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Obama Is The Anti-Christ Warm-up Act, Says Bill O’Reilly Guest

By Amanda Marcotte
Tuesday, January 21, 2014 12:43 EDT

Holy crap, this might be a whole new level of the right wing just giving into their anger and panic over the fact that Americans were willing to elect a black Democrat as President twice in a row. Bill O’Reilly brought this religious crank, Robert Jeffress, on the basically argue that Obama is the opening act for the Anti-Christ. I mean, he clearly wants you to believe that Obama is basically the Anti-Christ, but he knows that argument sounds crazy. So he, uh, tries to dial it down by saying, no, he’s just the warm-up act. Of course, that still means he believes that the Anti-Christ is coming and that Obama works directly for Satan, but in nutty Christian talk, saying Obama is merely a horseman of the apocalypse instead of the big boss is taken for moderation.

The argument goes like this: Obama is conditioning people to accept a level of tyranny—at this point, O’Reilly injects some comments about Nazis that make it sound like Hitler was a minor player warming people up to the greater evil that is Obama—so that when the Anti-Christ comes, we’re too dumb from our daily beatdowns to resist. These are the three things that Jeffress cites as reasons to believe that Obama opposes freedom:

  1. The right to an abortion
  2. The right to have your health insurance cover contraception
  3. The right to marry someone of your own gender

Yes, if you read that carefully, you’ll notice that the three things that Jeffress cites as assaults on “freedom” are  themselves actual freedoms. But they are freedoms held by women and gay people. If a woman or a gay person has a right, by conservative logic, then the right is not actually a right but instead an assault on rights. Women and gays: So evil that we can turn actual rights into assaults on freedom just by having them.

I look forward to next week, when O’Reilly brings on a guest to posit a new theory, which is that Obama is actually an evil wizard who has taken over the White House by magic in order to cast a magic spell causing the conservative white men of America to suddenly believe they like rap music, hipsters, and soccer. Hey, it’s equally plausible.

On MLK Day, It’s Doubly Important To Keep Talking About Income Inequality

By Amanda Marcotte
Monday, January 20, 2014 10:23 EDT

Today is Martin Luther King Jr. Day, and as such, it’s incredibly important to discuss an issue that was at the top of MLK’s priority list: Economic justice. In MLK’s day, the big concern was that there were wide swaths of America that were shut out of a humble middle class lifestyle because they lived in chronic poverty. He would no doubt be appalled at how things have gotten worse in a lot of ways.…


Why Is OK Cupid A Stew Of Misogynist Harassment?

By Amanda Marcotte
Saturday, January 18, 2014 10:06 EDT

Atheist feminists Miri at Freethought Blogs and Heina at Skepchick both have excellent criticisms of the viral Reddit post where a guy created a fake dating profile and “proved” that women get a whole buttload of harassment on OK Cupid. Their point is that there’s something deeply screwy about a…


Right Wing Swarms Film Critic For Calling Their Jingoism Jingoism

By Amanda Marcotte
Thursday, January 16, 2014 13:19 EDT

Oh boy, another fun story for the right wing random harassment files. Amy Nicholson, a critic for LA Weekly, wrote a review of Lone Survivor, as is her job. She did not like it. She wrote quite entertainingly about how she didn’t like it. Here’s a movie that’ll flop in…


Women Should Not Be Assumed To Be Consenting Unless They Say Otherwise

By Amanda Marcotte
Wednesday, January 15, 2014 11:05 EDT

A couple of websites have covered this story of a Swedish judge who let a rapist go, even though the rape victim did her due diligence in taking “responsibility” to not be raped by screaming “No!” until she was hoarse. The judge’s reasoning is that the rapist didn’t believe no…


Does Free Speech Mean That Women Are Obliged To Endure Harassment?

By Amanda Marcotte
Monday, January 13, 2014 11:59 EDT

That is the fundamental question behind a case that the Supreme Court will be hearing about “buffer zones” in front of reproductive health clinics. The state’s attorney general, Martha Coakley, who is the lead defendant in the suit, said the 35-foot buffer zone created by the 2007 law was a…


Gun Nuts: Perhaps You Should Just Stop Acting Oppressed By The Dead Children

By Amanda Marcotte
Friday, January 10, 2014 13:36 EDT

I’m sure most of you have seen it, but it’s one of those items that makes it clear how much gun nuts have moved past shrugging off mass murder and are circling ever close to celebrating it. A school board member finally stepped down Tuesday after his plan to hand out free…


Is S.E. Cupp The Dumbest Pundit Working? An Examination.

By Amanda Marcotte
Thursday, January 9, 2014 11:59 EDT

Is S.E. Cupp the dumbest pundit working today? It’s an interesting question, especially in light of heavy competition from the likes of Dylan Byers, but some recent opinions that have sprung from her brain give me cause to believe we may have a winner here. Exhibit #1: She suggested the…


Why Won’t Obama Just Give Them A Sex Act To Impeach Him Over?

By Amanda Marcotte
Wednesday, January 8, 2014 11:36 EDT

Via Digby. As with Bill Clinton before him, conservatives have been casting around for some kind of reason that Obama needs to be impeached since roughly the beginning of his administration, and, as with Bill Clinton before him, the desperate digging has only increased during the second term. As with…


Conservatives Don’t Want To Talk About Income Inequality. That’s Why We Should.

By Amanda Marcotte
Tuesday, January 7, 2014 12:45 EDT

Do you believe people don’t work because they’re lazy? Why not offer them a job and prove it? Jesse Myerson wrote a great piece in the Rolling Stone rolling out five bold ideas for reducing—permanently—the very serious problem of income inequality. As he says in the piece, while some of…