The Ruth Institute, “a project of the National Organization For Marriage Education Fund,” Tuesday posted and linked to an article titled, “You Whiny Sniveling Little Atheists Are Pathetic!,” that called atheists “whiny, sniveling, little, pusillanimous cowards,” “outsiders,” “puerile dimwits,” and “a pitiful joke” with “delicate and frail … mental architecture.” Popular award-winning blogger Joe Jervis, aka Joe.My.God., was the first to publish a piece that identified the existence of the article, then updated his own article to indicate that NOM’s Ruth Institute had “yanked the post, no doubt because of our exposure of their vitriol.”
The Ruth Institute may have “yanked” the piece from their “Ruth Blog,” but they didn’t bother to delete the tweet that publicized their article, nor could they remove the anti-atheist article from Google search results.
“Remember this article the next NOM starts screaming about those horrible, mean homosexuals. And remember the post linked to from this same blog which suggested that pious Christians should spit on gay couples on the street.”
Founded by Jennifer Roback Morse, The Ruth Institute’s mission is to “make marriage cool.” That would be straight, heterosexual marriage, not same-sex marriage, which, according to NOM President Brian Brown, “doesn’t bear the slightest resemblance to the institution of marriage which God authored and which virtually every human society has endorsed since the dawn of civilization.”
Curiously, even though the Ruth Institute is a project of the NOM Education Fund, which NOM says, “represents another aspect of NOM’s overall effort to protect marriage, engaged solely in pro-marriage education and research, making information resources available to clergy, scholars, political leaders, and activists across the country,” demonizing and attacking atheists hardly seems in keeping with that stated mission.
And apparently, now, NOM and their Ruth Institute are only interested in supporting and advancing Christian heterosexual marriage. And apparently, even atheist heterosexual marriage is now subject to scorn, ridicule, derision, and downright hostility from NOM’s Ruth Institute.
The Ruth Institute may have pulled “You Whiny Sniveling Little Atheists Are Pathetic!,” but there is still the original post, written by Mary Kochan, the Editor-in-chief of Catholic Lane. Here’s a section:
Oh, boo hoo.
You whiny, sniveling, little, pusillanimous cowards. You have the audacity to tell us Christians that we are â€œweakâ€ and that our religion is a â€œcrutch.â€ You are supposed to be so â€œcourageousâ€, venturing forth boldly into the existential mystery of being alone, facing with stoicism the nothingness that awaits you at death, priding yourself on your realism and self-reliance. You are a bunch of feeble fakers.
Yes, you are outsiders. Go start your own damn country. This one was started by Christians, you puerile dimwits. It is Christians who established and largely Christians who fought and died to maintain the freedoms you enjoy. And Christians are still the majority. Apparently your vaulted belief system doesnâ€™t equip you to handle being in the minority. Thatâ€™s interesting, isnâ€™t it? After all, this was and is a societal situation valiantly handled by millions and millions of Christians who suffered â€” and currently suffer â€” real oppression, violence, torture, economic deprivation, and cruel deaths. But you have to go through turning off the TV once in a while and so your precious puny feelings are hurt. How delicate and frail your mental architecture is!
You are a pitiful joke. Trembling over the mere mention of God. Running like babies to court because of your brittle feelings. â€œOh, but judge, but judge, I saw a cross and I just canâ€™t stand it.â€ â€œI heard someone say â€˜Merry Christmasâ€™ and it hurt my feelings.â€ â€œI just canâ€™t sleep knowing there is a manger scene at the courthouse.â€ â€œThe sight of the Ten Commandments makes me wet my pants.â€ Now we see how inadequate and feeble you really are. Rage, therapists say, is the flip side of helplessness. And so we see your rage against religion in the public square for what it is: a product of your own insubstantial internal resources. Go look at yourself in the mirror if you can bear the pathetic, contemptible sight of yourself. Our merest martyr shows you to be a wimp â€“ fourteen-year-old Kizito of Uganda singing hymns while being burned alive. But you, you anemic, lily-livered worms â€“ you quail at pushing the off button on the remote! Hah!
As Jeremy Hooper from Good As You points out, this is “the second time in the past thirty days, the Ruth Institute (a project of the National Organization For Marriage Education Fund) has had to yank an offensive blog post.”
Just a few weeks ago, Hooper noted in a separate post that “it was just two months ago that NOM was viciously attacking David Weprin’s Orthodox Jewish faith, simply because the NY Assemblyman voted for equality. Hooper also mentioned “the time that NOM Cultural Director Thomas Peters said pro-equality Catholics are “fake Catholics.”
To be clear, NOM’s Ruth Institute may or may not have published the entire article in full, though I did see it before they pulled it and to my recollection they did. Regardless, they published enough of it to set off a firestorm.
NOM has continuously moved from its original format of secular “traditional marriage” advocate, to sectarian right wing religious extremist Christian anti-gay marriage hate group. In fact, NOM is now in full force attack mode against gays. lesbians, and bisexual and transgender people, along with Jews, atheists, and even pro-choice Catholicd And while the Southern Poverty Law Center has yet to designate them as such, given their current tack, I do not expect it will take much longer.
Image, top, via Joe.My.God.
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Trump Asks Supreme Court to Intervene for Him in Classified Documents Case
Donald Trump on Tuesday petitioned the U.S. Supreme Court to intervene in his classified documents case, and reverse a ruling from the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals that allowed the U.S. Dept. of Justice access to the more than 100 classified and top secret documents federal agents recovered from his Mar-a-Lago residence and resort.
Trump is asking the nation’s highest court to order a special master to continue to inspect the 103 classified documents, despite the special master emphatically stating the government, not Trump, gets to decide what is classified and what is not, especially when Trump refused to provide a list of what he considered declassified.
The lawsuit, which is a massive 240 pages, mostly made up of other documents including the now infamous FBI photo of the classified documents on the Mar-a-Lago rug, is addressed to “The Honorable Clarence Thomas, Circuit Justice for the Eleventh Circuit,” and refers to the former president as “President Trump.”
The lawsuit also mentions the contents that federal agents took, including “89 empty envelopes,” while not noting they were classified document envelopes.
“As part of the 11th Circuit’s decision, the panel allowed the criminal investigation to use the seized documents, something [Judge] Cannon had previously barred,” The Washington Post notes. “Trump’s filing seeks only to reverse the appeals court’s ruling on the special master’s access to the documents, not the part of the decision concerning the investigation.”
This is a breaking news and developing story. Details may change.
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President Joe Biden will travel to Florida Wednesday to support families devastated by Hurricane Ian, and will include the state’s GOP governor, Ron DeSantis, in his trip, the White House announced Tuesday.
Last week, asked if he would meet with DeSantis, a top detractor of the president, Biden told a reporter who asked, “I’ll meet with everybody who’s around. The answer is yes, if he wants to meet.”
President Biden on whether he plans to meet with Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-FL) when he goes to Florida:
“I’ll meet with everybody who’s around. The answer is yes, if he wants to meet.” pic.twitter.com/nJvW9kKH7T
— The Recount (@therecount) September 29, 2022
“This is not about anything having to do with our disagreements politically, this is about saving people’s lives, homes and businesses,” Biden also said last week.
President Biden says he’s had good conversations with Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-FL) about Hurricane Ian aid:
“He complimented me, he thanked me for the immediate response we had, he told me how much he appreciated it … This is not about … our disagreements politically.” pic.twitter.com/SymBlqG75X
— The Recount (@therecount) September 29, 2022
DeSantis asked President Biden for financial assistance for his state, battered by what experts say is one of the worst hurricanes in U.S. history. DeSantis voted against relief aid for victims of Hurricane Sandy when he served in Congress.
President Biden and the First Lady, Dr. Jill Biden, will travel via Air Force One to Fort Myers, one of the hardest-hit areas of Florida by Hurricane Ian.
But Fort Myers is also part of Lee County, where officials delayed evacuation orders.
“Lee County, which includes the hard-hit seaside community of Fort Myers Beach, as well as the towns of Fort Myers, Sanibel and Cape Coral, did not issue a mandatory evacuation order for the areas likely to be hardest hit until Tuesday morning, a day after several neighboring counties had ordered their most vulnerable residents to flee,” The New York Times reported. “By then, some residents recalled that they had little time to evacuate.”
“Lee County, which includes the hard-hit seaside community of Fort Myers Beach, as well as the towns of Fort Myers, Sanibel and Cape Coral, did not issue a mandatory evacuation order for the areas likely to be hardest hit until Tuesday morning, a day after several neighboring counties had ordered their most vulnerable residents to flee,” the Times added. “By then, some residents recalled that they had little time to evacuate.”
The St. Louis Post Dispatch blasted the Florida GOP governor, calling his “flip-flop on hurricane relief” a “study in right-wing hypocrisy.”
“DeSantis’ willingness to shelve his usual attacks on the Biden administration to politely request emergency federal aid in the wake of Hurricane Ian is an inspiring example of constructive bipartisanship — as is Biden’s announcement that the government will bear a big part of the expense,” the Dispatch Editorial Board stated. “It’s interesting, though, that DeSantis took exactly the opposite stance a decade ago when he joined other hard-right members of Congress who argued against generous federal recovery aid when Hurricane Sandy ravaged the Northeast.”
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“You’ve said the President was responsible for gas prices coming down. Is the president responsible for gas prices going up?” Doocy asked.
Jean-Pierre was not about to let that pass to give Fox News a talking point.
“So, it’s a lot more nuanced than that, right, Peter, you know this,” Jean-Pierre pushed back.
“There have been global challenges that we have all have dealt with – when I say all, meaning other countries, as well, have dealt with since the pandemic. There’s been pandemic and there’s been Putin’s war. And Putin’s war has increased gas prices at the pump.”
“We have seen that over the past several months and what the President was able to do, he took some historic steps. When you think about the Strategic Petroleum Reserve, and making sure that he, we were able to do everything that we can to bring that cost down for American families, give them a little bit more of a breathing room and we saw that we saw that every day this summer, over saving American families, over $1 per gallon. And so that is what the President is going to continue to stay focused on the American consumers. How do we continue to keep to keep prices down? That’s why we we did the inflation Reduction Act that’s why we talk about the Chips Act. All of these things are going to help Americans here in this country.”
Doocy rattled off some of the highest gas prices in the nation, asking, “who can afford that?”
“We understand that,” Jean-Pierre replied, expressing empathy, “that’s why the President worked so hard the past several months, to make sure that he did everything we can to bring gas prices down. We have seen fastest – I know you’re pulling out a couple of areas across the country and I get that, and we understand that there’s more work to do. We have never said we were done here. We have always been very clear that there is more work to do. But we have seen the reality is we have seen the fastest decline in gasoline prices in over a decade. That’s because of what this President has done. And again, prices going down by more than dollar per gallon and these are real savings are talking about $100 per month in savings for average family with two cars.”
Watch this short clip below or at this link.
Fox News’ Peter Doocy: “You’ve said the president was responsible for gas prices coming down. Is the president responsible for gas prices going up?”
White House Press Sec. Karine Jean-Pierre: “It’s a lot more nuanced than that, right? Peter, you know this.” pic.twitter.com/veQDXk4WRE
— The Recount (@therecount) October 4, 2022
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