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It has happened bit by bit.  We have seen little breaks in the seams of our fabric.  As time has gone by, we have more and more of our liberties taken away from us.  We have seen NSA spying on our phone conversations and gathering huge amounts of data on everyone.  We have seen anti-abortion activists place huge burdens on the process that in many states it is almost impossible to even get to a doctor that performs abortions.

We have seen the anti-LGBT movement start calling discrimination a “religious liberty” so they can discriminate against LGBT marriages simply because they “don’t believe in it.”  We have seen public education under attack and have seen their budgets slashed to the bare bones.  This even includes higher education budgets at our state universities.

We have seen attacks on pay equality.  Women are expected to do the same job as a man and get paid less for their labors.  We have seen attacks on contraception measures designed so women can choose when to have a family.

We have seen attacks on the poor.  Welfare cuts, SNAP cuts, WIC cuts, even cuts to the agencies that are supposed to protect us from bad foods and drugs.  There has been a constant attack on the less wealthy, blacks, Latinos, gays, and women for over 30 years.

At the same time, we have seen the top 1% wage earners get richer all the while claiming they are the ones under attack.  They claim they pay too much in taxes when in fact, their percentage of income going to taxes are lower than the people who work for them.

Some say this is a “conservative movement” that has gained traction.  They claim that people would not vote for politicians who are forcing these issues on the American people if they did not agree with them.  I say it is something far different, and far more insidious than that.  It is a marriage between Conservative Christians and what is quickly becoming the American Aristocracy!

It is no coincidence that the Conservative Christian movement gained strength at the same time the American Aristocracy began to become more of a reality.  In fact, it is the American Aristocrats that are actually funding the Conservative Christian movement.  That funding does not come because the Aristocrats actually believe in all of that guff.  It is because they want to use Conservative Christians to gain power, and nothing more than that.

When our country was founded over 200 years ago, the world was made up of kingdoms.  Our own “mother country” was a kingdom.  These kingdoms were left over relics of the “dark ages” when it was determined that “God ordained” certain people to be kings and lords.

The simple act of being born into a certain family proved that God had ordained you to become the king.  That fact proved that God had ordained you to be a lord with life and death powers over your serfs.  Religion backed this notion.  They told their followers that it was their duty to follow their ruler because he was “ordained by God.”

Our founding fathers believed this to be nonsense.  They believed that who was governing was up to the people who were being governed.  They turned away from the “God ordained” leaders and set up a government meant to be run by the very people who are to be governed.

The “separation of church and state” in our First Amendment was to insure there would be no “God ordained” leader in America.  They went even further to ensure that no Aristocracy was able to rise in America.  In England, the “old families” owned most of the country’s property and money, and still do.  They made up their own rules.  The founding fathers decided that was not good for the country.

As a result, they established the “estate tax” in America.  By placing a high tax on inherited wealth, they planned to make sure that Aristocrats could not wield so much power.  In their opinion, being born to a rich family did not make you “ordained by God” to be rich for the rest of your life.  You had to earn your own way.

And it all worked for over 200 years.  Yes, there were a lot of hiccups along the way.  But by and large, the non-aristocratic government they established worked.  Then came along Ronald Reagan in 1980.  Ronald Reagan did not see why it was so bad to let an aristocracy rise in America.

He wrapped his message in what was to be known as “trickle-down economics.”  He said that if the really rich were given huge tax breaks, they would invest in business.  He said that if the estate tax was cut, or better yet, eliminated, these rich brats would invest in business.  Of course it never happened that way.

At the same time, the Conservative Christian movement began to gain traction.  Their preachers went to the pulpit every Sunday claiming that we should all be thankful to the very wealthy because they made our miserable lives possible with jobs.  They preached that these wealthy people should not have to pay any estate taxes because God had blessed them by putting them in their family at birth.

They also preached that not blindly following these “leaders” of industry, we would be guilty of disobeying God.  Since these people were all blessed by God with their wealth, we must follow their lead or face eternal doom after we die.  It all sounds familiar, doesn’t it?

During the “Dark Ages” these lords and kings didn’t give a damn about the poor.  They did nothing to ensure their lives got better.  Instead, they relied on keeping them uneducated and poor.  That was the best way to keep control.  And, since these “lords” were ordained by God, it was not a sin to kill off their serfs if they didn’t obey the lords.

Today we see similar comparisons to those times.  We are told that the wealthy control our lives.  They are the ones who should determine “fair wages” because they are th ones with the money.  Since they were “blessed by God” we don’t have any right to fight them.

Furthermore, if you don’t make a living wage, you are on your own.  Well, that is what they want things to be like.  That is why they are continuously slashing budget items associated with the “social safety net.”  If you are poor, it is because God wants you poor.”  So, just shut up and do as you are told.

Conservative Christians and the Aristocracy are behind the cutting of education funding.  They are terrified of an educated population.  Just like the “Dark Ages” if the people are kept uneducated, they won’t be able to think for themselves and realize that this is all nonsense.

The Conservative Christians preachers are telling you all of this because it the Aristocracy that is funding their churches and allowing them to live in luxury.  But you shouldn’t worry.  According to their philosophy if you suffer in this life you are sure to have it better in the next.  That does a lot to help feed your children now.

That is what this is really all about.  People like the Koch Brothers and the Walton Family are only interested in power over the minions of the world.  They are not alone either.  You can find these vultures around almost every corner.  You can especially find them behind most conservative politicians and all of the Conservative Christian politicians.

Democracy is hard.  People actually have to pay attention to what is happening around them in order to make an informed decision on who to vote for or against.  Having more than a fourth grade education helps too.

The Conservative Christians and the new Aristocracy have teamed up to deny you your freedoms.  They have wrapped themselves up in religion to scare the shit out of believers.  They don’t want educated people.  They don’t want unions.  They don’t want equal rights.  They want an aristocracy in America because they believe themselves to be that aristocracy.

The elections next year will have a direct impact on which direction we go.  Will we return to our democracy or will we allow the American Aristocracy to rise even farther.   If they win we will see Christianity as the “official” religion of the nation.  More freedoms will be stripped, and we will become no better than the serfs of the Dark Ages.  That is not what our founding fathers envisioned for America.

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There are two laws in Missouri that really go against each other.  The first is the Religious Freedom Restoration Act.  The second is Missouri’s 72 hour waiting period and “informed consent” law about abortion.  This problem is coming to a head.

A woman who belongs to the Satanic Temple wants an abortion.  She went to Planned Parenthood and filed an exemption form stating that the 72 hour waiting period places an undue burden on her religious beliefs.  Planned Parenthood rejected the exemption form based on Missouri’s 72 hour waiting period and “informed consent” law.  The woman, called Mary Doe in court documents, and the Satanists have filed suit over the denial.

In Missouri, and several other states, the waiting period has no medical or scientific basis.  It is merely a forced waiting period so the woman can digest the “informed consent” material they are forced to endure.  This material has no medical or scientific background or need either.  Most of the material is intended to make a woman feel guilty about her choice, thus forcing her to change her mind.

The Satanic Temple says that is a violation of the RFRA.  Spokesman Lucien Greaves says that “in our tenets, we hold that one should make decisions based on the best scientific evidence available and that a woman’s body – anyone’s body – are subject to ones own will.”  He claims that the state mandated material is not scientifically based, is nothing more than state-propaganda designed to sway an individual’s decision, and therefore is against their religion.

That puts the 72 hour waiting period and “informed consent” law in conflict with the RFRA.  The really weird part of this story is that the Hobby Lobby case at the Supreme Court opened the door for this conflict to happen.  In the Hobby Lobby case, Hobby Lobby argued that certain contraceptives were abortifacients.  They are not abortifacients, yet Hobby Lobby argued that they believe they were and therefore should not be forced to provide them in their health coverage.

The Supreme Court ruled in favor of Hobby Lobby.  In essence, the court ruled that even if the science does not support your claim, as long as you hold “deeply religious beliefs” about your argument, you are right.  Which brings us to the “informed consent” law in Missouri.

The Satanic Temple is saying that they believe that the material being forced upon women is not scientifically based and inaccurate.  Under the Hobby Lobby ruling, they only need argue they have a “deeply held religious belief” that the material is bogus and therefore, they are correct.

There have been other challenges to the waiting period laws that have failed.  However, this is the first one using the RFRA as a reason the waiting period laws are invalid.  I know that not many people are going to support the Satanic Temple.  However, it is a religion, whether or not you agree with them, and therefore should be protected under the RFRA as well.

The other sad part of the story is that the Satanic Temple cannot get a pro-bono lawyer to take up their case.  So, they are forced to look for donations to continue this case.  I am extremely surprised that the ACLU doesn’t take up the case.  So, I ask the ACLU to please explain why you aren’t taking up this case.

The ruling in this case has a lot of ramifications.  None of them, in my opinion, are positive for the Conservative Christian right who are behind these anti-abortion laws.  If the courts rule in favor of the Satanic Temple, what does that mean for everyone else?  Would these waiting period laws be stricken?  Probably not.  More likely, the state legislature would change the waiting period laws to remove any religious exemptions from them.

Taking that step would indicate that they really don’t believe in the RFRA they so dramatically scream about when it suits their desires.  It would also prove that they are only interested in forcing their beliefs on everyone else, religious freedom be damned.

If the court rules against the Satanic Temple, there would be a legitimate argument that the court is “defining what is religion and what isn’t.”  That would also be bad for everyone.  If the court rules that the Satanic Temple isn’t a real religion, which religion will be next?

Yes, this case is one that is worth watching. The arguments put forth by the state to defend their waiting period law will allow the world to see just how insincere they are about religious freedom.  It will open up the can of worms that prove their arguments about religious liberty is one-sided and hypocritical.

To be frank, I hope this turns out to be a real dilemma for the Christian right.  It will only accelerate the movement away from religion recent polls are indicating is happening.  Then, maybe, we can have legitimate discussions about our issues and not have religious bellicose drowning out potential solutions.

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As the Republican Candidates, both announced and unannounced, continue their trips around the country, one theme seems to be emerging more and more.  That theme is “Religious Freedom.”  They talk about religious freedom as though we have moved away from the Constitution’s Separation of Church and State and more into a “ban all religions” movement.

This is really getting out of control, as far as I am concerned.  My first question to these candidates and their followers is which “religious freedom” is being attacked?  There have been no laws passed, or even introduced, that restricts your right to go to church or believe in whatever religion you wish.

The second question is which “religion” is most under attack?  I suppose the answer to that question depends upon which religion you may belong to.  The standard answer from Republicans is that Christianity is under attack.  If you are Muslim, I suppose you believe that Islam is under attack.

So, let’s concentrate on the apparent attack on Christianity since that is the one most talked about during this “campaign” season the most.  Of course that brings me to the third question.  Which religion in Christianity is under attack?  I can’t even count how many sects there are in Christianity.  The number seems to grow almost daily.  So, which sect is under attack?  It can’t be all of them, because they don’t all believe the same things.

The argument about this “attack” on religious freedom isn’t really a religious argument.  It is political, and nothing else.  In his speech at Liberty University the other day, Jeb Bush accused liberals of setting up an “us-versus-them” dynamic, between people who are “enlightened” and those who don’t want to “genuflect to secular dogmas.”

He went on to say:

“[This] confusion is all part of a false narrative that casts religious Americans as intolerant scolds, running around trying to impose their views on everyone,” Bush said. “The stories vary, year after year, but the storyline is getting familiar: The progressive political agenda is ready for its next great leap forward, and religious people or churches are getting in the way. Our friends on the left like to view themselves as the agents of change and reform, and you and I are supposed to just get with the program.”

Well, he is right about one thing.  It is part of a “false narrative,” but that false narrative is being bandied about by his side of the argument.  There is no war on religion in this country.  There are way too many people who hold deeply religious beliefs of all kinds to allow that type of war from ever happening.

No, the “false narrative” is that liberals want to do away with religion.  I am a liberal, I am not a religious person, but I certainly do not want to end religion in this country.  That is what the first amendment is all about.  People may believe in religion or not believe in religion.  No one has the right to say otherwise.

The problem comes about when a small group of one religious belief tries to impose their dogma on everyone else.  That is not supposed to happen in this country either.  There are two very prominent topics that are at the root of these problems.  Abortion and same-sex marriage.

The Conservative Christians absolutely hate both of these issues.  They are totally against abortion regardless of how a woman gets pregnant.  And they totally abhor the idea of same-sex marriage.  But, in trying so vehemently to ban abortion and same-sex marriage, they are actually the ones attacking “religious freedom,” not those in favor of them.

Let’s face facts.  Far more “Christian” women seek an abortion than non-Christian women.  It then must be understood that the idea of abortion is not contrary to their “religious belief” about when life begins.  Not allowing these women to undergo the procedure is attacking their “religious beliefs.”  In fact, not allowing these women to undergo the procedure is attacking their “religious freedom.”

In the case of same-sex marriage, there is another internal battle between “Christians” over whether or not it should be allowed.  Heck, there is one church not far from where I live that openly says it will actually perform “religious” marriages for same-sex couples.  Once again, many people who seek to be married in a same-sex marriage are active Christians.  Denying them the right to marry is an attack on their “religious freedoms.”

The same arguments can be made about contraception.  Some Christian religious beliefs deny the right to birth control.  Other Christian beliefs say birth control is perfectly fine.  By denying women coverage in their “private” health care plans is attacking their “religious freedom.”  The right will tell you that the contraception mandate is making you pay for their birth control.  That is a blatant lie!  The mandate covers private health insurance whether you purchase it alone or through your employer.

The funny thing about this argument is that health insurance companies, including those being offered by companies with “deeply held religious beliefs” cover things like Viagra!  I would think that if you are really a “deeply religious person” the use of Viagra would be against God’s wishes too.  Isn’t that artificially enhancing a man’s ability to have, watch it here, SEX?  Wouldn’t a “deeply religious person” believe that erectile dysfunction is “God’s will” and therefore shouldn’t be messed with?  Wouldn’t that call for a ban on such medication from being covered by health insurance companies, too?

No, I am sorry, but the only war on “religious freedom” is really being waged by the Conservative Christian Cult.  When they talk about “religious freedom” being under attack, what they are really saying is what’s under attack, in their view, is their right to discriminate against everyone else.  What they are saying is that only THEIR religious freedoms matter, and the rest of the world needs to comply to their way of thinking.

Though I do not belong to, nor have any plans to join, any of the “religions” of the world, I promise you that if the Supreme Court were to say that same-sex marriages MUST be performed in churches, I will write a scathing article against that ruling.  That would be crossing the line between church and state.  Just as not allowing civil same-sex marriages is crossing the same line.

The so-called “War On Religious Freedom” really depends on your definition of “religious freedom.”  I firmly believe that if a church wishes to refuse to marry two people of the same sex on religious grounds, they have that right.  I believe that if a church wishes to argue against abortion, they have that right.

On the other hand, if two people wish to enter into marriage, regardless of their sex, they also have that right.  If a woman wishes to have an abortion, she has that right.  Who are the Conservative Christians to say that is not part of those people’s “religious beliefs”, and therefore, part of their “religious freedom?”

You beliefs in religion is personal.  If you truly believe in a religion, there is nothing wrong with it being a way to live your life.  But, it does not give you the right to ban “religious freedoms” from others who follow a different religion.  But that denial of “religious freedoms” to those others is exactly what the Conservative Christians want.

That’s the problem with “freedom.”  It goes both ways.  Making it a one-way street is not only wrong, but it is un-American!

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I am going to contradict conservative media and say this openly.  This country was founded on the belief that all people are created equal.  It was also founded on the principle that every individual may choose to worship God, gods, or no god at all.  Basically, it was founded to be a secular nation open to everyone.  That is what the separation of church and state in the First Amendment is all about.

For over 200 years, we have lived by those principles.  Our nation grew and became the most democratic and open society the world has ever known.  However, in the last 40 years or so, things have changed.  Radicalism has taken over our discourse.  Religious Radicalism to be exact.

I have spoken about the problems that Radical Islam has let loose on the world.  I have also spoken against any violence for any reason.  The unfortunate side is that Islam is not the sole proprietor of Religious Radicalism.  Every religion in the world has their radical elements.  I don’t care what religion you wish to speak about, radicalism exists in it!

The nations in the middle-east are full of human rights violations.  They openly discriminate against anyone who isn’t a follower of their religion.  They openly discriminate against gays and women.  They are abhorrent in my eyes and they really need to do something about it.  The problem is that the rest of the world is mostly powerless to do anything about it.  Especially as long as the rest of the world depends on oil as their primary source of energy.

We are seeing a similar radicalism in our own country.  We are seeing a group of people trying their very best to enforce and even codify their religious beliefs on the rest of the country.  Except these radicals are supposed to be Christians!  We now have a slew of candidates for the Republican Party’s nomination for President.  Most of the “declared” candidates are doing their very best to pander to this radical religious group.

As a result, I have some questions for our Conservative Christian brothers.

First, the vast majority of conservative Christians claim that climate change doesn’t exist.  Okay, I may let you slide on that one.  But, no one can deny that pollution has increased health issues.  Things like asthma has increased due to the pollution in our air.

Conservative Christians claim that “God created the world.”  Okay, I will even allow for your belief.  But, if that is true as you claim, how can you not be the very loudest ones screaming about pollution?  How can you not demand our legislators to pass laws that will clean up our air?  How can you not demand carbon emission reductions?

Continuing with pollution, we have seen large oil and chemical companies pollute our water and poison our land.  The very water we need to drink to survive and the very land we need to grow our crops.  If the planet was created by God, why aren’t you demanding that the polluters be held accountable for their “crimes against God?”

Why aren’t you demanding your legislators to pass laws that require these polluters to clean up the water and land?  Why aren’t you demanding more regulation to ensure that these polluters are stopped from continuing their pollution?  If God created the world, isn’t it a crime to destroy his work?  Isn’t it a crime to allow others to destroy his work?  Why are the vast majority of Conservative Christians against these laws that will help keep God’s creation viable for future generations?

Conservative Christians claim that they “live by the bible.”  If that is so, and Jesus said to “love your neighbor as you love yourself,” why do you claim it is a religious right to discriminate?  Why are you so eager to pass laws that legalize iscrimination against those very neighbors your savior said you are supposed to love?  You cannot love your neighbor if you discriminate against them.

In the Bible, Jesus tells us we are to take care of the poor, sick, and elderly.  So why are your Conservative Christian politicians continually slashing funding for those very people we are supposed to care for?  Isn’t that a “sin” in the eyes of Jesus?

I am picking on the Conservative Christians in this article only because they are the biggest political force of what I consider religious radicals in this country.  The fact of the matter is, regardless which religion is being used, religious radicalism is very anti-social at best and very evil at worst.

We cannot afford to have a country run by religious fanatics and radicals.  We were founded to be secular nation with individual rights protected by our Constitution.  If we continue listening to these Radical Conservative Christians, we will become no better than countries like Saudi Arabia or other Islamic nations with their versions of Sharia Law.

Religion has no place in our politics, nor our laws.  By imposing religion into our politics and laws, we cannot claim to be exceptional anymore.  We cannot claim to be “the land of the free” anymore.  We will simply become another country run by radicals for the sole purpose of power.

I took an oath years ago to “defend the constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic.”  I still hold to that oath.  As far as I am concerned, religious radicals are domestic enemies of the constitution and we must defend against them!

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We have heard our Conservative Christian friends talk a whole lot about abortion and same-sex marriage.  Basically, they are against both.  Their concerns are based on religious beliefs and, in their opinion, should be banned from our planet, not just our country.

Let us assume for just one minute that these people actually have a religious belief based on the teachings of Jesus.  Don’t laugh, hear me out.  If these people do believe in the teachings of Jesus, why are they not crying loudly about another morally objectionable issue?  The idea of Income Inequality!

According to all four gospels of the new testament, Jesus taught that being rich does not get you into heaven.  He even said at one point “it is more difficult for a rich man to enter into the Kingdom of Heaven than for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle.”  Now, I am not a theologian, but that sure sounds like a put-down of rich people to me.

There is another passage where he tells people “to cast off all of your possessions and follow me.”  Again, that sounds like someone who is not in favor of material things.  Finally, to make matters even worse, when asked about paying their taxes to Rome, he said “give unto Caesar that which is Caesar’s and give unto God that which is God’s.”  In other words just pay your damn taxes!

In his Sermon on the Mount, Jesus praised the meek and the poor, but did not praise rich people.  Funny how Jesus seems to have left out the rich every time he wanted to praise some group of people.  It does make you wonder what he would be saying today, doesn’t it?

If these Conservative Christians are so pious, shouldn’t they be the loudest screamers about income inequality?  Shouldn’t they be the ones openly and vociferously supporting a $15 per hour minimum wage?  Shouldn’t they be the ones who support unions so they can continue their work to ensure a “fair share” of the profits for the working people?

Unfortunately, quite the opposite is true.  They are the ones who want to block the minimum wage increases needed.  They are the ones who demonize unions.  They are the ones who support paying women less than men for doing the same work.

If you go to most of these Conservative Christian churches, you will hear how if you are rich, “God is blessing you”.  If you are poor, “it is your fault for being lazy.”  If you are a working stiff trying to make ends need, you shouldn’t complain.  You should just “thank those rich people” for hiring you at those lousy wages.

The real shame in all of this is that the non-rich who attend these churches, buy into this crap.  They buy into it because they have fallen into the trap of believing what the idiot in the pulpit says because he “is a man of God.”  And, that proves that Conservative Christians are only interested in material gain and not the “souls” they claim to be saving.

The Conservative Christians and their political cronies all cry about this becoming a “godless country.”  Of course, they blame the left for making it so.  If America is becoming a “godless country” it is the fault of Conservative Christians.  It is their policies that have created a situation where the working wages of Americans has fallen to a low equal to 40 years ago, while the top 1% earnings has increased over 300 times what it was 40 years ago.

But saying that they have become “godless” isn’t exactly true.  Rather, we should be calling them out for making the dollar their “God.”  That is the only “religious” belief system they follow.  All Hail The Almighty Dollar!  Maybe those crosses in their churches should be replaced with dollar bills.  Then they would be honest about their “god.”

Anyone who wishes to call himself a Christian, should follow the teachings of the person whom they claim to be following.  Christianity is supposed to be about compassion for the downtrodden.  It is supposed to be about loving your neighbor.  Don’t take my word for it, read the gospels and you will see I am right.

Christianity is supposed to be a religion of “love and peace.”  Conservative Christians have made it a religion of hate and discrimination.  In his fictitious “War on Christmas”, the self-anointed prophet, Bill O’Reilly says we shouldn’t take “Christ out of Christmas.”  Why not?  Conservative Christians have taken “Christ out of Christianity.”

It is my opinion that these people need to just shut the f… up!  Maybe then we can get on with making America better for all of its citizens!

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Tomorrow the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments on same-sex marriage.  It is expected that by late June, it will render its decision declaring whether or not same-sex marriage is legal in all 50 states.  A lot of experts are saying it will rule in favor of same-sex marriage, but I am not so sure.  I never try to figure out how 9 people will rule on any issue.  I hope they rule in favor of same-sex marriage, but I won’t hold my breath.

According to last weeks ABC/Washington Post survey, a full 61 percent of Americans favor legalizing same-sex marriage.  That is the largest margin in favor of the subject in history.  Republicans like to say that they only support “what the people want.”  Yet, the vast majority of Republican Candidates are opposed to same-sex marriage.

I have never understood the reasoning behind their utter hatred for the matter.  They often come out with ridiculous commentary about how same-sex marriages will “ruin the very fabric” of America.  Just how two people who love each other getting married will “ruin the very fabric” of America seems to escape me.

They claim their opposition is religious.  They cite the bible as the reason for their hatred against homosexuals.  Yet, in the New Testament, the testament that is supposed to be the one that Christianity is based on, has no such discriminatory language against homosexuals.  It takes some real “poetic liberty” to claim that any passage in the New Testament says homosexuals are “sinners.”

Besides that, this was the same type of argument that was used in order to ban bi-racial marriages in the past.  The haters then claimed that the bible said that blacks and whites were not to be married.  In truth, the whole Jim Crow laws were based on this false claim of biblical justification.

These candidates also say that our country was founded on the Judeo-Christian values.  That is not true.  The mere fact that the founding fathers needed to include the “separation of church and state” in the constitution says that they intended this to be a secular country that allows religious practice no matter what your religion is.  That is a far cry from being a Judeo-Christian country.

One of the funniest arguments to me is that same-sex marriage will destroy traditional marriage.  No one on that side of the argument has ever pointed to one definitive fact that makes this claim even remotely plausible.  I am still waiting for that nice Christian family to have a divorce because a same-sex married couple moved into the area and that caused their marriage to break-up.

I believe that if you really look closely at the demise of the “traditional family” values in America, it isn’t because of homosexuals and their desire to be married.  It is due to the simple fact that over 50% of marriages in America end in divorce.  The number one cause of divorce in America isn’t the homosexual “agenda” it is infidelity!  On top of that, many of the fighters against same-sex marriage have been married multiple times.  Isn’t that something that is against religious beliefs?

The purveyors of this hatred towards homosexuals has nothing to do with religion.  It has to do with politics.  Pure and simple.  According to Ted Cruz, if same-sex marriage is legalized in all 50 states, “religious liberty” will absolutely go away.  His stupidity is based on the fact that he thinks anyone who favors same-sex marriage is part of the “fascist liberals” who hate Christianity.

Of course, Ted Cruz’s idea of “religious freedom” is that you are allowed to discriminate against anyone you don’t like, as long as you can say “the bible tells me so.”  He constantly talks about the constitution, yet he continuously puts his interpretation of that book ahead of the constitution.

This hatred towards homosexuals, as I said, is pure politics.  In that survey I mentioned above, a full 70% of conservatives are opposed to same-sex marriage.  Since it has become necessary to gain the conservative support in order to win the Republican nomination for president, it is no wonder this topic is front-and-center in their debates.

I don’t know which rings more hollow.  Ted Cruz and his opponents ramblings about “religious liberty” or Ted Cruz’s comment that he would love his daughter just as much if she came out as homosexual.  That, at least to me, was a stunning comment on his part.  He may love his daughter as much if she were homosexual, but he would still fight to place her in a second-class citizenship position without all the rights of everyone else who isn’t homosexual.

Even if the Supreme Court rules in favor of same-sex marriage, this hatred will not go away.  You will see Cruz and others on his side of the aisle try to pass a Constitutional Amendment that would outlaw same-sex marriage.  Of course, they will be doing this in the name of “religious liberty.”

The term “religious liberty” has been dusted off by today’s conservatives in order to sway you into believing that discrimination is “constitutional” in America.  They want you to believe that they are the only people who are “smart enough” to decide who shall benefit from civil rights.  You simply have to sit back and let them make the rules, even if you don’t agree with them.

And, that is the definition of fascism!  In spite of what Mr. Cruz says, there has never been a “liberal fascist” regime in the world.  Even the Communist regime in Russia and China were not based on liberalism, it was based on conservatism.  Liberalism is allowing people to live their lives with civil rights protections so they cannot be discriminated against because they are different.

I am not a member of any religious group or sect.  Yet, I do not favor the idea that the state should order religions to perform same-sex marriages.  That should be left for them to decide.  There are Christian churches that do recognize and even perform same-sex marriages.  That is true “religious liberty” that is protected under the Constitution.

On the other hand, I do not believe that any religion has the right to impose their religious beliefs on everyone else.  That is not “religious liberty,” it is “religious dictatorship.”  In its Citizens United ruling, the Supreme Court opened up our electoral process to the highest bidder.  Something that Campaign Finance Laws were intended to prevent.

What will be the fallout should the Supreme Court uphold the bans on same-sex marriage?  Which “different” group will be next in the crosshairs of the conservatives?  Will it be immigrants?  Will it be women?  Will it be blacks?  Will it be Catholics?  Will it be Muslims?  Will it be Methodists?  How soon will it be before only “White Conservative Evangelical Christians” are the only group protected by the Constitution?

If you wish to scoff at these questions, you are probably part of the problem.  If you scoff at these questions and are not part of that “White Conservative Evangelical Christian” group, you will not scoff for long.  A ruling against same-sex marriage by the Supreme Court will mark the opening of further legalized discrimination laws in many states.

When the haters win, society loses.  When haters win, the end of our democracy isn’t far behind and the beginning of Christian Sharia Law with its terrorism will follow quickly behind!

 

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Tennessee obviously want to lead the way in the anti-woman agenda bill competition.  Of course, just passing such anti-woman bills is not enough.  They also have to call women liars and cheats.  Then the get to call doctors as money-grubbing sloths only interested in the abortion “business” for money only.

This all started with HB 977.  In this bill, the GOP wants to make women wait 48 hours and attend “counseling” before having an abortion provided.  This is simply another attempt by a GOP controlled state to make women go through nonsensical non-scientific “counseling” before having the abortion they, their families, and doctor have all agreed to.

See, women are not allowed to make up their own minds on such subjects.  The GOP obviously believes that women are simply too stupid to make any decisions by themselves.  No, once they make their decision, the GOP must abuse them with “counseling” that is ridiculous and meaningless.  Unless, of course, you want bully a woman into changing here mind.

Still, Rep. Craig Fitzhugh (D) proposed an exemption for victims of rape or incest.   Needless to say, GOP lawmaker is Sheila Butt went bonkers.  According to Rep. Butt, this is just a political stunt.  She said:

This amendment appears political because we understand that in most instances, this is not verifiable. Let’s make sure these women have the information and the understanding to act.

This nice “Christian” lady from Tennessee believes that you cannot verify that a woman was raped or a victim of incest.  Apparently, every time a woman claims she is a victim of one of these horrendous crimes, she is simply lying in order to get around this abysmal law.

Fitzhugh then had the unmitigated gall to suggest that women are actually able to comprehend both the magnitude of deciding to terminate a pregnancy and the gravity of rape and incest.  He said:

I just don’t think women take something like rape or incest lightly. And I can’t imagine any person would take advantage of that type of situation. Fortunately or unfortunately, it may not happen much. But it is certainly a condition that women need to be protected from, and that we should not give them a more burdensome process because their pregnancy is a result of one of these two actions.

Unfortunately, Rep. Butt and the other GOP butts in the house voted to “table” Fitzhugh’s amendment.  So, it won’t be part of the bill which is surely going to be signed by the state’s biggest GOP butt, the Governor.

But, don’t think that his is the only instance of Rep. Butt showing off her ignorance.  Earlier Fitzhugh offered a different amendment.  He wanted allow doctors to exempt patients from the 48-hour waiting period for mental health reasons.  Rep. Butt once again showed her “Christian Charity” on this matter.  She said:

Putting this psychological harm bypass into the bill is really a loophole for the abortion industry. It allows someone who is going to profit from abortion to get the waiting period waived.

Just to be clear about all of this.  According to Rep. Butt, every woman who claims to have been raped or a victim of incest is a liar.  Every doctor who wants to grant an exemption to this “waiting period” is simply out for the money.  It is really nice to see just how sympathetic this woman is to other women.

Bills like these are simple attempts to legislate specific religious beliefs into law.  They serve no other purpose.  Other than attempting to control the lives of women.  It is open season on women across the nation.

As I wrote yesterday, none of this nonsense being vomited up by conservatives has anything to do with religion or religious beliefs.  It is all a simple way to keep women down and under control.  And it stinks.  And it is wrong.  In my humble opinion, the GOP is using “terrorism” against women to deny them their civil rights.  But don’t worry, even if you believe they are correct, once they get women “back in their place” they will come after you, too.

 

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