Before a Hindu cleric made history by delivering the morning prayer in the U.S. Senate earlier this month, three Christian extremists from North Carolina wreaked havoc, crying out in the Senate chamber, "Lord Jesus, forgive us, Father, for allowing a prayer of the wicked, which is an abomination in your sight." The protesters, Ante and Kathy Pavkovic, and daughter Christen Sugar, continued their appeals until they were swept away by police. The embarrassing display of bigotry (or defense of culture, as apologists call it) is available on YouTube, courtesy of Talking Points Memo, which grabbed the footage from C-SPAN. Operation Save America—a group that uses biblical principles to "unashamedly [take] up the cause of preborn children in the name of Jesus Christ"—claimed responsibility.
Thanks go to Washington, D.C., investigative reporter Dan Moldea, who is working with Hustler magazine to create a list of "moral hypocrites," or high-profile religious conservatives who can't quite manage to keep their penises tucked between their legs. Moldea's latest victim is Louisiana Republican senator David Vitter, who admitted using a Washington escort service after Moldea called to ask him why Vitter's number was in the D.C. Madam's rolodex. The Washington Post reports that this is the second time Moldea has caught a public official with his pants down. The first was Louisiana congressman Bob Livingston, whom Vitter replaced in the House when Livingston's shame led him to resign.
Former Surgeon General Richard Carmona didn't mince words earlier this month when he told a congressional panel about the ways the Bush administration attempted to prioritize propaganda ahead of public health. Carmona said the administration wouldn't allow him to issue reports on stem cells, emergency contraception, sex education, or prison, mental or global health issues. He said he was instructed to mention President Bush three times on every page of his speeches. Carmona served as surgeon general from 2002-06, but was not asked to serve a second term.