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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 August 2, 2015

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 August 16, 2015

Abortion, Contraception And Other Women’s Issues

  • #ActionsSpeakLouder Rubio Claimed Rape Victims Don’t Need Exceptions To Abortion Bans Thanks To Emergency Contraception, But He Has Repeatedly Tried To Restrict Women’s Access To Contraception
  • #LyingThroughHisTeeth Yes, Scott Walker, Americans overwhelmingly support legal abortion for rape victims
  • #LiveFreeAndDie New Hampshire Republicans Vote to Defund Planned Parenthood
  • #ChristAndYourUterus Paxton Wants High Court to Block Birth Control Coverage
  • #SoMuchForSmallGovt Trying to get back in the base’s good graces, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence Signs Bill Saying Aborted Babies May be Buried or Cremated
  • #ThePainOfSuccess With less money, Colorado’s birth control program feels the pain. Program credited with lowering teen birth, abortion rates
  • #Cruz ReUps Ted Cruz Renews Pledge To Support Radical Personhood Amendment
  • #LyingScumbag Ben Carson: Planned Parenthood Trying To Control Populations In Black Neighborhoods
  • #FullFrontalTheocracy Ted Cruz Pledges Support For Constitutional Amendment Banning Birth Control
  • #EarthToWalker Scott Walker: “All The Americans Agree That Abortions Should Be Illegal In All Cases”
  • #NotSoLegal Federal Officials Warn States Not to Defund Planned Parenthood
  • #ErYesWeDo Women Have No Right To Donate Fetal Tissue To Medical Research
  • #BadNewsBen Carson Doubles Down: Abortions Are the Number One Cause of Death For Black People
  • #WhatWouldHuckDo Denied Abortion, 11-year-old Rape Victim Gives Birth. 3 more to follow in coming weeks.
  • #AsHeShould New Orleans Abortion Clinic Vandal Charged With Hate Crime
  • #DidAnyoneSayBenghazi? Investigations Into Planned Parenthood Are Falling Totally Flat
  • #AndRWNJsCheer In Parguay, two girls aged 10 to 14—often rape victims—give birth every day.
  • #RealChristians Faith Leaders: ‘A World Without Planned Parenthood Would Be Disastrous’
  • #HuckaSchmuck Huckster’s definition of ‘pro-life’: Huckabee Supports Denying Abortion To 10-Year-Old Rape Victim

Education

  • #WhenBlackIsWhite 7-Year-Old Banished Student Feels Wrath Of Evangelical’s Religious Freedom
  • #GenMoron A Victory for Conservatives in Revised AP History Curriculum
  • #EruptionUpchuckItsAllTheSame The Eruption of Jerry Falwell’s Liberty University: “Training Champions for Christ”
  • #GenChrister Oklahoma’s Crypto Christian Homeschool ‘Science’ Fair

Fifty Shades Of Hate

  • #SayWhat? Duggar son-in-law tells black friend that believing in evolution is racist
  • #ToHerSonToo? Phyllis Schlafly says “Justice Kennedy’s majority opinion is an affront to God, the Constitution, and the American people.”

Fifty Shades Of Lies, Propaganda And Other Hypocrisies

  • #FrigginTheocratLiar David Barton says that the rights listed in the Declaration & Bill of Rights all came directly out of Genesis 1-8
  • #HypocrisyInAction Jim Brownback, the governor’s younger brother, is one of the family’s largest recipients of federal farm subsidies
  • #WouldjaSTFU Anti-Gay Bakers Complain They Are Being Silenced While Speaking Into Microphone At Large Rally
  • #TheRapeMyDaughtersAwardGoesTo GOP lawmaker who ‘rehomed’ adopted daughters with rapist to get ‘courage’ award at Ted Cruz dinner
  • #DependsWhatTheDefinitionOfFetalTissueIs Ben Carson conducted fetal tissue research as a doctor — which he now opposes as GOP candidate

Fifty Shades Of Stark Raving Mad

  • #PatOnAutopilot Pat Robertson: Gay And Gay-Accepting Christians Going To Hell
  • #HasAWayWithChildren Pat Robertson to grandparents: Take grandkids ‘away’ from atheist parents and send them to a Christian school
  • #HowDoYouShutHimTheF–kUp? Pat Robertson: Not Separating Toys By Gender ‘Puts God’s Bullseye’ On Target’s Stores
  • #SayWhat? Bryan Fischer: Donald Trump’s Attacks On Megyn Kelly Show His ‘Ultimate Respect’ For Women
  • #DeadBrainSpewsAgain For Pat Robertson, Levitical Laws Apply To Gays But No One Else

If Media’s The Message

  • #NewLow TLC Expands Garbage Programming: Counseling of Abused Duggar Girls to Become Reality TV
  • #AndSoItBegins Fox & Friends Host Hypes The Return Of The “War On Christmas”
  • #NotSoWiley Religious Right radio host, Rick Wiles, wants SWAT team raids of Planned Parenthood clinics
  • #BirtherismLives Fox News’ Todd Starnes: Obama giving Muslims “special accommodation” while persecuting Christians
  • #NotTheOnion Jim Bob Duggar Wants To Counsel Sexual Abuse Victims, Pitches New Reality Show

Israel, End Times And John Hagee

  • #Wowza Michele Bachmann says World War III is upon us, thanks to President Obama
  • #CubasInTheBible? Michele Bachmann says Cuba will house Iranian nuclear weapons for the imminent nuclear Armageddon
  • #ItOnlyTakesASpark Jewish extremist poses threat to Holy Land Christians, church body says
  • #ChuckTheSchmuck Divine inspiration or pure politics: What’s behind Charles Schumer’s opposition to Obama’s Iran deal
  • MarcusDoesntDoItForHerAnymore Michele Bachmann ”Is extremely Excited’ for Iran Deal As It Will Usher God’s Judgement as Foretold In Zechariah 12:3
  • #MostDangerousFlimFlammeryAwardGoesTo Hagee: ‘God Will Allow Terrorists To Attack The United States’ Because Of Iran Nuclear Deal
  • #HellYes If It’s Going to Push Us to War, Isn’t It Time for AIPAC to Register as a Foreign Agent?
  • #ItsAllAboutTheRealEstate Michele Bachmann & The Religious Right’s Strange Love Affair with Israel
  • #UnitedStatesOfJesus? Ted Cruz “Nothing is more important in the next 18 months than that the body of Christ rise up and that Christians stand up, that pastors stand up and lead,”
  • #TheBoogeymanCometh End Times pastor: Every single church in America has been infiltrated by homicidal Muslim “spies”
  • #MissingTammyFayeJimboGoesWithHorses Jim Bakker: Buy Horses Before God Sends EMP Attack As Punishment For Gay Marriage
  • #AmericanIsraelPublicArmageddonCommittee AIPAC has thrown subtlety aside – to such an extent that nowadays, its existence – and its power — is apparent to all.

LGBTQ

  • #ByHookOrByCrook Ohio house bill would allow businesses to deny marriage services to same-sex couples
  • #LoveStillWinning A Dem Just Picked Up a Republican Seat In Repubublican district in Georgia—By Running Against Anti-Gay Discrimination

Politics Nation

  • #HisBase Ted Cruz will be at the HQ of anti-gay hate group, the American Family Association, tomorrow for in-person interview.
  • #GodsGoneSilent Broke and indicted, Rick Perry is finished in 2016 republican race

Scandals And Scams

  • #Good.Christian.Hypocrites. Michigan capitol rocked by sex scandal
  • #GrinningWithHisHandInYourPocket Scamming the gullible never ends: Snake Oil Salesman Joel Osteen Charms McCain, Fox And Friends
  • #SexOrgyKindOfParties? Jim Bakker’s Survival Food Will Let You ‘Have Parties When The World Is Coming Apart’
  • #AnotherDayAnotherChild Pastor charged w/ sexually abusing another boy after church members rallied to his defense
  • #GrandOlePuke GOP lawmaker who ‘rehomed’ adopted daughters with rapist to get ‘courage’ award at Ted Cruz dinner
  • #GiveEmTheoleRazzleDazzle Preacher tells you how to make money off of God’s coming punishment
  • ToTheTuneOf17Million Pastor saved souls by day, stole millions at night
  • #FlimFlammery Fraud Pastor Barely Escapes with His Life: Followers Uncover His Money Scams
  • #DownUnderPunIntended Jehovah’s Witnesses face child sex abuse investigation in Australia
  • #Livin’Large Huckster Huckabee Has Milked Almost $3 Million From Christian Organizations in the Past Two Years
  • #ReligiousRightCredo Tea Party Lawmaker Caught in Affair: Jesus Died for My Sins, and Thus, I Can Sin

Science Or Not

  • #DefinitionOfStupid Ken Ham:”Some say the Arches in Utah formed over time, but they were made by Noah’s Flood& post-Flood processes”
  • #ConManForChrist Ben Carson Was Confronted With His History As A Fetal Tissue Researcher. His Explanation Makes No Sense.

Supremes And Lower Courts

  • #InTheirFaces Judge To Conservatives Who Tried Closing Abortion Clinics: What If We Did The Same Thing For Gun Stores?
  • #InYoFaceJudgeyBoy Texas Judge Has No Right To Compel Man To Write Bible Verses And Get Married As Alternative To Jail
  • #CantHaveYourUterus Circuit courts ruling for the Obama administration on birth control: 7
  • Circuit courts ruling against it: 0
  • #ItsCalledFollowingTheLawDuh Why Ohio Shut Down Judges Who Want To Get Out Of Performing Same-Sex Marriages
  • #OffToTheKlink Anti-Gay Clerk Ignores Court Order, Still Refuses To Do Her Job

Theocracy Rising

  • #BombingForJesus Is the mission of the US Air Force to “glorify God”?
  • #HuckTheScmuck Mike Huckabee: God will bless America after Planned Parenthood is completely destroyed
  • #NotInJesusName Alabama Church Opens Gun Range In The Name Of Jesus Christ
  • #ChildAbuseLivesHere Escape from Christian Fundamentalism – the Kids Who Flee Abusive, Isolated Christian Homes

Antidotes

  • Pope declares Sept. 1 ‘World Day of Prayer’ for environment
  • Judge Blocks Oklahoma Medication Abortion Restriction—Again
  • S.C. Ordered To Pay $135,000 In Legal Fees After Losing Marriage Equality Case
  • Colorado Court Upholds Anti-Discrimination Statute
  • Tuscaloosa Abortion Clinic Can Reopen, Federal Court Rules

 

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America's Militant Right Gets a Candidate Up to Bat - Georgia Pastor Jody Hice

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This is one of those stories that make you want to say about the entire country, "I know we are smarter than that!"

The camo military vehicle being used for Tea Party stumping is just the tip of the iceberg for this Hice cat, he's one of the crowd that sees President Obama as some evil super-villain to the Rabid Right  who is either completely incapable, wholly Sanz Feck and yet perplexingly clever enough to redistribute wealth and get a socialist agenda underway.

Typical Fvx Nation logic.

Which brings us back to Pastor Hice. Hice ain't nice, as one political friend commented on the southern fried nonsense that's erupting over in the Lipton Brigadiers wing of the GOP side of the 10th congressional district in the state of Georgia. Even for Georgia, it's distasteful.

The Koch Broz. are, of course, at the other end of the buck on this one. From a superb long form investigative report over at Vice:

Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee endorsed Jody Hice because he is a true champion for conservative issues that are important to women and their families," wrote Penny Nance, the CEO of CWA. The most recently available disclosures show that the Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee received $8.1 million from Freedom Partners Chamber of Commerce, the oil baron Koch brothers' "secret bank," which is reportedly used to disperse funds from their fundraisers with other billionaire conservative donors. During roughly the same period as the Freedom Partners' check, the CWA LAC raised only $8.7 million, meaning the Koch donor network pays most of the group’s bills.

As jaw-dropping as the GOP Disconnect Lady Quote was, Vice had even more dirt on Pastor Hice's views on those who don't oppose abortion with every fiber of their fervently religious souls. He predictably went there on Hitler.

Hice calls America's record on abortion "much worse than Hitler's six million Jews," says Muslims do not "deserve First Amendment rights," has said that women should consider running for office only if their husbands approve, and has claimed that the Sandy Hook child massacre was God's response to ending school prayer.

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For true quirkiness, he embraced the Jews and went postal on the Mormon Church, which ties in nicely to the Right's cloying love affair with Israel this summer but is relatively rarely seen in The Open. In other words, they usually try to keep this level of wingnuttery under wraps for surprisingly sensible reasons.

These are not views society ought to be comfortable with.

In a 2011 interview, during a chat that at one point revolved around Hice's contention that the Obama administration is "destroying, purposefully" America's "Judeo-Christian heritage," Hice was asked by an evangelical talk radio host if it would be worth "replacing Obama with Mormon [and failed 2012 GOP Presidential nominee] Mitt Romney?" Without missing a beat, Hice told the interviewer, Rick Wiles, that there was little difference between the two. Hice said one of the reasons he couldn't trust Romney was because of "his understanding of our Christian values." He added, Romney is "a wolf in sheep's clothing." (You can listen to the interview here.)

Romney was dogged by evangelicals who questioned his religion during both of his runs for the presidency. But those attacks were generally at the margins, made by inconsequential preachers or low-level politicians.

O-kay, now. We have ourselves a winner as far as extreme wackadoo militia types with a Judeo-Christian flavor go.

But we are also looking at Senators Ted Cruz and Rand Paul in office, so don't-don't-do not even entertain the thought of slacking off in 98 days and let the vote get away from us.

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Seriously. If that's chump change for the Koch Brothers, it's come down to the voting booth for power moves.

 

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Black voters in South could play big role in midterm elections

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Republicans don't treat black voters well at all. They disenfranchise them, they suppress their votes, they make it nearly impossible for them to get to the polls, they put up all kinds of obstacles to keep them from registering, and they do everything they can to make those Voter I.D.s they insist upon as inaccessible as possible.

Or as I like to call it, GOP outreach.

Thank you, Supreme Court, for your decision last year to gut the Voting Rights Act. How impartial of you.

Consequently, African American voters won't exactly flock to the Republican party any time soon. Nor will they be inclined to fill in a dot next to anyone with an R after their name on the ballot. Can the GOP be any more shortsighted?

Ironically-- with a twist of karma-- black Southern voters are about to play a prominent role in the November elections.

Via Nate Cohn for the New York Times:

Nearly five decades after the passage of the Voting Rights Act, black voters in the South are poised to play a pivotal role in this year’s midterm elections. If Democrats win the South and hold the Senate, they will do so because of Southern black voters. [...]

This year’s closest contests include North Carolina, Louisiana and Georgia. Black voters will most likely represent more than half of all Democratic voters in Louisiana and Georgia, and nearly half in North Carolina. Arkansas, another state with a large black population, is also among the competitive states. [...]

If Democrats win this November, black voters will probably represent a larger share of the winning party’s supporters in important states than at any time since Reconstruction. Their influence is not just a product of the Senate map. It also reflects the collapse in Southern white support for Democrats, an increase in black turnout and the reversal of a century-long trend of black outmigration from the South... Southern black turnout today rivals or occasionally exceeds that of white voters.

You know what this means, right? Say it with me:

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As Cohn reminds us, black voters played a big role in Thad Cochran's primary win against a tea party candidate. Please read his chock full o' info, background, and history article in full, here.

And then help everyone you can to register, and in November, to get to the polls. Swarm the polling places. Vote in droves. Use your voices. Because it doesn't do much good to have winning numbers without access to the ballot box.

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Cliff Notes: "This is a disease, one that the NRA’s leadership is helping to spread"

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My dear friend and mentor, Cliff Schecter, has a new post up; Cliff has given me permission to share his work with you, so I’ll give you the latest edition of what I call Cliff Notes. Here are a few excerpts from his latest at The Daily Beast, with permission. Please read the whole thing, because he has way more than I’ve included here. It's about the utter insanity and carnage attributed to the NRA and their gun-fondling devotees who are blissfully spreading a deadly Gun Disease all over America.

These bits and pieces don't do it justice. Please, link over for the entire post titled "From Las Vegas to Georgia, the NRA Has Created a Monster":

It’s been quite a month for the National Rifle Association: Massacres at universities, in restaurants, and at retail stores from South Carolina to Las Vegas. Gun nuts porting assault weapons to dinner from Chili’s to Chipotle. The leaders of the take-no-prisoners gun-rights organization have been witness to the logical outgrowth of its policies and rhetoric. Much as the GOP helped create the lunatic-fringe Tea Party within its midst, the NRA chieftains have helped birth a beast whose black heart now beats strongly among its most radical adherents. [...]

The result: They’ve watched impotently as this witch’s brew of mental illness, far-right politics, propaganda, and heavy weaponry has led to one shocking—yet wholly predictable—massacre after another, with the most recent targets including the execution-style murders of two lunching police officers in Las Vegas. [Laffy Note: See Sher's White Supremacy and the Bundy Tea Party Terrorize the Vegas Strip] [...]

Just over the past few weeks, we’ve seen mass murders in Isla Vista, Seattle, Myrtle Beach, and Las Vegas. A catastrophe was barely averted at a courthouse in Georgia—you know, the place that in its infinite wisdom chose to pass its “guns anywhere” bill, because clearly if there was something daycare centers and airports were lacking, it was guns.

Somehow this didn’t stop this self-styled “sovereign citizen.”  [...]

But this is America, the NRA leadership’s version, where a man in this mental state was a gun seller and trader (remember how Timothy McVeigh was a gun seller at gun shows?), who got mad because he had—what else?—outstanding firearms charges against him. So yeah, why not kill the authorities and everyone else you can in a blaze of glory? We make it so easy, after all. [...]

In Las Vegas, two shooters, a man and a woman... left a swastika and “Don’t Tread on Me” flag on one of the murdered cops’ bodies... Did I mention the man had lived on Cliven Bundy’s ranch for a bit (and was kicked off… one wonders what it took for that to happen)? [...]

This is a disease, one that the NRA’s leadership is helping to spread. [...]

Put simply, the NRA’s leaders have demonized anyone whose job it is to enforce our laws and protect the United States in its pamphlets, emails, speeches, TV ads, Web shows, radio programming, and anywhere else they can unleash this cancer on the American public. So is it then shocking when their more unstable allies and adherents use the same language when planning or executing the mass killing of policemen, judges or other government officials?

If Wayne LaPierre were instead named Wayne Mohammed, do you think we’d still be hearing from him? Or would he be in a black site in Romania somewhere? [...]

If we want to change things, it starts with not sugar-coating or ignoring the treasonous and murderous role played by the leaders of the NRA, but by acknowledging it and taking them on every day.

Cliff Schecter is a bestselling author, syndicated columnist, and political strategist. He consults for the gun-safety group the National Gun Victims Action Council. 

Follow him on Twitter: @CliffSchecter

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