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  • Kansas House Speaker Spends All His Time Apologizing for Being an Idiot

    Look, Kansas Speaker of the House Mike O'Neal, God is a busy man.

    He has Academy Award ballots to fill out and Republican politicians to punk into seeking the presidency, and that leaves him with little time left over for answering the anti-Obama prayers of mere state legislators. Even ones that go through the trouble of citing Psalms 109:8 — "Let his days be few and brief; and let others step forward to replace him" –  in their demented email forwards to Heaven.

    Even emails that include incisive commentary such as "At last — I can honestly voice a Biblical prayer for our president! Look it up — it is word for word! Let us all bow our heads and pray. Brothers and Sisters, can I get an AMEN? AMEN!!!!!!" are unlikely to make it out of God's spam folder when he's busy diagramming plays for NFL athletes.

    Considering all this, an apology seems hardly necessary

    "I respect the President and the Office," O'Neal said in his statement. "The forward contained a single verse and was only intended as election commentary regarding the President's days in office. I have apologized and I am sincerely sorry," he said.

    In recent weeks, O'Neal has also apologized for forwarding an email that referred to first lady Michelle Obama as "Mrs. YoMama" and compared a picture of her to the fictional character Grinch. O'Neal said he forwarded that email too without being aware of the "Mrs. YoMama" reference.

    Okay, so the Psalm verse cited by O'Neal is followed by lines reading…

    May his children be fatherless and his wife a widow

    May his children be wandering beggars; may they be driven from their ruined homes

    May a creditor seize all he has; may strangers plunder the fruits of his labor

    May no one extend kindness to him or take pity on his fatherless children.

    But given the agenda of the Kansas GOP, aren't deranged email forwards the least destructive and un-Christian use of a House Speaker's time?

    Tags: Barack Obama, Christianity, Church v. State, Kansas, Michelle Obama, Religion, Republicans, State Legislature, The Bible
  • Santorum Honors Separation of Church and State by Giving Federal Land to Church

    Rick Santorum wears his Catholicism on his sweater vest-less sleeve. He's obsessively anti-abortion, opposes contraception, and has approximately 5,643 children. So how does Santorum reconcile his strong religious views with America’s oldest and most sacred principle, the separation of church and state?

    Simple – he doesn't

    [A]s a US senator, Santorum engineered a controversial land deal that robbed the military's top veterans' home of tens of millions of dollars and worsened the deteriorating conditions at the facility…

    Santorum slipped an amendment into the 1999 National Defense Authorization Act handcuffing how the home could cash in on [49 acres of its land]. The amendment forced the Home to sell—and not lease—the land to its next-door neighbor, the Catholic University of America. Ultimately, the Catholic Church bought 46 acres of the tract for $22 million. The Home lost the land for good, and by its own estimates, pocketed $27 million less than the land's value and $83 million less than what it could've made under the lease plan.

    So, Santorum prevented the military from leasing its own land — and paying for the health and welfare of retired veterans — so the Catholic Church could pocket some more property. This is totally normal. Well, not for a U.S. politician, but for a medieval French king, it's totally normal to give land grants and other special kickbacks to the Church.

    Just think of all the other deals Santorum would engineer if elected President: millions in government subsidies to the chastity belt industry, sweater vests added to every military uniform and, of course, Dan Savage banned from using Google.

    Photo by T.J. Kirkpatrick/Getty Images News/Getty Images

    Tags: Catholic Church, Christianity, Church v. State, Constitution, Military, Religion, Republicans, Rick Santorum, Veterans, Washington DC