vile “documentary” “Light Wins”?
  • #OrwellSpeak Josh Duggar: Christians who aren’t allowed to discriminate against gays are victims of discrimination
  • #SameOldSaw Laura Ingraham: After same-sex marriage comes legalized polyamory, incest
  • #HoistedOnHisOwnPetard Religious Right activists are outraged that Bob Schieffer of CBS dared to note that the Family Research Council’s Tony Perkins is the head of an anti-gay hate group.
  • #GlobalWarming Obama ‘Flooding America With Muslims’ To Create One-World Government

Israel, End Times And Hagee

  • #MessianicCrusaders In Israel’s army, more officers are now religious. What that means.
  • #VerrryScarrrry Bibi’s new government: A narrow, right-wing and ultra-Orthodox government with a solid majority of 67 Knesset members, hence its nickname: “the 67 government.” This does not refer to the ’67 border lines, but to the 67 Knesset members of the coalition from which this government will be assembled. Most of these Knesset members do not recognize the two-state solution and the 1967 lines; while these are viewed by the global community as the basis for all negotiations vis-à-vis the Palestinians, these Knesset members view them as fictitious.
  • #MessianicApartheid Israeli Jewish Home MK says that advocating for two-state solution is treason
  • #WeCanHope Could Support for LGBTQ Rights Disrupt the Coalition of Jews and Evangelical Christian Zionists?
  • #HorrificallyHagee Pastor John Hagee: ‘Nasty’ Welfare Recipients Don’t Deserve To Live
  • #EndTimesLucre As of 2013, Hagee’s declared net worth was 5 million

Politics Nation

  • #AllAboutTheBase GOP candidates dial up evangelical fears at Iowa forum
  • #HisOwnMan Jebya Backs Defunding Planned Parenthood
  • #PitchingTheBase Marco Rubio Tells Iowa Christians the Wrong People Are in Charge of the Government
  • #TalkAboutTheConstitution Mat Staver Expects Every Presidential Candidate To Pledge To Disobey Any Pro-Marriage Equality Ruling From SCOTUS
  • #LaBabsTrials LaBarbera names names among GOP candidates
  • #WalkeringToTheBase Walker Repeats Support For Federal Marriage Amendment, Dodges Personhood Question
  • #SittingCongressman GOP Rep. Bill Flores Links Baltimore Riots To Gay Marriage
  • #HellIsReal Huckabee To Latino Evangelicals: ‘I Don’t Speak Spanish… But I Do Speak Jesus’
  • #BelieveItOrNot Clinton camp likely to downplay religious outreach

Religion Gone Bad Gone Mad

  • #FranklyPuking Franklin Graham: Don’t persecute Christians. Save that for Muslims.
  • #PurposeDrivenFundie Rick Warren travels extensively as part of his dominionist agenda, spreading his dangerous right-wing ideologies wherever he goes by developing close relationships with government leaders, business leaders, and religious leaders, including many prominent anti-LGBTQ pastors
  • #RealLiveSciFi Rick Wiles Warns Of ‘Fireball From Space’ If Supreme Court Strikes Down Gay Marriage Bans
  • #PreacherHate The Religious Right has seduced millions of Americans with titillating hatred and lies
  • #InTheNameOfLife Raped 10-Year-Old Denied Abortion-Thus denying this child of any real life of her own. NOT ‘prolife’

Same Sex Issues

Sausage Makers And Their Sausage

  • #KlinkKlankKlunk Wedding Photographers Should Print ‘Worthy Of Death’ On Gay Couple’s Photos, Former Navy Chaplain/CO State Rep Says
  • #BookBurner Kansas GOP Senator Mary Pilcher-Cook Wants To Criminalize “Harmful” Books
  • #HereWeGoAgain Republicans Slammed for Invitation to Anti-Islam Dutch Politician
  • #GetTheeToAMonkery Jindal: ‘The Single Most Important Moment In My Life Is the Moment I Found Jesus Christ.’
  • #BratBarf Rep. Dave Brat Claims ISIS Has Set Up Camp In Texas

Scandals – Or Worse

Science – Or Not

Supremes And Lower Courts

Theocracy Rising

  • #DobbyDooDoo Dobson: Religious Right Figure Claims Marriage Equality Will Spark ‘Civil War’
  • #ShiversDownMySpine Michigan state lawmakers Cindy Gamrat, Gary Glenn, and Todd Courser are openly theocratic, regularly expressing their desire and their intention to bring their religion into government, using their personal interpretation of the Bible to make laws and policy in our state. But the three of them have a mentor in this effort: 7th District Congressman Tim Walberg. A former Baptist minister and Bible salesman, Walberg has always been an opponent of the idea of separation of church and state.
  • #HaveAtIt Oklahoma Republican threatens to light himself on fire at courthouse to protest abortion rulings
  • #BecauseJesus No menorahs at Hobby Lobby
  • #FairAndBalanced FOX host: “We will not obey’: Christian leaders threaten civil disobedience if Supreme Court legalizes gay marriage
  • #InJesus’Name Jeb’s Faith-Based Prisons Were More Like “Work Camps”
  • #TheocracyRizen Republican Religious Fanatics Pose A Much Bigger Threat To Our Country Than ISIS



The Book Booth: May Days Edition



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The Book Booth is a weekly feature at The Political Carnival, relating news, notes, and reflections from the world of books and publishing. @SeattleDan, along with his wife, SeattleTammy, are operators of both an on-line bookstore here, as well as a brick and mortar storefront mini-store in Hoquiam, WA at 706 Simpson Ave (Route 101 South). Both have been in the book business since shortly after the Creation, or close to 6000 years now.

The Book Booth: May Days Edition

May has arrived and I'd like to say Happy belated May Day to you all. I've always thought we should make a bigger deal of the day here in the United States, but sometime ago, the Congress, in its wisdom, created Labor Day to be celebrated in September, so American workers wouldn't share the same day as the rest of the world. Because socialism, or something. Anyway.

This years Edgar Awards this week with no controversy to speak of. Stephen King was honored for Best Novel. The other winners and nominees can be found here.

Stephen King has created some very scary and mean villains in his career. Word and Film recently listed eight of the most evil, and for those of you who have read the books or seen the movie adaptations will be familiar with those characters listed. Randall Flagg would certainly top my list. Here are some of the others.
Literary Villains

One of our best mystery writers, well, one of our best writers period, recently weighed in on the future of reading over at the Wall Street Journal. Walter Mosley assures us that reading and books are going nowhere. Books will continue to be published. And people will read them.

I discussed the kerfuffle a couple of weeks ago surrounding the Hugo Awards. It seems Cory Doctorow at BoingBoing has collected some suggestions for improving the awards by adding some new categories that will make everyone happy!
New Hugo Awards Category Suggestions

And for you sci-fi fans who appreciate thoughtful writers, BoingBoing also had this interview with William Gibson at their site. William Gibson Interview

The Pen Award this year has instigated a controversy of its own. Their Freedom of Expression Award was given to the French satirical magazine, Charlie Hebdo, and there are many writers none too happy about that.
Pen Freedom of Expression Award to Charlie Hebdo

We note the passing of M.H. Abrams at the venerable age of 102. Anyone who ever took and English Lit class that used the Norton Anthologies will remember him as the editor of those large tomes. He was also well known for his critical studies of Romanticism, including the Mirror and the Lamp. The New York Times had this obituary.  RIP M.H. Abrams

The Jane Austen revival seems to go on and on, unabated. Now she has been joined by Anthony Trollope, whose bicentennial birthday is this year. Adam Gopnick at the New Yorker offers this assessment and appreciation.  Anthony Trollope

Trollope didn't seem to have a problem in writing and publishing some very long novels. He was probably one of those authors who could claim to say what Buzzfeed recently suggested all writers would like to be able to say. Except for maybe the Oprah book club thing.
Things All Writers Wish They Could Say

Hello. My name is Dan. I am a book addict. (h/t to my friend Brian Payne for finding this).  Yes, Books Are An Addiction

Wishing you all a great weekend and a most happy May! Please let us know what books you're got stacked up and are enjoying.


The Book Booth: Pulitzer Season Edition


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The Book Booth is a weekly feature at The Political Carnival, relating news, notes, and reflections from the world of books and publishing. @SeattleDan, along with his wife, SeattleTammy, are operators of both an on-line bookstore here, as well as a brick and mortar storefront mini-store in Hoquiam, WA at 706 Simpson Ave (Route 101 South). Both have been in the book business since shortly after the Creation, or close to 6000 years now.

The Book Booth: Pulitzer Season Edition

Yes, the Pulitzer Prizes were announced this week and the selections, I have to say, were not bad. I have yet to read Anthony Doerr's All the Light We Cannot See, but I am number 275 on the reserve list at the library (the system has 77 copies, and with all the speed readers in our library system, I'm sure I'll get to it soon). Everything I've heard about the book makes it seem the award is well-deserved.

I have read the General Non-Fiction winner, Elizabeth Kolbert's excellent The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History, and it is well-worth a read. Here's the complete list of winners.
Pulitzer Prize Winners

The Wall Street Journal caught up with Anthony Doerr to get his reaction. It seems he was in Paris when he found out and it he's rather pleased by the whole thing.
Anthony Doerr's Reaction

For the poetry lovers out there, Gregory Pardlo won the prize for his second collection of poems, Digest. The New York Times profiled him here.

Gregory Pardlo Profile (NYT) 

Toni Morrison is no stranger to prizes herself, having won the Nobel some years back (and as I noted last week, the last American to have won). She has a new novel out, God Help the Child, which she discusses, along with other things, with Terry Gross on Fresh Air.
Toni Morrison

In another interview of note, Joe Haleman, author of the Hugo Award winning The Forever War, talked about that book and his career with War is Boring recently. H/T to good friend, Ilsa, for passing this along.
Joe Haleman Interview

Department of very cool children's books has Maria Popov collecting a number of picture book biographies to inspire young minds at Brain Pickings. Included are such luminaries as Jane Goodall, Pablo Neruda, Julia Child and Frida Kahlo, among others. Take a look here.
Very Cool Children's Books

It is spring and with comes spring cleaning. I'm doing it. So are many of you. And it is time to clean up those bookcases. That can be daunting, as the folks at Bustle point out. But you can do it! Really!
It's Spring!  Clean Out Those Bookcases!

And while doing your spring cleaning, you may want to check out new and clever ways to display your home library. Buzzfeed has some 27 examples to inspire you.
New And Clever Ways To Display Your Home Library

You want to write, but you don't know where to start. Nothing to worry about. Author Ann Packer has these hints to get you going.
Ann Packer's Tips to Get Started Writing

Sure librarians can be nerdy. That's why we love them so. But they can get their funk on, too, as is well documented in this viral video. If you haven't watched it, you're in for a treat.
What Do Librarians Do When You Go Home?

A good weekend to you all, and let us know what books are making you want to get up and dance.