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What if Your Mailman Refuses to Deliver Your Mail Based on His “Religious Beliefs?”

In the case of Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby, heard by the Supreme Court a few weeks ago, the Court must decide whether a corporation, i.e. Hobby Lobby, can opt out of providing insurance coverage to its employees for certain forms of birth control it objects to. The case, in essence, is about whether corporations — who the Supreme Court has already said are “people” — can have religious beliefs.

If the Court rules in favor of Hobby Lobby, the sky’s the limit.  Imagine a dental practice refusing to treat African Americans because of its supposed “religious beliefs,” or a veterinarian refusing to treat dogs belonging to blond people because of  “religious beliefs.”  I mean, it could get really crazy around here really fast.

Not only that, imagine a USPS letter carrier or a FedEx guy incorporating himself and refusing to deliver mail or packages that violate his/her “religious beliefs,” as in this:  On May 22, the United States Postal Service will debut a “forever stamp” featuring openly-gay San Fransisco Board of Supervisors member Harvey Milk who was assassinated in 1978.

Harvey Milk Stamp

Or what about this:  My husband was a letter carrier for 35 years.  He’s retired now but what if he’d incorporated himself and refused to deliver Republican campaign mail to his patrons, based on, ahem, his “religious beliefs?”

Like I said, it could get really crazy, really fast.

 

 

 

 

April 20, 2014 at 6:31 PM Leave a comment

Happy Easter

I’m thinking about rebirth and renewal and about the possibility that today represents the hope that we humans will find a way to be kinder to each other and much, much more respectful of the plants and animals who (try to) coexist with us on this little sphere we live on.

Fun Summer Wreath

A spring wreath I made out of torn pieces of leftover fabric from pillow covers I made a few years ago.

 

 

April 20, 2014 at 2:35 AM 2 comments

Man Yells “Heil Hitler:” Kills Three at Two Jewish Centers in Kansas City

There’s this:  Shootings at Jewish Centers in Kansas City Leave 3 Dead

And this:

We’ll know more tomorrow.

 

April 13, 2014 at 8:11 PM Leave a comment

What if Republicans Could Run Jesus for President?

The way Republicans talk these days, if Jesus was around, he’d be their guy for president.  Or would he?

Oops!

 

April 10, 2014 at 4:27 PM 1 comment

If Obama Wanted to Spread Islamic Law in the U.S. He’d be a Republican

Maybe the GOP yelling about Obama being a secret Muslim is meant as a distraction for the Islamic-like values they’re pushing:

GOP Muslim 4-8-14

(Via.)

April 8, 2014 at 11:17 AM 1 comment

Fred Phelps: On the Verge of Spending Eternity in Hell

Fred Phelps via Wikipedia

(Image via Wikipedia)

I am not one to speak ill of people who are on their death bed or already dead but I’m making an exception when it comes to Fred Phelps, the founder of the Westboro Baptist Church.  If there is a hell, I don’t hope he’ll spend eternity there, I know he will and that’s fine by me:

Fred Phelps Sr., the founder of the Westboro Baptist Church, is “on the edge of death,” according to a Facebook post Saturday night by his estranged son.

His son, Nathan Phelps says the 84-year-old Westboro founder was voted out of his church late last summer. He was moved into a home in Topeka, Kansas “where he could be watched over,” and ultimately stopped eating and drinking, The Topeka Capital-Journal reports.

“[Fred] is at Midland Hospice House where, as of yesterday [Friday], he is comfortable without the respiratory difficultly [sic] that he was having the day before and is unresponsive,” Nathan Phelps told the Capital-Journal via email. According to the paper, a Westboro spokesman confirmed the elder Phelps is indeed a patient at the hospice.

Phelps Sr. and Westboro are known across the world for their demonstrations and pickets — usually outside the funerals of notable people, victims of disasters, and military personnel — and for their hateful posters and signs condemning LGBT people that say “GOD HATES FAGS,” among others.

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Phelps will be remembered as a man who made hating his life’s work.

March 16, 2014 at 3:31 PM 1 comment

Memo to Arizona’s “Religious Freedom” Fighters: If I Don’t Like Your Mail I Might Not Deliver It

Fireworks via Wikimedia commons

(Image via Wikimedia Commons)

Yo, Arizona, do you really want to go down the road where anyone and everyone can refuse services to people they perceive as violating their “religious freedom?”

Let’s pretend I’m your letter carrier and I’m on my route walking toward your house.  While sifting through the envelopes I’m carrying I see a letter or a solicitation from the NRA or Planned Parenthood.  I’m opposed to one or the other so — per my “religious freedom” and the bill sitting on Governor Jan Brewer’s desk — I refuse service because delivering that letter would go against my “religious freedom” and I toss it.

That’s where you’re going.

Do you want letter carriers to decide what mail you get based on their “religious freedom?”

Seriously?  Think about the ramifications.

(P.S.  Here’s the definition of ramification.)

Oh, and I love how Republicans seem to have driven over their infamous rebranding plan.

February 25, 2014 at 8:53 PM 3 comments

Have Conservatives Gone Over the Cliff Pushing Their Favorite Social Issues?

Wingnuts via Wikipedia

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Here’s a perceptive and interesting read from Ed Kilgore over at Talking Points Memo asking whether the right’s so-called “religious liberty” campaign is backfiring:

In 2012, the conservative “campaign for religious liberty” looked like a smart and possibly winning strategic gambit. Aimed specifically at the Affordable Care Act’s contraception coverage mandate, nestled in a broader claim of institutional and individual exemptions from complex and sometimes unpopular laws and regulations, the campaign linked the Conference of U.S. Catholic Bishops with conservative evangelicals and both to the Republican politicians (including presidential candidate Mitt Romney) who made it a new front in both their anti-Obamacare and “family values” messaging.

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Two years later, the “religious liberty” crusade shows signs of backfiring. This very day, Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer may veto a bill just passed by a legislature controlled by her own party that provides a broad exemption from discrimination laws to businesses and individuals claiming compliance violates their beliefs. And more generally, an argument that once distracted from the extremist nature of conservative Christian objections to gay rights and reproductive rights is drawing attention to them in a dangerous way.

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Perhaps some non-sectarian Americans instinctively identify with “bakers of conscience” or wedding planners who consider themselves in danger of hellfire for booking hotel ballrooms for Sodomites. But like the fight for the freedom to treat IUDs as death machines, the fight to provide the conservative Christian elements of the wedding industry with plenary indulgences from obedience to the law tends to elicit less sympathy than ridicule from the non-aligned.

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Again, I recommend the whole article.  I think Kilgore may be right.  In their desperation to hold on to the guns, God and gay crowd, conservatives have likely gone too far.  Yes, their base loves what they’re doing but chances are independents are shaking their head at the extremism of it all, this being the most recent example:  Washington lobbyist Jack Burkman on Monday said he is preparing legislation that would ban gay athletes from joining the National Football League.

February 25, 2014 at 11:32 AM Leave a comment

Bravo to Rocco’s Little Chicago Pizza in Tucson, Arizona!

I love this:

Rocco's Little Chicago Pizza

(Image via RoccosLittleChicago.com)

 

Arizona Pizzeria Refuses to Serve Legislators

In the wake of Arizona’s legislature recently passing a law that allows for discrimination (under the guise of religious freedom), a pizzeria in Tucson has decided that it will no longer serve Arizona legislators.

Rocco’s Little Chicago Pizza is taking a stand against the politicians who have voted in favor of Senate Bill 1062 which gives Arizona business owners the right to deny service to gays and others on the basis of religious freedom.

On Thursday the pizzeria posted a photo to its Facebook page (seen above) along with the message “”Funny how just being decent is starting to seem radical these days.”

“A customer posted the sign to my Facebook feed, so I printed it up and laminated it,” owner Anthony Rocco DiGrazia told The Huffington Post Friday (via Facebook). “The response has been overwhelming and almost all positive from across the globe. I just want to serve dinner and own and work in a place I’m proud of. Opening the door to government-sanctioned discrimination, regardless of why, is a huge step in the wrong direction. Thanks for all the support.”

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If you want to send a note of support to Rocco, the address is pizzarocco@gmail.com.

Good move guys!

 

February 22, 2014 at 10:18 AM Leave a comment

Ted Nugent: God Created Buffalo For Us to Kill

Christians say God created the Heaven and the Earth; that He created — everything.

They say we should love and worship all of God’s creatures. (Bravo!)

Ted Nugent says he’s a Christian.

Here’s Ted Nugent’s take on one of God’s animals:

Ted Nugent 2-21-14

February 21, 2014 at 9:11 PM Leave a comment

About Last Night’s Debate Between Bill Nye “The Science Guy” and Ken Ham, the Creationist

As for that debate, here’s my Tweet of the Day which is so spot on:

Tweet of the Day 2-5-14

February 5, 2014 at 8:50 PM Leave a comment

Bill Nye “the Science Guy” Debates Creationist Ken Ham, Live 7:00 PM ET

Watch it here:

February 4, 2014 at 4:50 PM Leave a comment

Listen For the Sound of Heads Exploding: Muslim Holiday to Be Observed in NYC Schools

Heads Exploding image via commons.wikimedia.org

(Image via Commons.Wikimedia.org)

Muslim families in New York City have been requesting official recognition for Islamic holidays in public schools for years now, but they may finally see some changes under new Mayor Bill de Blasio.

On Monday he discussed the issue on the Brian Lehrer Show, declaring that he planned to move forward with closing schools for Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha, as well as for the Lunar New Year.

“It is complicated in terms of logistics and school calendar and budget. But it’s something I want to get done in a reasonable time frame,” he said, according to the New York Daily News.

Though Muslims appreciate his efforts, another community is feeling stiffed. De Blasio said on Monday that he hadn’t yet taken a position on whether Diwali should be officially recognized with a day off for public schools. The festival of lights is celebrated in the Hindu, Jain, and Sikh communities and is an important holiday.

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Oh my god, I love this!  Finally, finally someone is moving off the dime that says only high Christian holy days can be officially observed (here, in a nation that was built on the separation of church and state).  In my opinion the federal government has no business designating religious holidays of any kind.  Since it’s already gone there, the government shouldn’t favor one religion over another but turn high holy days in all religions into holidays.

See the problem with starting down that road?

Thank goodness Mayor de Blasio is bring this to the fore.  We need to talk about it.

Newly elected NYC Mayor Bill De Blasio is no stranger to controversy. The inauguration of this communist mayor included a prayer from a pro-Louis Farrakhan, a known anti-Semite, imam. Additionally, a member of De Blasio’s team received an award from the Communist Party USA.

Now, De Blasio has stated that he plans to close city schools for two Muslim holidays and the Lunar New Year. As reported in the New York Daily News, De Blasio wants to get these holidays in place as quickly as possible.

Appearing on WNYC’s “Brian Lehrer Show” on Monday, the mayor said he hadn’t taken a position on whether Diwali, the festival of lights celebrated in India and other South Asian countries, should be a day off from school.

But he said he’d move forward with closing schools for Lunar New Year and for Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha, Muslim holy days.

“It is complicated in terms of logistics and school calendar and budget. But it’s something I want to get done in a reasonable time frame,” he said.

 

- See more at: http://www.tpnn.com/2014/02/04/nyc-mayor-de-blasio-to-close-schools-for-muslim-holidays/#sthash.rjQ0goHa.dpuf

Newly elected NYC Mayor Bill De Blasio is no stranger to controversy. The inauguration of this communist mayor included a prayer from a pro-Louis Farrakhan, a known anti-Semite, imam. Additionally, a member of De Blasio’s team received an award from the Communist Party USA.

Now, De Blasio has stated that he plans to close city schools for two Muslim holidays and the Lunar New Year. As reported in the New York Daily News, De Blasio wants to get these holidays in place as quickly as possible.

Appearing on WNYC’s “Brian Lehrer Show” on Monday, the mayor said he hadn’t taken a position on whether Diwali, the festival of lights celebrated in India and other South Asian countries, should be a day off from school.

But he said he’d move forward with closing schools for Lunar New Year and for Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha, Muslim holy days.

“It is complicated in terms of logistics and school calendar and budget. But it’s something I want to get done in a reasonable time frame,” he said.

 

- See more at: http://www.tpnn.com/2014/02/04/nyc-mayor-de-blasio-to-close-schools-for-muslim-holidays/#sthash.rjQ0goHa.dpuf

Newly elected NYC Mayor Bill De Blasio is no stranger to controversy. The inauguration of this communist mayor included a prayer from a pro-Louis Farrakhan, a known anti-Semite, imam. Additionally, a member of De Blasio’s team received an award from the Communist Party USA.

Now, De Blasio has stated that he plans to close city schools for two Muslim holidays and the Lunar New Year. As reported in the New York Daily News, De Blasio wants to get these holidays in place as quickly as possible.

Appearing on WNYC’s “Brian Lehrer Show” on Monday, the mayor said he hadn’t taken a position on whether Diwali, the festival of lights celebrated in India and other South Asian countries, should be a day off from school.

But he said he’d move forward with closing schools for Lunar New Year and for Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha, Muslim holy days.

“It is complicated in terms of logistics and school calendar and budget. But it’s something I want to get done in a reasonable time frame,” he said.

 

- See more at: http://www.tpnn.com/2014/02/04/nyc-mayor-de-blasio-to-close-schools-for-muslim-holidays/#sthash.rjQ0goHa.dpuf

February 4, 2014 at 3:34 PM 2 comments

You Can Call Yourself a Christian If…

Just sayin’:

If You call yourself a christian

(Via.)

February 2, 2014 at 7:24 PM Leave a comment

Do You Want Your Tax Dollars Spent on Religious Teachings?

Check out this map:

Map Creationism Taught in Schools via Slate

(Image via Slate.com)

Here’s the legend:

Legend Where Creationism is Taught via Slate

(Image via Slate.com)

(Via.)

I’m in Colorado, where there are six or seven “orange” schools, so my tax dollars are going to teach creationism.  Creationism is a religious belief.  I don’t want my tax dollars going to the teaching of religious beliefs, even if they’re my religious beliefs.  The teaching of religious beliefs belongs in church.  Period.

This is the kind of thing the Founders were worried about when they stressed the importance of the separation of church and state.

 

January 27, 2014 at 1:58 PM Leave a comment

Keep the Government of Texas Out of Marlise Munoz’s Hospital Room

ICU via wikimedia commons

(Image via Wikimedia Commons)

This happened today:

For the first time, John Peter Smith Hospital acknowledges that Marlise Munoz, who is being kept on a respirator under Texas law, has been brain dead since November 28 and that the “fetus gestating inside Mrs. Munoz is not viable,” according to court documents released before a Friday hearing.

The woman’s husband has repeatedly made these claims in his efforts to have her removed from the machines so the family can bury her.

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Interesting timing. The hospital must have seen the writing on the wall because just an hour or so later, this happened:

A judge on Friday ordered a Texas hospital to remove life support for a pregnant, brain-dead woman whose family had argued that she would not want to be kept in that condition.

Judge R. H. Wallace Jr. issued the ruling in the case of Marlise Munoz. John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth has been keeping Munoz on life support against her family’s wishes. The judge gave the hospital until 5 p.m. CST Monday to remove life support.

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Now we wait to see if the hospital appeals, which it has a right to do.

I have a question:  No matter when Ms. Munoz is finally allowed to rest in peace, who pays the bill for the time (going on two months now) the hospital kept her alive against the wishes of her family?  The hospital better the hell eat those costs. If they have the gall to send Mr. Munoz a bill, omg, I can’t imagine.

Bottom line:  This is about religious zealots in Texas passing laws that impose their religious beliefs on everyone, like the Taliban does in Pakistan.  The Founding Fathers were right:  There must be a separation between church and state.

 

January 24, 2014 at 6:47 PM 2 comments

Pope Francis: Mothers, It’s Okay if You Breastfeed Your Babies in Church

There are some things I’m loving about Pope Francis.  This, for one:

Pope Francis via Wikipedia

(Image via Wikipedia)

During a ceremony on Sunday in which he baptized 32 children, Pope Francis implored the mothers in attendance — one of whom wasn’t married in the Church — to breastfeed their children, should they become hungry.

“Today, the choir will sing, but the most beautiful choir of all is the choir of the infants who will make a noise. Some will cry because they are not comfortable or because they are hungry,” the Pope said, according to The Independent.

“If they are hungry, mothers, feed them, without thinking twice. Because they are the most important people here.”

The Pope, who arrived at the Sistine Chapel in a Ford Focus, said in an interview last month that mothers should not feel uncomfortable breastfeeding their children during ceremonies he officiates.

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Finally, after what, 2,000 years?

January 13, 2014 at 2:29 PM Leave a comment

SCOTUS Refuses to Affirm Arizona’s 20-Week Abortion Ban

Supreme Court building via smithsonianmag.com

Good:

The Supreme Court has rejected Arizona’s bid to put in place its ban on most abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy.

The justices on Monday declined to reconsider a lower court ruling that the law violates a woman’s constitutionally protected right to terminate a pregnancy before a fetus is able to survive outside the womb.

“Viability” of a fetus is generally considered to start at 24 weeks. Normal pregnancies run about 40 weeks.

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It looks like the Constitution is getting in the Tea Party’s and the religious right’s way, though they claim to be its great defenders.

January 13, 2014 at 10:05 AM Leave a comment

Israel: Tear Down That Wall!

St. James’ Church in central London unveiled an eight-meter-high replica of the Israeli-built concrete wall that entirely surrounds the Palestinian city of Bethlehem in the occupied West Bank, the traditional birthplace of Jesus.

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“This wall is symbolic of walls all over the world that divide and confine peoples, restricting free movement and dominating the imagination of those who live behind them,” the festival website explains.

“We believe that bridges not walls are the only lasting foundation for peace. On Sunday 5th January at the end of the festival, the eve of the Feast of the Epiphany, the Wall itself will be transformed into a symbol of peace and hope.”

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I don’t understand how Israelis, having themselves been so persecuted over the millenia, are apparently guilt-free doing the same thing to the Palestinians.

December 25, 2013 at 8:52 PM Leave a comment

Christianity in the World — a Quiz

Heavenly light via Wikimedia Commons

(Image via Wikimedia Commons)

From Pew:

The World’s Christian Population – Take Our Quiz

Shocking (not):  There are fewer Christians in the world that the U.S. corporate media would have me believe.

December 23, 2013 at 8:58 PM Leave a comment

Bad News for Ducks

Bravo!  New Mexico yesterday, Utah today:

Gay Flag - Best OneA federal judge has struck down Utah’s same-sex marriage ban, saying it is unconstitutional.

U.S. District Judge Robert J. Shelby issued a 53-page ruling Friday saying Utah’s law passed by voters in 2004 violates gay and lesbian couples’ rights to due process and equal protection under the 14th Amendment.

Shelby says the state failed to show that allowing same-sex marriages would affect opposite-sex marriages in any way, and the state’s unsupported fears and speculations are insufficient to justify deny allowing same-sex marriages.

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This is about human rights — civil rights — not religious rights.

Geezus.

A federal judge on Friday struck down Utah’s Amendment 3 — which defines marriage as the union of one man and one woman — finding that it violates rights to due process and equal protection as set forth in the 14th Amendment.

Within hours, Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill confirmed that, in light of the ruling, he saw no reason to prohibit Salt Lake County Clerk Sherrie Swensen from issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.
Read more at http://www.ksl.com/?nid=148&sid=28099570#rD2ckcLMeoBJeh26.99

A federal judge on Friday struck down Utah’s Amendment 3 — which defines marriage as the union of one man and one woman — finding that it violates rights to due process and equal protection as set forth in the 14th Amendment.

Within hours, Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill confirmed that, in light of the ruling, he saw no reason to prohibit Salt Lake County Clerk Sherrie Swensen from issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.
Read more at http://www.ksl.com/?nid=148&sid=28099570#iVOjV1C51Z2Wq0S0.99

A federal judge on Friday struck down Utah’s Amendment 3 — which defines marriage as the union of one man and one woman — finding that it violates rights to due process and equal protection as set forth in the 14th Amendment.

Within hours, Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill confirmed that, in light of the ruling, he saw no reason to prohibit Salt Lake County Clerk Sherrie Swensen from issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.
Read more at http://www.ksl.com/?nid=148&sid=28099570#iVOjV1C51Z2Wq0S0.99

A federal judge on Friday struck down Utah’s Amendment 3 — which defines marriage as the union of one man and one woman — finding that it violates rights to due process and equal protection as set forth in the 14th Amendment.

Within hours, Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill confirmed that, in light of the ruling, he saw no reason to prohibit Salt Lake County Clerk Sherrie Swensen from issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.
Read more at http://www.ksl.com/?nid=148&sid=28099570#iVOjV1C51Z2Wq0S0.99

December 20, 2013 at 7:33 PM 3 comments

Are We Talking Ducks Tonight?

My Tweet of the Day:

Tweet of the Day 12-19-13

What? Are we talkin’ Peking Duck? I love Peking Duck.

The pancakes are key.  I have a delicious and easy recipe for them if you’re interested.

December 19, 2013 at 7:59 PM Leave a comment

You Ain’t Seen Nothin’ Yet Sarah

There’s this: Sarah Palin said she’s “taken aback” by Pope Francis’ “liberal” statements.

And then there’s this, my Tweet of the Day:

11-14-13She’s going to be really ah, “taken aback” then.

November 14, 2013 at 2:58 PM Leave a comment

Ignorant

What happens when we stop teaching U.S. history in elementary school:

Image via Atheistican on Twitter

(Image via Atheistican on Twitter)

 

November 13, 2013 at 5:01 PM Leave a comment

Dear Hawaii — Life As You Know It Could Soon End. Love, Republicans

Republicans in Hawaii doing what Republicans do:

Help us keep our ad on the air! Please donate $10, $20, $100 or $1,000 today. The Hawaii Republican Assembly (HIRA) is sponsoring a campaign of radio advertising during October 2013 to warn Hawaii voters what their elected officials are attempting to do during the “special session” of the state legislature starting on 28 October 2013. Democrats are poised to change the definition of marriage to include homosexuals, transvestites, transsexuals and eventually bisexuals with multiple partners. Such radical alterations to society have already led to even more radical demands in other states. Your support is needed to spread the word and warn and mobilize voters by keeping this and other ads on the air.

Geezus.  I live in Colorado where “homosexual” civil unions are legal and I haven’t seen any “radical alterations” to life whatsoever.

October 31, 2013 at 1:37 PM 2 comments

Air Force Cadets No Longer Required to Say “So Help Me God” at End of “Honor Oath”

Well, it’s a baby step.  The fact that Air Force cadets were ever required to say “so help me God” at the end of an oath — any oath — is outrageous.  I mean, remember that not-so-little-something about the separation of church and state?

Air Force Cadets via Wikipedia

(Image via Wikipedia.org)

Air Force Academy cadets are no longer required to say “so help me God” at the end of the Honor Oath, school officials said Friday.

The words were made optional after a complaint from the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, an advocacy group, that they violated the constitutional concept of religious freedom.

Academy Superintendent Lt. Gen. Michelle Johnson said the change was made to respect cadets’ freedom of religion.

The oath states, “We will not lie, steal or cheat, nor tolerate among us anyone who does. Furthermore, I resolve to do my duty and to live honorably, so help me God.”

Cadets are required to take the oath once a year, academy spokesman Maj. Brus Vidal said.

Mikey Weinstein, founder and president of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, welcomed the change but questioned how it will be applied.

If the person leading the oath includes the words, cadets who choose not to say them might feel vulnerable to criticism, he said.

“What does it mean, ‘optional’?” Weinstein said. “The best thing is to eliminate it.”

Vidal said the oath is led by the Cadet Wing honor chair, a student, and that person will also have the option to use or not use the words.

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Religious references in oaths taken by government employees shouldn’t be allowed.  Period.

October 27, 2013 at 1:25 PM Leave a comment

Wingers Succeed in Placing “Personhood” on the Ballot in Colorado (Again) in 2014

Oh geezus.  Here we go again, for the third time:

A ballot measure about crimes and pregnant women will be on 2014 Colorado ballots.

Secretary of State Scott Gessler announced Monday that anti-abortion backers turned in signatures to put the ballot measure to voters next year.  The question would direct state lawmakers to add “unborn human beings” to state criminal code.

Supporters say that state law doesn’t adequately punish crimes against pregnant women.

The measure is different than previous attempts to add so-called “personhood” measures to the constitution.  Those measures have [already] failed twice in Colorado.

Abortion-rights advocates say the ballot measure under consideration this year still goes too far.  They say the criminal code would curb abortion rights and some infertility treatments.More…

The zygote below is not a human being.  We can’t leave the definition of “human being” wide open because then it could be which is exactly what the anti-choice folks (i.e. the people who want to force their religious views on everyone else) want.Zygote

October 14, 2013 at 5:15 PM Leave a comment

UPDATE on Terry Jones’ Plan To Burn 3,000 Qurans

“Pastor” Terry Jones is like a booger you can’t flick off your finger.  On Monday I posted about his latest plan to burn Qurans today — 3,000 of them, supposedly — as a way to mark the anniversary of 9/11.

Book burning via Patrick Correia on WikimediaCommons

(Image via Patrick Correia / Wikimedia Commons)

I got to wondering just now what happened with that and here we are:

Controversial Pastor Terry Jones Arrested Before Carrying out Quran Book-Burning in Mulberry

10 News has learned that controversial Gainesville pastor Terry Jones was arrested before he could carry out his plan to burn nearly 3,000 copies of the Islam holy book the Quran in Polk County on Wednesday afternoon.

Jones planned to burn the books at the county-owned Loyce E. Harpe Park in Mulberry, but was denied a permit, with officials saying he filed his request too late and that he does not have permission for an event of that magnitude.

Jones, who is the pastor for Dove World Outreach Center, earlier told 10 News a lack of a permit would not stop him from sending his message about the religion of Islam to the world from Polk County.

But shortly before he planned to set the books on fire at the Mulberry park, Jones and associate pastor Marvin Wayne Sapp Jr. were stopped in the parking lot of a nearby pharmacy.  Their truck was towing a large barbecue smoker, which reportedly had copies of the Quran inside, already doused in kerosene.

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September 11, 2013 at 6:26 PM 1 comment

THAT Florida Pastor Plans on Burning Nearly 3,000 Qurans Again on September 11

Remember Terry Jones?

Terry Jones via Wikipedia

(Image via Wikipedia)

Terry Jones is the “Christian pastor” who, in early September, 2010, threatened to burn Qurans on the lawn of his Florida church but backed down after Defense Secretary Robert Gates called and asked him not to.  As I recall, Gates told Jones that if he went through with the bonfire, it could jeopardize our troops in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Well, he’s baaack, hoping to do what he apparently thinks is God’s work again:

A Florida pastor whose 2010 burning of a Koran angered Muslims worldwide says he plans to burn nearly 3,000 more on Sept. 11.

The Rev. Terry Jones says he plans to burn 2,998 Korans, one for each person who died in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks in New York, Washington, and Pennsylvania, the Tampa Tribune reported Monday.

Jones said he plans to toss the scriptures into an incinerator he will bring to a public park outside the central Florida town of Mulberry, but county officials say he could face arrest because he doesn’t have a permit for the event.

Jones says he doesn’t plan to get a permit.

“We have tried to file for permits, but we feel that a permit is just an excuse to turn us down,” Jones said last week.

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September 9, 2013 at 4:49 PM Leave a comment

The Separation of Church and State Could Be On the Way Out

Prayer image via Wikipedia

(Image via Wikipedia.org)

From Constitutional scholar Barack Obama:

The Obama administration has taken sides in a significant new test case on the separation between church and state, urging the Supreme Court to allow prayers at the beginning of government meetings. The administration lays out its arguments in a newly filed amicus brief in Town of Greece v. Galloway, a case that questions whether the prayer practices at town council meetings of a small town in upstate New York violate the First Amendment. The case could drastically expand the types of legislative prayer practices considered constitutional.

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The Founding Fathers are rolling over in their graves.

August 8, 2013 at 10:33 AM 2 comments

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