Farewell. The Flying Pig Has Left The Building.

Steve Hynd, August 16, 2012

After four years on the Typepad site, eight years total blogging, Newshoggers is closing it's doors today. We've been coasting the last year or so, with many of us moving on to bigger projects (Hey, Eric!) or simply running out of blogging enthusiasm, and it's time to give the old flying pig a rest.

We've done okay over those eight years, although never being quite PC enough to gain wider acceptance from the partisan "party right or wrong" crowds. We like to think we moved political conversations a little, on the ever-present wish to rush to war with Iran, on the need for a real Left that isn't licking corporatist Dem boots every cycle, on America's foreign misadventures in Afghanistan and Iraq. We like to think we made a small difference while writing under that flying pig banner. We did pretty good for a bunch with no ties to big-party apparatuses or think tanks.

Those eight years of blogging will still exist. Because we're ending this typepad account, we've been archiving the typepad blog here. And the original blogger archive is still here. There will still be new content from the old 'hoggers crew too. Ron writes for The Moderate Voice, I post at The Agonist and Eric Martin's lucid foreign policy thoughts can be read at Democracy Arsenal.

I'd like to thank all our regular commenters, readers and the other bloggers who regularly linked to our posts over the years to agree or disagree. You all made writing for 'hoggers an amazingly fun and stimulating experience.

Thank you very much.

Note: This is an archive copy of Newshoggers. Most of the pictures are gone but the words are all here. There may be some occasional new content, John may do some posts and Ron will cross post some of his contributions to The Moderate Voice so check back.


Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Argument of the fundamentalist

By BJ Bjornson

Probably a little late as his always slim chance for the Republican nomination slips ever further away, but this clip of Gingrich rather perfectly sums up what the religious right means when they talk about �religious freedom�. It isn�t actually freedom of (and from) all religions, its a free pass for their religion and their religion alone. No one else need apply.

And just what is �our religion� do you think? As the Founding Fathers were aware, if the government can make Christianity the state religion, it can just as easily make one specific sect of Christianity the state religion, and there is more than a little disagreement on a lot of the particulars between Christian sects, which is why they thought it best to keep religion and government separate.

Of course, so long as the rubes can be convinced that it will be their specific beliefs that will rule, they�ll keep lapping this stuff up. They should be happy if they never find out how wrong they probably are.

1 comment:

  1. The Religious Right has never read Jefferson or Madison and others. They both supported the separation of church and state for different reasons: Jefferson didn't like religion and didn't want it part of government - Madison was religious and didn't want the government interfering with his religion.