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Mike Huckabee, Asshole of the Day for September 8, 2015
Kim Davis was released from jail today, which almost seemed like a disappointment to Mike Huckabee who had gone to Kentucky to throw a rally in her behalf. Having her walk out of jail ruins the...

Mike Huckabee, Asshole of the Day for September 8, 2015

Kim Davis was released from jail today, which almost seemed like a disappointment to Mike Huckabee who had gone to Kentucky to throw a rally in her behalf. Having her walk out of jail ruins the optics of the boot of government on the throat of the pious martyr he was hoping for.

But he still found a way to keep the fight going after the judge said that Ms. Davis can’t interfere with the issuance of gay marriage licenses in her county. Huckabee said he would gladly go to jail:

“I have a message for the judge,” Huckabee proclaimed, “and I say this with all my heart: If this judge believes that somebody must be put in jail because a person is willing to stand on the biblical definition of marriage … Let Kim go, but if you have to put someone in jail, I volunteer to go. Let me go. Lock me up if you think that’s how freedom is best served.”

“I am willing to spend the next eight years in the White House leading this country,” he thundered, “but I want you to know, I’m willing to spend the next eight years in jail but I’m not willing to spend one day under the tyranny of people who believe they can take our freedom and conscience away!”

Of course Gov. Huckabee knows that’s not how it works. We don’t let innocent people serve jail time on behalf of the guilty, except of course for those wrongfully arrested or convicted. But by offering he’s trying to get some of her martyr cred to rub off on him and maybe breathe some life into his presidential campaign that is going nowhere.

It does of course beg the question as to what  a President Huckabee would do about gay marriage when he’s in the White House? Would he just ignore the Supreme Court decision? Mike Huckabee is not an idiot– he knows that the Supreme Court is the ultimate arbiter of the law in this country. There is no clause for the law to be whatever the government official claims God told them to do.

And furthermore, Kim Davis doesn’t have to be issuing marriage licenses. There are plenty other jobs she could do that won’t offend her religious sensibility– she is not forced to do this one. It’s a free country. The judge is compelling her to issue marriage licenses to gays as long as she continues to do the job of issuing marriage licenses, but the judge is not compelling her to keep that job. Mike Huckabee hasn’t spent a minute on that one.

So, for pretending that he would go to jail in her place, and trying to steal Kim Davis’ martyrdom for himself– a martyrdom that she could avoid by just quitting her job– Mike Huckabee is the Asshole of the Day.

It is Mike Huckabee’s seventh time being named Asshole of the Day. Previous wins were for

Full story: Right Wing Watch


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Steve King, Asshole of the Day for September 6, 2015
Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis has made big news as the last holdout against issuing marriage licenses to gays. To the point that rather than comply, she chose to go to jail, where she currently sits...

Steve King, Asshole of the Day for September 6, 2015

Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis has made big news as the last holdout against issuing marriage licenses to gays. To the point that rather than comply, she chose to go to jail, where she currently sits in contempt of court.

And of course when someone uses their religion as a shield to hide their bigotry, there are politicians rushing to her defense as a way to elevate their status in the presidential campaign– Mike Huckabee has started the #ImWithKim hashtag, and Ted Cruz has said he “unequivocally” supports her right to use her government position to oppress gays per her religion.

What none of these people will acknowledge is that they would not support some government official’s right to impose their religious rules on others if that official had a different religion. 

And among all this steps Rep. Steve King, normally only known for his racist xenophobia.  He tweeted this:

There’s really two awful things here:

  1. That Kim Davis is like Rosa Parks
  2. That people should have defied the Supreme Court when it ruled against prayer in public schools

These are both offensive. Prayer in public schools should be offensive to everyone, because if it’s not your prayer, then you wouldn’t want some teacher forcing your kid to say it. To imagine that school prayer is OK is to think that your religion will always be the one in charge. And to not care that others have a different religion than you.

But it’s the Rosa Parks comment that really bothers me. Bigots of all sorts try to appropriate the righteousness of the Civil Rights movement to their pet causes, but there is always some disconnect which suggests that they don’t get why the Civil Rights protesters are heroes.

I saw the other day that people on Twitter were making this Rosa Parks/Kim Davis comparison, but it wasn’t until this weekend that I saw a public figure like Rep. Steve King making it. And it’s offensive because it switches the oppressor and victim:

Rosa Parks was jailed for DEMANDING the same rights white people enjoyed.
Kim Davis was jailed for DENYING gay people the rights she herself enjoys.

Kim Davis is not the Rosa Parks of gay marriage, she’s the person who enforced the rule against Rosa Parks sitting in the front of that bus. But Steve King doesn’t care about that– the only oppression he can see is of people like him, not others. And for that, he is the Asshole of the Day.

It is Steve King’s second time as Asshole of the Day. His first was for his racist statement about Obama not being raised American.


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Scott Esk, Asshole of the Day for June 12, 2014
by TeaPartyCat (Follow @TeaPartyCat)
More and more I see people calling themselves libertarians AND Christians. It’s puzzling to me because they seem to feel that somehow Jesus was a capitalist who...

Scott Esk, Asshole of the Day for June 12, 2014

by TeaPartyCat ()

More and more I see people calling themselves libertarians AND Christians. It’s puzzling to me because they seem to feel that somehow Jesus was a capitalist who thinks businesses and the rich should have no rules or taxes and government shouldn’t help the poor. That sure doesn’t sound like Jesus to me.

Scott Esk, who is running for the Oklahoma state legislature, describes himself as libertarian and Christian, and yet he puts forth a position that fails at both at the same time. He says he thinks we should stone homosexuals to death:

At the time, Esk had commented on a story about the pope saying “Who am I to judge?” on homosexuality.

Esk posted some old testament scripture that referred to homosexuality being punished.

Someone asked – “So just to be clear, you think we should execute homosexuals (presumably by stoning)?”

Esk responds – “I think we would be totally in the right to do it. That goes against some parts of libertarianism, I realize, and I’m largely libertarian, but ignoring as a nation things that are worthy of death is very remiss.”

Morris spoke with Esk by phone and asked him about the statement.

Esk said, “What I will tell you right now is that was done in the old testament under a law that came directly from God. And in that time, it was totally just, it came directly from God. I have no plans to, you know, reinstitute that in Oklahoma law. I do have some very huge moral misgivings about those kinds of sins.”

I will note that while he thinks that stoning is the correct punishment for homosexuality (it’s “worthy of death”), he generously offers that he has no plans to make that the law in Oklahoma. What a guy!

Now he admits right away that stoning something for behavior they do with another consenting adult that affects no one but themselves is not very libertarian. But he’ll make an exception here– presumably because homosexuals are just so darn evil they must be dealt with. He doesn’t, you’ll notice, mention any example of this evil other than its ban in the Old Testament.

But he somehow ignores how truly un-Christian stoning homosexuals to death is. Yes, there are rules in the Old Testament, but Christians believe that where the Old and New Testaments disagree, the New Testament, especially the Gospels, supersede any Old Testament rules. And Jesus is very clear about stoning– don’t do it. He stops the stoning of a woman by saying “Let he who is without sin cast the first stone.”

But Mr. Esk doesn’t acknowledge that. He’s still stuck on some Old Testament book as though Christianity weren’t named for Jesus Christ.

It makes me wonder what other Old Testament rules he thinks are important and sacred:

  • Is slavery OK again?
  • Will he be stoning adulterers and fornicators?
  • Does he eat shrimp and other shellfish?
  • Does he keep kosher including not eating meat and dairy together or is pepperoni pizza OK?
  • Are women the property of their husbands and fathers?

Or is it just homosexuals that he feels he must persecute per the Old Testament, despite what Jesus says?

So, for holding sacred the Old Testament rule about stoning homosexuals while ignoring the New Testament rule about not stoning, Scott Esk is the Asshole of the Day.

It is Scott Esk’s first time as Asshole of the Day, though not the first Oklahoma politician featured for floating horrible new ways to treat gays. Previous assholes from Oklahoma include:

Full story: KFOR


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Is Scott Esk Asshole of the Day for saying gay people should be stoned to death?

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Scott Esk is running for the Oklahoma state legislature. And he is a self-proclaimed libertarian and Christian. And like all good Christians, I’m sure he asks himself, “What would Jesus do?” And the answer for him is Jesus would stone homosexuals to death:

At the time, Esk had commented on a story about the pope saying “Who am I to judge?” on homosexuality.

Esk posted some old testament scripture that referred to homosexuality being punished.

Someone asked – “So just to be clear, you think we should execute homosexuals (presumably by stoning)?”

Esk responds – “I think we would be totally in the right to do it. That goes against some parts of libertarianism, I realize, and I’m largely libertarian, but ignoring as a nation things that are worthy of death is very remiss.”

Morris spoke with Esk by phone and asked him about the statement.

Esk said, “What I will tell you right now is that was done in the old testament under a law that came directly from God. And in that time, it was totally just, it came directly from God. I have no plans to, you know, reinstitute that in Oklahoma law. I do have some very huge moral misgivings about those kinds of sins.”

Stoning! Really!

And of course it’s nice that later he clarifies when called out that as a legislator, he has no plans to make homosexuality punishable by death, but he still agrees with it.

Of course I have more questions:

Will he stone adulterers? Or is it only homosexuals? Because there are plenty of other things in the Old Testament like slavery, and stoning adulterers and even rape victims, but he’s not saying we should do any of that. But gays? Well, they should be put to death.

Does he eat shellfish? Does he allow meat and cheese to be cooked in the same kitchen?

Does he eat pork?

I could go on and on, but the important questions is has he read the part where people are going to stone a woman and Jesus stops them by saying let he who is without sin throw the first stone. Does he think that Jesus left an exception for stoning gays here?

Photo source: Marriage Equality Rights for Oklahoma Facebook page


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Is Kevin Swanson Asshole of the Day (again)?

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Is Kevin Swanson asshole of the day for comparing gays to axe murderers?

Colorado-based pastor Kevin Swanson of Generations Radio is joining theReligiousRightoutragefrenzy over a gay-inclusive TV ad produced by Nabisco’s Honey Maid.

On Friday, he told co-host Steve Vaughn that the company’s “disgusting” attempt to “promote” homosexuality is just like encouraging axe murder.

When you come down to things like axe murder or homosexuality and you say, ‘we’re really going to promote it and we’re going to encourage everybody in America to engage in this or at least support this thing,’ there will be people on the other side who will take an adamantly opposed position to your support of axe murdering or homosexuality. They will be intolerant, they will be very intolerant of that which is evil, like axe murdering. Here’s my prognostication for Nabisco: I think they’re going to lose business. They say ‘we’ve got lots and lots and lots of positive comments,’ I think they said 50,000 positive comments or something.

Tough bananas, there are still going to be 28 percent, 38 percent, 47 percent of the market that will not go with it. So their decision to step out and say, ‘we’re going to take the lowest road possible on this, we’re going to support one of the most egregious things ever concocted since Nero — Nero being the one who came up with homosexual marriage, the namesake for it — we’re going to support the Neronic agenda,’ there will be I think 28 percent, 38 percent, it may eventually go as low as 28 percent, but you’re still going to get a pretty substantial bunch of Americans that will say, ‘hey, this is disgusting, Nabisco is disgusting.’ 

More at Right Wing Watch

I’ve said this like a million times on this blog already, but here goes again– gays who have sex and want to get married consent to do so. When you compare gay marriage or murder or pedophilia or any other horrible thing, you miss that there is a victim in murder and pedophilia and that victim does not consent. With gay marriage, there is no victim– both parties consent to it and want it. That it seems repulsive to you is of no matter– it’s not your business. Their marriage and love does not include you.

But I guess we should be grateful that Mr. Swanson chose a new target for his bigotry this time– we were so tired of his accusations of gay brainwashing in Frozen.

Photo source: http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/swanson-mark-twain-was-demon-possessed


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Is Mike Huckabee Asshole of the Day (again)?

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Is Mike Huckabee asshole of the day for blaming his homophobia on God?

A year ago as @teapartycat I mocked the way  Mike Huckabee tries to portray himself as a nice guy who doesn’t hate anyone while supporting laws that deny people the same rights he enjoys:

It wasn’t a real quote, but it’s what’s between the lines. It’s what’s behind his big Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day, which was to appreciate Chick-fil-A for supporting the cause of denying gays the same rights to marriage that straight people have. If you can’t see how objectionable, just imagine if he held a Segregation Appreciation Day in 1963.

But it turns out I didn’t satirize Mike Huckabee, because now he’s pretty much said it:

“I’m not against anybody. I’m really not,” he said. “I’m not a hater. I’m not homophobic.”

“But … when people say, ‘Why don’t you just kind of get on the right side of history?’ I said, ’You’ve got to understand, this for me is not about the right side or the wrong side of history, this is the right side of the Bible, and unless God rewrites it, edits it, sends it down with his signature on it, it’s not my book to change,’” he added, as quoted by CNN.

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/mike-huckabee-im-not-homophobic

He’s said

  • I don’t hate gays
  • I want to deny gays rights because God doesn’t want gays to have rights

It’s just so wrong to put your hate on God.

And more than that, we’re talking about only a few lines in the Bible here that he feels are inviolable and the true will of God. I want to say, look, slavery was fine in the Bible– it’s all over the place, but not now. How can you say that slavery is wrong in 2014, even though God’s just fine with it in the Bible, but you can’t look past a few condemnations of homosexuality? Why do you think God is such a bigot?

Photo source: http://www.foxnews.com/on-air/personalities/mike-huckabee/bio/#s=h-l


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Is Pat Robertson Asshole of the Day (again)?

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Is Pat Robertson asshole of the day for saying if Brendan Eich hates gays it’s because God hates gays?

“Here this man at Mozilla, Eich, had given $1,000 about six or seven years ago — $1,000 — to a proposition,” Robertson explained. “And somebody came around and said, ‘Will you contribute?’ And he said, ‘Here’s a grand, get off my back.’ I mean, that’s probably all that it amounted to.”

“But instead of that, he’s being forced out by gay activists, who said that was hate speech to say that the union between a man and a woman is marriage — that’s hate speech.”

The TV preacher continued: “Well then, the Bible then is full of hate. If that the way it is, then God almighty is a hater. If that’s the way they want to define it. And I, of course, don’t agree.”

http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2014/04/07/pat-robertson-if-mozilla-ceo-is-anti-gay-then-my-god-almighty-is-a-hater-too/

I’m so sick of guys like Pat Robertson hiding his own hate for gays behind God as though hating God were divinely inspired. Every time they try this, I go back to my original statement mocking Mike Huckabee:

But there’s more problems with what Pat is saying here. The issue isn’t just that Brendan Eich contributed $1000 6 years ago to oppose gay marriage. It’s that he still opposed gay marriage, and the organization he represented, Mozilla, is very progressive and people work there because it reflects their values. Because he hadn’t changed his position, he was out of step with the organization he represented.

Photo source: http://www.patrobertson.com/


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Religious Bigot Wins Illinois Primary

Previous Asshole of the Day Susanne Atanus wins GOP primary, despite being abandoned by Illinois GOP.

You may recall her from such statements as this:

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Read the full post on her being named Asshole of the Day here.


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Is Jan Brewer Asshole of the Day?

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Is Gov. Jan Brewer asshole of the day for helping to write the anti-gay bill she later vetoed as unnecessary and behind the times?

A lot has been written about Arizona SB1062, the bill that would’ve allowed businesses to refuse to serve gays as long as they make up some cockamamie religious reason for doing so. 

We were happy when Gov. Brewer vetoed it

But it turns out Brewer was in on the bill at the beginning, and not someone who had to make a tough decision at the end:

CAP president Cathi Herrod told the news agency that her organization made every change Brewer’s aides asked for. One of the biggest alterations was a three-pronged test to determine if somebody’s exercise of a religious belief was covered by the proposed law.

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/brewer-office-worked-anti-gay-bill

Yeah, so she was in on it. Yes, it’s nice she vetoed it, but let’s not overlook what an asshole she was in helping to propose it.

Of course we always knew she was no hero– we called her out for taking too long to decide on a veto. We asked how hard is it to decide whether to legalize bigotry or not?

I guess it really did take the NFL threatening to take the Super Bowl away for her to change her mind on this, whereas many people were wondering what it would take to make up her mind.

What an asshole!

Photo source: https://twitter.com/GovBrewer/status/438838664928325633


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Michele Bachmann, Asshole of the Day for March 11, 2014
by TeaPartyCat (Follow @TeaPartyCat)
Gov. Jan Brewer vetoed Arizona SB1062 last week. That was the bill that allowed businesses to discriminate gays as long as they claimed some cockamamie...

Michele Bachmann, Asshole of the Day for March 11, 2014

by TeaPartyCat ()

Gov. Jan Brewer vetoed Arizona SB1062 last week. That was the bill that allowed businesses to discriminate gays as long as they claimed some cockamamie religious reason for doing so. As though religious freedom means the government has to let you deny citizens services if your God says you have to.

To be clear, people are allowed to be religious. They are allowed to keep gay people out of their churches, if that’s their thing. But if they own a bakery, they are not allowed to deny a gay couple a wedding cake. If you’re in the business of baking wedding cakes, you don’t get to pick who to sell to. You aren’t forced to bake wedding cakes by the state, but you are forced to treat all customers equally.

But that’s not enough for some people. For some, the desire for equal rights and equal treatment is too much of a burden on their sacred right to be horrible bigots. Michele Bachmann sums it up in her own way:

“And the thing that I think is getting a little tiresome is the gay community have so bullied the American people and they have so intimidated politicians that politicians fear them and they think they get to dictate the agenda everywhere. Well, not with the Constitution you don’t.”

She added that gay people and “activist judges” are trying to take away her freedom: “If you want take away my religious liberties, you can advocate for that but you do it through the constitutional process and you don’t intimidate and no politician should give away my religious liberties or yours.”

Look, it’s not bullying to insist on equal rights.

Nor is it unconstitutional. The Constitution protects rights to equal treatment. The Constitution does not protect one group’s right to discriminate and deny rights to other citizens.

There’s a bully in this fight over gay marriage, but it’s not the gays who are merely asking to have the same rights and responsibilities as every other adult citizen. No, the bullies are the people pushing laws that allow discrimination and deny equal rights to all.

The Constitution does not say that your religion trumps mine or anyone else’s. It does not require that I follow your religious rules, or that the state should make me. Your religion is your business. If you choose to do business, then the state has the right to regulate it. You’re not special under the law just because of your religion. We all live under the same law. Freedom of religion is not freedom of business.

But for acting like the Constitution gives Christians special rights and accusing gays who just want equal rights of being bullies, Michele Bachmann is the Asshole of the Day.

It is Michele Bachmann’s first time being named Asshole of the Day.

Full story: Right Wing Watch


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