Today’s Insane Lie From The Liberty Counsel

Earlier this month Liberty Counsel head Mat Staver flatly declared that rapper Jay-Z is an “open Satanist” and pointed to a widely-debunked fake news site as his evidence.

Today Staver may have outdone that ridiculous lie. Via press release:

The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) was caught “monitoring hate” by tracking its 12 top most hateful hashtags, which included: #merrychristmas, which ranks number two, #christmas at number three, #christmaseve at number five, #jesus at number eight, and #merrychristmaseve in the last slot.

The SPLC is willing to lump anyone who says “Merry Christmas” or “Jesus” in with the most violent and racist groups in America. This is one more way that the SPLC is exposing its own radical, discredited, anti-Christian hate. View a snapshot of the tracker or visit its page now.

“The SPLC’s idea that ‘Merry Christmas’ is a hateful, violent slur shows how far out of touch it is from reality,” said Mat Staver, Founder and Chairman of Liberty Counsel. “When the SPLC confuses a cheerful ‘Merry Christmas’ with an obscenity-laced rant threatening harm to a group of people, it loses all credibility,” said Staver.

As compulsive liar Mat Staver surely knows, the SPLC’s hate-tracker merely compiles the most popular hashtags being used by a specific group of far-right Twitter users.  The SPLC says exactly that in their Twitter bio for the tracker.

How fucking stupid does Mat Staver think his followers are?

Apparently, very.

  • crookedstr8

    The sad truth is that Staver’s followers ARE THAT STUPID.

  • watchthewingnuts

    “How fucking stupid does Mat Staver think his followers are? Apparently, very.”

    Well, they ARE following him….

  • margaretpoa

    Only I can save you from the hate and only then if you send me money! It’s what Jesus would do!

  • Judas Peckerwood

    Mat doesn’t think his followers are stupid, he knows it.

    • Jamie_Johnson

      His followers provide ample evidence… in the form of donations.

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    • David Walker

      Especially since none of them mention the lack of a winning streak in his court cases. Hell, who am I kidding with “winning streak”? “…lack of winning his court cases.” Considering whom he represents in court, Jesus would want it like that.

    • jonfromcalifornia

      Of course he does. They’re all Evangelicals – dumb as door nails.

    • Gerry Fisher

      As results have demonstrated, Staver’s still in business.

  • Lumpy Gaga

    Missed the Jay-Z story originally, but glad to at least hear by the end of the year that rock is confirmed dead.

  • Ninja0980

    Does he know Jesus hates lying?

    • Todd20036

      He doesn’t give a fuck about Jesus.
      He’d nail Jesus himself to the cross again if he could make money off of it.

      • JWC

        the religion these crackpots follow is far far removed from that other religion That Jaybus is part of They don’t remotely resemble each other Stavers’ is the Blessed house of Cherry pickers

      • peacfulseas inWA

        For now he’ll just nail himself and the Kimmy Davis’s to the cross. Not as lucrative but you do what you need to do to fleece the flockers.

    • Jonathan Smith
    • Jamie_Johnson

      Matt wouldn’t know Jesus if one of his statues came to life, climbed down off the cross, and said, “Hey Matt, Let me give you some spiritual guidance…”

  • Jonathan Smith
  • Blake J Butler
    • Jonathan Smith

      I’m coming over.

      • ohbear1957

        I’m coming.

        • Judas Peckerwood

          On the cookies? Looks like someone beat you to it.

    • shellback

      That’s pretty cruel of you, knowing I can’t grab a handful through the screen.

    • Robincho


    • Ragnar Lothbrok

      Sprinkles make kids gay

    • Bluto

      You have my attention, young man.

      • Blake J Butler

        They are quite delicious for something simple to make.

    • RoFaWh


    • liondon#iamnotatraitor

      Our Satan rituals include rainbow sprinkles

    • iambu

      My Nonna made those!

  • shellback

    If declared “Emperor Of Earth,” my first edict will be to re-open mental health facilities and commit the insane, like Staver, for proper care, and/or medication.

    Would anyone like to start the process of having me elevated to the position of Emperor?

    • Boreal

      Can I be a commandant in the ‘re-education camps?’
      Tablibangelicals will watch 24/7 broadcasts of Rachel Maddow alternating with gay porn.

      • nocadrummer

        I think you’d have too many of us wanting to be “re-educated”.

        • Boreal

          They’ll also be doing backbreaking physical labor.

          • that’s what Empress CD would do. 8 hrs of actual education, probably via video cause so many of them can’t read. 8 hrs of backbreaking labor, building houses for the poor and working organic farms. 3 hrs of food preparation and bathing. 5 hrs of sleep in a prison quality facility. i’m compassionate like that.

          • RoFaWh

            They’ll learn to read soon enough if there are hefty penalties attached to not doing so.

      • Cattleya1

        Maybe you could have them watch Randy Rainbow and Glee on Sundays.

    • greenmanTN

      I want to be Grand High Poo-Bah. Is that above Emperor?


        No, it’s above the ass…Mr. Grand High Poobah of Upper Butt Crack!

        • greenmanTN

          I see that being a bitch is all somebody has to hold onto! 😉

    • Ragnar Lothbrok

      Do you have a nice one ?

    • kareemachan

      Don’t automatically go to “commit’. Please.

    • RoFaWh

      I’ll join but only if I become “Provider to the Imperial Household of Gentlemen’s Intimate Underthings.”

  • AtticusP

    I didn’t mind people saying “Merry Christmas“ to me this holiday season.

    I always smiled and answered “Hail Satan“.

    The reactions were priceless.

    • Hank

      I wish I would have thought of that response!!!

    • Gerry Fisher

      I’d howl if I got that response. 🙂

  • Mark


  • Boreal
    • perversatile

      That moment
      of discovery
      when you realize
      something vital
      had been missing
      from your life.

  • JWC

    Matt Staver a radical nut job who should justify why he be allowed air time

    • greenmanTN

      Or just air…

  • greenmanTN

    Does he think they’re stupid? Well let’s just say that If eugenics ever becomes a thing in the US again, the membership list of the Liberty Counsel would be a dangerous one to have your name on.

    • Christopher

      Given their scruples, I’d say that list would net them a fortune. The people on that list however will do more for science than they could possible believe.

  • TexasBoy

    “How fucking stupid does Mat Staver think his followers are?
    Apparently, very.”

    And he would be 100% correct, they are very stupid.

  • Hank
  • That_Looks_Delicious

    OT – Belgium has only had 5 hours of sun during December (averaging 11 minutes per day). That’s the lowest recorded since 1934.

    If you know any Belgians, send them some emergency sunshine.

    • kareemachan

      I lived in AK for a decade. Anchorage gets not much more than that around this time of year. No biggie.

      Unless you are engaged to someone who doesn’t like that. Then, compromise is NOT the key word. I’d still live up there if it wasn’t for my SO.


    • Hank

      Having lived in Belgium for years, in my student days, the rain and clouds and drizzle, only stopped for 2 weeks @ May to June…. true sunny days. After that, it went back to the same cloudy and just enough drizzle to any you!!!

    • Skeptical_Inquirer

      For a second, I thought you were talking about axial tilt and going What? Then realized you were talking about cloud cover.

    • ChrisMorley

      This is what a NW Atlantic maritime climate means sometimes. High atmospheric pressure in winter often leads to stationary mist, fog and low cloud.
      It’ll all blow away in the next few days as the Jet Stream brings a trail of storms with it.

    • J Ascher
  • ohbear1957

    Plain and simple. Staver’s and/or tRump’s followers are dumbfucks.

    • greenmanTN

      Greater Tuna- “I might as well be talkin’ to a toaster!”

  • Halou

    “#DefendEurope” is the number one hashtag on Christmas eve?
    What a novel idea, how about America take some action to deter Russian military hostility in that area, and do something to punish it for it’s cyber warfare actions? Then we can consider Europe defended.

    • ChrisMorley

      A number of Russian navy ships were escorted down the North Sea and out through the English Channel by the Royal Navy.
      tRump was nowhere to be seen. Too busy playing golf and hiding from the media.

  • William of Glynn

    Oh, he knows how stupid they are.

  • 2patricius2

    Some Christians claim that Satan is the father of lies. Maybe that means that Satan is Mat’s father. I can hear his mother telling him: “Mat, you are just a little devil.”

  • another_steve

    Man and I just got home from some holiday travel. His family and mine. I love them all but was happy to say “bye.”

    I look forward now to catching up on Joe’s horror posts.

    • Hank

      Welcome HOME!!!!

      • another_steve

        I thank you, Hank, and I thank all JMG readers who have not yet blocked me.

        I’m imperfect, but my mother’s rabbi told her I have a good soul.

        • Hank

          Perfect. shmerfect….. everyone has their foibles, however, you are a “true Mensch”!!!

    • whollyfool

      Welcome back!

    • we’re going to a Kwaanza celebration with family on nye, and i can’t even tell you how much i don’t want to go. sigh.

    • Todd Allis

      Welcome home, Steve!

  • penpal

    So what if Jay-Z was a “satanist”? Christians have been responsible for the worst atrocities history has ever seen. They are among the biggest discriminators currently working to make peoples’ lives hell. There are a lot of good Christians out there but there are also a lot (like our friend, Mat) who are fucking evil. Satanists have nothing to be ashamed of. Christians do.

  • Boreal


    AT&T sheds 1,000 employees after touting GOP tax plan, giving out bonuses

  • Ragnar Lothbrok

    Can’t say Merry Christmas
    Can’t say Happy Holidays

    So just say Fuck you all and have an A-1 day !

  • Blake J Butler
  • zhera

    Logic: How does it work?

  • Gigi

    They’re Trump voters, of course they’re stupid.

  • Boreal
    • Dayglo

      That guarantees that Flynn will sing and sing … to avoid being sent to Sing Sing.

  • greenmanTN

    Jesus may want you for a sunbeam, but nobody else can stand you. And honestly? Jesus is kinda “meh.”

  • Duh-David

    Think happy thought. Happy Thoughts. Happy Feet?

    • greenmanTN


      Not to sound like the plastic bag scene in American Beauty, but you have to make time for the beauty of the world even in the middle of all the bullshit.

      Yeah, it was played to death a few years ago, but still…

      • i hate plastic bags. they will never be a thing of beauty to me. i loved that movie and that scene was wonderful. but to me? oh, i just hate them sooo much. mainly bc people don’t always pick them up, and they blow into my garden and then i have to do it. i keep my yard really nice and neat and i lose it when lazy people just drop their garbage outside. there’s also the political and environmental element to them. i once read that close to 20% of the money the US spends on oil? goes to make those fucking bags. which also kill wildlife and annoy the shit out of any light sleeper trying to get a good night’s sleep, when they catch in a tree on a windy night.

        • greenmanTN

          I hate them but at the same time, as a person taking care of a LOT of stray cats that are now indoor/outdoor, they are handy for scooping litter into. I’d hate to think the 20% figure is even close to true. My brother lives in Oregon and they are outlawed there. Whenever he and his husband come to visit they are appalled by the number of plastic bags you get from the grocery store.

          • ya got me there. i do use them for my four (!) cats litterboxes and i’m grateful i don’t have to pay for them. cause wow that would cost a bunch. so i’m a hypocrite. 😉

          • Canadian Observer

            Don’t be so hard on yourself… you are “repurposing” or “reusing” – one of the big three along with reduce and recycle so you still qualify for a blessing from the environmental fairies… consider yourself blessed. *sprinkles fairy dust on chicago dyke – then flutters off*

          • Karl Dubhe 2

            Paper lunch bags, they’re biodegradable too. 🙂

          • peacfulseas inWA

            Yup, they’ve been banned in our city. We use reusable, washable bags. It was a bit to remember at 1st to take them with you but okay with the inconvenient. Thing is take out from restaurants are plastic. Need to find a replacement for the foam containers too. We see it floating when out on the water.Often come back in with at least a bucket of garbage.

      • Cattleya1

        Thanks for posting that – I never saw the video.

  • Blake J Butler
  • joe ho

    why staver, perkins, graham & co. are the best recruiters for atheism.

  • clay

    cause :: effect
    groups :: hashtags
    Liberty Counsel :: lies

  • Natty Enquirer

    Hate groups are tweeting “Merry Christmas.”
    Everything hate groups tweet is hate speech.
    Therefore, “Merry Christmas” is hate speech.

    P2 is false, of course. SPLC’s simplistic tracker is guilty of implying it, though, and Staver speciously runs with the implication to support his false conclusion.

  • Jean-Marc in Canada

    Lying liar lies like lying liars lie.

  • Jack

    I’m willing to give Staver a bit more credit. It’s not how stupid he THINKS his psychopants are. I believe it’s how stupid he KNOWS them to be.

  • Ben in Oakland

    Merry Chris….
    wait! There are some black helicopters flying above my….

  • bkmn

    Come on SPLC, sue the asshat for everything he has.

  • Clive Johnson

    It’s who the authoritarians are–the most loudmouthed moralizers while at the same time being the least morally consistent.

  • wds

    These money-grubbing, scare tactic, liar Talibangelists certainly claim to know Jesus but certainly spend a lot of time and effort to ignore or deny anything Christ said or did … Mat Staver is so busy doing the “Lord’s Work” (HA!) that he’s forgotten, or deliberately overlooks something Jesus Himself said:

  • Richard B

    As much of a nuisance as Mat Staver is, in the spirit of the Winter Solstice, you have to just pity the bottom feeding grifters who humiliate themselves making a living like this.

  • TheManicMechanic
  • Avenger280

    Why is it Mat Staver always looks like he just sat down on the lawn and made contact with a pop-up sprinkler???

  • Rob Spangler

    Staver needs to keep those donations coming in from his rubes to pay for his $5,000,000.00 house in Orlando. Must be pretty easy to do. These grifters have found a gold mine!

  • Orly

    How fucking stupid does Mat Staver think his followers are?

    As stupid as they actually are…?

  • Terry

    For people who “speak the truth” they sure like to lie