Saturday, January 29, 2011
News about bigots, naysayers and religious morons
Lauren Kelley, in an article on AlterNet, notes that Perry "publicly trashed the Obama administration's American Recovery and Reinvestment Act while quietly begging for and accepting a much-needed bailout ... "
Perry "actually launched a 'No Government Bailouts' campaign and published an anti-bailout op-ed in the Washington Times on the same day he applied for ARRA funds.
2. There is a cross in La Jolla, California, atop Mount Soledad. A cross was first put up there in 1913. The one that stands there now is supposed to be "a war memorial." But some folks, like the Jewish War Veterans of the United States as well as the ACLU, believe it is a specifically Christian symbol and should be taken down.
The issue went to court and a U.S. Federal Judge ruled that the cross was part of a memorial that "communicates the primarily nonreligious messages of military service, death and sacrifice," and therefore could remain on public land.
The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in opposition to that notion and said the cross was unconstitutional - it violated the establishment clause. "[I]n adopting the First Amendment, the Founders were prescient in recognizing that, without eschewing religion, neither can the government be seen as favoring one religion over another. The balance is subtle but fundamental to our freedom of religion."
Why can't the right-wing wackos and the christianist politicos of today get that into their thick heads?
3. In Phoenix, the Roman Catholic Bishop, Thomas J. Olmstead, "has stripped St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center of its 115-year affiliation because administrators -- including a nun -- allowed doctors to remove a dying 11-week old fetus from a mother of four because she would have died without the procedure."
Here we have in bold print the absurdity of religion, in this particular case, the absolute absurdity of the Roman Catholic form of Christianity! Olmstead is the perfect Pharisee as described in the Gospel of Matthew - fussing about the letter of the law and missing completely its spirit; missing completely the teaching of his Jesus!
Well, what does Olmstead's "stripping" of St. Joseph's affiliation mean? Not a hell of a lot. Olmstead said "The Catholic faithful are free to seek care or to offer care at St. Joseph's Hospital, but I cannot guarantee that the care provided will be in full accord with the teachings of the Church."
Heh, heh. Who the hell cares? Who the hell cares anymore what a Catholic bishop says about anything? Who cares about a church institution that served and still serves as a haven for predators of young children; whose hypocrisy is monumental, decrying homosexuality when 25-50 percent of its priestly leaders are gay?
If I was religious, I would say "Thank God for those clear-headed, compassionate people at St. Joseph's who saved the life of that mother of four children! And to hell with Olmstead and all the other sanctimonious creeps who hold positions of "authority" in that monstrous organization!
4. We all know Jim DeMint as the Jesus-smitten loony from South Carolina who is part of The Family - the organization that is working to take over the world for God and therefore believe that their ends justify just about any means.
Tracy Clark-Flory, at Salon, tells how back last fall, DeMint spoke at a church rally. What he said was reported by the Spartanburg Herald Journal. "DeMint said if someone is openly homosexual, they shouldn't be teaching in the classroom and he holds the same position on an unmarried women who's sleeping with her boyfriend - she shouldn't be in the classroom."
Well, DeMint is a bigot. A big bigot! A horse's ass! Unfortunately, he is a member of our Congress.
And I couldn't have said it better myself!
5. In Florida, the morons are out in force!
Personhood Florida represents a group of retrogrades, people of such low intelligence and morality, they should probably be sent off to a desert island where they couldn't cause any further damage to the general population. Personhood Florida believes (note that word because what they "believe" has no scientific justification whatsoever!) that a fetus become person at conception; a real, human person.
That's OK in the sense that these fruitcakes are free to believe any damn thing they want. Where it gets sticky is their insistance that their beliefs become law in the state of Florida! To that end they are "sponsoring a proposed state amendment that would grant personhood to fetuses."
Thus, their "initiative" would "ban abortion and some forms of birth control."
Now in order to achieve their objectives, they put together a weekend gathering for Florida pastors in order to obtain several thousand signatures, and they hope that the pastors will get the "word" out to people so that Personhood Florida can get enough signatures to put their initiative on the 2012 ballot!
Well, if you want to do something truly stupid and nonsensical, get the pastors in line!
6. This comes from Alex Pareene at Salon. The Tea Party, as we know, lives a world all its own; a fantasy world they have created from their own imaginations. This becomes especially evident when they talk about our country's so-called "Founding Fathers."
Up in Tennessee, where as one woman from that state told me recently, "we Tennesseans don't like Al Gore!", Tea Party crackpots are demanding that the state legislature "amend state laws governing school curriculums, and for textbook selection criteria to say that 'No portrayal of minority experience in the history which actually occurred shall obscure the experience or contributions of the Founding Fathers, or the majority of citizens, including those who reached positions of leadership.'"
Well, it really comes down to racism. A Tea Party crackpot spokesman, "Fayette County attorney Hal Rounds ... said the group wants to address 'an awful lot of made-up criticism about, for instance, the founders intruding on the Indians or having slaves or being hypocrites in one way or another.'"
As Pareene put it: "OK, but ... I mean ... those guys did a lot of 'intruding' and slave-owning, is the thing."