Ya just gotta love it. Via Heather.
Your Daily Dose of BuzzFlash at Truthout, via my pal Mark Karlin:
...Red States adopting the total GOP assault on the Affordable Care Act (ACA) refused to accept federal funds for expanding Medicaid eligibility, leaving many of their citizens without coverage that they could receive under the act. But the Republican politics of damning anything associated with the ACA as the work of the devil has left many white and minority Americans in healthcare Hell.
Ironically, CNN notes that "most of the people who fall into the coverage gap live in the Bible Belt, a 14-state region in the South stretching from North Carolina to Texas and Florida." Yet, and this is why this GOP political act of condemning individuals, families and children to death or bankruptcy becomes relevant to religion. [...]
CNN did find a pastor or two who would go on record:
The Rev. Phil Wages, senior pastor Winterville First Baptist Church in Georgia and a blogger, was one of the few Bible Belt ministers willing to speak on the subject. [...]
“I have an issue with the government coming in to get money through me - through taxes - to take care of people, when my argument is that I should be free to give to charities or to my church in order to take care of the sick and destitute,” he says.
The most fundamental rebuttal to the argument of Rev. Wages is then why are so many millions of Americans without healthcare insurance if the churches are taking care of them?
After all, a lot of these people are low-paid working people who don't receive health insurance as part of their jobs [...]
Indeed, CNN includes a counter-argument to Rev. Wages:
Wages’ position is impractical and unbiblical, says Ronald Sider, a longtime advocate for the poor and author of “The Scandal of Evangelical Politics."
Churches and charities don’t have enough resources to take care of an estimated 48 million Americans who don’t have health care. The Bible is filled with examples of God's fury over economic oppression of the poor, which Christians should regard as scandalous, he says.
“If you are not sharing God’s concern for the poor, it raises huge questions about whether you are a Christian at all,” he says about pastors who say nothing about the uninsured poor.
Anyone can deem themselves a good person by claiming to be "saved" by Jesus, but Jesus preached saving others from injustice, poverty and hunger.
You can't be "saved," until you understand that Jesus rebelled against those who sought financial gain at the expense of others. Jesus was an advocate of God's compassion toward all, particularly those scorned and left behind.
Meanwhile, millions in the Evangelical and Baptist South will continue to be the victims of a trumped up theology, rigged for those who find comfort in the words of pastors who sell the snake oil of "salvation."
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What is wrong with you haters? Don’t you know that schools, especially ones like the Deborah Brown Community School in Tulsa Oklahoma have rules. It’s about time they’re enforced. It seems like there’s always one bad apple in the bunch who tries to take advantage of the system, violate the regulations, then make the community pay for their scofflaw attitude. It’s just not right. And Tulsa Channel 23, a Fox affiliate has the story.
The Brown Community School was just minding its business when one of the administrative staff noticed that a seven year old student, Tiana Parker was flagrantly flaunting the school’s rules. She knows better. She’s seven years old and has been at this school for a few years.
You’d never catch a school administrator breaking the rules:
“School’s policy against “faddish” hair — “such as dreadlocks, afros, mohawks.”
For whatever reason, this disruptive straight-A student, Tiana Parker was just throwing the school handbook in their faces. She knowingly and intentionally broke the school's dress code. (You'd never catch a school administrator doing that). Not with inappropriate attire. She attempted to start a riot by breaking the hair-style rules. She clearly violated the institutions bylaws. Let's face it. She's a trouble maker.
We know for a fact that Tiana was fully aware of this rule because she wore dreadlocks last year and nothing happened to her. Her taunting stunt this year got her an immediate boot from the school. Good for Deborah Brown Community School. I wouldn't take any guff from some snotty-nosed, little seven year old punk kid. You've got to teach ‘em young if you’re ever going to get through to these rabble-rousers.
So what do you do when you get caught breaking the rules that are made for everyone but you? If you're a crybaby, you go to your daddy and get the press and make a big stink. And that’s exactly what these two hardened rule breakers did. Check it out:
How dare this little brat and her irresponsible hair-stylist dad unreasonably, intentionally, willfully try to embarrass a fine educational institution because they think the rules don’t apply to them. This just makes me so mad.
I say, when you allow fads into your school, the next thing you know, there are drugs, then gangs, followed by guns, and then who knows what – it could lead to the ruination of the city of Tulsa-- that starts with “T” which rhymes with “P” which stands for pool (You MUSIC MAN fans out there know what I mean.)
Join me in saying, “Bravo” to this school. They know instantly kicking a child out of class with no warning is how to build self-esteem and confident minds and sound bodies. It might be tough love, but rules are rules – and we all know that dreads are a gateway style, they’re a fad, and that’s BAD.
This guy is deluded and sick. Two weeks of "intense therapy" isn't going to cut it, he needs to go NOW. Via.
It's my kid, and I'll name him what I want to; that's what a Tennessee woman said when she named her baby Messiah. Child Support Magistrate Lu Ann Ballew disagreed and went right ahead and changed the baby's first name to Martin.
Just one teeny tiny thing: The baby's parents were in court to argue whose last name he should use, not his first name.
And where in our system of justice does it say a judge's religious beliefs have any place in a court ruling?
I mean other than all those other court rulings by judges who rely on their religious beliefs.
"The word Messiah is a title, and it's a title that has only been earned by one person, and that one person is Jesus Christ," the judge told WBIR-TV, a local channel. ... The judge renamed him Martin DeShawn McCullough, which includes both parents' names.
Judge Ballew-It was concerned about the area's heavily Christian population. How thoughtful of her:
“It could put him at odds with a lot of people, and at this point he has had no choice in what his name is," Ballew said.
But naming a child "Jesus" is okay with her? The judge claims that's not "relevant to this case." Got it. Is she what conservatives would label as an "activist judge"? Just asking.
She must really want to get her judicially faith-based hands on all those other parents who named their babies Messiah in 2012, because last year it was the 387th most common name for baby boys in this country.
Messiah's mom said she'll continue to call him by that name and said she would appeal the judge's decision.
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