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Senator Rick Santorum, Not Exactly Leaving Science to the Scientists

Presidential Candidate Rick Santorum, 2015, on how religious people worried about global warming should shut up and “leave science to the scientists”:

“The church has gotten it wrong a few times on science, and I think that we probably are better off leaving science to the scientists… When we get involved with political and controversial […]

Is Transparency a Trap? Is Information a Weapon?

Today, I read the text of H.R. 489 for the first time. Its major action clause reads:


(a) In General.–Not later than 60 days after the end of fiscal year 2015 and each fiscal year thereafter, each State that makes a Medicaid payment from […]

Where Congressional Legislation Lies, January 2015

Number of bills before the 114th Congress to let military chaplains proselytize troops: 1

Number of bills mentioning “military waste“: 0

Number of bills to give zygotes legal rights at conception: 1

Number of bills to rescue frozen “snowflake babies” or prosecute in vitro facilities for child abuse: 0

Number of bills celebrating Pope Francis: […]

Does Science Prove the Catholic Church is Right? Part IV: Homosexuality and Discrimination against the Disabled

Jim Schroeder, writing for the pro-Catholic Foundation for Evangelization through the Media, has baldly declared that “Science Is Proving the Church Is Right and the Culture’s Wrong:”

“Modern science – which so many assume is the antithesis or even enemy of Catholic teaching – actually bears out the truth and value and relevance of what […]

And You’re Driving?

How do your arms reach the parking break?

The Incidence of Trent Franks Thinking is Very Low

It is possible, even from the great distance of Maine, to hear the DC press corps exhale with a collective “OMiGod” at the remarkably ignorant declaration of Republican Congressman Trent Franks, who […]

The Madonna and John Corapi Prophecies: Still No Death or Mayhem from On High

Five years ago, in 2008, Catholic priest and media personality Father John Corapi predicted divine punishment for abortion and godlessness, railing in dire tones:

“If we do not soon stop the genocide of abortion in the United States, we shall run the course of all those that prove by their actions that they are enemies […]

Corapi and Cohen Religious Predictions of Doom lie Barren (excluding collateral damage)

It’s often said in authoritarian religious circles that “God is NOT mocked!”, “God CANNOT be mocked!,” or “God WILL NOT be mocked!”. As an empirical matter, the God character and His supposed standards are actually mocked on a regular basis. In the first decade of the 21st Century, two religious leaders predicted that such mockery […]

#25 Way to Exasperate a Liberal: Establish a New Standard in Pastoral Care

Sister Margaret McBride, a member of the ethics board of the Catholic St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center, gave her approval for an abortion of an 11-week old fetus with no cerebral cortex when doctors made it clear to her that the very sick young woman carrying the pregnancy would die without it. It should […]

The Lone Wolf Campaign Predators of 2010

The election season of 2010 has seen an explosion of independent expenditures for and against congressional candidates, and the donors to the groups that mount these independent expenditures are largely invisible thanks to recent campaign finance deregulation. Tracking and comparing donors between groups is the easiest way to uncover patterns of coordination and possible corruption […]

Requiring Information That Children Feel Suffering

Mike Johanns and other senators that have introduced legislation requiring women to be informed that abortion can cause pain in a fetus don’t want to apply the same protections for children who have already been born. […]