Monthly Archives: June 2012

The Twisted Minds of The Pro-Life Crowd

Have you seen them yet? If you happen to be in one of Operation Rescue’s designated “Battleground States,” All that I can say is “Lucky You!” Of course, I’m being facetious. You see, the religious right and the hard-line pro-lifers are hell-bent (pun intended) on getting out the pro-life vote this November, and they are starting with you!

Coming soon to a town near you…

Beginning today, they will launch their mobile billboard campaign sending forth into your towns, fleets of trucks with huge pictures of mutilated babies to beautify your neighborhoods. Good luck trying to explain to your children why these babies have been dismembered!

Created Equal and Operation Rescue are calling this a “voter education strategy.” Gee, I’m all about informed voters marking the right boxes, but this macabre attempt at getting out the vote, is just a little over the top for me. Of course, Randall Terry did succeed in airing televised commercials in such graphic detail in his bid for the Democratic Presidential nomination a few months back.

Now, Mark Harrington, Executive Director of Created Equal says, “America is at a crossroads.   We have been killing children in the womb for almost forty years.   On November 6, 2012, America will either choose life or death.   Our billboards permit the victims of abortion to speak for themselves.   If the photographic evidence of the injustice of abortion doesn’t activate the pro-life vote, nothing will.”

According to GodDiscussion.com:

Harrington has been a supporter of the so-called “Heartbeat Bill” introduced in Ohio by Janet Porter of Faith2Action, who had previously lost her radio networks due to her controversial Christian dominionist leanings.   Porter’s bill, which would have banned abortion in most cases, was not introduced in the GOP-dominated Senate.   As Right Wing Watch reports, Republican Senate President criticized Faith2Action for making “exaggerated and inflammatory statements” in connection with its campaign to ban abortion once a heartbeat was detected in a fetus.

between the Personhood Bill, the Heartbeat Bill, the proposed invasion of our vaginas, denial of birth control, etc., the War on Women continues to be waged by the zealots on the religious right. paranoia of losing their white privilege and fear of women being treated equal rather than subservient has rendered these Biblical Bullies absolutel

y insane. The problem is, this insanity seems to be contagious and as long as they continue to succeed in getting the masses to drink their

, they will continue to make inroads into every facet of our lives.

I, for one, strongly object to having my children and myself subjected to the atrocities that these people belive will change hearts and minds and put them behing the wheel to guide this country into the abyss of a Theocracy.

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The Education Threat

Religious nationalism has now become part of American political theater, and we take notice of it mostly during election campaigns. When it shows up in our backyard, in our schools and local communities, we reach instinctively for our First Amendment, interpreting the whole matter in terms of whose rights are being respected and whose feelings are being hurt. The most important issue before us, however, is not just a question of the rights or feelings of individuals. The fact is that there is a movement in our midst that rejects the values of inclusivity and diversity, a movement that seeks to undermine the foundations of modern secular democracy. It has set its sights on destroying the system of public education—and it is succeeding. Unless we confront that fact directly, we may well keep our rights but lose the system of education that has long served as the silent pillar of our democracy.”

Stewart, Katherine (2012-01-24). The Good News Club: The Christian Right‘s Stealth Assault on America’s Children (p. 8). Perseus Books Group. Kindle Edition.

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THE DEVIL IS GAY?

Now, I have been trodding through the quagmire that surrounds the zoned out, neanderthals who inhabit the cult of Christian Dominionism for quite some time. However, the recent emergence of those who offer up imprecatory prayers against those who they don’t believe to be Christians, or more precisely, the “right kind of Christian,” who call for the death or muder of individuals who fall outside of the parameters of Christian Crazies, and whose bigotry and hatred have spilled over into the halls of Congress, our State Houses, and even our schools, it has become a major passion of mine to out the people behind this movement as well as their brazen agenda. A couple of years ago, I published this article. Unfortunately, it rings true even more, today.

Every so often I run across something on the internet that just…well, leaves me almost speechless. Generally speaking, when that happens it usually comes from either the racist right or from the extreme religious right in our society. Today, it came from a Baptist minister. Now, I don’t usually count Baptists among my list of crazy, far out, fundamenalist nut-jobs. Maybe the Independent Baptists such as this Ron Hamman are different…I really couldn’t tell ya. Or, maybe it has something to do with Alaska? I mean, after all, they did elect Sarah Palin.
At any rate, I was surfing around, catching up on some things I had missed and wandered over to Ed Brayton’s Dispatches From the Culture Warswhere I find this:

The Wasila Frontiersman, Sarah Palin’s hometown newspaper, asks the question that I’m sure we’ve all asked ourselves many times:
Will the Antichrist be a homosexual?
The article is written by Ron Hamman, pastor of the Independent Baptist Church of Wasila, which is a different brand of crazy from the pentecostal church that Palin favors. And Hamman wants you to know that this is a legitimate question:
In answering this question, it is important to assert the question does not originate with me, lest someone out there think that I am bringing some new doctrine out to bolster the political climate. But as the study of Bible prophecy includes verbiage as to the behavior of the one called “that Wicked” by Paul in II Thessalonians, it is not only a legitimate question to ask, but also one to answer. Sure it is. Maybe when he gets done answering this legitimate question, he can tell us whether Lex Luthor has diabetes. Or whether the Grinch is lactose intolerant. Because it’s important to ask such questions about fictional characters.

Well, I was already cracking up at Brayton so I go over to read the actual article which is a study, in and of itself, and was quickly reminded of why I find such literal interpretations of the scriptures so difficult to swallow – but then that is grist for another mill.

After reading the article, I decided to read some of the comments on Bayton’s blog pertaining to all of this, and have been hysterical for the past half-hour. Here are just a couple – you can read the rest for yourselves:

Nah as I was going to say several hours ago – The Antichrist will be a butt-ugly bull-duke with short spiky dark hair, wearing a rocket-studded leather choker

Posted by Raging Bee – If you believe in prophecy at all, then the coming of the Antichrist is inevitable, so there’s nothing anyone can do to prevent it.

Raging Bee, I think a lot of them ruminate over the whole ‘what will he look like? How will we know him?’ psuedodrama so that they can have the glory of being the first to identify him. (“I knew it! I’ve had Oprah marked as the antichrist since ‘The Color Purple'”)
Frankly I’d much rather they stay busy with apocalypse bingo if it keeps them from visiting their brand of insanity on the country at large.

Now, before some of you get your panties all in a bunch over my perceived irreverence, let me make the following statement to you. I believe in God – period. I simply don’t much care for organized religion and I certainly am no fan of bully pulpit theology. The God that I know is a loving, caring God and it is up to him to judge others – not some half-baked messenger who warns of hell-fire and damnation.

I find it absolutlely incredible that there could be so much hatred inside those who claim to be the men and women of God. I also find it incredible that there are so many who buy into that kind of bigotry.

The Christian Abyss

Traveling into the deep abyss that is Christian Nationalism often warrants a long, hot, shower – and, sometimes, a good stiff drink. First of all, I have to issue a caveat – I am not “anti-Christian.” actually, I accept many of the teachings of Christianity, just as I accept many of the tenets of Judaism, Buddhism, Islam, etc. So, before the hate-group that comprises the radical religious right cult of Dominionism goes completely off the rails, gathers their army and demonstrates just how “un-Christian” they are, let me discourage you by saying that I won’t change your mind, I know that. What I might do, however, is persuade those sitting on the fences and thinking about drinking your Kool-Aid, not to look into the abyss, but to walk into the light.

As you parade with your signs, protest against progress, and scream “Take America Back,” calling yourselves “Patriots,” and cherry-picking Bible verses that have no basis in the true, liberal, love of the teachings of Jesus, the real patriots are striving to move America Forward. Here, we will point to your hypocrisy, expose your true agenda, and lay you bare for judgement.