Let’s treat gun owners like we treat pregnant women

This is making the rounds but can’t be repeated often enough, so…

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“Gun violence problem solved. Or, “hey, how about we treat every young man who wants to buy a gun like every woman who wants to get an abortion” — mandatory 48-hr waiting period, parental permission, a note from his doctor proving he understands what he’s about to do, a video he has to watch about the effects of gun violence, an ultrasound wand up the ass (just because). Let’s close down all but one gun shop in every state and make him travel hundreds of miles, take time off work, and stay overnight in a strange town to get a gun. Make him walk through a guantlet of people holding photos of loved ones who were shot to death, people who call him a murderer and beg him not to buy a gun.

It makes more sense to do this with young men and guns than with women and health care, right? I mean, no woman getting an abortion has killed a room full of people in seconds, right?” — via a friend of a friend

It is easy to edit video to make people opposed to Planned Parenthood look like they support it

The group Majority Ohio has created a video showing how easy it is to edit video footage to make it appear that “pro-life” supporters who are trying to shutdown Planned Parenthood actually support the organization:

It isn’t difficult to take sentences (or fragments) out of context and portray them to mean the opposite of what the speaker intended.

The irony is that if the forced-birthers get their way and Planned Parenthood didn’t exist there would be even more abortions. Regardless of what you think about abortion you should support Planned Parenthood. That so many people want to see the organization killed makes it obvious their real agenda isn’t about abortion. It’s about controlling peoples sexual activity and keeping sex something that is only done if you intend to create a person.

H/T Daily Kos

Tom Kirby, Georgia legislator and defender of cell clusters

Tom Kirby, Georgia representative district 114 has no idea what the phrase “human life” means but is still willing to legislate on the topic:

Ethical treatment of Embryos

We in Georgia are taking the lead on this issue. Human life at all stages is precious including as an embryo. We need to get out in front of the science and technology, before it becomes something no one wants. The mixing of Human Embryos with Jellyfish cells to create a glow in the dark human, we say not in Georgia. This bill is about protecting Human life while maintaining good, valid research that does not destroy life.

He appears to be against stem cell research. Which tells me his knowledge of biology and science in general is equivalent to the 2000 year old goat herders who wrote the book he venerates. What I find more disturbing is he appears to believe scientists are trying to create glow in the dark humans. Mr. Kirby may not be a danger to himself or others, and therefore not meet the legal definition for forced psychiatric commitment, but you’ve got to wonder how he manages to find his way home.

Anyone care to place a bet on whether or not he is for or against state sanctioned death penalty? Does he believe society should provide support for the brood mare, sorry, pregnant woman, and her children? I’m betting he’s for the former and against the latter. In other words: A typical know-nothing misogynistic “god fearing” asshole Republican.

H/T: Charles P. Pierce

Abortion clinic escorts and protestors

I don’t have a lot to add to this article about abortion clinic escorts. What I do know is that the protestors never, and I do mean never, consider that their might be good reasons for terminating a pregnancy. Such as a genetic defect that guarantees the fetus, assuming a live birth, will have a hideous and short life span. Furthermore, the people who protest at abortion clinics are almost guaranteed to distort reality; e.g., with respect to when a fetus has a beating heart or has a nervous system that can “feel” pain. Not to mention that almost all abortions are done during the embryonic stage (or would be if the anti-abortionists weren’t able to delay the procedure).

There is plenty of room for honest disagreement for when an abortion should not be allowed. But the people who protest and vote against allowing any abortions, regardless of the circumstances, aren’t interested in an honest and open discussion. They’re blinded by their religious faith. Proving yet again that religion poisons everything.

Fetus worshippers kill another woman

Today I read several stories (such as this story) about a judge who forced a critically ill woman to undergo a cesarean section. Causing the death of the woman and the fetus. This is the sort of thing that happens when the views of fetus worshippers hold sway.

If this incident was an anomaly it would be bad enough. But this sort of thing is the predictable outcome when people base their morals on bronze age religious beliefs rather than rational moral decisions. Which means that unconscionable outcomes tend to be the norm where religious based beliefs hold sway.

I honestly cannot fathom the thinking of people who believe a fetus has more rights than the woman, an actual person, whose body is host to the potential person. If you accept their logic why isn’t it acceptable to force people to donate blood in order to save a life? Or a kidney to a close family member?

For most fetus worshipers their stance appears to be based on a belief that a “soul” is bound to the potential person at conception. An idea that is not only not found in their holy book but is contradicted by the bible. Not to mention that their is no support for the concept of a soul outside of (some) religious tradition. Not to mention the incoherence of that viewpoint in light of our understanding of human biology where zygotes (i.e., fertilized eggs) can fuse (to create chimera) or split (to create identical twins).

Even if you accept the idea that a human blastocyst, embryo, or fetus has a soul I fail to see how the rights of that potential person trumps the rights of the woman it depends upon. Note that I nowhere above have I used the word “baby”. Confusing a baby with a fetus (or even earlier developmental stage) is something that is a favorite tactic of the fetus worshippers. Which is a deliberate attempt to use emotion to avoid rational discussion of the issue.

FRC says they accomplish a lot of good things

Another day, another email from the Family Research Council urging me to send them money. This missive was a little different in that it was more specific than most of the email they send. The money is going to help them

Protect the rights of parents to educate their children.

I wasn’t aware parents had lost or are about to lose the right to educate their children. For that matter religious parents are still free to indoctrinate their children. Yes, atheists, secular humanists, etc. are trying to educate people on why such indoctrination is harmful. But we can only wish we had the ability to remove the rights of parents to indoctrinate their children in whatever religious mythology they believe.

Preserve natural marriage from the corrosive Left.

What is “natural” about marriage? Presumably this is code for one man marrying one woman with no concubines involved. Which is laughable given the number of God approved non-normal marriages in the Bible.

Defend our First Amendment freedoms of religion and speech.

By which the FRC means defending their unearned right to force everyone to believe their mythology and grovel before their imaginary God.

Expose and overturn the lawlessness of the IRS, the Department of Justice and other government agencies that are running roughshod over the Constitution.

This is presumably a coded reference to the fictitious IRS scandal wherein the IRS supposedly targeted conservative political groups in an illegal attempt to deny them 501(c)3 status. It’s amazing how easily xians find a way to play the role of martyr.

Stop organizations like the radical Southern Poverty Law Center from destroying the rights of our nation’s brave military men and women to freely exercise their faith.

I donate to the SPLC and have no idea what this one is about. I am aware of the FFRF (Freedom From Religion Foundation) and MRFF (Military Religious Freedom Foundation) working hard to ensure that our military honors the US Constitution. Specifically, keeping our military from becoming God’s armed forces and allowing enlisted personnel to practice religious faith as they see fit without coercion from the military leadership.

Among the accomplishments the FRC touts for 2014 is

Saved abstinence education in our schools.

FRC was instrumental in getting Congress to reauthorize abstinence education grants to the states.

Yay! More unwanted teenage pregnancies and venereal disease. Abstinence “education” is a sick joke.

Successfully defended christian businesses.

FRC messaging was included in the arguments before the Supreme Court that resulted in the decision to exempt Christian businesses from the ObamaCare mandate to pay for drugs that can induce abortion.

Except, of course, the drugs in question do not induce abortion. Except in the minds of delusional Christians who believe women should stick to their God given role of breeding as many babies for Christ as possible before they die.

Their email ends with

God bless you for giving sacrifically to further His kingdom.

By which they mean sacrificing for the comfort of the grifters, such as Ken Perkins, who run the FRC.

Hobby Lobby not really pro-family?

This article and this article allege that Hobby Lobby fired a pregnant employee when she took time off to give birth. What a surprise. Not! As with most well off Xians the Green family puts corporate profits ahead of the family. Despite their protestations that “family values” are the most important thing in the world.

Everyone, including atheists, hold inconsistent views. What makes people like the Greens so despicable is their insistence that Christianity provides them with moral absolutes which makes them superior to non-Xians. Yet they flout that moral guidance on a daily basis in ways small and large. At least atheists don’t claim divine guidance and will frequently acknowledge when they’re being inconsistent or need to change their views.

It’s a shame that the Xian hell doesn’t exist because otherwise I could take pleasure in the thought that people like the Greens would be guaranteed extra attention by Satan.

P.S., Consider also that Hobby Lobby purchases many of its products from China — a country with state mandated, not just supported or allowed, abortion. If I ever meet a xian who isn’t a hypocrite on anything but trivial matters (e.g., telling a “white” lie despite the prohibition against “bearing false witness”) I’ll donate to my nearest pedophile support network Catholic church.

A song about birth control (Hobby Lobby)

I was listening to the FFRF’s “Freethought Radio” podcast and was amazed that a song written thirty years ago is still relevant today. That song is “Days of the Theocracy” by Kristin Lems.

First they fight abortion, birth control is next,
Then comes sex if you’re not married, finally, out goes sex
Put the prayers back in the schools, install parochiaid
Allow for corporal punishment, and then you got it made!

We’re going back, back to the good ole days
When men were really men and women knew their place
Back, back a couple of centuries
And welcome back the days of the theocracy

The family is so holy, there must be no divorce
And if a wife is not content, she must adjust, of course
And if he’s forced to beat her, it’s all for her own good
She must know what her limits are, as any woman should

The next to go is daycare, it’s all a commit plot
What could be more fulfilling than a child, wanted or not?
A woman’s work is housework, God wanted it that way
A salaried job degrades her since she never works for pay

We’re going back, back to the good ole days
When men were really men and women knew their place
Back, back a couple of centuries
And welcome back the days of the theocracy

They teach us women’s lot is “love honor and obey”
And while their crusty notions seem like jokes to us today
They’re sitting in the Capitol, they’re voting on our lives
If we don’t stop them now, our freedom will not long survive

No going back..to the bad ole days…let’s go ahead for future centuries,

And build a world that’s based on true democracy
And build a world that’s based on true equality
Ah – person!

Hobby Lobby: FRC says get on your knees

I recently signed up for email alerts from the FRC (Family Research Council) under a non de plume (or “nom de rude” as others might say). The FRC is a theocratic, reactionary, right-wing, group. The type of group that Saint Ronald Reagan sucked up to and the cause of my defection from the Republican party.

Yesterday they sent me an email urging me to tell my US senators to
oppose a bill that would address the travesty that is the SCOTUS ruling on the Hobby Lobby case:

The Senate plans to vote as early as Tuesday on a bill offered by Senator Patty Murray (D-Wash.) that would “overturn” the Supreme Court’s ruling in Hobby Lobby and force all private and employer based healthcare plans to cover contraceptives, drugs which can destroy a human embryo and sterilization services, without copay—or face crippling fines.

The Supreme Court correctly held that the HHS mandate violates the free exercise rights of family businesses like Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood Specialties, who do not want to violate their conscience in order to earn a living. But that hasn’t stopped Senator Murray, pushed by radical groups like NARAL, Planned Parenthood and National Women’s Law Center, to demand religious American’s bow to their pro-abortion agenda.

But this bill is not only anti-religious and anti-constitutional—its anti-woman!

Nearly one-third of the business plaintiffs in these cases calling the HHS mandate on religious liberty grounds are women. In addition, women judges have voted to halt implementation of the mandate 24 times. In only 15 cases have they voted in favor of the employer mandate. Finally, more women oppose the mandate than support it in poll after poll across the United States.

How can Senator Murray and this bill’s supporters claim to be supporting women when they are directly opposing the sincerely held religious beliefs of so many American women?

Please urge your Senators to oppose the misleadingly titled “Protect Women’s Health From Corporate Interference Act of 2014.” This discriminatory bill runs contrary to the values Americans hold dear and the ruling the Supreme Court handed down earlier this month.

Notice the logical fallacies and ridiculous conclusions. For example, the alleged fact (no citations by FRC) that more female judges have “voted” to oppose the ACA. Not the contraception mandate but the entire ACA. Furthermore, what the heck does it mean for a judge to “vote” on the matter? Did they rule against the government on a case brought before them? Do they mean that those judges voted in an election? Heck if I can tell from that email. Not to mention that a cornerstone of our constitution is to guard against the tyranny of the majority by protecting the rights of the minority.

I didn’t even have to read Senator Patty Murray’s bill. The fact that the FRC is against it is sufficient for me to send the following message to my US senators and representative:

I expect you to support the bill introduced by Senator Patty
Murray titled “Protect Women’s Health From Corporate
Interference Act of 2014.” I admit that I know nothing about
the bills particulars. But the fact I received an email from
the FRC (Family Research Council) expressing outrage for the
bill is all I need to know. The theocrats in this country
need to be stopped before they return us to the European
Dark Ages.