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.

Could We See a New Comstock Act?

I was listening to the American Freethought podcast and they mentioned the Comstock Act. I had read about those laws (enacted 141 years ago) in books about the history of secularism. The title of the act was “Suppression of Trade in, and Circulation of, Obscene Literature and Articles of Immoral Use”. In practical terms that meant contraceptive devices and information about contraception. In light of the Hobby Lobby ruling by the Supreme Court of the U.S., the behavior of Republicans in the U.S. Congress, and other disturbing trends at the state level I can’t help but wonder if we might not see something similar become the law of the land again.

If only there was a way to make religious puritans less concerned that someone, somewhere, might be enjoying themselves.

Senator Harry Reid has got to go

Take a look at who voted for and against “Not My Boss’ Business” Act. Notice anything interesting about the right-hand column? Notice the only Democrat in that list of names? That’s right. The spineless, simpering, back stabbing Harry Reid. The only Democrat to vote against the bill. Here is a prime example why I tell the DSCC to fuck off when they call or send me mail begging for money. Senator Reid is worse than useless. The sooner he’s out and someone with a spine (e.g., Al Franken or Elizabeth Warren) takes his place the better. But first I’d like to see a transvaginal ultrasound probe shoved up his rectum and turned up to 11.

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 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.