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The Weekly Upchuck for February 21, 2016: Shocking Religion News by Author @KCBoyd3



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.

The Weekly Upchuck February 21, 2016

Abortion, Contraception And Other Women’s Issues

  • Kentucky’s Senate Republicans Advance Forced Ultrasound Bill
  • Catholic Leaders Say Zika Doesn’t Change Ban on Contraception
  • Anti-Choice Groups: Block All Obama Supreme Court Nominees
  • Jeb Bush: defund Planned Parenthood, redirect money to crisis pregnancy centers that lie to clients
  • Desperate Women In Zika-Infected Countries Are Begging For Abortion Pills
  • Indiana Republicans Push Abortion Ban for Fetal Anomalies
  • Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker Signs Bills to De-Fund Planned Parenthood, Takes Away $8 Million
  • Abortion ban linked to dangerous miscarriages at Michigan Catholic hospital, report claims
  • Pope Francis suggests women can use contraception if they are at risk of contracting Zika virus
  • The Right’s Answer to Gutting Planned Parenthood? Elementary Schools, Homeless Shelters, Jails
  • Want An Ultrasound? Visit a Crisis Pregnancy Center, Idaho Republicans Say
  • One Hospital in Cincinnati Gave Vulnerable Women an Option. Now It’s Gone.
  • GOP Kentucky governor slaps new Planned Parenthood facility with a lawsuit
  • Arizona Republicans Advance Anti-Choice Onslaught
  • Ted Cruz Levels the One Right-Wing Attack That Could Really Damage Trump His sketchy record on abortion might hurt him in upcoming primaries.
  • The War Against Planned Parenthood Is Advancing


  • The education mess in Ohio under Gov. John Kasich
  • An Idaho Senate panel just approved a bill to let public teachers use the Bible to teach biology and geology

Fifty Shades Of Hate

Fifty Shades Of Lying Propaganda And Other Hypocrisies

  • Cruz: ‘Disastrous’ Marriage Equality Ruling Led To ‘Persecution’ That’s ‘Unprecedented’
  • Trump, who questioned Obama, Cruz and Carson’s faith, says “no leader” would ever question someone’s faith
  • Log Cabin Republicans Accepted as CPAC Sponsor
  • Ted Cruz to skip Antonin Scalia funeral after attacking Obama for doing the same


Fifty Shades Of Stark Raving Mad

  • It’s Mary Lou! She believes Obama was a homosexual prostitute & she’s running for TX Board of Ed

If Media’s The Message

  • Glenn Beck claims Fox told him not to push prayer because it takes God’s attention off of war
  • Washington Post Jerusalem bureau chief detained for ‘incitement’
  • Glenn Beck: God Allowed Scalia To Die In Order To Highlight The Importance Of Electing Ted Cruz
  • Mark Levin warns that the “survival of the Republican Party” hinges on blocking Obama SCOTUS pick
  • Rafael Cruz joins Pat Robertson to rail against Satanic gay marriage, gun reform leading to dictatorship and murder
  • Mary Matalin and James Carville say Ted Cruz will be Republican nominee for President
  • Christian Television Leader TBN Partners With Leading Pro-Israel Organization CUFI in Hard-Hitting New Weekly News Program, “The Watchman
  • Rush Limbaugh Rips Pope Francis For Saying Donald Trump Is “Not Christian”
  • Bryan Fischer Says ‘God Took Antonin Scalia Home’ To Make SCOTUS The Central Issue In The Election
  • Ted Cruz suggests Phil Robertson for U.N. ambassador
  • Fox Contributor: Pope Francis “Needs To Ask Donald Trump’s Forgiveness” For Implying Trump Is Not A Christian
  • ‘Duck Dynasty’ star goes on crazed 13-minute Bible-thumping rant at Ted Cruz rally
  • Ted Cruz: Phil Robertson ‘Terrifies’ People Because He ‘Speaks With Joy’


Israel, End Times And John Hagee

  • Thanks to Zionists and Christian Zionists, 1,800 new settlement housing units started getting built in 2015. What settlement freeze?
  • Alex The Lunatic Jones: Obama killed Scalia and now “all Hell is about to break loose”; “this is the beginning of the final war”
  • Rafael Cruz: Satan Will Destroy America If President Obama Gets To Make SCOTUS Appointment
  • John Hagee Says America ‘Will Be Lost Forever And Immediately’ If Obama Is Allowed To Replace Justice Scalia
  • Cruz-loving End Times pastor uses numerology to prove Obama sacrificed Scalia in pagan ritual
  • Cruz-loving End Times pastor uses numerology to prove Obama sacrificed Scalia in pagan ritual
  • I Went to Church With Ted Cruz: He is Building an Army of Young Christian Voters


Politics Nation

  • Prominent Scammer/Televangelist Says He Will Endorse Donald Trump
  • Ted Cruz campaigns with Christian-nation extremist David Lane in South Carolina
  • When he finished cleaning his navel, Huckabee endorsed anti-gay activist Janet Porter in her bid for a seat in the Ohio state senate
  • John Kasich Proposes Federal Agency To “Push Christianity” On the Middle East
  • Cruz Staffer: “Separation of Church and State is a Myth”
  • Donald Trump: ‘Trust Me’ To Overturn The ‘Shocking’ Gay Marriage Decision
  • Pope’s comments could help Trump with evangelicals
  • Donald Trump Is Jealous of the Pope
  • Trump Reeling After Religious Leaders Condemn His Attack On Pope Francis
  • Megachurch pastor tells ‘confused’ Pope to beg forgiveness from ‘martyr’ Donald Trump

Religion Gone Bad Gone Mad

  • Christian conservatives push child marriage with creepy meme comparing girls to apples
  • Rabbi berates Arizona town council members over Christian prayer — then gets booted out
  • Idaho lawmakers to consider faith healing bill
  • Palestinian and Israeli mothers’ tears are the same.
  • Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback tells religious freedom rally participants to keep up the fight
  • Dr. James Dobson: “I know Ted. He’s a Christian family man of the utmost integrity.”
  • Trump Supporter on CNN: Evangelicals Don’t Want to Hear From ‘Foreigner’ Pope
  • The future of the religious right? Cruz and Rubio have very different ideas


  • The Sex Scandal That Devastated a Suburban Maryland Megachurch
  • Israel: Rabbi Pinto, guru to the rich and famous, heads to jail with hundreds of followers
  • TV preacher who is sexually aroused by money endorses ‘warrior spirit’ Donald Trump
  • Sheldon Adelson Bets It All. Is dirty money spent by corrupt Chinese officials at Macau casinos flowing into our elections, at least indirectly?
  • Missouri Republican and staunch foe of abortion rights abruptly resigned Wednesday, and is now embroiled in a scandal amid allegations that he had an extramarital affair.
  • More women sue home-schooling guru Bill Gothard for sexual harassment
  • Teen victims say Duggar pastor preyed on rape survivors who sought his help: ‘It’s just evil’

Science – - Or Not

Supremes And Lower Courts

Theocracy Rising

  • Ted Cruz is anointed by God to help Christians in their effort to “go to the marketplace and occupy the land … and take dominion” over it. This “end-time transfer of wealth” will relieve Christians of all financial woes, allowing true believers to ascend to a position of political and cultural power in which they can build a Christian civilization. When this Christian nation is in place (or back in place), Jesus will return
  • Conservative President May Mean More God-Friendly Military
  • The U.S. Military and Religion
  • Definition of Chutzpah: Franklin Graham, Son Of Moral Majority Founder Tells Pope To Keep Out Of Politics
  • How One of the Most Extreme Groups Within the Religious Right Is Remaking the GOP Race for the Presidency
  • Walk carefully toward new ‘religious freedom’ laws


  • Israel’s Supreme Court: Public ritual baths must accept non-Orthodox, too
  • After anti-Semitic remarks, gun owners think it’s time for Ted Nugent to be booted from NRA board.
  • Obama Removes All Funding For ‘Abstinence-Only’ Sex Education
  • African countries clamp down on churches tied to ‘miracle cures’
  • Pope Francis calls out Trump’s hateful rhetoric: ‘This man is not Christian’
  • Pope calls for worldwide abolition of death penalty



When is art too risky or offensive to display? You tell me.


controversial art

As regular readers already know, I worked for years as an artist, an actor, and a comedienne; my husband is a TV producer, my father-in-law, parents, and grandparents are/were all visual and/or musical and/or written-word artists. So our backgrounds and careers are all steeped in the arts, which is why I balk when people start deciding what is, and what isn't art.

I came across a very interesting piece at HuffPo, and I'd love to see what you guys think. Is this piece at The Cincinnati Art Museum too controversial? IMHO, it's not, because it's "provocative" art, not "real life." It's an artist's conception, his representation of life, ideas, impressions, sensibilities. It's... art.

But again, let's see what you think.

Via Martha Rosenberg, investigative reporter and award-winning author:

[A] a display at the Cincinnati Art Museum by conceptual artist Todd Pavlisko is igniting similar debate. Crown, which opened on March 15, consists of a 36-inch brass cube with 19 holes in a plexiglass case with eight flat-screens flanking visitors as they approach the cube. What is so controversial about that? The audio and video on the flat-screens record, in slow motion, the firing of a Tactical 308 rifle by a sharpshooter within the walls of the Cincinnati Art Museum which is how the cube came to sustain its holes. Nineteen bullets were fired by a Navy SEAL in 2012 past masterpieces in the museum's Schmidlapp Gallery like Warhol's "Soup Can" and Duveneck's "Whistling Boy." [...]

The rifle became an actual"drawing tool" says Pavlisko and the sharpshooter's use of physics to place each bullet on the brass cube are part of the artistic statement. [...]

While the Cincinnati Art Museum had to get city permission for creation of Crown and patrons and employees were not present during the shooting, the exhibition continues to draw antipathy.

Regular readers also know that I'm no fan of guns. I detest gun violence. However, if I lived in the area, I'd have no problem going to this exhibit without getting all worked up into a lather. Then again, I'm one of those crazy, radical artistic types who believes in free expression of ideas, both abstract and literal, visual and written. I say go for it.


Video Mid Day Distraction- Raw: George Takei Leads 'Chicken Dance' at Oktoberfest in Ohio


It's always a good time for The Chicken Dance. More here.


VIDEO: Stevie Wonder Sings "Fired Up! Ready to Go!" at Obama Rally in Cincinnati, Ohio


He's no Meat Loaf, but hey, you work with the talent you have.