Category Archives: Religious Left

Wayne La Pierre Breaks N.R.A. Silence

In are  response to comments and urging of a number of Republicans Senators and Representatives Wayne La Pierre, leader of the N.A.R. has issued the following statement:

The Second Amendment is the center piece of freedom and American values.  We are the longest standing Civil Rights organization in the United States.  We fight for your freedom.  If you must fight, don’t lose.  Good guys carrying guns can and do make a difference.  The best way to stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun.  You can’t tell the difference between the lions and the lambs.  I am defending and protecting your right to purchase the largest clip and rounds of bullets that are presently available.  Therefore, today I am announcing that we, the N.R.A. will begin a new membership drive in all states, and readily available to all.  We soon will be setting up N.R.A. kiosks outside all movie theaters, and stadiums to add new members and educate the people to the importance of high capacity magazines and assault rifles.  We want them to discover that like Wyatt Earp, they too can enjoy their version of the gunfight at the OK Corral, Batman movie or any other venue they choose.  Stadiums are even better since attendance there is huge.  We want as many bodies riddled with bullets as possible.

He then went on to reiterate his comments from May, 2012, as reported by The Onion, http://www.theonion.com/articles/nra-sets-1000-killed-in-school-shooting-as-amount,28352/?ref=auto.  As they apply to “soft-targets etc.  I was impressed with his passion for higher body counts.  He continued:

Government policies are killing us.  In response, along with my previous statement, we are planning to be the “bookmobile: for assault weapons and ammunition, as much as you want.  There are those who say the I have the charisma of an unflushed toilet.  I do not fear them.  Our future is bright and bloody.  I will not stop protecting our civil rights and freedom.

This will only end when they take my assault rifle from my blood drenched, dripping hand.

 

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God Save Us From the Good Christians or How I Would Rather Be In Hell If They Are Going To Heaven

I had hoped that this Christianity crap would not go this far, but now these men of “God” have made me mad.  Most of these people  Slicktorum, Newt, Mittens and now Franklin Graham have all been found out for what they are………racists, bigots, sexists and absolutely not christian.

First, I don’t think this bunch of old white, white-haired men [bishops] knew what they were doing when they screamed against contraception.  I don’t think they realized that this went beyond contraception, and played right into the hands of those God-fearing pretenders, and began in earnest the repeal of “Obamacare.”  The bishops didn’t understand then, but they do  now.

But what has made me mad is Slicktorum saying that Freedom of Religion has become Freedom to Worship and they are not the same thing.  Is he really that stupid.  It is a rhetorical question don’t answer.  Did he not know to google religion and discover the definition?  Or simply look the word up in the dictionary.  Religion:  service and worship of God or a divine being.  Slicktorum has it all wrong.  His definition of religious freedom means Catholicism.  Follow the dictates of the church.  As we have seen his church is lacking.  I guess now that includes Protestantism too.  I don’t usually watch “morning joe”, but I did this morning and I was dumbfounded.  This pretender to the throne of a really good man, in one brief interview offended every real christian in the world.  Maybe it was too early for him or what he drank, smoked and a new fangled drug the night before which led him to some drug induced glass eyed definition of a christian.  The man has lost his mind like all good christian republicans.  But I have gone off point and I am on a deadline to get this post done sometime tonight.  Maybe I need a new drug as the old song says.

Now back to what I was going to say before my 65-year-old brain had a momentary lapse…….Slicktorum is telling me/us that his religion or no religion. He is telling us to ignore God, the God we know, and accept his “religion”.  Not God mind you, his “religion.”  Now don’t get me wrong he has every right to belong to his “religion”, but so do I.  But it is God I/you account to, not the religion.  I may belong to the Greek Orthodox Church, but I pray and answer to God.  God is God.

How dare Slicktorum or Graham or Gingrich or Robertson, or Paul or any of them tell me that the God I worship is wrong.  How dare he or them tell me that I am not a good christian.  How dare they tell me that my “religion” is wrong.  How dare they tell me that my worship of God is not freedom of “religion”.  His God isn’t better than my God.  Christianity isn’t bad but there just are some bad people.  Islam isn’t bad, there just are some bad people, and it goes on and on.  It is not freedom of religion, it is freedom from religion.  They have no right to tell me./us theirs is better.

To hear Slicktorum, Graham or the rest of talk, you can just go out and buy your faith right off the shelf.  Not happy with it move on to the next aisle or another department. No special discounts for God.    A special on “religion” today. Can’t you just see it now, God’s Grocery Store. Bag it yourself and take home.    My momma told me about people like this a long time ago.  She told to beware of the “good christian.” They talk a good game, go to church each and every Sunday and pronounce out loud “I am a good christian”, but when they time comes for them to be what they say they are invisible.  Missing.  I just can’t sell my soul to be a “company christian”.  I will not sell my soul.

These religions, be it Catholicism or Protestantism or whatever they call it is a means for them to justify their bigotry, racism, and sexism.  Maybe the Catholic church is against contraception not because it is immoral, but because it means loss of income for the church.  More parishioners, more money.  It can’t be because they care about the health of the woman or her family.   These good Christians seem to forget that God and Jesus were not racist, bigots, sexists. That Jesus loved all mankind without exception.

They don’t seem to know much about that.  So I can do without the holy water induced rhetoric, the holier than I comedy routine.  I will be pleased to be in hell.  I’ll have good company and my dog.  I don’t want to be a good christian.  If they are examples of good Christians than damn I am happy to be bad.

Jesus loves me, yes I know.


How The Bible Was Instrumental in Catholic Bishops Jumping Off Cliff or We Are A Supreme Being Political Action Committee

Well I just can’t resist this.  The Catholic Bishops have truly gone off the deep end or just simply thrown themselves off the cliff.  They are not lemmings, but true leaders following the word of God.  That is what they say.  Trouble with that argument:  nowhere in the Bible is there anything about contraception.  Oh they will quote you Genesis 38:8-10; And Judah said unto Onan , go in unto they brother’s wife and marry her, and raise up see to they brother.  And Onan knew that the seed should not be his; and it came to pass, when he went in unto his brother’s wife, that he spilled it on the ground, lest that he should give seed to his brother. And the thing which he did displeased the Lord: wherefore he slew him also.  This is what they use to justify the ban on contraception.  The death of the poor man.

The truth is, is that there is no passage in the Bible that supports a ban on contraception.  It doesn’t exists.  It is not a proclamation come from God to anyone that calls themselves Christian.  Not even Catholics.  It is a law laid out by the pope, a man who pretends to be God and speaks as one.  He is not God.  All this talk about the sanctity of life, but an ignoring of the living.  It is a church doctrine created by man and not by God.  The pope speaks and all are to follow.  Contraception is immoral so what are they saying?  All Catholics are immoral.  How dare they tell me that I am immoral?  Wait a minute, I am not Catholic, thank God. Shame on Catholics.  The Bishops have taken a position that the only way to save their flock is to deny healthcare to Catholic women and by extension to all women.  They are telling us that women prefer immorality and good healthcare to so-called damnation.  We are evil.

The Bishops have joined that Republican party.  They now work for them.  They read letters against contraception from the pulpit.  That is political speech, partisan political speech.  They have tax-exempt status.  How now can they claim to continue to want no tax.  They should register an extreme Republican political action committee rather than remain a tax exempt religious institution outside the bounds of politics.  They are working for the Republican party.  Part of that dreaded 1% and they love it.

This is a fight for authority over U.S. flock.  Catholics here are supposed to follow their moral authority.  They want to speak for the Church once again.  They have no authority and have lost their clout and standing.  They have no real authority over “Catholic” colleges or university or hospitals.  They are independently owned.  They can have the word “Catholic” removed, but beyond that they have no power.  The use of “Religious liberty” is excuse.  No one is infringing on their right to worship.  No one is taking that right away from them.  Contraception is already included in health insurance as part of their plans.  No one forces you to use it.  Just as if your religious beliefs tell you abortion is wrong, no one forces you to have one.

George Carlin said the following:

Boy, these conservatives are really something, aren’t they? They’re all in favor of the unborn.  They will do anything for the unborn.  But once you’re born, you’re on your own.  Pro-life conservatives are obsessed with the fetus, from conception to nine months. After that, they don’t want to know about you. They don’t want to hear from you.  No nothing. No neo-natal care, no day care, no Head Start, no school lunch, no food stamps, no welfare, no nothing. If you’re pre-born, you’re fine. If you’re pre-school, you’re f$$$ed.

I have noticed that Catholic leaders will froth at the mouth and agitate over hot topics like access to condoms and family planning, but their fervor fails greatly when it comes to the plight of the poor.  There has always been a total disconnect between the church’s concern for life at conception as opposed to life in process.  They ignore and remain silent on their sexual abuse cases.  What is that old line….”People in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones.”  The Church and the GOP are trying to turn the clock back.  One can only wonder what witches brew Republicans the church are drinking from if they think this is an issue that will win them any major support.

Every woman in the country will see it for what it is, a naked attempt by powerful men to once again gain control over them and their bodies.  Fighting the contraception issue makes the church look once again like it is targeting women.  Presidential candidates in line step with the Bishops.  Santorum came out firing against contraception of any kind.  He might be over compensating for the fact that his wife once lived for many ears with an abortion doctor.

They have all lost their sense of reality.  They long for the old days.  They have forgotten what century they line in.

There is but once solution:   GET THE FLOCK OUT!!!!!!!

 


Ohio Diary #16: Local Newspaper: Speaking Out Column

Today in my local newspaper, the speak-up column was on contraception.  You will find that in at least one comment, their ignorance shows.  They think this is about abortion and not healthcare.  I will reserve my comments for the end of this post:

http://digital.olivesoftware.com/Olive/ODE/SpringfieldNewsSun/?href=SNS/2012/02/11

At this link you can read these comments for yourself.  I will post a few and comment at the end.

Present Obama’s attack on Christians on the healthcare issue is just another example of his disregard for the Constitution.  It is not a doormat to be trampled on. It is to be respected and used properly.  Eight years of this man would devastate our republic.

Please help stop the hysteria and propaganda.  Someone needs to clarify to the public that allowing access to or providing coverage for birth-control products in the new healthcare bill does not force anyone to use the products.  It only offers coverage and lets women have a choice.  The word “force” is being used loosely to incite anger and fear. Let’s get the argument to the realities.

It’s a step backward for women’s rights.  Why should these places be able to impose their religious on their employees?  They don’t want women to use birth control to prevent an unwanted pregnancy, but they don’t want them to have an abortion to end it either.

I think employers should offer birth control coverage. Birth control is fairly expense and, without coverage, a lot women can’t afford it.  The women affected by this decision are the ones who are being responsible by preventing “unwanted” pregnancies. These same religious organizations and emplyers are generally against abortions, but they don’t want to offer an acceptable solution, which would be birth control coverage……..

It is not the coverage for the “birth control” that is the issue  It’s the wording within this that also allows it to cover abortion and abortion-related measures.  They should not be forced by the government by any means whatsoever.

The way this has been conflated on the right to mean “Obama is forcing Catholic schools to give out condoms and provide abortions” has been pretty hilarious to watch….

I hope the U.S. Supreme Court does hear the case and puts an end to it, once and for all. Precedent is on the side of me being able to access healthcare and decide when and if I want to have more children.  Sorry religious conservatives, but my body belongs to me. You may not like it, but I have the right to have sex and not conceive.

      The Catholic Bishops and The Catholic Church consider contraception to be immoral.  We do have to respect some matters of conscience.  Their argument that Boenher has jumped on is that this is a violation of the First Amendment, Freedom of Religion.  It is ludicrous.  No one is saying you have lost your right to worship, lost your religion, or that the government has instituted one central religion.  The Bishops mistake was to include all women and not just the Catholics is this objection.  They have no right to speak for me.  It doesn’t apply to churches themselves or their devotion arms.  It applies to religious enterprises like hospitals and university that serve secular purposes, take taxpayer dollars, employ thousands of non-catholic women, and are already required to obey many and varied secular regulations.  At these organizations, the money that pays for employee healthcare doesn’t come the

church, it comes out of the income stream they get from their customers and clients

    .  This is not about religious freedom, it is as David Boise stated on The Last Word, this is about labor laws.

The Bishops took on this fight  on behalf of all women and they have lost.  We should celebrate.  These Bishops and their supporters, who probably use contraception, should be ashamed.

 


Republincans Have Admitted That They Can’t Win: They Are Desperate They just Can’t Swallow The Pill

I wrote a post not to long ago saying that Republicans and The Religious Right have lost their minds.  I was wrong.  They have no minds.  As long as the Republicans and the so-called Religious, Evangelical Right confine themselves to social issues in the next election they will lose.  Go down in flames.

John Boehner wants a fight in the House over contraception.  I say let him.  This fight will be the end of the GOP, the next Komen for the Cure.  They have under estimated the pure outrage on the further and continuing attacks on women’s health.  This is not about religion, Catholic or otherwise.  This is about healthcare, women’s healthcare.

Republican presidential candidates have all turned to Jesus.  They all found God to run for office.  And now they say that God, or the Catholic hierarchy will dictate U. S. healthcare policy.  The republicans, the Christian Right claim that President Obama is out of touch.  The truth is that the Vatican that is out of touch with Americans, including their own parishioners.  There has always been a difference between American Catholics and European Catholics.  The Vatican dictates and if you do not follow you can be damned.  No offense to my Catholic friends.  It simply is true that the old european, Roman Catholics are out of touch with their newer members, the Americans.

A 2011 Guttmmacher Institute survey finds that 98% of sexually active Catholic women have used contraceptives.  A February 2012 Public Religion Research Institute poll finds Catholics, by a 58% to 37% margin, agreed with the statement, “All employers should be required to provide their employees with health care plans that cover contraception at no cost.”

This is not the only issue on which the Catholic hierarchy is out of touch.  Catholics disagree with their hierarchy’s handling of sex abuse cases.  They think the practice of not reporting cases to police and transferring, rather than dismissing, offenders is wrong.  Not to mention a crime.  I guess the Vatican is against contraception, so that women can have more children that Catholic priests can sexually abuse.

The 2010 General Social Survey finds Americans nearly evenly split on allowing abortions for any reason. But all religions, including Catholics, overwhelmingly agree women should be given that right if raped, the pregnancy threatens their health, or if the fetus has a serious genetic defect.  A majority of strong Republicans agree women should be allowed to abort under those conditions.

President Kennedy vowed not to let the Vatican dictate his presidency. Neither should President Obama kowtow to the Catholic hierarchy, a hierarchy who doesn’t even listen to it own parishioners.

But all this nonsense over contraception begs the question:  Where is the provision in the healthcare bill for condoms, male enhancement?  If it were included would these pious men be outraged?  Why are they so against anything that is for better healthcare for women?

Bonehead want a fight – any fight – that allows him to sidestep the jobs issue, for which he has no solutions, no easily demagogued line, and a fastly vanishing constituency for the hings he’s said in the past [“Rich people are job creators”].

The Republican party is dead and The Religious Right will hold the funeral.


Komen In Crisis Mode: Hire Fleischer, Right-Wing Planned Parenthood Hater

 

Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a Republican. But I repeat myself.  Harry Truman

They are now in damage control.  If you read the National Review Online, especially that denier Lopez.  She continues to support Lila Rose and her prostitution expose video of sex-trafficking at PP.  She know it was a fake and a lie, but continues to preach it as gospel.  As if that isn’t enough, she blames Planned Parent for the downfall of the Susan G. Komen Foundation.  She will not admit that they have been found out.  That committed suicide.

She continues to deny that this was not politically motivated.  She says so out loud and in print.  I have a vision of her, after having said this over and over again, of sitting on a chair on  her knees trying to choke herself with her own hands…..and having been found by her editor telling him that she was trying to unscrew her head from her neck-pipe so she could check the wiring or circuit board in her own brain.  That video would be worth watching.

Essentially, Komen foundation is a right-wing lobbing group masquerading as pro-women.  Komen is a political organization disguised, pretending to be a charity.  This is about abortion and not breast cancer.  But they stopped funding because they were under investigation for abortion.  An investigation conducted by a Right wing, new-conservative a$$hole republican.  But it is not political.  Do they think we are stupid?  They hire Karen Handel, is who vehemently opposed to Planned Parenthood, and not long after they cut off funding.  Yep no politics here.  Remarkably, they don’t seem to consider sexual abuse of children at Penn State, who is also under investigation, and receives Komen grants, to be in violation of their new criteria.  Child molestation and sexual abuse is just fine with Komen.

There are so many women’s lives at risk in this ridiculous war against abortions! Reckless, selfish republicans are a threat!  There are lessons here to be learned by other ngo’s being pressured and stomped on by the Religious Right.  The Religious Right is an oxymoron.  There is no religion in the “Religious Right”.  I got off the thought so I will finish it now.  Never underestimate the difference between an embryo and a woman. Unlike embryos, women can think and feel.  We can think our way out of lies and deception.  We can feel outrage that an organization that has asked for and has received support is willing to sell us out for politics, and does it with our health.  After all, they are offer pink handled handguns for well, which isn’t illegal, but doesn’t seem related to their so-called mission.  There are things much worse than being a leftist organization….and that worse thing is…being a Neo-Conservative organization and lying about it.

And people laugh at the term “right-wing conspiracy.”

What they don’t comprehend is that they have awakened a sleeping, silent giant.  We have been quiet far too long.  We have let these right-to-lifers, another oxymoron, do their will in the state and local governments.  These lunatics remember a time when a woman couldn’t call herself a woman until she had children.  They want it to back to those days when men were superior and ran the world.  No more.  We screamed no. It was from all classes, race, genders, rich and poor, black, white and hispanic.  We showed them that we don’t need Susan G. Komen.  We proved that Planned Parenthood is important to women’s lives.

We can’t stop now, it must go on and on until November.  So I say, as did Howard Beale in Network…..”Go to your windows and open them wide, and scream I am as mad as hell, and I am not going to take it anymore.

I also think that it is time for an investigation into Susan G. Komen and their so-call mission.  What do you think. Would you be for it?


Don’t Believe Komen: Give Your Money To Planned Parenthood

Don’t believe the lie.  Komen has only changed their position because they realized not that they were wrong, but that they were losing money, lots of money and would go belly up of 3 months.  They need to fire that new anti-abortionist rag doll who led them to this along with Sterns.

I repeat once again, don’t believe what you read.  If they reversed their decision, they DID IT FOR MONEY, AND NOT BECAUSE THEY CARE FOR WOMEN’S HEALTH.  OR EVEN THAT THEY WERE WRONG.

Their are better organizations to fight cancer and breast cancer than Komen.  Of course, you won’t be able to buy a pretty pick t-shirt.

Komen’s moto is:  In $$ we trust.


The Traditional Media Lies About Komen Apology

This does not surprise as far as the media is concerned.  I say that since the traditional media is completely irrelevant.  Half-truths and lies it seems is all it can print.  It does not gather information, do research or in anyway think at all.  Money, money makes the work go around.

 

Komen issues a half-hearted apology and mainstream press printed as a reversal of the Komen decision.  If you want the truth read the blogs.  They at least for the most part do their homework and research.  Not that some don’t lie like the mainstream press.  Off on another road I am again..

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2012/02/03/1061450/-Lazy-media-reports-Komen-Foundation-decision-as-reversal-It-isnt?detail=hide

It is just sex, lies and the print media.  There was a time when journalism meant something,  but those days are gone since Viet Nam.  Again, off on another road.  Forgive me.

The media may get it right in about six months or a year or so, when the Susan B. Komen Foundation is just but a shadow of it self or just plain gone.  It will be interesting to read what lie they tell then!!!!!!


I am A Proud Liberal, Member of The Religious Left and do Actually Believe In God

O’Donnell got this right all those years.  I remember this episode of “West Wing”.  Lawrence is right.  Liberal politicians are afraid to call themselves liberals. They have caved in to the Republican Fascists who have turned liberal into a dirty word.  But it makes me wonder if the Repfacists are really envious.  Did they obstruct each of these accomplishments so that in they end they could take credit for them?  And by doing do become liberals. You know that the God loves you if you are rich.  When Republicans, the Religious Right talks about God, their God, they only speak to the rich, since they only know the true God.  Their God is vengeful and hateful and racist.  Jesus said, and I paraphrase now, that it would be easier for a camel, or in this case an elephant to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter the Kingdom of God.  For Republicans and the Tea Party and the Religious Right, God is only a political tool that they wield like a sharp machete.  There is no religion involved in their rhetoric and so-called belief.  They don’t care about the poor or the very poor which is contrary top the teachings of God/Jesus.  You do not find God by faith alone, as these people think.  It must include good works.  Faith and good works for all the people to make their lives better.  Something the Republicans, the Religious Right and now it seems Susan G. Komen and not do. Faith requires no thought whatsoever.  You believe blindly without question.  Do as you are told.  Those real Christians and members of all faiths don’t think, they act on their religions.  On the teachings of God/Jesus.  And it includes Liberals. I have am of the opinion that the only way to make the Republican Party really believe is to destroy it completely.  It can be argued that they need no help in this, but I say that liberals must be liberals and lead them even further down the path.   By doing so, we let these a$$holes do it to themselves.  They tell you when these Repubs and Religious Righters pass the collection tray that the money you give in the tray will help pave the way to heaven. I am reminded a comedy routine from Second City TV kit with the “Reverend You Betcha”  televangelist, who tells his viewers that he will pray for you and your family, if you will only send him money.  Not quarters or dimes, no change please, just paper money.  When he receives it he will pray for you and ask God to welcome you on the road to salvation and heaven.  Sound familiar?

Democrats, politicians and all of us that are liberals should no longer be afraid to use the word liberal.  We should no be afraid to call ourselves liberals.  We set out all these hundreds of years to make the world a better place, and help all the people also be better.

If Conservatives want a fight…….then is time for all the liberals to give it to them.  God is not a Republican!!!!!!