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


  • 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




Ferguson or Fallujah?


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Two images are shown above. One is courtesy of  Cpl Mike Escobar, taken in Fallujah, Iraq in 2005.  The other taken by reporter/photographer Danny Wicentowski of St. Louis' Riverfront Times two days ago in Ferguson, MO. Can you tell which is which?

It's getting increasingly more difficult by the day to tell the difference. Americans' civil rights have eroded to the point where we have to question whether the First Amendment exists as anything more than a historical reference any longer.

In case anyone needs a refresher,

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances

Although there may be no written law establishing an official religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof, the Supreme Court of the United States, just made it a whole lot easier for religious fanatics to impose their beliefs on the rest of us. There may be no law abridging the freedom of speech or of the press, but both have been seriously hampered in recent days, months and years, with no let-up in sight.

As for our "right of the people peaceably to assemble," that was excised from the Constitution - figuratively, anyway - when the peaceful Occupy Wall Street encampments were forcefully, forcibly and, in many cases, violently, destroyed and their occupants harassed, brutalized and arrested.

Finally, regarding our supposed right to petition the Government for a redress of grievances, all one need do is some research into the plight of whistleblowers in the US today.

Either we fix the First Amendment or we need to just scrap the whole thing once and for all and start over again.

As for those pictures at the top of the post, the first one was from Fallujah, the second from Ferguson. Perhaps we should just realize that there's not much difference any more. Maybe we should just call them Fergustan.

On the show today

After listening to Huffington Post reporter Ryan J. Reilly and Washington Post reporter tell the stories of their arrests last night on MSNBC,

I was joined by Joshua Holland, senior digital producer at to help navigate the madness.

Stephen Goldstein, author of the Dictionary of American Political Bullshit joined in for his weekly No More Bullshit Minute. In light of the day's news, today's Bullshit term of the day was "Justice."

And finally, it's always an honor and a pleasure to talk with Harry Shearer. From playing Derek Smalls on This is Spinal Tap, to a litany of characters including Mr. Burns, Smithers, Ned Flanders and more on The Simpsons, to more serious pursuits including blowing the lid off the reason New Orleans flooded from Hurricane Katrina by directing and narrating the documentary The Big Uneasy, and for so much more, Harry Shearer is one of our most talented American treasures.

I don't really need a reason to invite Harry on to the show, as I could easily talk with him for hours. But with the 40th anniversary of Richard Nixon's resignation just behind us, and the US premiere of Shearer's take on Richard Nixon in Nixon's the One - lifted directly from the transcripts of his Oval Office recordings - coming soon, it was a perfect time for another chat.

Unfortunately, we were sidetracked a bit by the mess in Fergustan, so Harry will come back on for another conversation when the show is ready to premiere over here.

Tomorrow, we'll wrap up our week with the return of Greg Palast. And for Flashback Friday, it's back to 2000 for my interview with Chrissie Hynde of Pretenders ... radio or not!


Kate Kelly: She actually is history!


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When the June 2014 story broke of Kate Kelly, I immediately thought of Anne Hutchinson.  Kelly, is a long-time Morman and human rights lawyer.  She is fighting for equality in the Church (what a concept!) and the founder of Ordained Woman which is a group of gals who want to preach in their own (Mormon) church. Kelly was convicted of apostasy (the abandonment or renunciation of a religious or political belief), and ex-communicated.

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Anne Hutchinson was convicted of heresy (an opinion or belief that contradicts established religious teachings) and sedition (actions or words intended to provoke or incite rebellion against government authority) and was banished!  And she, like Kate Kelly, was ex-communicated from her Church. But this was back in 1634.  HER crime?  Preaching to women and challenging "church doctrines".

Twilight Zone music here…

Ms. Hutchinson, nurse, bible teacher, midwife and all around multi-tasking Mama, was not your average, quiet, submissive housewife and mother of the Colonial period. No.  She was the Mother of The First Amendment.  Via Cornell:

The First Amendment guarantees freedoms concerning religion, expression, assembly, and the right to petition.  It forbids Congress from both promoting one religion over others and also restricting an individual’s religious practices.  It guarantees freedom of expression by prohibiting Congress from restricting the press or the rights of individuals to speak freely.  It also guarantees the right of citizens to assemble peaceably and to petition their government.  

Pregnant with her fifteenth child and forty-six years old, Anne Hutchinson STOOD before a panel of male judges who said to her:

"Mrs Hutchinson, you are called here as one of those that have troubled the peace of the commonwealth and the churches here; you are known to be a woman that hath had a great share in the promoting and divulging of those opinions that are the cause of this trouble."

Kate Kelly was told - also by a panel of male judges- the following (via NBC):

"The problem is that you have persisted in an aggressive effort to persuade other Church members to your point of view and that your course of action has threatened to erode the faith of others.  In order to be considered for readmission to the Church, you will need to demonstrate over a period of time that you have stopped teachings and actions that undermine the Church, its leaders, and the doctrine of the priesthood."

Kate Kelly heard this from her church the same week the Supreme Court struck down the McCullen v. Coakley law that created a buffer zone around abortion clinics. SCOTUS said the "pro-life" peeps' First Amendment rights were being violated. Free speech, right to protest, oy veh. I wonder if any of Supreme Court judges have seen the documentary "After Tiller".

How could SCOTUS mistake free speech for harassment?  And of course, THEY are enjoying THEIR buffer zone around THEIR building. Via the NY Times:

“Many women have abortions because they feel they have no other option or because they are pressured by a boyfriend or parent,” said Eleanor McCullen, a plaintiff in the case, McCullen v. Coakley, No. 12-1168. “Today’s ruling means I can offer loving help to a woman who wants it, and neither of us will go to jail for the discussion.”


So Kate Kelly was ex-communicated for basically "trying to persuade other church members..."  and Anne Hutchinson was banished for having a "belief different from the establishment" but the "pro-lifers" are allowed to"persuade - HARASS -  women who have a belief DIFFERENT than theirs??

As  Radio Or Not's Nicole Sandler says all too regularly: "It's Opposite World".


Top AZ school official: Ban Spanish! "This is America! I'm not being racist."


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Meet John Huppenthal, an Arizona school official. A top Arizona school official. Keyword: School. Where he was responsible for the "public instruction" of, you know, impressionable kids.  Apparently, Mr. Responsible isn't fond of the Spanish language, which is likely spoken by many of the impressionable kids at the schools he oversees. Translated into his version of English that means, "You are not welcome here, brown people." To quote Superintendent Big Tent, "This is America. Speak English."

How so American of him. Give me your tired, your poor, your English Only. Your white. Your Republican.

What was that about America being a melting pot again?

melting pot


1. a pot in which metals or other substances are melted or fused.

2. a country, locality, or situation in which a blending of races, peoples, or cultures is taking place.


Pressure on the state's top school official to resign continued to mount Monday as more anonymous blog posts from John Huppenthal emerged.

Using an online alias, the superintendent of public instruction posted several comments on a conservative-leaning website calling for no Spanish language in the state.

In one post Huppenthal wrote, "We all need to stomp out balkanization. No Spanish radio stations, no Spanish billboards, no Spanish TV stations, no Spanish newspapers. This is America, speak English."

Not offensive enough? How's this? Superintendent Racist went on to say that he "doesn't mind" if Mexican food is sold, as long as the menus "are mostly in English."

Anyone know the English word for tamale? Or tortilla? Or burrito? Or a**hole, for that matter. I'm guessing El Pollo Loco may have issues with Señor Huppenthal, what with the name of the entire chain being so unAmericanly Spanishly balkanized and such.

And how about that First Amendment freedom of speech and press thing that conservatives rely on so often, right Sup. "patriot"? M.I.A. How exactly does he justify shutting down TV stations and newspapers that fall under that constitutionally protected right? Silly me, I forgot. IOKIYAR:


Señor Gilipollas then displayed a total lack of self-awareness when he followed all of that up with:

"And, I'm not being humorous or racist."

Well, he was half right. He sure isn't funny.

All these statements were made in 2010, and as reported above, under a pseudonym. Did I mention he also called welfare recipients "lazy pigs"? Project much, Hup?

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