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This Week In Crazy: Lies, Damn Lies, And Dogma

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This Week In Crazy: Lies, Damn Lies, And Dogma


The War on Christians is heating up, Bernie Sanders is the new Hitler, and Michele Bachmann is still talking. Welcome to “This Week In Crazy,” The National Memo’s weekly update on the loony, bigoted, and hateful behavior of the increasingly unhinged right wing. Starting with number five:

5. Paul Meyer

The Christian persecution narrative plays itself out in arenas of great consequence (such as the ongoing assault to which Christian groups subject Obamacare’s contraception mandate, which was again argued before the Supreme Court this week) and not (remember when Megyn Kelly got all huffy arguing that Santa was white?)

This belongs to the latter category.

Paul Meyer, who sits on the Millard Public School Board in Omaha, had a little hissy fit recently, in which he told atheists to “crawl back into their hellhole.” The dispute had something to do with the phrase “winter break.” Those damned atheists and their seasons.

As reported by Omaha.com, Meyer whined that he’s “a little bit tired of a minute minority in this country that keeps pushing Christmas out, keep pushing God out, keep pushing Christ out, when the majority is still a Judeo-Christian country.”

“I would like to make a motion that we rename this period Christmas break, and those atheists who don’t like it can crawl back into their hellhole, because I, for one, will not put my Lord, my God, aside for a few atheists,” Meyer said. “And if they don’t like it, the ACLU doesn’t like it, the heck with them.”

Raw Story helpfully notes that:

Last year Meyer made news when he defended embattled Nebraska State Board of Education member Pat McPherson for posting racist comments about President Barack Obama on his Objective Conservative blog.

When fellow state board members voted to ask McPherson to resign after public outcry, Meyer called upon those board members to step down for attempting to violate his right to free speech.

“The responsibility of this board is to set a good example for the kids of this state,” Meyer said. “But what you show these kids is that the First Amendment is null and void, and does not apply to anyone if the speech Nazis disagree.”

“Good example.” Right.

Hat tip Raw Story

Next: Joy Overbeck

Sam Reisman

Sam Reisman is the former managing editor at The National Memo, where he still writes the weekly "This Week In Crazy" column. His writing has appeared in Flavorpill, The Huffington Post, Columbia Daily Spectator, and Bwog. He was the publisher of the 2010 edition of Inside New York, an annual guidebook to the city for students and young professionals.

Since 2011, he has co-curated and hosted Peculiar Streams, a showcase for NYC-based writers, musicians, comedians, and filmmakers. He is a staff writer at Mediaite, and blogs at SamReisman.com.

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  1. Dominick Vila March 25, 2016

    The difference between the nuts that blow themselves up to kill innocent people, and the nuts mentioned in this article, is so thin it is almost invisible. The guy that shot Gabby may have a point though, maybe someone implanted a micro chip in the brains of a large segment of the population of the world to make them do or say the bizarre things they articulate.
    In the interim, many of them are supporting a men who does not go to Church, who supports abortion, and who does not hesitate to denigrate the wife of an opponent, and women in general. What a bunch of pathetic hypocrites.

    1. charleo1 March 25, 2016

      For all the hubbub, and chaos caused by Trump’s ugly run for Presidency, there have been some very fundamental truths revealed about this perplexing and seemingly inconsistent, dependably hacked off, RW Primary Voter. And it has not all been about their near unanimous loathing of the Est. GOP. But also about the phoniness of what these voters claim they truly care about. What animates, and excites them. Ask them, and see if you can get a straight answer that makes any sense whatsoever. You won’t. Because it seems this is their little secret, and they are not sharing it with no PC Liberal. Also try to get them to explain “political correctness.” Which they claim now to hate with a passion so hot, it will never die! And can’t explain it, but know Trump is not that, and that’s why they love him so.. So why Trump? Is it his record of being strongly pro-life against the SC’s R.V.W. ruling? No. His solid Christian raising he can talk about? His dedication to his church he mentions often? Or his policies on contraception, prayer in public school, Or how about his strong family values? His opposition to same sex marriage? Trump could not care less, and says so. Even his past approval of a government run healthcare system, is no deal breaker. All these things we all thought they agreed were drawing the ire of God, and taking this Nation into a Godless Communist run hell on earth Trump either never mentions, or openly approves of. And that hasn’t dented his approval numbers among his these “True Conservatives,” these, “Real Americans, nary a single digit.

      So, if it’s not what they say it is, then it must be something else. Something they are a bit embarrassed to admit among “mixed company.” Perhaps this explains their vitriol, and violence against the protesters? These outsiders that in fact represent the nexus of their love of what Donald Trump is saying, and their own broiling, and shared hatred of all religions, cultures, and people, not exactly like them. That the real truth about the Right is not that they are angry about the war on Christians, it clearly doesn’t exist. But frightened of becoming what they see coming. Something the White Supremacists characterize as a “majority/minority.” This in a World that is becoming ever more diverse, ever more interconnected, and a political Left that is set to ride the wave, and reap the benefits of all that. Trump says, The Wall. And they say, yes! Let’s try a Wall. And a lot of overt racism, and don’t come here refugee, mingled with a lot of threats of get out, out, out!!!

      1. plc97477 March 25, 2016

        I wonder how they will feel without “political correctness” when it lets other tell them what a..holes they are. It is a two way street.

        1. FireBaron March 25, 2016

          In THE DONALD’s case, he threatens to sue whenever anyone points out anything he actually said. When the audio or video is released proving the case against him, listen to the wording of his apologies – he isn’t apologizing for what he said or did, but that someone else found out what he said or did. His level of remorse for his misdeeds and inappropriate actions and behaviors is reminiscent of that presented by the defendants at the Nuremberg trials after WWII.

        2. charleo1 March 26, 2016

          Respect is something they seem to forget, is also a two way street. One gives respect, one is entitled to receive it in kind. The Golden Rule by their standards would be political correctness run amuck. That to treat others with the same courtesy, fairness, and respect as one would expect to be treated in a civilized society seems to have become an anathema to these Wingers. I say, VOTE ‘EM’ OUT OUT OUT!!!

      2. RetDem March 25, 2016

        How is Teddy Lyin” Cruz any better. He just veils his similar beliefs and values with the hogwash he spews at the stump, in debates, and elsewhere.

        1. plc97477 March 25, 2016

          That is why you are better voting democratic.

          1. RetDem March 25, 2016

            My handle is a disguise. See how we make assumptions about each others’ politics.

          2. plc97477 March 25, 2016

            I made no assumptions, just stating fact.

        2. Grannysmovin March 25, 2016

          Cruz is more frightening. “Ted Cruz Reveals The ‘Religious Liberty’ Plan His Hate Group Buddies Came Up With” http://thinkprogress.org/lgbt/2016/03/25/3763293/ted-cruz-religious-liberty/ Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council, an anti-LGBT hate group. “These are the policies that he is going to pursue,” Perkins promised Starnes. “He is absolutely committed to the issue of religious liberty.”

          1. Dohk March 25, 2016

            While I have every justifiable fear of a Trump reign, Cruz is a far more dangerous option. Cruz is a Dominionist, trying to enact the christian version of sharia law. They demand a theocracy because the bible tells them they must. Trump and Cruz are the polar extremes of a neo-con movement gone insane with intent.

        3. charleo1 March 25, 2016

          Very true. As far as I’m concerned, Cruz/Trump, Trump/Cruz, both interchangeable, both totally unacceptable.

        4. Sand_Cat March 27, 2016

          It’s much easier to picture Teddy turn the handle of the rack than the Donald, for all the latter’s huffing and puffing. Donald is playing to the choir to get what he wants; Ted is the true believer and the scarier of the two, in my opinion.

    2. jamcrky March 25, 2016

      Dominick I just get tired of reading the same old crazy theories promoted by these nut jobs. It’s really scary that this women was once a congress women.

    3. Aaron_of_Portsmouth March 25, 2016

      I think, in a tongue-in-cheek manner, that someone in a back room is sending out subliminal thoughts that are activating said chips installed in the more feeble-minded in our society.

      “Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain!” was once exclaimed in a famous movie. Well, “that man behind the curtain” needs to be exposed.

      1. dpaano March 28, 2016

        I keep saying that it’s Stockholm Syndrome and you get it from watching too much FAUX News and other rightwing media outlets!!!

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  2. FireBaron March 25, 2016

    Just think, guys. If this was still the 50s, all of these people would be institutionalized and have wires implanted in their brains for electroshock therapy. My personal belief is if they tried it with Bachmann, it would blow up the machine!

  3. Joan March 25, 2016

    I know that trying to make sense out of these nearly incoherent rants is a receipe for a massive headache. That being said; just why is it “pastor”Baker that the “ministers just had to sit by and watch Hitler kill so many that it took a warehouse to accomplish.” Why historically has the Church,which should be a force for good, been the apologists and the enablers of so much carnage and evil?

    1. Sand_Cat March 27, 2016

      They didn’t have to sit by, and they didn’t: many enthusiastically supported Franco, Mussolini, and Hitler. They had a choice: supposedly their god said the gates of Hell wouldn’t prevail against his church, but in fact, they did for a decade or so. They could have had “faith” – that thing they’re always ranting about but never have when it involves personal risk – and stood against the murders and oppressions, or at least attempted to subvert them, as many individuals did – but the vast majority of the leaders either said and did nothing, or actively supported the murderers.

      1. MR AWESOME April 3, 2016

        Funny how it’s liberals that are actually interfering with other’s rights to have differing opinions though. It isn’t Republicans that are actively crashing campaign stops they disagree with and acting like children. Republicans also aren’t forming human walls and impeding traffic of people peacefully assembling, insulting them, and throwing things.

    2. dpaano March 28, 2016

      Look at the Catholic Church who was mainly on Hitler’s side during the entire holocaust!!

  4. melpalmer March 25, 2016

    we are all going to die!!!

    1. stcroixcarp March 25, 2016

      Sounds good to me!

    2. dpaano March 28, 2016

      Which MAY be true if Trump OR Cruz is elected and does away with the EPA, the IRS, the Consumer Protection Agency, Obamacare, and every other thing or group they can think of that keep us all safe.

  5. Eleanore Whitaker March 25, 2016

    Either wingers are deaf, dumb and blind or they never ever hear what comes out of their mouths. Whenever Palin or Bachmann speak, it’s easy to imagine these two are mental patients who escaped the institution.

    Now really. Is this the only way these needy control freaks can get attention?

    It occurs to me that perhaps Republican states being the most polluted across the nation has finally shown the effects in Republican minds.

    To whit: You have McConnell acting as if he is Supreme High Grand Pubbah of Upper Butt Crack refusing to meet with the SC nominee. Then, you have Chaffetz, who already got his butt in trouble for knowingly using an edited video to sink Planned Parenthood, trying to use the Flint Lead Poisonings to get rid of the EPA so the rest of the country can be as mentally ill as Republicans suffering from pollution toxicity.

    Add in Paul Ryan, who has now decided he if he can’t win a presidential election, no matter…he’ll just move up the 3rd in line rank of Speaker of the House to Presidential status. By the time you get to Issa, Cornyn and Gohmert, you run for the hills to avoid the contagious disease of Republicanism.

    1. fortunev March 25, 2016

      Neither of these a$$hats can find their butts with both hands. Rethuglicon leaders personified.

  6. dtgraham March 25, 2016

    Aaah Michelle Bachmann is back, and in the number one spot no less. When you think about it, with the Donald running, it’s too bad that Michelle Bachmann and Sarah Palin didn’t also run. That’s as close to a three stooges reunion tour that you’re going to get.

    Anyway, have a Good Friday everyone. According to Sarah Palin and Michelle Bachmann, today is the anniversary of the day that Paul Revere discovered America.

  7. Irishgrammy March 25, 2016

    Isn’t remarkable the far right universe is so heavily populated with insane people like Michelle Bachmann vomiting her usual obsessive attacks against the President along with her incredible, fantastical, LOONY conspiracy theories and yet not a one of her or those of her same ilk off the wall pronouncements EVER MATERIALIZE, NEVER! These fools just can’t see they alone do more to turn people against their theocratic, authoritarian belief systems with their view of an angry and vengeful God that will take out His wrath on all us Liberals, President Obama, or all those Bachmann deems not “Christian” enough to her estimation…….. These nut cases wishing for total control of ALL Americans lives, a theocratic America, while they condemn those Islamic therocratic governments that oppress their population……I guess the Bachmanns in the right wing religious universe think their oppression is superior to others oppression,,,,,,,,,,,such a group of complete idiots that need to keep their religious beliefs where they belong, in their own homes “oppressing” their families, and suffer the negative consequences that behavior will ultimately bring, of that I am sure.

  8. midway54 March 25, 2016

    The hordes of lunatics in the Plutocratic Party are topped with this crackpot, Palin and the crazed Louie Gohmert. I comment elsewhere about how alarmed the plutocrats must be about whom to support as their next obedient lackey in the Oval Office (make that the Oafel Office if they succeed):

    Our Gilded Age II Plutocracy is having such a time of it attempting to decide whether Hillary or Cruz will be more obedient in serving the plutocrats and their shills in the media, in state/federal governments, and in the financial institutions of this Country. There needs to be constantly fought through the Plutocratic Party’s political agenda machine, Operation Phornicate, the wars against dissent, against labor unions, against the diminishing middle class, and against the social safety net statutes and programs so that ultimately all citizens will need to fend for themselves in all circumstances irrespective of the cause of their plight. Shameless exploitation of especially religion and patriotism will be pursued to dupe the targeted ignorant and thoughtless all around the Country into cheering and eagerly voting against their own economic, political and social interests. After all the hype, window dressing, and gala events in the campaigns end and the election returns are in, the 99% soon will see what really is in store for them at the hands of our rulers in the 1% and above income hierarchy and their puppets in office.

    1. Sand_Cat March 27, 2016

      As Sinclair Lewis put it so well, when Fascism comes to America, it will be draped in the flag and carrying a cross.

      1. midway54 March 27, 2016

        Yes: He was correct in his observation, which has been frequently quoted over the decades.

      2. MR AWESOME April 3, 2016

        Funny how it’s liberals that are actually interfering with other’s rights to have differing opinions though. It isn’t Republicans that are actively crashing campaign stops they disagree with and acting like children. Republicans also aren’t forming human walls and impeding traffic of people peacefully assembling, insulting them, and throwing things..

  9. CripesAmighty March 26, 2016

    Strange. I thought as a part of his sentencing for scamming little old ladies out of their retirement funds, that in addition to the many years he went off to the federal sneezer, Bakker wasn’t allowed to run these sorts of rackets anymore. Guess not, huh?

  10. Renfield March 26, 2016

    Michelle Bachmann is certainly nuts, but let’s worry a little about our writer’s regular exposure to these whackadoodles. “Dubious optics” indeed. If you start sounding like Joe Scarborough, it’s time for a checkup.

  11. Tim_V1 March 27, 2016

    The “This Week In Crazy” series is really f*cked up because it uses a particular form of hatred and bigotry–hatred/bigotry against people with mental illness–as a means of attacking the hatred and bigotry expressed by today’s right-wing bigots/fanatics: Notice the use of psychiatric slurs such as “looney”, “screw-jobs”, “whackadoodles” etc which belong in the same ignorant category-of-words as racial, ethnic, religious and anti-GBLT slurs. Then there are sweeping generalizations about “crazy” people such as the title of this series-of-shit-articles.
    All of this acts as a “dog-whistle” which encourages vile expressions of psychiatric prejudice in the comments section/


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