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Does Speaker Boehner Really Hate The Pope?

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C'mon, you must be thinking, John Boehner's a Catholic. How could he hate Pope Francis? Even agnostic Bill Maher applauds the Pontiff from time to time. If you want to make of list of popular popes, you'd have to put Francis up there near or at the top.

So why then is Christian Republican Speaker John Boehner taking a stand against the pope? Why is he persecuting the Holy See?

There's a piece of legislation stuck in the House, bi-partisan in its origin, that simply congratulates Pope Francis on his March 2013 election and recognizes “his inspirational statements and actions.” There shouldn't really be any hesitation in passing this, should there? According to The Hill, all that's holding it up for the past 15 months is the "white smoke" of agreement by Speaker Boehner. He's not giving it.

Hmm. Something wrong with the leader of the Catholic church, Mr. Boehner?

The answer to that should be read as "yes." But to the Speaker's defense, he's not alone. It seems the entire Republican party, yes the GOP has a cross up their collective white asses when it comes to Pope Francis. You see, the Pope's teachings and the GOP's are diametrically opposed. In short, the Republicans are heathens.

Only 19 of the 221 co-sponsors are Republicans. The dearth of GOP members on the measure could be attributable to assertions that the pope is “too liberal,” according to a Republican backer of the legislation.

On the issue of the Pope being too liberal, the Vatican leader speaking from the teaching of the New and Old Testament, has come out in favor of redistribution of wealth, he's against "trickle down economics," for compassionate handling of the child refugees at our borders, aid to the poor, health care for all, and he's indicated an openness to civil unions.

Sorry GOP. Those stands aren't being liberal. They're being "Christian." And take that from a Jew. Oh, not me or Francis, I'm talking Christ.

Keep in mind, the GOP is the party of no Jews in the House -- with Cantor being voted out. Is that a coincidence, or has the party shown it's tendencies to be exclusive -- or should I say, anti-Semitic.

God will forgive Boehner, I'm sure. But He'll also expect some changes in order to allow Johnny-Boy through the Pearly White Gates. The first of those is contrition, followed closely by some bi-partisan legislating. There's still a chance for the Ohio congressman. I'm not so sure though for the Republican Party. Their destruction of the  ticking time bomb of the Tea Party may be too late to reverse.

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Video: Crazy Stuff Evangelical Christians Do In Church

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Video: Crazy Stuff Evangelicals Do In Church

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Your Weekly Upchucks: KC Boyd Brings Us Shocking Religion News

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Please welcome back regular guest contributor, author of Being Christian -- a racy novel that explores the dark underbelly of the right-wing Christian world -- and the go-to blogger on shocking religion news, hypocrisy, and all things church v. state (weekly upchucks), KC Boyd. You might remember her from her earlier posts.

You can link over to the official KC Boyd site here for the rest of this post. It’s well worth a look, because I left out a ton of great upchuckable stuff, including antidotes! These are but a few of her weekly "where religion meets your rights" collection:

Your Weekly Upchucks: The place where religion meets your rights

– by KC Boyd

Abortion and Contraception

  • Chuck Me  A Loogie: It’s their Christianity or the highway to hell: Abortion Protesters Interrupt Church Service, Tell Pro-Choice Worshippers To ‘Repent’
  • Back Alleys. They’re A-Boomin’ Hurl: Number Of Texas Women Living 200 Miles From An Abortion Clinic Has Jumped By 2,800 Percent
  • Dug-In Spew: In a Room Crowded With Duggars, Ohio Republicans Pledge to Reintroduce Heartbeat Ban

Creationism

  • Can’t Make It Up-Chuck: Creationist Ken Ham calls to end space program because aliens are going to hell anyway

Education

Fifty Shades Of Hate

  • Governor of Puke: Michigan mayor says giving atheists equal treatment is like favoring the Nazis or the KKK

Fifty Shades Of Loony

  • Because Marcus Never Preys On Michele-Chuck: Michele Bachmann: Gays want to ‘freely prey on little children sexually’

If Media Is The Message

  • Fall Down Upchucking: “Christians today face discrimination at unprecedented levels”
  • Spew It Wide: Columnist tells Jewish voters to stop backing Dems, says they are planning anti-Semitic “atrocities

Israel, Hagee and End Times

Military

Politics Nation

  • Cruz Spewz: Personhood Supporter Ted Cruz Shocked Anyone Thinks GOP Wants To Curtail Contraception Access

Religion Gone Mad

  • Remember When The GOP Didn’t Spell U-P-C-H-U-C-K? Bob Dole is gearing up 4 another fight against the Religious Right over a UN treaty covering people with disabilities.
  • Hurling Nuggets: How Chick-fil-A Hires: The Christian Way

Same Sex Issues

  • Tastes Like Puke-Chuck: OR bakery that refused wedding cakes for same-sex couples now bakes ex-gay cakes

Sausage Makers And Their Sausage

  • For The Gucci Set-Chuck: Proposed Republican Bill Would Treat Contraception Like a Luxury Good
  • Pandering Poopie: GOP Senate Leader Mitch McConnell just announced that if anti-choice Republicans take control of the Senate this November, one of his top priorities will be to pass an abortion ban

Supremes And Lower Courts

  • Next Up SCROTUS? Supreme Court keeps Utah same-sex marriages on ice
  • Up-Chuck And Away: The Hobby Lobby Decision Makes ‘Religious Freedom’ A Euphemism For Imposing Religious Doctrine. America Should Beware.

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"I don't recall 'if you're comfortable with it' qualifying any of Jesus Christ's commandments."

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Regular readers know that I'm a big Michael Hiltzik fan, and for good reason. He's good at spreading the-- What's it called again? Oh yeah-- truth. One of his latest columns dealt with the truths regarding the Supreme Court's wrongheaded Hobby Lobby ruling in favor of allowing bosses to make health decisions for women. The consequences of that one were fairly easy to predict. Not only are businesses trying to use their "religious beliefs" against access to contraception, but now the decision is oozing into other areas of discrimination, as in gay and transgender targets. But hey, it's all cool, because it's in the name of Religion, with a capital R. In short: Blame Jesus.

Where's an impartial Supreme Court when you need one?

Which brings us to today's Los Angeles Times letters to the editor, because our voices matter:

Plaudits to Michael Hiltzik for highlighting how the U.S. Supreme Court's outrageous Hobby Lobby decision may abet religious zealots' discrimination against gays and transgenders in the business world. ("Hobby Lobby's harvest: A religious exemption for LGBT discrimination?," July 16)

Hiltzik's telling parallels with mid-20th century racism ring true. For pious segregationists, the 1896 decision Plessy vs. Ferguson served to keep public schools segregated until Brown vs. Board of Education in 1954.

That epic reversal set the stage for civil rights legislation enacted during the next decade, which served to counter persistent racism.

Hiltzik's apt insights suggest that the 5-4 Hobby Lobby decision won't, like the Plessy ruling, endure for decades. All that's needed is one more high court justice who favors equal rights over faith-based discrimination.

Devra Mindell, Santa Monica

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On Monday, President Obama issued an executive order barring LGBT discrimination by federal contractors. To protect their organizations from feeling "very uncomfortable" and to perpetuate "diversity of opinion," Pastor Rick Warren and other religious leaders, in a July 1 letter to Obama, argue their right to discriminate against the LGBT community while still receiving federal (taxpayer) funding

There is a disgraceful hypocrisy lurking in a request by Christian church leaders for religious exemption from an anti-discrimination rule. I don't recall "if you're comfortable with it" qualifying any of Jesus Christ's commandments.

Ellen Chavez Kelley, Santa Barbara

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Hiltzik's excellent column was deficient in only one respect. He failed to ask Warren or Father Larry Snyder where in the fundamental documents of their faith they find their God commanding them to discriminate against LGBT people in terms of employment. Are they discriminating on religious grounds, moral grounds, or do they want to discriminate because they're simply bigoted?

Additionally, if their consciences won't allow them to treat LGBT people equally, they're always free to say "no" to the taxpayers' money.

John Gibson, Los Angeles

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Phuque Feck, Abby Huntsman et al Conservative Bimbette Pundits

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I have had it up to here with Feck, so excuse my language.

Her little schtick ought to be called 'Abby's Road To Nowhere', and did we learn nothing from The View about shiny-eyed, shiny-haired young conserva-babes? Surprisingly lifelike but not going to bring anything new to the table?

Hannity and Limbaugh have already 'been in', so to speak.

She might as well call the president gay. It would almost be a relief if dis-compassionate conservatives of Abby Huntsman's calibre just showed the entire spectrum of their Winger Delusions in week one. Be straight up.

Specious smile … Hi. Isn't it a lovely summer day? I'm Sally Lynn, and I'm a Tea Party Era Republican who will snidely condemn every damn thing that abhorrent black man does, whatever it is, until said impertinent man drags his free stuff out of the White House and white people get back to running things.

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We knew it was going to be offensive, Abby was perfection, etiquette wise, and politely warned us early on that a rant about a lack of leadership (in the West Wing, allegedly, not on the 3 PM EST hour of messnbc daytime when the younguns' have at it) was our 3:28 minutes of punishment at the end of the hour.

And not to be catty, but that dress? She is aware that True Blood wrapped already? Ted Cruz had a once in a lifetime shot there, but he got that cameo-Get. Maybe Scandal has something in the conservative cable news pundit slash spokes-bimbette category for next year.

And not to be anti-Mormon, but isn't Abby one of the tribe of Utah extreme 'religionists' [Lucian's splendid term which I poached but need to cite] who truly believe that Jerusalem has to be safely, securely, strongly in em … Judeo-Christian possession … by Armageddon and Rapture? Huntsman was moderate in some social and scientific senses, but Dude still sported the undergarments.

And to be snide, but does Israel even want this Feck obsessed chick defending them? Maybe over Hasselbeck, that you could see.

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So Miss Huntsman's underlying nerves and anxiety have less to do with a need for President Obama to look like he has Feck to spare and could ride a bear and is a capital L Leader of the free world … but more with thinking, nay believing deeply, let's not be judgmental, that her immortal soul and future in the hereafter weren't intertwined with what's going on in Tel Aviv?

It's been an entire week of conservative whiney women bitching about the president's lack of Feck, and frankly we've had enough. Phuque Feck, what Feck seems to conflate to over ta' Fvx Nation and all of that Reaganesque Marlboro Man bullshite … these neo-con women need to stick a pin in it.

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La Palin first, all she's done for seven years is squawk about President Obama being a wuss in equitable times, she'll ultimately allegorically implode soon in a very True Blood sort of 'last life', writhing morass of idiocy and evil intent, with some moose entrails and a tacky lipstick shade thrown in.

And steaming piles of Feck.

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New Orleans On Alert After Anti-choice Protests Surge - VIDEO

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As the courts bat the fee and subsidy strictures of the Affordable Care Act about, non-compassionate conservatives are busy taking away more female healthcare ad family planning options in New Orleans ... the Regressive Right are busy little bees.

Maddow covered the story well, highlighting the audacity of pulling off a cultural and legal Bait and Switch of this calibre, in such a major American city.

DuVergne Gaines, National Clinc Access Project Director for the Feminist Majority Foundation, joins the program to give Maddow the inside scoop on protests in Louisiana that reflect a growing frustration with the GOP War On Contraception. And women.

And buffer zones.

According to reporting at the local Uptown Messenger, the table has been set for this checkers match since long before Governor Boy Scout Bobby Jindal flubbed his first rebutt. The Lipton Brigade has deep roots in N'Orleans, don't forget.

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Mayor Mitch Landrieu has been encouraging Anti-abortion Activist Groups to swarm his fair cit for some time, in fact only Monday he formally recognized one of their ranking Anti-choice forces, by honoring them publicly.

Operation Save America were the enterprising Christians. Lauded for their: "service to the city".

New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu issued an official welcome this week to Operation Save America, an anti-abortion organization that interrupted an Uptown church’s prayer service with its protests on Sunday and had plans to parade the alleged remains of a fetus around Jackson Square in the French Quarter.

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Oh, Mitch. Are the keys to the Quarters next? No? Just the homes of health providers? Should have known. The Uptown Messenger elaborated,

"In addition to protesting Planned Parenthood sites, Operation Save America is also holding demonstrations outside the homes of providers. A neighbor to one of those homes — who asked that his name be withheld out of concern that the group would target him — said his family has already endured two sessions of protests, with dozens of people holding signs on the sidewalk near his house featuring graphic images that he has done his best to hide from his young children.

“My kids are scared,” the resident said in an interview Monday afternoon. “It’s all these ugly pictures. They’re talking on the loudspeaker. I try to speak to them civilly, and it’s very difficult to do, because they’re looking for a confrontation.”

The pro-Lifers strike again. The pro-death penalty, gun fondling, woman-hating, borned child-fearing Regressive Right is now stirring up hate among various churches within communities who actually try to offer thinking women and families a type of Christianity they can still practice. Good luck with all that in Republican-led New Orleans.

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Power play: Hobby Lobby et al. "not happy until their faith has more influence."

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My Twitter followers often ask me why religious-slash-conservative politicians do what they do despite the potential negative effect on so many Americans. Why, for example, do they persist with their War on Women? Why do they insist that a zygote is a child and force closures of women's health clinics, putting existing lives at risk? Why do they claim they are "pro-life" as they scream their heartless, vicious verbal attacks at-- and put the fear of their god into-- child refugees who are escaping from rape, violent abuse, and death? Why do right wing extremists allow these atrocities to continue? Why are they willing to potentially end lives in the name of their god? My answer is an abbreviated (it is Twitter, after all) one-size-fits-all reply: Power and money.

Power and money are strong motivators. Tossing red meat to rabidly hungry political donors and like-minded voters goes a long way to securing state and federal lawmakers' positions. And by keeping their jobs, they get to extend their influence. It's all about self-interest.

Hypocrisy is an ingredient of Theocratic Stew, too, but that doesn't answer the Why. Besides, some outwardly religious zealots may very well believe their own fevered, ill-conceived blather.

The Hobby Lobby case allows bosses to control and exert their influence over women, women who may hold different beliefs (or disbeliefs) than the corporate "person" that pays them. Rather, they claim it's about their beliefs. Some of us see it differently.

Today on her radio show, Nicole Sandler played an interview with David Silverman. Silverman is the president of AmericanAtheists.org. He was discussing conservatives and their heavy-handed religious policies, but made a very important distinction. To quote Silverman, "It's not conservative, it's theocratic." Bingo.

Which brings me to today's Los Angeles Times letters to the editor, because, believe it or not, our voices matter:

That's rich, a Christian activist law firm calling itself the Becket Fund for Religious Freedom. Equally Orwellian phrasing titles the constitutionally dubious Religious Freedom Restoration Act, which the Becket firm has cited to obtain ill-considered U.S. Supreme Court decisions favoring Christianity over sound public policy. ("Law firm in Hobby Lobby win is playing key role in religion cases," July 19)

For truth in advertising, how about "the Becket Fund for Denying Nonbelievers' Rights to Freedom from Religion"?

So what if this firm advocates a Muslim prison inmate's right to grow a beard. That ploy likely will prevail as a bone thrown to non-Christian detractors, but its narrow application betrays the firm's ulterior motive: to set up more far-reaching court rulings to favor the Christian majority.

Edward Alston, Santa Maria

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The lawyers for Hobby Lobby don't seek religious freedom. As with the recent Supreme Court decision on the Affordable Care Act's contraception mandate, they seek the right to extend their religious beliefs to apply to everyone else.

All over the world, it's common for those who practice a particular religion not to be satisfied with their own personal religious freedom. They are not happy until their faith has more influence.

In Iraq, this conflict gets people killed. In the U.S., the Supreme Court allows businesses to force employees to comply with owners' religious beliefs.

The freedom of religion in the 1st Amendment prevents the government from establishing a religion. Once the immense power of government assists one religion, all others suffer.

Norwood Price, Burbank

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