Posts Tagged moral panic

J.D. Hayworth is an Idiot

The Politico carries the sad tale of Republican J.D. Hayworth, former Arizona Representative and current challenger to John McCain’s senate seat, who is apparently suffering a severe case of rhetorical idiocy.

Hayworth seems to think that the best way to support limited government and respect the limits of the Constitution is to pass a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage. His argument for increasing federal control over institutional constitutionally assigned to the states? People might marry their horses. Read the rest of this entry »

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Shop Teacher Suspended for Banning Wiccan Altar

A shop teacher in Iowa has been suspended for banning a Wiccan student from building an altar in class. Religion Clause comments on the story:

Yesterday’s Des Moines Register reports that teacher Dale Halferty told a student that he could not build a Wiccan altar in shop class. While he could build a table that he could later use as part of an altar, Halferty told the student that he needed to keep all religious materials at home. However the student kept returning with a book on witchcraft. Halferty says he does not want any religious symbols in the shop, and previously told another student he could not build a cross in class. Almost 70 students have signed a petition saying they do not want witchcraft practiced in school. Halferty agreed, saying: “It scares me. I’m a Christian. This witchcraft stuff – it’s terrible for our kids. It takes kids away from what they know, and leads them to a dark and violent life.” Read the rest of this entry »

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Global Warming’s First Victims

Global warming has finally claimed its first victims that can be legitimately attributed to it. No, the weren’t killed in a hurriacane that wasn’t really caused by global warming, and they didn’t drown in a flood that wasn’t caused by global warming, they didn’t die in an earthquake that couldn’t have possibly been caused by global warming, and they didn’t freeze to death in a blizzard that also wasn’t caused by global warming. They were the result of a murder-suicide pact enacted by concern over global warming. Read the rest of this entry »

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West Memphis Three

This Saturday on CBS, 48 Hours Mystery will feature the case of the West Memphis Three. Damon Root at Reason Magazine plugs the show:

This Saturday the CBS show 48 Hours Mystery will discuss the tragic case of Damien Echols, Jason Baldwin, and Jesse Misskelley Jr., otherwise known as the West Memphis Three. In 1993 the three men—then teenagers—were convicted of the “Satanic” murders of three young boys in West Memphis, Arkansas. It was a sham from start to finish, with the authorities relying on false testimony, moral panic about heavy metal music, and an “occult expert” with a mail-order Ph.D., who testified, “I have personally observed people wearing black fingernails, having their hair painted black, wearing black T-shirts, black dungarees.” As a result of this railroading, Baldwin and Misskelley are now serving life and Echols is on death row. Read the rest of this entry »

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Does It Summon Pink Demons?

Hasbro has released a new version of its ever-popular game, the Ouija board.

It’s pink.

Fox News has the story.

So of course, some people are really freaking out about it. Read the rest of this entry »

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