OMFG and other exaggerations.Â The new Miss USA is Rima Fakih, who hails from Dearborn, Michigan by way of Lebanon.Â According to Ms. Fakih, her family is not terribly pious–apparently they observe both Muslim and Christian holidays, for example.Â But to hear the conservative blathersphere, you’d think the selection ofÂ an Arab-American as one of our foremost icons of cheesecake is either political correctness run amok, or part of some elaborate master plan by Hezbollah to lower Western civilization’s defenses before they come in for the big kill.
Meanwhile…candidates in Alabama’s Republican gubernatorial primary are determined to court the lowest-common-denominator demographic.Â When candidate Bradley Byrne was accused of believing in evolution and doubting that the scriptures are literally true, he fell over backwards to assure the voters he’s a dyed-in-the-wool creationist and Bible-thumping fundamentalist.
Plus: Atlanta Skepticamp 2010 was a big success; the Mojave cross was stolen; Idaho missionary and would-be child trafficker Laura Silsby is back from Haiti; and former executives of faith-based (and now defunct) Integrity Bank have been indicted on bribery charges.
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Recorded May 23, 2010.Â Hosted by John C. Snider and David Driscoll.
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