Link roundup for 28 August 2010
Did Jesus preach openly or secretly?
The ugly practice of bear-baiting continues in South Carolina (sent by Mendip). And the gas stations there aren't very nice either.
That Mississippi school which was allocating student offices by race has changed its policy.
As Glenn Beck's religion-fest attempts to usurp the anniversary of Martin Luther King's greatest speech, Progressive Eruptions looks at what top conservatives back then actually said about King and civil rights.
Some teabaggers aren't on board with Beck.
Frum Forum blogger RD claims the Republican party is dropping its anti-gay stance, but apparently not everyone has gotten the memo.
The Republican resurgence in the polls is due almost entirely to gains in one demographic group.
Some right-wing bloggers are being paid for their work.
Teabaggerdom isn't just concerned with economics -- it embraces the modern right's theocratic, anti-abortion essence.
Andrew Pavelyev laments the continuing radicalization of the Republican party, from which Democrats hope to benefit.
Insana D writes about confronting the religion from which one has escaped (found via The Whore of All the Earth).
End the abusive relationship -- divorce Jesus!
After ditching religion, the next step is to ditch the prudishness it inculcates.
Craig at The Loathsome Joy blog looks at Mormonism's self- delusion and the reality behind its claims of rapid growth (found via The Whore of All the Earth); check out the links in the second comment, especially this one.
Blogger Mother Hen has done some research on what the Ground Zero mosque / community center will actually be like.
Islamists and the Christian Right have much in common.
Stupid Evil Bastard defends getting tough on nonsense. Looks like anti-religion activists in New Zealand aren't pulling their punches.
Russell Blackford clears up confusion about freedom of religion.
Udo Schuklenk looks at the Falun Gong and finds it just another ordinary religious cult with the usual prejudices.
Stalin's tyranny had religious roots.
Germany's economy is booming and optimistic, a vindication of its superior economic model (found via Mad Mike's America). Britain too is seeing impressive growth, but Greece is still in trouble.
Ozawa Ichiro is back in the news, and his grasp of the concept of tact is as lousy as ever.
China suffers yet another tainted-food scandal (found via Mendip).
Why isn't more aid reaching Pakistan's flood victims? Maybe it's because aid workers are being threatened.
Iran's conventional weapons aren't all they're cracked up to be.
China's income inequality is among the world's worst, raising concerns about the country's stability.
Some plants under attack can call on insects for help.
PLX4032 shows some promise in treating melanoma.