On the Job

April 24, 2014 Artwork, Comics, In The News, Politics / Religion Comments (0) 1029

Nation of Defense Cartoon by Christopher KeeltyYes, in fact, the Ku Klux Klan, a domestic terrorist organization, has announced they will now be the neighborhood watch in Fairview Township, in central Pennsylvania. One has to assume they saw what George Zimmerman experienced and got jealous.

The Klan has also stepped up recruitment efforts nationwide, just another reminder that we now live in post-racial America and, as 5 out of 9 Supreme Court Justices have informed us, racism is over.

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A Note on Partisanship

April 24, 2014 Politics / Religion Comments (0) 455

You may note that, from time time, I take some pot-shots at Republicans. Aside from saying that I think they’re generally well earned, I don’t consider them reflective of partisanship on my part.

These days too many Americans approach politics the way they approach sports teams; they are loyal to their team first and foremost. If their team isn’t fielding the best candidates at present, or even workable policies, it doesn’t change their loyalty because, well, root for that other team? Ewww. Continue Reading

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You’ve Come a Long Way, Baby

April 14, 2014 Artwork, Comics, In The News Comments (0) 567

Babies Guns Cartoon by Christopher Keelty

Context: That first sign is an actual slogan*.

On Friday, Texas Republican Congressman Steve Stockman tweeted the latest slogan in his reelection campaign: “If Babies Had Guns, They Wouldn’t Be Aborted.” Yes, really. Maybe he was inspired by recent headlines from Pakistan?

I’m sure the unborn are excited to discover their newest opportunity to serve as political rhetoric. Almost as excited as they must be about Steve Stockman’s obviously viable new “pro-life” strategy.

*Paraphrased very slightly.

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Religious Imposition, Not Religious Liberty

February 28, 2014 Gay and Lesbian, In The News Comments (0) 546

Gay_friendly_churchAs a rule these days I try to avoid investing time and energy in online debates, but sometimes I just can’t help myself. Yesterday I got sucked into a debate at the Matt Walsh Blog about Arizona’s rightly-vetoed Senate Bill 1062, the “Turn Away the Gay” bill. I was more than a little startled by the outpouring of right-wing support for SB 1062 that followed Governor Brewer’s veto, and the arguments mounted at MWB grabbed me because they were especially heinous.

For starters, of course, there’s the standard refrain of the straight, white cisgendered libertarian male: “The solution is simple, just don’t do anything.” In this case, Walsh argues that the proper solution to anti-gay discrimination is for the government to do nothing, and the free market will eradicate discrimination. I’m not even going to spend a lot of time refuting this position because (a) it’s so incredibly stupid; and (b) if you’re here reading, you probably already agree that it’s incredibly stupid, so I won’t waste your time. Let’s just agree that if LBJ were alive, we could all share a hearty laugh about what a fantasy world some libertarians live in.

The reason I write about it here is to point out how ludicrous it is to call SB 1062, or the many similar bills in other states, “Religious Freedom Laws.” The so-called ‘right’ of Christian business proprietors to turn away LGBT people is presented as a protection of their religious observation. A government mandate to treat LGBT customers identically with other customers is, according to the bill’s defenders, a tyrannical denial of religious liberty. This is absurd on several levels. Continue Reading

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