You’ve got to be freaking kidding me. After eight years of the Bush Administration and its biggest expansion of federal government and executive branch power in all of American history, the folks at Jerry Falwell’s Liberty Counsel want to push this? Bonkers. Looney. Lost marbles. Crazy (like so far past going off the deep end it is unimaginable) is the only thing that can describe it.

From Liberty Counsel’s email blast today:

The Blueprint: Obama’s Plan to Subvert the Constitution and Build an Imperial Presidency

Revealing Barack Obama’s Plan to Subvert the Constitution…and How to Stop Him. President Obama must be stopped. Ken Blackwell and Ken Klukowski show how to do it in The Blueprint: Obama’s Plan to Subvert the Constitution and Build an Imperial Presidency, a new No. 1 best-selling book.

The Constitution is on the side of the American people. It’s time to take America back! The Blueprint is available from Liberty Counsel for a gift of $30 or more.

Where the hell were these batshit crazy loons when Bush and his cronies were taking the Constitution and ripping it to shreds?

I’m telling you: The right wing agenda is evil, insidious and pernicious. Nothing more. Nothing less. (Although the words “sick” and “twisted” come to mind, too.)

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Maybe they aren’t all that bad

Back at the beginning of February I became amused by the swirling controversy after the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) accepted a sponsorship and participation from GOProud, a Log Cabin Republicans splinter group for LGBT Republicans and conservatives. Some folks praised CPAC’s inclusion of the group. Others, like Liberty University’s Law School, condemned it. In fact, Liberty Law pulled out of the CPAC event altogether, deciding instead to host their own two day conference/symposium in Lynchburg, Va.

Liberty’s legal symposium — entitled “Homosexual Rights and First Amendment Freedoms: Can They Truly Coexist?” — featured speakers such as ex-gay leader Alan Chambers of Exodus International; Julie Harren-Hamilton, president of the so-called National Association for the Research and Therapy of Homosexuals; rabidly anti-gay “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” defender Elaine Donnelly and a host of academics and scholars from Liberty University and other right-wing “schools.”

All of this didn’t really surprise me. Liberty’s decision to pull out of the conference was just par for the course. But, I kept thinking as the news rolled out that these gay Republicans, trying so desperately to fit in where they aren’t wanted (dead or alive), was just kind of sad. Continue reading this post…

From Liberty Counsel:

Today, Liberty Counsel is filing a federal lawsuit against the North Carolina Division of Parks and Recreation, alleging that the state policy used by park officials to threaten citation of members of Grace Baptist Church violates their right to freedom of speech. Liberty Counsel represents Pastor Tony Rivers and other church members in the case against the state of North Carolina, Lewis Ledford, Director of the North Carolina Division of Parks and Recreation, and several park officials.

While several members of Grace Baptist Church of Wilson gathered at Fort Macon State Park, playing group games, swimming in the ocean, and having a picnic, they shared about Jesus Christ with some park visitors before leaving. They also offered cold bottled water, consistent with Jesus’ statement in the book of Mark: “For whoever gives you a cup of water in my name, because you belong to Christ, assuredly I say to you, he will by no means lose his reward.”

Park Ranger Crocker approached the group and explained that they were not allowed to communicate with others unless they first obtained a permit. Pastor Rivers was given a warning and told that if it continued, they would be cited for a park rule violation.

The park rule cited by the park ranger is Title 15A Section 12B.1105 of the North Carolina Administrative Code, which states: “A person shall not hold any meeting, or exhibitions, perform any ceremony, or make any speech, unless he has a permit.” There is a minimum $30 fee for any such permit. There are no written criteria or time limits for approving permit applications.

Liberty Counsel is affiliated with the late Jerry Falwell’s Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va.