Charles Pierce is a national treasure, his blog at Esquire a daily stop for me. Today's latest begins:
The Clan of the Red Beanie Stalks MLK, Sanity
"Are these idiots kidding me? The Letter From Birmingham Jail?
"May god forgive them for such towering, impious self-regard, because I have no intention of doing so.
"The Clan of the Red Beanie went celibate balls to the wailing wall on Thursday, issuing a Statement on Religious Liberty that turns the English language inside-out, repositions religious repression and pious bigotry as statements of freedom, makes a mockery of the informed consciences of a good slice of the American Catholic laity, and is a statement of meddling in the secular government that would be almost tragic, if it didn't drip so garishly with lachrymose sanctimony about how heavily these ermined layabouts have been oppressed by the provisions of the Affordable Care Act, and by the fact that some states have decided that, no, they can no longer function as tax-free havens for discrimination on the basis of who does what to whom with their sexyparts. But, before we get to that, we have to deal with one representative passage which makes me wonder what exactly some of these guys were burning in the thurible during the Holy Week services:"