Your Weekly Upchucks: Shocking Religion News by Author @KCBoyd3

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K. C. Boyd, is the author of Being Christian - A Novel,: A black comedy guaranteed to take you on a wild and frightening ride deep into the dark side of the religious right. It is available on Amazon in multiple formats.

She is the go-to blogger for religion, hypocrisy, and all things church v. state.  You can read her earlier posts on The Political Carnival here and more about who she is on her own website here

The Weekly Upchuck April 12, 2015

Abortion, Contraception And Other Women’s Issues

Creationism

Education

Israel , End Times And John Hagee

Fifty Shades Of Stark Raving Mad

  • #MadHatter Pat Robertson will never change his mind about gay marriage until someone proves that anal sex can lead to pregnancy
  • #TheLoonsA’Howlin’ Pat Robertson: Forbid soccer on Sundays and God will make your kids rich like Chick-fil-A
  • #Bry-Bry Puke-Puke Bryan Fischer: President Obama Animated By The Same ‘Spirit And Energy’ As The Antichrist

If Media’s The Message

Politics Nation

 

Religion Gone Bad, Gone Mad

Same Sex Issues

Same Sex Issues

  • #NoQuietDeath LGBT battle far from over as ‘religious freedom’ bills multiply across the US
  • #SoSpeakethTheRoach Tom DeLay: Christians Must Fight For The Right To Discriminate ‘With Every Ounce Of Our Being’
  • #BoycottHate Why the fix to Indiana’s RFRA bill doesn’t go far enough”
  • #ZutAlors! Did The Pentagon Gay-Bomb America?
  • #TheCure FRC Spokesman: Homosexuality A Result Of Sexual Abuse, Can Be ‘Overcome’

Sausage Makers And Their Sausage

Scandal

  • #PastorCorleone Iowa bishop issues oddly detailed death threat from pulpit — but he won’t reveal target
  • #HypocriticOathers ‘Family Values’ hypocrisy on show again: Former South Carolina GOP Director & Infamous Twitter Troll Arrested for Domestic Violence
  • #PriestlyHookups If only there was an online hookup site especially for gay priests: Sexual corruption in the Catholic Church.
  • #CommandmentBlaster ‘Pastor’ pleads guilty to 22 counts including kidnapping, forced human labor, violent crime
  • #ArmedCrazyChristianWalmart Crazy video shows armed Christian musicians brawling with police in fight that left one dead
  • #CactileScam Tucson Faith Christian resigns from oversight group amid questions

Supremes And Lower Courts

Theocracy Rising

  • #WayPastAbsurd House, Senate committees pass bill to make Bible Tennessee’s official book.

Antidotes

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Lauren Mayer: 'Sharp-Tongued Rand'

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Lauren Mayer is a singer/songwriter/pianist who writes comedy songs about everything from Supreme Court decisions to the Kardashians. She proudly supports leftist causes including equal pay, reproductive choice, fair minimum wage, addressing climate change, and marriage equality.
Note: Check out Lauren's CDs, including her latest, "If My Uterus Were A Gun (And Other Musical Rants From The News)" - available at "http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/laurenmayer8" as well as on iTunes and Amazon. Her website is laurenmayer.com. She's on Twitter at @laurenscomedy
Lauren's podcasts are on IndieMediaWeekly.

From YouTube

Rand Paul's rocky campaign is already inspiring criticism, questions, and 70s-style rock songs

From Lauren's email to me:

His campaign isn't even a week old, but it's imploding so quickly I figured I better get this one in quickly.

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The Book Booth: National Poetry Month Edition

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The Book Booth is a weekly feature at The Political Carnival, relating news, notes, and reflections from the world of books and publishing. @SeattleDan, along with his wife, SeattleTammy, are operators of both an on-line bookstore here, as well as a brick and mortar storefront mini-store in Hoquiam, WA at 706 Simpson Ave (Route 101 South). Both have been in the book business since shortly after the Creation, or close to 6000 years now.

The Book Booth: National Poetry Month Edition

Here we are, another spring, another April and once again it is National Poetry month. I'm pretty sure April was selected because of Chaucer and Eliot, and not because it coincides with opening day in baseball. But that's only a theory.

The folks at Buzzfeed asked their readers to submit favorite lines of theirs from poems and they came up with forty plus entries. Take a look, and see what you think. Were yours included? If nothing else, I hope that the list will make you want to take down a poetical anthology from your bookshelf.
Favorite Lines From Poetry

Or you could try some of these poetry collections from around the world as featured recently at Salon, as chosen by the good people at the PEN foundation. H/T to our own Lucian for sending the link along.
Make Your Summer More Poetic

Of course any project like a month devoted to poetry needs a good campaign to get attention. The folks at McSweeney's had some ideas that didn't seem to work when they first posted these slogans that were "rejected" and which haven't improved with age. Any ideas of your own?
National Poetry Month Rejected Slogans

April also happens to be Jazz Appreciation month. Jazz and poetry? Jack Kerouac comes to mind. Here he reads from his Mexico City Blues on an old Steve Allen show with Steve accompanying him on the piano.
Kerouac: Mexico City Blues

And yes, this week marked the opening of the Major League Baseball season. Baseball is probably the sport most written about and written about well. (The rule of thumb is the smaller the ball, the better the writing, though I've yet to read a great book about golf). John Williams at the New York Times has some suggestions for some good baseball reading.
Take Me Out to the Ball Game!

One of the great literary mysteries has been Joseph Mitchell, a celebrated New Yorker non-fiction writer who produced many fine articles over the years. But nothing after 1964, although he continued to go to and get paid by the magazine for the next thirty years until his death. Thomas Kunkel has written a biography of Mitchell, Man in Profile, and talks about those years here.
The Mystery of Joseph Mitchell

Perhaps, like many writers, Mitchell feared the tyranny of the blank page. It happens. If Mitchell had only had the opportunity to look at Flavorwire and get inspiration from some of these writers, things would have turned out differently.
Motivating Yourself to Write

A good thing for us, Toni Morrison knows she can write forever. Here is our most recent Nobel Laureate (1993!) profiled in the New York Times.
Toni Morrison

What are the greatest books in children's literature? I guess if we leave out Franklin W. Dixon and Carolyn Keene, this grouping from BBC Culture will fit the bill for the time being.
Children's Literature

Elizabeth Kubler-Ross identified the five stages of dealing with death and dying. Not to be outdone, the folks at Bustle have found twelve, count 'em, twelve steps in falling in love with a book, or a book series. You'll find them here.
Falling In Love With a Book

Finally we must note the passing of famed writer of the west, Ivan Doig, at age 75. He authored such works as his memoir This House of Sky and as well as a number of novels. He was one of the good guys.
Goodbye to the Author of The House of Sky

Enjoy some fine reading this weekend. And please let us know what titles that have enchanted you!

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Your Weekly Upchucks: Shocking Religion News by Author @KCBoyd3

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K. C. Boyd, is the author of Being Christian - A Novel,: A black comedy guaranteed to take you on a wild and frightening ride deep into the dark side of the religious right. It is available on Amazon in multiple formats.

She is the go-to blogger for religion, hypocrisy, and all things church v. state.  You can read her earlier posts on The Political Carnival here and more about who she is on her own website here

The Weekly Upchuck April 8, 2015

Abortion, Contraception And Other Women’s Issues

  • #MiscarriageAsCrime “Years of investment in rightwing think tanks in Indiana is bearing fruit. It is manifested in legislation that criminalizes abortion and allows religion to be used as an excuse for discrimination in stores, restaurants, and other commercial services.”
  • #HydeFromIgnorance ‘Reach’ of Anti-Choice Hyde Amendment May Get Wider
  • #AFingerInTheDike 235 Anti-Choice Bills Proposed in State Legislatures Since January
  • #HerosThe crusade against abortion is backing OB-GYNs into a corner and some are leaving the field to devote themselves to abortion
  • #VergingOnCriminal Tense Debate as Texas House Shifts HIV Funding to Abstinence
  • #StateByStateByState ‘Personhood’ Amendment Could Be Considered in Louisiana. Would outlaw abortion, IVF, and some birth control
  • #ThereOughtToBeALaw Anti-Choice Protesters ‘Terrorize’ Mississippi Community Targets include churches and a children’s hospital
  • #TarringTheirHeels North Carolina GOP Takes Two-Pronged Approach to Restricting Abortion Rights

Creationism

 

Education

Fifty Shades Of Hate

 

Fifty Shades Of Propaganda And Other Such Lying Hypocrisy

If Media’s The Message

Israel, End Times And John Hagee

  • #GrandOleChristocracy The fear of public disagreement with an Israeli government isn’t just the product of lobbying by groups that claim to represent American Jews. The theocrats’ takeover of the Republican Party is at least as significant.

Lies, Hypocrisy and Other such Propaganda

Politics Nation

  • #TheMeaningOfIs Liberty University now claims Sen. Ted Cruz’s candidacy announcement…wasn’t a candidacy announcement
  • #TheWorldAccordingToRand According to Paul, there is absolutely a place for religion in government, there just isn’t a place for government in religion.
  • #CarsonallyOutOfStep Ben Carson Says It’s ‘Vital’ to Support Indiana’s Religious Freedom Law
  • #SupportedItBeforeHeDidnt Jebya strongly supports Religious Freedom Restoration Act
  • #ThisTImeItsMarco Fun times watching GOP pols jockey for biggest supporter of Indiana blunder. Call it Dem schadenfreude
  • #FatherKnowsBest Why Ted Cruz Will Not Be A 2016 Contender, Rafael Cruz Edition
  • #AllAboutThatBase Rand: I Don’t Believe in ‘Gay Rights’
  • #ComeHellOrHighWater Katie bar the door, he was gonna do this. Pence and the Indiana Legislature were warned by 30 expert law professors
  • PanderMuch? Jebya: People Won’t Think Indiana’s Discrimination Law Discriminates
  • #Ouch “Mike Pence is out of his league as governor”
  • #NotAprilFools Rep. Molly White Files Bill Requiring Hymen Inspection
  • #LetTheChristianPrimariesBegin America’s Next Top Bigot: Why GOP’s Upcoming Primary Is an Anti-Gay Freak Show
  • #PanderMeOnce Jeb Bush not helping himself with Christian conservatives
  • #StillEarly Ted Cruz running second to Jeb Bush in new poll, Christian conservative still divided. Perry barely registers.
  • #CottonMouth Senator Says Critics Of Indiana Should Get ‘Perspective,’ Be Thankful State Doesn’t Execute Gays
  • #OrMakingACruzTellTruths Ted Cruz: Banning Anti-Gay Discrimination In Public Services Like Forcing A Rabbi To Eat Pork
  • #JebyasCred If You Liked the Handling of the Terri Schiavo Case, You’ll Love President Jeb Bush
  • #WhatABunch 2016 GOP HOPEFULS LINE UP TO DEFEND INDIANA’S DISCRIMINATORY ‘RELIGIOUS FREEDOM’ LAW
  • #HuckAChuck Huckajesus: Gay-Rights Movement ‘Won’t Stop Until There Are No Churches’. . .he means to say no RW hate-driven churches
  • #CruzAlert Cutting Through the Fog of Ted Cruz to Find His Deep Connections to the Christian Dominionist Right
  • #HuckALoogie Mike Huckabee Accuses Businesses Of Caving To ‘Militant Gay Community’

Religion Gone Bad, Gone Mad

Same Sex Issues

Sausage Makers And Their Sausage

Scandal

  • #RachelsSchadenfreude Actress Rachel Griffiths ‘elated’ at blaze that gutted church linked to child sex abuse. It was the home of priest Ronald Pickering, who was found to be a pedophile by the Catholic Church but was never brought to justice before his death.
  • #FamilyValuesPastor WI Lutheran Pastor Resigns After Sending Rape Threat To Local Blogger
  • #SayWhat? Anti-gay “pastor” charged with stealing $150K…blames gays. No, really.

Supremes And Lower Courts

Theocracy Rising

Antidotes

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