Category Archives: Politics

Marriage and the Supremes – NYTimes.com

Additionally, the quest for same-sex marriage has forced many Americans to view gays and lesbians in a fresh light. We’re no longer so easily stereotyped and dismissed as rebels atop parade floats, demanding permission to behave outside society’s norms. We’re aspirants to tradition, communicating shared values and asserting a fundamentally conservative desire, at least among many of us, for families, stability, commitment. What’s so threatening about any of that?

via Marriage and the Supremes – NYTimes.com.

Grand Old Planet – NYTimes.com

Krugman’s latest column, Grand Old Planet, at The New York Times is an impressive read on how the GOPs relationship with truth is pretty dangerous when it come to all sorts of policy.  His basic argument being that when a major political party goes based on faith and not on evidence, that presents a wide array of problems, from global warming to economics.

It seems to me that the GOP is becoming more and more like Stephen Colbert’s caricature of them – truthiness and gut-based decisions and all.

The GOP and Women

This latest bill to require an unnecessary and invasive procedure of women when they exercise their right to receive an abortion – even when they have been raped – as well as the very ridiculous rhetoric surrounding the defense of these bills has caused me to believe one thing very strongly.  This latest wave of misogynistic legislation on the state and national level is going to cost the Republicans big time in the next election.  Do they realize that women make up about one-half of the voting public?

How ignorant can they get?  Answer: VERY.

Winder, a Republican from Boise, responded to those concerns by raising the question of whether women understand when they have been raped.

“Rape and incest was used as a reason to oppose this,” Winder said on the Senate floor. “I would hope that when a woman goes in to a physician with a rape issue, that physician will indeed ask her about perhaps her marriage, was this pregnancy caused by normal relations in a marriage or was it truly caused by a rape. I assume that’s part of the counseling that goes on.”

Unfortunately, this Winder guy is not alone in his extraordinarily ignorant statement.  The GOP is rife with ignoramuses (or is it ignorami?) just like him.

We can only hope that the Democrats get their shit together – including Obama – and HAMMER the Republican candidates with this nonsense.  If they don’t, they deserve to lose to a party of ignoramuses/ignorami.

Things I’m Reading Right Now, Issue #1

Atheists “Slaves Obey Your Masters” Billboard Raises Tempers in Pennsylvania
I have to say that I see nothing wrong with this billboard.  But, of course, I’m an atheist.  I think it does an excellent job of pointing out that the Bible is an antiquated text and to follow it word-for-word is a dangerous thing that runs counter to much of our current ethical beliefs.

Nina Turner, Ohio State Legislature, Introduces Viagra Bill to Counter Anti-Contraception Bills
It’s about time that women did this to point out the hypocrisy and misogyny behind the anti-contraception movement. If someone is against an organization covering contraception with the rationale of “why should we pay for someone else’s sexual behavior,” then the logical conclusion is that Viagra and other erectile drugs would not be covered.  The best part of the article, though, is the detailing of similar bills at the bottom of the page.  The logic works for all but the anti-abortion counter-bills.  Those don’t quite get the point across as well as the anti-contraception counter bills.  (By the way, the supposed counter bill to drilling in Alaska – to prevent development in Central Park – actually seems like a great idea.)

Who Bit My Border?
I always find the topic of how borders are made and the numerous factors that go into their making to be fascinating.  This one has some interesting factors, as well a implications.

What freedom of religion really means

From marriage equality to the recent “debate” on contraception (really, it is 2012, and we are debating contraception? really?) to the furor over GCB, many Christians in this country believe that their religious freedom is under assault.  I think about freedom of religion in two ways:

First, the government cannot tell you what religion you are to belong to.  You are free to worship any god in any way you want (as long as you obey some basic universal morals like ‘no killing’).  You are free to worship no god, too.  The government has no place telling you what religion, if any, you belong to.

Second, citizens of the country are free from other people’s religion.  Your religious beliefs cannot dictate my beliefs or rights.  If your religion dictates that you wear a headdress, for instance, that has nothing to do with whether I wear a headdress.

The underlying principal is that religion is personal.  We are free to choose what we believe.  But these beliefs and the government are separate.  Sure, there will be crossover, but religion is not government and government is not religion.

Telling women who do not believe that contraception is wrong that they cannot have it covered by their health insurance because you believe it wrong is having your beliefs dictate other people’s rights.  Telling gays they cannot be equal under the law because your religious beliefs find their actions wrong is having your beliefs dictate other people’s rights.

This violates the second part of religious freedom. While you are free to believe as you wish, those beliefs cannot dictate how other people live their lives.

I find the discourse of the supposed “War on Religion” as ludicrous (as I find the “War on Christmas” and the “War on Women” – let’s keep the “war” talk for actual armed conflicts).  That people believe differently than you and wish to keep their rights separate from your religious beliefs is not them trying to take away your religious freedom.  It is the pursuit of their own religious freedom.

I don’t think Rush Limbaugh realizes how the contraception pill works …

Rush on how a woman can be a slut because she wants her health insurance to cover the pill:

She wants to be paid to have sex. She’s having so much sex she can’t afford the contraception.

Uh … that’s really not how the pill works.  You take it once a day regardless of how much of the sex you’re having, Rush.