People For the American Way


December 2010

In This Issue


Right Wing Watch In Focus: The Ten Scariest Republicans Heading to Congress

Glenn Beck: Irresponsible And Indifferent To The Violent Consequences of His Dangerous Rhetoric

Meet the Leadership: Corporate America and the Religious Right's New Team in the House

Smithsonian Caves In to Far Right on Art Censorship

The Year of Living Shamelessly: Innovative E-Book Relives the Best Stories of the 2010 Elections

Holding Judges Hostage

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Updates from Congress' Lame Duck Session

  Congress finally votes to repeal Don't Ask, Don't Tell

Republicans Stymie Progress on Judicial Nominations

PFAW Delivers 25,000 DISCLOSE Act Petitions to Senate

DREAM Act Falls Short in Senate

Who Will Be the Winner of 2010's Equine Posterior Achievement Award?


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Here are the biggest EPAA 'winners' of 2010. When they won, they won by the largest margins. And in some cases, they were nominated more than once in 2010. Read about the nominees and then decide who you think should be 2010's Equine Posterior Achievement Award winner!

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Right Wing Watch In Focus: The Ten Scariest Republicans Heading to Congress

Ten Scariest

The House GOP's incoming Freshman Class provides an extreme far-right backbone for a dangerous and radical agenda -- many newly-elected members based their campaigns on propagating anti-government extremism, appealing to bizarre and debunked conspiracy theories, denigrating gays, immigrants and Muslims, and pledging to repeal multiple amendments of the U.S. Constitution.

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  2010 Year End 

Thank you for standing with us in 2010! We are so grateful for the generous support of dedicated members like you.

Please renew your membership early, by December 31, for 2011 so we can head into the new year with the momentum we need to fight the new Far Right-dominated Congress. When you do, we'll send you a copy of PFAW's new Congressional Directory.





Glenn Beck: Irresponsible And Indifferent To The Violent Consequences of His Dangerous Rhetoric

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Radio and TV personality Glenn Beck plays a unique and extraordinary role in our political discourse. He's an entertainer who once referred to himself as a "rodeo clown." He's a self-appointed "educator" whose books and "university" are miseducating millions of Americans with false claims about American history and a distorted view of our Constitution. And he's an increasingly messianic figure who claims that he has been divinely anointed to lead the nation back to God.

In a special Right Wing Watch In Focus, PFAW joins with our friends at Media Matters for America to explore Beck's incendiary rhetoric and show why both Beck and his enablers need to be held accountable.

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Meet the Leadership: Corporate America and the Religious Right's New Team in the House

Meet the Leadership

In another new Right Wing Watch: In Focus report, People For the American Way profiles the House Republicans slated to take important party and committee leadership positions in the 112th Congress. The incoming leaders and chairmen profiled share a fealty to corporate America, eagerness to please the Religious Right, and, often, antipathy toward the core purposes of the committees they're set to head.

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Smithsonian Caves In to Far Right on Art Censorship


Tell GOP: Don't Censor Free Expression

Incoming House Speaker John Boehner and Majority Leader Eric Cantor have thrown the weight of government into efforts by the Religious Right to shut down an acclaimed art exhibit at the National Portrait Gallery. The Hide/Seek exhibit explores evolving expressions of sexuality in art. The Religious Right -- in this instance led by the always-hysterical Bill Donohue and his fringe Catholic League -- and its allies in Congress have been quick to try to whip their base into a fervor over themes they didn't even try to understand before condemning as "anti-Christian."

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PFAW President Michael Keegan on The Huffington Post: "The GOP and the Artist Who Spoiled Yet Another Christmas"

In 1992, the American artist David Wojnarowicz died after a battle with AIDS, at the age of 37. He left behind him a host of challenging, provocative works of art...and a legacy of challenging and provoking the Religious Right. Toward the end of his life, Wojnarowicz's art drew the outrage of the American Family Association, which used images of his work on pro-censorship pamphlets, and who he in turn sued for copyright infringement. Now, 18 years after his death, Wojnarowicz is again a target of the Religious Right's newly empowered censorship efforts...

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The Year of Living Shamelessly: Innovative E-Book Relives the Best Stories of the 2010 Elections

Year of Living Shamelessly Ebook

In a new e-book, satirist Paul Slansky guides readers through a remarkable year in American politics and the unforgettable personalities that drove it.

The Year of Living Shamelessly: Political Lowlights of 2010 covers all the characters who made 2010 a year to remember, including:

* the congressional candidate who moonlighted as a Nazi reenactor;
* the lieutenant governor who compared food stamps for the needy to "feeding stray animals";
* the Senate candidate who ran away from a press conference;
* and the former president who said he missed "being pampered."

Taking full advantage of the e-book format, the book allows readers to click through, pop open a new window, and actually witness the preposterous moments of shamelessness as they happened. Plus, coming in early January, a new social publishing feature will allow readers to comment on or add to the contents of the book, communicating with the author and other readers within the book itself.

It's only $3.99, it's easy to send to others as a gift right from the web site and (best of all) a portion of proceeds from the book will go to People For the American Way.

Read More & Get Your Copy Today >



Holding Judges Hostage


As the end of the 111th Congress approached, 38 judicial nominees approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee were waiting for a vote on the Senate floor. Many of the nominees had been waiting for months, a few had been waiting for almost a year, and some are still waiting.

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Bachmann Intends to Have David Barton Teach Classes on Constitution and Christian History to Members of Congress


Rep. Michele Bachmann confirmed to CBN's David Brody that she intends to have Glenn Beck's BFF and the Radical Right's favorite faux "historian" David Barton of Wallbuilders teach classes on the Constitution and America's Christian heritage to Tea Party members of Congress. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia will address the first convening of Bachmann's "class."

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2008's Court


David Savage of the Los Angeles Times and Adam Liptak of the New York Times both examined this week how president Obama’s two Supreme Court picks are changing the dynamic of the high court. “Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan,” writes Savage, “have joined the fray and reenergized the liberal wing.”

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Witnessing History: the President Signs Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal


Earlier this morning I had the privilege of attending the signing ceremony for the bill repealing the infamous Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell military service policy. It was an incredibly moving experience. This is a watershed moment for the cause of LGBT equality -- there is absolutely no turning back from the march we are on for full equality for LGBT individuals.

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Scalia Asked to Withdraw from Speaking to Bachmann’s Far-Right Caucus


As first reported by Right Wing Watch, Justice Antonin Scalia is set to lecture about the Constitution for the opening class of Rep. Michele Bachmann’s new Constitutional Conservative Caucus. Bachmann, a favorite of Tea Party and Religious Right groups alike, hopes to promote to her peers her far-right and fringe perspective on the Constitution. For example, Bachmann bizarrely rejects the notion of “negative rights” as “infantilism,” even though negative rights are the basis of constitutionally protected non-interference, such as freedom of speech or the freedom from slavery.

But for Bachmann’s Tea Party-inspired caucus, the language and spirit of the Constitution are altered and manipulated to fit their ultraconservative outlook on the country.

The New York Times called on Justice Scalia to bow out from his class for Bachmann’s group in order to maintain the independence of the Supreme Court and to avoid lending credence to the Tea Party’s radical approach to the Constitution.

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The Conservative Assault on the Constitution


Last week, SCOTUSBlog had a podcast interview with legal scholar Erwin Chemerinsky, discussing his new book The Conservative Assault on the Constitution. The blog has asked Chemerinsky some follow-up questions, and his responses are worth reading.

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Haley Barbour's Whitewash of History


Mississippi governor and potential presidential candidate Haley Barbour is now trying to backtrack his previous support for the racist White Citizens Councils that existed in the state when he was young.

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Right Wing Watch: The Perfect Pre-Christmas Post


I cannot imagine a better topic for a final pre-Christmas post than to simply highlight this utterly delightful BBC debate between the American Family Association's Bryan Fischer and Professor Ronald Hutton, a professor of Pagan history at Bristol University, regarding the true nature of Christmas (the discussion begins around the 6:30 mark).

Listen >


Right Wing Watch: Barton: The Smithsonian, like Satan after the Crucifixion of Jesus, Regrets Hide/Seek Exhibit


David Barton was joined today by Rep. Randy Forbes (R-VA) to make patently false accusations about the Smithsonian and the recently censored Hide/Seek exhibit. Religious Right activists like Bill Donohue and Brent Bozell successfully pushed House Republican leaders John Boehner and Eric Cantor to threaten the Smithsonian’s funding over a video, A Fire in My Belly, which featured eleven seconds of a crucifix with ants on it.

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And some more from RWW on David Barton's Utter Disregard for Fact and Accuracy


I've already pointed out how ridiculous David Barton's election analysis has been, but since he keeps spewing his nonsense, I guess I'll just have to keep pointing it out.

Barton's Latest >


Right Wing Watch: Abstinence-Only Advocates Misfire on New Teen Pregnancy Data


Organizations that back abstinence-only-until-marriage school programs, including the National Abstinence Education Association and the Family Research Council, are trying to twist new data about teen pregnancies to show that their opposition to comprehensive sexual education has paid off.

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Right Wing Watch: Satan Attacks Parsley's Ministry for Second Year In A Row


It was last year at this time that Rod Parsley announced that his ministry had come under attack from Satan and was thus in facing a multi-million dollar shortfall.

It turned out that the "attack" was actually a lawsuit that stemmed from injuries a three year-old child had suffered at the hands of a teacher at Parsley's World Harvest Church.

Parsley managed to overcome that attack ... but for the second year in a row, Satan has caused his Breakthrough Ministries to suffer a massive financial shortfall.

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