While there was predictable outrage from many right-wing quarters this week over Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer’s veto of S.B. 1062 — a bill that would have legalized discrimination against LGBT people on the basis of protecting the “religious freedom” of people who did not wish to do business with them — the overwhelming reaction by most Arizonans, particularly its business people, was one of relief.
After all, the state is still recovering from the economic blowback wrought by another piece of far-right legislation - the infamous anti-immigrant S.B. 1070 legislation that put local law officers in the business of enforcing federal immigration law. The damage inflicted by the law itself, worsened by boycotts and other economic retaliation provoked by that legislation, remain fresh in the minds of the state’s business leaders, who pleaded with Brewer to boycott the law, as did the state’s entire congressional delegation and even a few of the legislators who had originally voted for the bill.
For now, the legislation appears to be dead in Arizona. But it is only one of several states in which the “religious freedom” legislation has made its presence felt, and in several states it may yet be approved.
Well as most of us know, Republicans make a clear effort to inject religion into their policy making as much as possible. I guess I should clarify that because it’s not entirely accurate: when it comes to social policies, Republicans try to inject religion as much as possible. When it comes to economic policies then they suddenly forget that Jesus Christ spoke out against greed and focused on the responsibility a society has to its poor, needy, sick and elderly.
And it’s clear to anyone who follows me that I don’t consider most conservatives actual Christians. I believe they follow what I call “Republicanity.” It’s what reality shows me. It’s a mix of political ideologies tossed in with a handful of passages from the Bible. Because let’s be honest — when it comes to the Bible, everyone (who’s Christian anyway) picks and chooses which passages they want to follow and which they don’t.
That being said, I thought it might be fun to write the “Republican Ten Commandments” based on what the GOP seems to stand for. Sure, there are many really kind, caring conservative voters out there - but they still vote for a party that’s anything but. It just baffles me how so many Americans vote against their own interests.
So, based on what the GOP stands for, I present to you the Republican Ten Commandments:
1. Thou shalt worship no other Americans but Ronald Reagan.
2. Thou shalt pay no attention to the fact that tax rates have nothing to do with capitalism. Remember, we were in fact a nation based on socialism before 1980 when our savior was elected.
3. To speak ill of Ronald Reagan means you are not a real conservative.
4. Thou shalt honor Ayn Rand’s economic ideologies, but ignore the fact that she was an atheist who thought religious people were fools.
5. Thou shalt respect your mother and father by ensuring that we privatize Social Security and Medicare so that private corporations can profit from these programs.
6. Guns are the only means of salvation. Thou shalt live in fear every moment that someone is out to get you.
7. Though adultery and divorce are acceptable and frequent occurrences (especially in “strongly conservative” states), it is same-sex marriage that will ultimately destroy the traditional family and ruin the sanctity of marriage.
8. Women are to be treated as subservient to men. Their rights will be determined by panels consisting entirely of males as it is clear men know more, and are better suited to determine female equality and how to handle women’s health.
9. The poor are but leeches on society seeking a handout from everybody else. The rich suffer the greatest burden of all and it is your responsibility to ensure that the rich are properly taken care of, for they are the job creators.
10. Thou shalt remember that greed is good, the poor are lazy, gays are bad, women are wicked, Rush Limbaugh is a respectable citizen, Sarah Palin is intelligent and George W. Bush was a great president.
Hate monger, Pamela Geller isn’t just attacking Muslims now, or “Muslim Marxist Nazi” Obama. Now she has decided to attack another target, transgendered people. Writing for the only thing possibly more insane than her, World Net Daily, Pamela Geller asks, “has America lost its mind?” To which I reply, “no.” Her commentary is entitled Institutionalized sexual harassment in U.S. schools” Which is odd given the fact that as you will see, it isn’t really about that at all, but who are we to expect Geller of all people to be “accurate.”
America, we have a problem. The latest multi-culti, non-gender specific “innovations” at the country’s top universities are “gender-neutral facilities.” Sounds innocent enough, right? Wrong.
Okay Geller, what’s so horrible about them?
These gender-neutral facilities are being installed in universities across America. Not small marginal colleges, but major institutions such as NYU. These bathrooms are for both girls and boys. What it means, and what most parents who send their kids to these cesspools for $70,000 a year don’t know, is that these non-gender specific bathrooms have stalls and urinals. Urinals. So if your daughter is one of the few who don’t relate to the disgusting whores of, say, “Girls,” or fellate any guy who asks her to, and if she actually respects herself, her body and her self-worth, this could be - sexually traumatic.
Yes, for bigots like you. Also you’re engaging in slut shaming, no surprise there. Looks like you’re not much better at being a feminist and defending women’s rights, than you are at being a defender of gay rights. off course you don’t really care much about homophobia, except to use Muslim homophobia as tool to demonize Muslims. I’d be willing to bet that if a well known American or European Muslim were to engage in slut shaming similar to the kind that you just exhibited there, you would be all over him. Off course that further shows us what a hypocrite you are, Geller. You really only seem to defend women, when you think the person violating her rights is a Muslim, or the fears of women being harmed are completely imaginary as they are here. You do little to nothing, to defend women’s rights when its the American religious right, which you have allied yourself with, that is trying to take them away.
Before you call me prudish or old-fashioned, think of it this way. A young girl finishes class, goes to the bathroom to refresh herself and she opens the door to the restroom to find a male student whom she has never met relieving himself in a urinal. What is going to protect girls from sexual predators in such a situation?
Wouldn’t that “guy” if he sees himself, or rather herself as a girl, be urinating sitting down on a toilet, inside a restroom stall, away from her prying eyes? Also if that girl is a male transsexual why would seeing a guy urinate be so traumatic? Also if shes a regular CIS women and she entered a bathroom that was gender neutral, and was for more than one person, wouldn’t it be unreasonable for her not expect there to ever be boys there? Far more importantly, a woman could be attacked by a sexual predator at anytime, including on collage campus. It just won’t be very likely if there are a lot of other people around. Also whether she’s in a nice neighborhood or a crime ridden slum will make a much bigger difference than if she’s at a facility with gender neutral bathrooms. In fact having gender neutral bathrooms on a collage campus won’t make much difference either way.
Meantime, lets ignore how trans people have been harmed by transphobic bigots like you, because they wanted to use the restroom meant for the gender they identify with.
And if the girl grew up in a household with no men, it is certainly traumatic. Virgins who have morals and do not engage in casual sexual activity would certainly be victims of such institutionalized sexual abuse. Even for sexually active girls, who wants to see a guy urinating?
If she was a Muslim girl, knowing Geller, she would claim that she was oppressed and this was reason enough to destroy Islam. Why those “evil Muslims” won’t let there daughter spend time with boys. By the way, I find it very hard to believe there are a lot of women in the United States ( or The world for that matter ) who grew up, and never saw anyone of the opposite sex for their entire childhood or teen years.
This madness isn’t just in the universities, either. AP reported Friday on a ruling by the Maine Supreme Judicial Court: that “school officials violated state anti-discrimination law when they would not allow a transgender fifth-grader to use the girls’ bathroom.” The story tell us, “Nicole is a biological male who identified as a girl beginning at age 2″ and is now 16. Jennifer Levi, director of the Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders’ Transgender Rights Project, was thrilled, saying: “This is a momentous decision that marks a huge breakthrough for transgender young people.”
Yes its madness, I tell you, madness that we respect people and treat them as being part of the gender they identify with.
Nor is it the first time that this has been sanctioned. AP says: “Colorado officials said last year that a suburban Colorado Springs school district discriminated against a 6-year-old transgender girl by preventing her from using the girls’ bathroom.” And in California, there is a law “that allows public school students to use bathrooms and locker rooms that correspond with their expressed genders.”
Good! look at how far we’ve come. People like you have been harming trans people for a long time.
Read the rest of Geller’s Transphobic fear mongering over at WND If you insist on it.*
*I didn’t bother using the wingnut text since the only things I was quoting were from Geller and there was a lot of it, and Charles said its hard on his eyes.
More Proof That the Republican Party Is Spiraling Toward Its Final Days of Being Nationally Relevant
Since the dawn of the tea party, I basically had two views of it based on their radical ideology. Either it would be short-lived and quickly squashed within a couple of years, or it would eventually destroy the Republican party.
Well, it appears that it’s going to eventually destroy the Republican party.
See, groups supporting these more radical right-wing candidates who are seeking to “take down” those Republicans they deem too moderate for daring to work with President Obama and Democrats on anything, are out raising their more “established” counterparts by quite a lot.
According to the NYTimes:
“Four Republican-leaning groups with close ties to the party’s leadership in Congress — Crossroads and its super PAC affiliate; the Congressional Leadership Fund; and Young Guns Action Fund — raised a combined $7.7 million in 2013. By contrast, four conservative organizations that have battled Republican candidates deemed too moderate or too yielding on spending issues — FreedomWorks, the Club for Growth Action Fund, the Senate Conservatives Fund, and the Tea Party Patriots — raised a total of $20 million in 2013, according to Federal Election Commission reports filed on Friday.”
I have to hand it to Chris Mooney. I never thought about it this way before.
At the Creation Museum in Kentucky, a kid rides the triceratops statue. Just like our ancestors did, or something.
Remember that story Charles Johnson talked about awhile back about the Israeli government funding all abortions for people who are 20 to 33 years of age?
It turns out, at least one American wingnut was logically consistent after all. Brian Tashman at Right Wing Watch points out that Mark Gordon, a writer for a conservative catholic website, has demanded that the US government end all aid to Israel until the country stops funding abortions. He maybe wrong, but at least you won’t be able to accuse him of hypocrisy here.
Religious Right activists often claim that they will never be silent about “Nazi” abortion rights …that is, unless those rights exist in Israel. We noted last week that Israel’s decision to expand public funding for abortion coverage was met with crickets from many American anti-choice groups that also embrace Christian Zionism and accuse President Obama of being unfriendly to Israel.
These organizations, of course, would have erupted with rage if the Obama administration had even contemplated implementing a similar policy.
In a column today, a writer at the conservative Catholic website Aleteia calls out U.S abortion rights opponents for responding to Israel’s new policy “with little comment or condemnation,” wondering if they either “missed the story” or think “abortion in Israel just doesn’t matter.”
Aleteia’s Mark Gordon writes that in order to be consistent, the same anti-choice movement that demands a ban on government funds for abortion coverage and groups like Planned Parenthood in the U.S. should also call for the end of U.S. aid to Israel: “American taxpayers should not be put in the position of underwriting the culture of death. But if that’s true of Obamacare – and it is – then shouldn’t it be true for American foreign aid?”
Remember that recent story about more Repuplicans rejecting evolution? Good news is that according to John Timmer at Ars Technica, for the most part its just Republicans. The percentage of Americans who accept evolution, for the most part hasn’t changed, which is better than more Americans rejecting science overall, I guess.
Yesterday, Pew Research Center released the results of a poll of US residents that asked about their acceptance of the theory of evolution. In keeping with past surveys, this one found that a completely uncontroversial idea within the scientific community—modern organisms are the result of evolution—is rejected by a third of the US public. While that fraction has held steady over time, the survey found that the political divide over evolution has grown over the past four years, with Republicans now even more likely to reject the idea than they were before.
Well, I am SHOCKED that this wacko is from my home state of Texas. Take a bow, Fox News. You idiots are responsible for perpetrating this WAR ON CHRISTMAS!!!! crap. The United States is the most tolerant nation on earth when it comes to religion (or a person’s lack of one), and we are NOT a “Christian nation.” Good effin’ grief.
In a sermon on Sunday, Texas megachurch pastor John Hagee advised atheists and humanists to “take your Walkman and stuff it into your ears” or just “leave the country” if they don’t like hearing “Merry Christmas” or carols like “Joy to the World,” according to a video of Hagee’s speech hosted on Right Wing Watch.
A Walkman???!!! Does this guy make phone calls with cups and string, too??!! Dude, 1975 called and wants its 8-track tapes back.
“It was built by Christian people who believed in the word of God. … If our belief in God offends you, move,” Hagee said before informing atheists that “we don’t want you and we won’t miss you, I promise you.”
Nope! Your text to link…
In a 2006 interview with NPR, he also claimed that Hurricane Katrina, which killed more than 1,800 people, was an “act of God” to punish a Gay Pride parade scheduled in New Orleans.
“And the promise of that parade was that it was going to reach a level of sexuality never demonstrated before in any of the other Gay Pride parades,” Hagee said. “I believe that the Bible teaches that when you violate the law of God, that God brings punishment, sometimes before the day of judgment. And I believe that the Hurricane Katrina was, in fact, the judgment of God against the city of New Orleans.”
Your Republican Party, ladies and gentleman.
Right wing watch recently found something that might be of interest to you. Rafael Cruz, the father of Ted Cruz, has apparently been listening to the American far right’s favorite “historian.” No surprise, really, unfortunately.
Yes David Barton is such a great “historian.” Maybe the real reason that it’s not taught in any of our public schools, is because it’s baseless and only the uneducated believe it. Rafael, if you really want to educate yourself, do yourself a favor, start reading the work of people like Chris Rodda instead, who has successfully debunked Barton on multiple occasions. Like Barton, you are either incredibly ignorant or a liar. Secularism wasn’t something that was just made up by “evil liberals” to suppress Christians. Groups like Americans United For the Separation of Church And Sate, defend our religious liberty, not persecute Christians or suppress Christianity. Also Rafael, like it or not, as Americans, secularism is a part of our county’s history. Our nation was not founded on Christianity or any other religion for that matter, and that’s a good thing.