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The Weekly Upchuck for February 21, 2016: 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.

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

Education

  • 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

Scandal

  • 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

Antidotes

  • 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

 

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Half a Week's Upchucks: Valentine's Day Edition: 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.

The Weekly Upchuck Valentine Issue February 14, 2016

Abortion, Contraception And Other Women’s Issues

  • Pregnancy Clinics Fight for Right to Deny Abortion Information
  • Anti-Choice Group Vows To Put Spies In Every Abortion Clinic In The Country
  • If there was ever any doubt that Gov. John Kasich would sign the bill to ax money for Planned Parenthood, the GOP presidential hopeful cleared that up for a female voter in Concord, N.H.: “We’re not gonna fund it.”
  • Alabama Republicans Push ‘Heartbeat,’ ‘Personhood’ Abortion Bans
  • New Mexico Senate Committee Rejects GOP’s 20-Week Abortion Ban
  • John Kasich ‘s Quiet Campaign To Cut Abortion Access
  • Don’t Get Pregnant: Access To Contraception And Abortion In Zika-Affected Countries

Fifty Shades Of Despicable

  • Ted Nugent Defends Anti-Semitic Facebook Rant By Calling Jewish Leaders ‘Nazis’
  • Lost in the horse race coverage: 2/3 of GOP voters support banning Muslims from the U.S.
  • Kasich’s Priest Thinks Gay Rights Activists Are Fascist “Thought Nazis”
  • GOP presidential contender John Kasich is part of an anti-gay splinter group that left the Episcopal Church.
  • Anti-gay West Virginia clerk screams at lesbian couple on their wedding day and calls them an ‘abomination’
  • After Promoting Anti-Semitic Image, Ted Nugent Still Touted By Ted Cruz- – Nugent Has Been Condemned By Civil Rights Groups, Jewish Organizations, And People On All Sides Of The Gun Issue
  • West Virginia Lawmakers Pass Problematic ‘Religious Freedom’ Bill 72-26
  • Who Is Ted Cruz’s Pal Mike Bickle?
  • Hard Work and Marriage Aren’t the Magic Cure-Alls for Poverty Jeb Bush Is Hoping For
  • Republicans in Congress Urge Women With Zika to Accept Microcephaly, Not Abortion

If Media’s The Message

  • Kirk Cameron’s sister warns Fox News not to ‘joke about hell’ because the Bible says it’s ‘disgusting’
  • Radio host Rick Wiles says the Zika virus is God’s punishment for Latin America’s Satan worship

Israel, End Times And John Hagee

  • Dozens of ultra-Orthodox Men Attack Military Police Officers in Israel
  • Pat Robertson: Obama Destroying America As We Near The End Times
  • Cruz Defends Endorsement From Pastor Who Believes Hitler Was ‘Hunter’ Sent By God

Politics Nation

  • Why Ted Cruz is now the Republican front-runner
  • Ted Cruz will be campaigning with Glenn Beck at the church run by self-appointed, crazy-talking prophet Rick Joyner
  • Kasich is almost as bad as Trump: Don’t let the Donald’s repulsiveness distract from the ugliness dished out by other candidates
  • Cruz: ‘The Only Person in This Field Who Can Beat Donald Trump Is Me’

Scandal

  • Italy arrests priest accused of ‘defrauding elderly people out of millions’
  • Did pastor lead woman to starve daughter to death?
  • Orlando Baptist Church pastor paid woman to keep quiet about affair, lawsuit claims
  • NJ Pastor Accused of Molesting Teens Who Attended His Church: Prosecutors
  • After sexually abusing children for decades, Catholic brother lives under the radar in Hawaii

Science – - Or Not

  • Ken Ham: “Hard to believe intelligent people believe life came from non-life or reptiles evolved into birds”

 

  • 10 years after the Dover trial discredited Intelligent Design, it has morphed and returned.

Supremes And Lower Courts

  • Texas Judge defends decision to deny same-sex weddings
  • Judge OKs Oklahoma’s Clinic Closure Law
  • Antonin Scalia was only an ‘originalist’ when it was convenient

 

Theocracy Rising

  • Arizona State House Says All Invocations Must Mention A ‘Higher Power’
  • Heidi Cruz: Ted Running To ‘Show This Country The Face Of The God That We Serve’
  • This is what the beginning of a theocracy looks like. If these guys have their way we’ll be living in Saudi America
  • It’s bad news for the First Amendment if Evangelical voters choose either Trump or Cruz.
  • Cruz touts endorsement of Jerry Boykin, who says Jesus will return carrying an AR-15
  • Army Chaplains are attending assault training and even carrying weapons.
  • Pastor Preaches That Women Should Be Banned From Voting And Confined To Their Homes
  • Rabbi berates Arizona town council members over Christian prayer — then gets booted out
  • Campaigning with Ted Cruz, Glenn Beck begs Christians to vote for God’s chosen candidate or else America is doomed.
  • Franklin Graham says conservative Christians must run for mayor in every city to stop “evil” & “wicked” LGBT rights
  • Ted Cruz leads a prayer with 14,000 cheering evangelicals in S.C.
  • Ben Carson’s Bible-Based Tax System and Other GOP Adventures In ‘Biblical Economics’
  • Ted Cruz: “Here am I Lord, use me. Here am I Lord, I surrender to whatever Your will for my life is.” And Cruz felt a peace about running for president of the United States.
  • Dominionism is the New Religious Freedom

 

Antidotes

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NYT's Maureen Dowd OD's On Marijuana And Blames The Candy

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There's nothing like trying something before writing about it. And that's what New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd did recently -- and not without some lingering effects. For an article she was writing on Colorado's legal marijuana culture, she decided to try some of the "edibles" which contain cannabis. So far so good.

So, she bought a caramel-chocolate flavored candy bar which she said looked so innocent, like the Sky Bars she used to love as a kid. After she took one bite, then another, she didn't notice anything happening. Perhaps she was disappointed but for whatever reason, she decided in her impatience to gobble down the rest of the bar.

She waited, and then it happened. The effects began. In her NYT article, she writes:

But then I felt a scary shudder go through my body and brain. I barely made it from the desk to the bed, where I lay curled up in a hallucinatory state for the next eight hours. I was thirsty but couldn’t move to get water. Or even turn off the lights. I was panting and paranoid, sure that when the room-service waiter knocked and I didn’t answer, he’d call the police and have me arrested for being unable to handle my candy.

Based on that experience, she's come to some conclusions. The biggest one being that the entire marijuana industry was set up for potheads, people who smoked frequently. This nascent business has to educate new or first time users prior to selling them the edible goods so people will know what to expect to feel.

That's not a bad idea. But her article goes on to condemn and point out the dangers of legalization, even trying to equate her unfortunate experience with people jumping off buildings and kids eating marijuana-laced goodies and ending up with irreparable harm. These are possible, but not probable. And the reason is, she OD'd because she lacked common sense.

The next day, a medical consultant at an edibles plant where I was conducting an interview mentioned that candy bars like that are supposed to be cut into 16 pieces for novices; but that recommendation hadn’t been on the label.

So in essence, she took 16 times the amount she should have taken. No wonder she got herself into a bit of a problem. If she had bought a fifth of scotch and drunk the whole thing, she would have gotten sick or drunk or both on that too. There's no suggested servings printed on a bottle of booze. So I find it a bit disingenuous that she faults the experience on her naivete. She's been around. She knows you don't go from one bite to the whole bar, just as you don't go from one shot glass of Glenlivet to the whole bottle.

Her suggestion that if this had been alcohol, she'd have known better doesn't really hold water. She claims in her article that people know you have to be careful in how much you drink, when only an idiot or the most simpleminded would think that taking too much of a marijuana laced edible wouldn't lead to some ill effects.

But that said, I do think the public has been so scared by lies and innuendos--the Reefer Madness syndrome--that more education of the public might not be such a bad thing. But Dowd's reckless accusations that it was the lack of full labeling or the implication that she needed more knowledge to safely ingest is a disservice to an industry. If she was new to this kind of purchase, why didn't she ask when she bought the candy bar how much she should take to feel some effects? The next day when she asked, she was told. A bad assumption on her part made an ass of her, not a better investigative columnist.

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Saturday Links

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The Great Unveiling: Iranian Women Are Ditching Their Headscarves on Facebook

Colorado Collects More Than $20 Million From Marijuana Sales

House GOP ignores deficit, approves massive tax break

Paranoid Memo Reveals That America Just Isn’t That Into The Kochs

Alison Lundergan Grimes Hits Mitch McConnell For Saying It's 'Not My Job' To Create Local Jobs

What You Need to Know about the Keystone XL Pipeling (Bill Moyers)

40 Hours in the Hospital

Another day, another person needlessly killed by a gun freak: Man shoots, kills woman he mistakes for groundhog

Arkansas Judge Strikes Down Gay Marriage Ban

Criminal Defendants Should Have Chance to Review FISA Materials, EFF and ACLU Argue in Amicus Brief

Michele Bachmann Rails Against Proposed National Women's History Museum

Scientists Discover Proof That Humanity Is Getting Dumber, Smaller, and Weaker

Megyn Kelly – Fascism Today’s Sexy Poster Girl

Rutgers Students Nix Condoleeze Rice from Commencement Speech

11 Incredible Atheist Billboards Will Soon Go Up in Northern Ohio

Clemson coach accused of pushing religion on football team

Now Sheldon Adelson Has an ALEC-Like Lobbying Network in the States

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