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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 9, 2015

Abortion, Contraception And Other Women’s Issues

  • #BackwaterBlues Jindal cuts off state Medicaid funds for Planned Parenthood YouSirAreNoFanOfWomen Manchin backs defunding Planned Parenthood
  • #RepeatALieOftenEnough 4 More Deceptive Edits In The Fifth Video Attempting To Smear Planned Parenthood
  • #TheirWarOnPoverty Planned Parenthood: Only 3% of Services Are Abortions, 97% Health Care for the Poor
  • #WhoKnew? Jeb Bush’s Grandfather Was A Founding Member Of Today’s Planned Parenthood
  • #ProLifeMyBippy NPR fact-check: Defunding Planned Parenthood would lead to more spending, not to mention more unintended pregnancies.
  • #TeensShaltNotCopulate Jeb wants to ‘redirect’ Planned Parenthood funding to abstinence-only programs, just like in FL
  • #StateBySouthernState Alabama Governor terminates Medicaid contract with #PlannedParenthood
  • #ClearAsDay Jeb Bush Didn’t Misspeak: The GOP Wants to Dismantle Reproductive Health Programs

Education

  • #SoHelpUsGod Indiana public school punishes 7-year-old with ‘banishment’ for not believing in God
  • #GenDumbDown According to the National Research Council report, only 28% of high school science teachers consistently follow the National Research Council guidelines on teaching evolution, and 13% of those teachers explicitly advocate creationism or “intelligent design;” \ A 2008 University of Texas study found that 25 percent of public school biology teachers believe that humans and dinosaurs inhabited the earth simultaneously.
  • #ALaDavidBarton Texas public school district promotes Christianity with made up Ronald Reagan quote
  • #UnhingedAndComingForYourBirthControl Anti-choice organization warns that contraception is evil

Fifty Shades Of Hate

  • #ForJesus Arizona pastor prays for God to rip out Caitlyn Jenner’s heart: ‘I hate him with a perfect hatred’
  • #GodsWarrior Anti-Choice Activist To Face Jury For Threatening Abortion Provider

Fifty Shades Of Stark Raving Mad

  • #FreakShow After none of his Jade Helm 15 predictions came true, Rick Wiles now claims Obama will nuke Texas during Jade Helm 16

If Media’s The Message

  • #NineteenAndCounting Are The Duggars Broke? The Family Is Asking Fans For Cash
  • #LogCabinCaitlyn Caitlyn Creeps Her Transgender Pals Out With Her Right Wing Dogma: Go Figure!
  • #MoreLikeTheBloodOfSandyHookChildren Bryan Fischer: God didn’t stop Sandy Hook because He couldn’t hear prayers over “pleas of the blood of the unborn
  • #AsOnlyFoxCanPoll: Christians feel under attack
  • #FoxSurprise Former SportsBroadcaster Thinks He Shouldn’t Have Been Fired Over Anti-Gay Statements
  • #PurseDogs? Fox Host: Trump Is Popular Because Americans “Don’t Want One Of Those Metrosexual Purse Dogs, They Want A Pit Bull”
  • #O’Really? O’Reilly: “Planned Parenthood is an Abortion Factory That Sells the Body Parts of Dead Babies or Fetuses”

Israel, End Times And John Hagee

  • #SchmuckSchumer Chuck Schumer is getting an earful from opponents of the Iran nuclear deal. Growing signs he will oppose Iran deal
  • #LastBestChance An Iran-Deal Skeptic Becomes a Supporter
  • #Encouraging AntiSemitism Washington battle rages over Iran nuclear deal’s fate
  • #TisAllAboutEndTImes Christian Zionists are gearing up for a battle where money is no object, facts pose no impediment, and where anti-deal activists will be flooding as many meetings with members of Congress as possible.
  • #GarbageMan David “Horsesh*t” Horowitz: “Obama Hates Jews, America, Marines and is a NAZI”
  • #MoneyTalks AIPAC taking all but 3 freshmen Congresspeople to Israel in effort to sabotage Iran deal
  • #ThinkNukes Jewish settler climbs Dome of the Rock. If Bibi doesn’t get there first, it will be a settler who starts next world war, the war to end all wars.
  • #FundedByAIPAC US lawmakers to meet Netanyahu in Israel
  • Sen. Tom Cotton: “Iran Deal Is Like The Crucifixion Of Jesus”
  • #HotMess In a fit of reckless ignorance, Tom Cotton advocates bombing Iran “back to day zero.” Literally no experts agree.
  • Brought to you by Israel’s best friends:
  • #SonOfHagee/IsraelsBestFriends Matthew Hagee: Evolution is a “lie from the pit of Hell” that has “cost us 55 million Americans”
  • #LovingIsraelButOnlyForItsRealEstate Israel’s abortion law now among world’s most liberal
  • #SchmuckSchumerPlacesHisBet Schumer won’t just oppose Iran deal but would also join a veto override.
  • #NoPerhapsAboutIt Would you take advice on the Middle East from a man who believes the world is about to end? The answer for millions of Americans, perhaps even for conservative members of Congress, is yes.
  • #ItsAnEndTimesIssue John Hagee “Israel is not a political issue. Israel is a Bible issue.”
  • CruzJoinsHuckASchmuck Cruz Joins Huckajesus In Praising SchmuckSchumer For Opposing Obama’s Iran Deal
  • #BibleNation Ben Carson’s Bible-Based Tax System and Other GOP Adventures In ‘Biblical Economics’
  • #MakinItUpChuck Huckleberry Says Obama is Reading a Christian Bible that No One Else Has

LGBTQ

  • #WaaaayOff LibertyCouncil argues that marriage equality imposes an unconstitutional “religious test” for public office
  • #ByStealthOrByMight How Indiana Conservatives Are Winning The Fight Against LGBT Protections With Fear

Politics Nation

  • #Really? Why Right-Wing Evangelicals Are Infatuated With Donald Trump
  • DisdainingTrump GOP 2016 Contenders Are Courting Erick Erickson, The Anti-Gay Pundit With A “Pattern Of Being Disrespectful To Women”
  • #VerrrryInteresting Sanders plans to speak at Liberty University next month
  • #However Sen. Bernie Sanders isn’t the first liberal to speak at Liberty University. So did Ted Kennedy.
  • #StalkedByGod Texas Sen. Ted Cruz ties every move he makes, every breath he takes, to God
  • #NoFriendToWomen Jebya laid out his record as prolife’ champion who defunded Planned Parenthood
  • ChristianBonaFides Jebya: “We were only state to provide money to crisis pregnancy centers and first state to have a ‘Choose Life’ license plate”
  • #TheMcCarthyismOfJesus Huckajesus: “My Dept of Justice & Attorney General will prosecute attacks on people of faith and religious freedom.”
  • #HuckAPuke Huckajesus ”Trust & vilify” – He (PBO) trusts our enemies & vilifies anyone who disagrees with him.”
  • #BloodComingFromWhere? Scott Walker: “I’m certainly an imperfect man. And it’s only by the blood of Jesus Christ that I’ve been redeemed from my sins. So I know that God doesn’t call me to do a specific thing, God hasn’t given me a list, a Ten Commandments, if you will, of things to act on the first day.
  • #Every.Single.Day Cruz: “Well, I am blessed to receive a word from God every day in receiving the scriptures and reading the scriptures. And God speaks through the Bible.”
  • #GiftFromGod Rubio is now saying that he doesn’t think victims of sexual assault should have access to abortion.
  • #NoneDareCallItTheocracy Huckabee:” It’s time that we recognize the Supreme Court is not the supreme being, and we change the policy to be pro-life and protect children instead of rip up their body parts and sell them like they’re parts to a Buick.”
  • #HomeschoolHuck “I pledge to kill Common Core & restore common sense. Education is a family function, not a fed function.”
  • #CruzsVeryScaryTerribleHorribleFirstDay 5 Actions Ted Cruz Says He Would Take on His First Day in the Oval Office
  • #ErNo Scott Walker claims that Americans share his anti-choice extremism. He’s not even close to right.

Propaganda, Lies And Other Hypocrisies

  • #OrNot God Using Donald Trump And Fox News To Save America
  • #PsstTheyreNotReallyProLife Abortion opponents waging war on fetal research are also at war with improvements in prenatal care
  • #OnlyTheBeginning God And The GOP: The Almighty Gets A Shout-Out During Republican Presidential Debate

Scandal

  • #WhatsALittleRapeBetweenPastorAndCHild Australia may deport South African preacher, David Volmer, accused of repeatedly raping 13-year-old girl
  • #TheFaceOfIsraeliTerrorism An Israeli teen has died of injuries from stabbing at Jerusalem Gay Pride parade last week.
  • #GoinWithGreedy The Duggars Are Broke or Just Greedy as Hell
  • #AnotherDayAnotherFamilyValuesHypocrite Tea Party Attorney General of Texas Turns Himself in for Felony Fraud
  • #DarknessRising The Mistreatment Of A Dying Gay Man In Texas Goes ‘A Step Beyond Even Westboro Baptist Church’
  • Former NC pastor accused of raping several children
  • #CantMakeItUp Anti-Gay Lawmakers Caught In Affair, Bizarre Cover-up
  • #WhoDaThunk Wealthy pastor charged with hiding money from feds
  • #Derp Florida pastor: The national debt will end ‘immediately’ when Planned Parenthood is defunded

Religion Gone Bad Gone Mad

  • #ScamOfTheCentury Hate Obamacare? Wanna Fire Gays? Create a Fake Church!
  • #AndThisIsNewsBecause?Here’s hoping they didn’t have sex. Right Bristol? Josiah Duggar& Marjorie Jackson Split After 4 Months of Courtship

Sausage Makers And Their Sausage

  • #How.Dare.He. GOP senator: I can lecture women on pregnancy because abortion is a ‘men’s issue’
  • #TheEndOfProgress Rep. Doug Lamborn pushes CSU to halt HIV research over fetal-tissue stings

Scandal

  • #FridayTheRabbiMolestedSaturdayTheRabbiRanAway Wanted in Israel, alleged sexually abusive rabbi fled Netherlands for Caribbean
  • #AntotherDayANotherReligiousPedophile Predatory HIV+ Pastor Gets 15 Yrs For Long History of Child Sexual Abuse

Supremes And Lower Courts

  • #SoMuchForTheOath Texas refuses to issue same-sex couples death certificates
  • #SoMuchForTheOathII Kentucky Clerk Sues Governor For Making Her Do Her Job And Issue Same-Sex Marriage Licenses

Theocracy Rising

    • #Aaaarrrrgggghhhhh Greenup County Kentucky has now added “In God We Trust” to their police cars…their tax-payer funded police cars.

  • #SoMuchForReligiousFreedom NC Politico Walks Out of Board Of County County Commissioners Meeting Because of Muslim Reading a Prayer for Tolerance
  • #DescriminateMuch? Unwed Oregon Christian university professor asks for maternity leave — gets fired instead for her ‘lifestyle’
  • #WhateverHappenedToServeAndProtect? Bumper stickers saying ‘In God We Trust” showing up on cars driven by police officers, sheriff’s deputies and firefighters in Illinois, Kentucky, North Carolina and elsewhere.
  • #HappeninNow Judge Orders Man To Marry His Girlfriend And Write Down Bible Verses Or Go To Jail

Antidotes

  • Catholic Teacher Fired For Being Lesbian Fights Back
  • Will they boycott Facebook? Mark Zuckerberg Donates $992 Million to Charity Funding Planned Parenthood

 

 

 

 

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Gay Dads Get Hateful Birthday RSVP For Their Daughter

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Laffy Note: This turned out to be a hoax by some DJs. Here's the scoop via Joe My God.

So you're two proud gay dads and can't wait to throw your daughter the best birthday party imaginable. You send out invitations and you expect, out of respect for your daughter, you'll get mostly positive responses. That's not really too much to expect.
Let me repeat, two GAY dads.

So above is the RSVP response they got from the mother of an invitee via HuffPo:

Tommy will NOT attend. I do not believe in what you do and will not subject my innocent son to your "lifestyle." I'm sorry Sophia has to grow up this way. If you have an issue or need to speak to me: [number erased]

Ignorance does really start at home, but it's not started by the young. It's started by the old. It's the parents, not the innocent kids. Now there's so much wrong with that short response, but really, is this 2014 or the dark ages? What does Tommy's mother think is going to happen to her son if he attends? Is he going to be molested? Is he going to be sold into slavery? Is he going to be "indoctrinated?"

Obviously this mom thinks any or all of those will happen. What's her giveaway -- She highlights "lifestyle" as if it's a choice for these two men. They evidently missed out on getting into Marcus Bachmann's (Rep. Michele's husband) program of conversion therapy.

How awful to be brought up in a heterosexual household by ignorant adults rather than being the child of two same-sex, loving people who want to teach their child that there's more to life than news, weather, sports -- oh, and bigotry.

I wonder if the rack where they hang their house and car keys has the reminder, "Hate, don't leave home without it."

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Only Today, 2014, Has A Federal Court Ruled To Let LGBT Jurors Hear Trials

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What's next for the right-wing conservatives to try in making this country fair for only white, Christian, and homophobic citizens? Why the justice system, of course. If you can't get a law passed banning anything that prohibits them from excluding balanced, fair or common sense thinking in the jury room, these narrow-minded conservatives may face extinction. And they're not going down without a fight.

Here's the latest from the LA TIMES:

SAN FRANCISCO — A federal appeals court became the first in the nation to rule that prospective jurors may not be excluded because of their sexual orientation, a decision that expands juror protections beyond race and gender and provides legal ammunition to challenge laws that limit gay rights.

The sweeping, unanimous decision Tuesday by a three-judge panel of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals overturned a mixed jury verdict in an antitrust case involving an AIDS drug. The 9th Circuit said the case would have to be retried because an obviously gay juror was unjustifiably excluded from the jury.

Truthfully, I had never heard of the jury system excluding people for sexual orientation, but evidently I was just unaware. Here we are in 2014 and someone's sexual direction could be used against them in a court of law. I know accused criminals have the right to remain silent, but evidently those determining their guilt were supposed to exclude themselves if the crime was federal.

But really there's two issues that I've put in bold print that I find nothing short of amazing. To start with, this case quoted above is the FIRST in the nation to make this discriminatory ruling out of bounds. Really? Only now?

And the second issue is the more important one. "...an obviously gay juror" -- what's an obviously gay juror? Did he/she wear make-up? Did they hit on the same-sex foreman? Did they have a membership card they were flaunting in the RuPaul fan club? What makes someone "obviously gay?"

That's the amazing part of this outrageous but eye-opening story. Until now, if someone looks differently than another person and fits a stereotypical image, they can be excluded from a jury? And according to the article, part of which is quoted below, they still can be.

Lady Justice

I thought justice was blind. Look at Lady Justice balancing her scales. Did you notice something else about her? She's blindfolded. There's a reason for that.

Thankfully the 9th federal circuit court of  appeals court made this first in the nation, unanimous finding. But it only deals with a small portion of this country. It's not national.

Tuesday's landmark ruling extended the restriction to federal courts in California and courts in eight other Western states, lawyers said.

Now let's wake up the rest of the nation. Justice is seriously being challenged.

This particular case had to do with an antitrust lawsuit involving an AIDS drug. For that reason alone, the "obviously gay" juror was dismissed. We allow doctors to sit as jurors on medical trials. We allow lawyers to sit on juries despite perhaps having knowledge not admissible to lay jurors. Why can't we have LGBT jurors sitting in on any case of any origin in any area, AIDS related or not? Aren't they people too?

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Walk On The Wild Side With Lou Reed

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This week we lost Lou Reed. Many remember the name, but all remember his music. His career included stints with the Velvet Underground and as a solo artist. But one song stands out to me more than all the rest. It's the 1972 song, Walk On The Wild Side from Reed's album, TRANSFORMER. It was produced by legendary great David Bowie.

The song is about transvestites who come to New York City and become prostitutes.  And Reed's inspiration was real life. The "girls" were "Holly," "Candy," and "Jackie." They are based on Holly Woodlawn, Candy Darling, and Jackie Curtis-- three real drag queens who appeared in Andy Warhol's 1972 movie Women In Revolt. And each verse introduces a new character, all real and all cronies at the infamous Andy Warhol Factory, where Lou often hung out.

"Take a walk on the wild side" is what these rental transvestites would say to potential customers.

If the public understood what he was writing about, it would have certainly been banned.  Remember, this was 1972. Rob and Laura Petrie weren't even allowed to sleep in the same bed though married. A female character on TV wasn't allowed to be divorced. Yes the times were a lot different then. There was a lot more to the song than "And the colored girls say, Doo, doo-doo Doo, doo-doo Doo, doo-doo.

In a 1972 interview with Disc and Music Echo,

Reed described Walk On The Wild Side as an "outright gay song," saying it was "from me to them, but they're carefully worded so the straights can miss out on the implications and enjoy them without being offended. I suppose though the album is going to offend some people." '

This came out at a time when audiences were intrigued by cross-dressing and homosexuality in music. "Glam Rock," where the performers wore feminine clothes, was big, and artists like David Bowie and Elton John were attracting fans both gay and straight.

He was certainly ahead of his time with his socially conscience awareness and his anecdotal tunes. He knew he was pushing the envelope and yet he was able to get away with it overall. From Songfacts:

This [Walk On The Wild Side] was not banned by the notoriously conservative BBC or by many US radio stations because censors did not understand phrases like "giving head." Depending on the regional US market, the song was, however, edited for what we now call political correctness. Reed leads into the female vocalists' "Doo, doo-doo" hook with the words, "And the colored girls say," but some stations played a version that replaced the phrase with, "And the girls all say."

So while we pause to pay tribute to an amazing artist, why not watch and listen to this great version by Lou R himself.

 

 

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