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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 July 19, 2015

Abortion, Contraceptions And Other Women’s Issues

  • #HowTheyRoll The 5 Most Absurd Arguments Made Against Women’s Choice At The Right To Life Convention
  • #ThisIsF—ked Right-wing Christian ‘expert’ on feminism insists that submitting to marital rape makes Jesus happy
  • #DontBeFooled Walker’s strategy of pretending to be moderate on reproductive rights could trick some voters.”
  • #BigTentBegone GOP Presidential Hopefuls Compete Over Anti-Choice Credentials
  • #BamaWarriors Advocates Fight to Keep Tuscaloosa Abortion Clinic Open
  • #MedicalFlunkee Anti-Abortion Doctor Has Unscientific Method For Reversing The Abortion Pill
  • #AfterTheDeluge ‘Hobby Lobby’ Is About Blocking Contraception Access, Not Religious Liberty
  • #PoliticsOfDeception Profiting From Fetal Body Parts? The GOP Sure Is
  • #LeaveEmInFlames What the Planned Parenthood hoax really proves: Right-wing extremists have no qualms about destroying peoples’ lives
  • #SoCalledModerate Ohio Attorney General, On A Mission To Shutter All Abortion Clinics, to Investigate Planned Parenthood After Doctored Anti-Choice Video
  • #LiesTheyTell The doctored video “exposing” Planned Parenthood was released on Tuesday and now the entire story is falling apart
  • #TakinEmDownAnyWayHeCan Co-Founder Behind Planned Parenthood Video Has Close Ties to Abortion Clinic Violence
  • #SanityRules Warren Buffett Gives Enormous Sums in Support of Women’s Rights – Christian Conservatives Furious
  • #DeceptiveIllusions Planned Parenthood Isn’t Doing Anything Wrong—But That May Not Matter – Logic and reason simply can’t compete with #PPSellsBodyParts.

Education

  • #PukeyDumbDown Tony Perkins urges Christians to pull their kids out of public schools in the wake of SCOTUS gay marriage ruling
  • #MooreKaKa Alabama’s Supreme Court Justice, Roy Moore’s advice to parents: Pull kids out of schools that teach, “They evolved from monkeys”
  • #ThanksToYourTaxes Conservative America’s Favorite Christian University Is Thriving — Because Of Progressive Policies
  • #BarelyLiterate How Christian Fundamentalist Homeschooling Hurts Kids
  • #DoesntPassTheTasteTest GI Bill pays for unaccredited sex, Bible and massage schools
  • #WhenStupidsInChargeMiss. school district claims it keeps violating the First Amendment because it just doesn’t understand the law
  • #EtcEtcEtc Creationists Take Down Another Top Professor

Fifty Shades Of Hate

  • #OneAndTheSame KKK Applauds the SC Church Killings, Saying the Bible Commanded It – We Need “10,000 more men like [Dylann Roof]”
  • #DoNoHarm? Ben Carson listed as speaker at conference organized by pastor who thinks gay people should be killed

Fifty Shades Of Lying Propaganda

  • #WontBeFooledAgain 3 Deceptive Edits In The Video Claiming Planned Parenthood Is “Selling Aborted Baby Parts”
  • #FromTheWarmongersWhoBroughtYouIraq Obama’s Iran Nuclear Concession Is Worse Than Chamberlain’s Munich Sellout
  • #SwiftboatingWomen Planned Parenthood Doesn’t Sell Fetuses: The Real Story Behind That Shady Think Progress Video​

If Media’s The Message

  • #RenderUntoJeffress Fox pastor: ‘Render unto Caesar’ means ‘the real Jesus’ wants churches to rat on hungry immigrants
  • #EgadsTheGirlsArentGettingPreggers Fox and Co. Go Psycho Over Clinics That Give Teens Birth Control
  • #SavagelyStupid Michael Savage: Liberals Using LGBT Rights To ‘Eliminate Males’
  • #EverSoChristian Fox Pastor – “Jesus Wants Churches to Turn Over Undocumented Immigrants, Not Feed or Shelter Them”
  • #CrossedARedLine American Family Association Spokesman Bryan Fischer Tweets Link to White Supremacist Site
  • #BarefootPregnantDumbedDown Fox News goes nuts over clinics that give teens free birth control
  • #Boom! TLC officially cancels ’19 Kids and Counting’ after Josh Duggar admits to molesting girls as a teen
  • #ShouldaBeenASlamDunk Canceling Duggars: Too Little, Too Late?
  • #FogAlert Watch A Climate Scientist Explain The Reality Of Global Warming To PatRobertson’s 700 Club

Israel, End Times And John Hagee

  • #EndTImesLobby 1st there was the NRA, then there was AIPAC. Now, John Hagee’s newest lobbing group, headed by Gary Bauer, to bring political muscle to the pro-Israel cause
  • #KeepinEmScared No, Mr. Netanyahu, Iran Isn’t Trying to Take Over the World & It Isn’t ISIL
  • #RememberingGW After Iran deal, the Gog and Magog war between Obama and Netanyahu begins
  • #BestInPropaganda Conservative Critics of the Iran Deal Get Ready for Another Iraq War Deception Strategy
  • #TwoStatesMyBippy Israel aims to build settlement despite Supreme Court order
  • #GayAvek Democrats see Jewish voters remaining loyal despite GOP efforts to court them after Iran pact
  • #TheFinalWar Joel Rosenberg, Messianic Jew and good friend of the Netanyahu Govt. tweets that we must “prepare for possibility Israel could team up with Saudi Arabia, the Gulf states, Egypt & Jordan to attack Iran.”
  • #OyVey AIPAC has launched a new advisory group, Citizens for a Nuclear Free Iran, whose advisory board includes five former Democratic members of Congress: Sens. Evan Bayh (Ind.), Mark Begich (Alaska), Mary Landrieu (La.) and Joseph Lieberman (Conn.) will spend approximately $20 million on advocating against the Iran Deal, including advertising in 30 to 40 states.
  • #PotKettle Frothy, quite the theocrat himself, and who is “not for a two-state solution” says of Iranians. “They are radical theocrats. We cannot contain them.”
  • #ElfinPolitics Gary Bauer of the CUFI Action Fund: “We’re going to go all out, as challenging as it will be, to get the 67 votes that we will need in the United States Senate” to nix the deal”
  • #ChristerScrewLoose Pastor Jim Bakker blames Obama’s Iran deal for California’s drought and the Second Coming of Christ
  • #Meshuggina AIPAC to fight White House head to head in Congress over Iran deal
  • #CourtingEndTimes Presidential candidates make their pitch to Christian Zionists

 

Heard At CUFI Conference

  • #Theocrat Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC) “We need leaders on their knees before God.”
  • #Theocrat Trent Frank (R-AZ) ” If there had never been an Israel, there would probably never have been an America.”
  • #BigFatTheocrat Mike Huckabee: “John Kerry should get up on his crutches, he ought to walk out of that room, go straight to Jerusalem, hug Benjamin Netanyahu and say, ‘We are going to stand with our real friend,”

Military

  • #BlazingMikey ‘We’ll Go to War Over That!’: Mikey Weinstein Calls for Firing of Vocal Anti-Gay Marriage Chaplains- Faces Off With Christian Leader

Politics Nation

  • #AintGonnaHappen Frothy Calls For A Constitutional Amendment To Ban Same-Sex Marriage
  • #OrallyChallenged Frothy Calls Gay Marriage And Abortion A Spreading ‘Cancer’
  • #HeAndTenOthers Scott Walker Says His Presidential Bid Is ‘God’s Plan’
  • #GoAheadAndSuffer Mike Huckabee says Christians must be “willing to suffer” for disobeying the “unjust” SCOTUS gay marriage ruling
  • #SpotCome As Frothy considers love affair w/his dog, He Says He’s Always Been Right About ‘Man on Dog’ Warning
  • #CallTheirBluff Republicans want to use nuclear deal in campaign against Hillary & the Dems but they might overplay their hand.
  • #FrothySpew Rick Santorum: If we try to “take down the Confederate flag, let’s take down Planned Parenthood”
  • #MindNumbing Walker Implies That Gays Are Pedophiles
  • #FrothySeeAbove Santorum – Don’t Vote for Walker, His Wife Supports Gays

Religion Gone Bad Gone Mad

  • #ErrantBible Captive Virgins, Polygamy, Sex Slaves: What Marriage Would Look Like if We Actually Followed the Bible
  • #BartonBarf David Barton: God Opposes Retirement Because It ‘Is A Pagan Concept’
  • #StirringTheFearPot Religious Right will mark 9/11 anniversary by accusing gays & women of inviting God’s judgment
  • #UglyMan Scott Walker’s Offensive Claim About Gay Men And Children
  • #LikeTheEverReadyBunny Stone homos” pastor warns of contracting the “sodomite demon” at restaurants, on dates
  • #SonOfAPreacherMan 5 faith facts about Scott Walker
  • #FatLadyAIntSung We’re likely to see an uptick in the use of religion to justify illegal LGBT discrimination after EEOC decision

Sausage Makers And Their Sausage

  • #BrownbacksTheMatterWithKansas Brownback’s office: Religious freedom order doesn’t apply to local government
  • #NotTheOnion Governor Abbot is sending the Texas State Guard to make sure that the USA doesn’t take over Texas.
  • #MehScience Ted Cruz Is Really Excited About Pluto. So Why Does He Want to Cripple NASA?
  • #SayWhat? Breaking: Republican US Senators Kill LGBT Students’ Anti-Bullying Bill
  • #MehWomen House GOP Pulls Breast Cancer Bill Over Unfounded #Abortion Concerns
  • #BooOnTucky KENTUCKY’S ANTI-LGBT COUNTY CLERKS GETTING AN ASSIST FROM STATE POLITICIANS
  • #UnitedStatesOfTheocracy Republicans In Congress Push A Federal Evangelical License To Discriminate Law

Scandal

  • #UnAppealing ‘Healing touch’ faith healer who asked clients to be naked loses appeal
  • #HowToSayArsonGateInHebrew? Three Jewish Terrorist Suspects in Israeli Church-Burning Identified – - and Hushed Up
  • #AnointedOne Largely unrepentant ex-Mars Hill’s Mark Driscoll is back in numerous pulpits
  • #SexPest Rabbi Eliezer Berland’s Aide Detained By Police In Hunt For Missing For Missing Hasidic Leader
  • #19AndCropping Josh Duggar missing from family’s Facebook photo — ‘family values’ fans are furious
  • #BecauseJesus Florida church sends $1,000 collection notice to single mother because she didn’t tithe
  • #ReligiousQuackeryAbounds Autism: how unorthodox treatments by quacks like Jim Humble can exploit the vulnerable
  • #WorseThanCosby Evangelical pastor arrested for sex abuse after being found with 13-year-old girl in backseat of a car
  • #TakeEmDown Group Behind Planned Parenthood Sting Video May Have Tricked IRS, Donors

Supremes And Lower Courts

  • #MoorePuke Roy Moore To RW Extremists: LGBTQs Need ‘God, Not Government’
  • #SoDuh Court To Liberty University: Your Liability Insurance Doesn’t Cover Kidnapping Children From Their Gay Parents
  • #TheCompanyHeKeeps Justice Roy Moore accepts award from radical anti-choice group that blamed 9/11 on legal abortion
  • #NaNaNiBooBoo GOP Texas Judge Will Only Marry Same-Sex Couples If They Sign A Form Saying He’d Rather Not
  • #STFU Anti-LGBT Kentucky clerk insists he is ‘being violated’ by governor’s order to follow law he swore to uphold
  • #HeHathIssues ‘Homosexual behavior leads to death’: Ford engineer sues for religious right to harass gay co-workers
  • #MooreIsLess Ala. Supreme Court Justice — Satan Made U.S. Supreme Court Rule in Favor of Marriage
  • #KYRarelyDisapoints First round of legal challenges to the SCOTUS marriage equality ruling happened in Kentucky Monday.
  • #SayethTheFelon Tom DeLay urges Congress to punish entire federal court system for SCOTUS gay marriage decision
  • #HamheadHurl Ken Ham Advances Lawsuit Against KY Over Life-Size Noah’s Ark; State Argues Biblical Ark Is a Tool for Evangelism

Theocracy Rising

  • #BrokenLawz County Clerk In Trouble For Displaying 20 Crosses On Wall
  • #ServingNow Rep. Robert Pittenger says that his “primary mission” as a member of Congress is to be “an emissary for Christ”
  • #AndTheyreArmed Anti-government groups urge local officials, backed by armed militias, to defy SCOTUS on marriage
  • #Oy Religious Freedom bill picks up momentum in the House.
  • #KingOPhobe Steve King Wants Congress To Officially Resolve That Equality ‘Perverts’ Marriage
  • #AhButItDoes Brownback’s office: Religious freedom order doesn’t apply to local government
  • #VotesTheBible NC Republican tells religious gathering that his “primary mission” as a congressman is to promote the Gospel of Christ.
  • #GodsArmy Evangelical policy activists raise ‘God’s army’ at Colorado Springs conference

Antidotes

 

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Chris #Christie finally admits that he supports Hobby Lobby decision

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Chris Christie on whether he agreed with the the Hobby Lobby decision by the Supreme Court, on July 1 on CNBC:

"Who knows? ... Why should I give an opinion on whether they're right or wrong?"

How straightforward of him. What confidence! Way to take a stand, Governor Hubris. Dance around the issues much?

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"The fact is that when you're an executive, your Supreme Court makes a ruling and you've got to live with it unless you can get the legislative body to change the law or change the Constitution. The point is: Why should I give an opinion as to whether they were right or wrong? At the end of the day, they did what they did. That's now the law of the land."

Now here's Chris Christie on whether he agreed with the the Hobby Lobby decision by the Supreme Court on July 17, at a meet and greet at MJ's Restaurant in Marion, Iowa (key word: Iowa):

Christie, responding to a Cedar Rapids man at the event:

"Do I support the Supreme Court's decision in the Hobby Lobby case? I do."

Well that only took two and a half weeks. How blunt and direct of him. Way to go, Gov. Panderer! Oh, and way to appeal to women. What a leader. I wonder how many times he licked his finger before putting it in the air to check who would donate to his 2016 presidential campaign the political wind direction.

HuffPo:

Thursday was the first time Christie had expressed his view on the decision. In fact, a day after the Supreme Court ruled, he told a CNBC host that he would not be sharing his opinion at all.

So Governor Rude-y McArrogant flip-flopped. Who does he think he is, Marco Rubio? Willard Romney? A dolphin?

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Poll-itics: SCOTUS approvals near lowest "in 14-year trend"

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SCOTUS, SCOTUS, SCOTUS, what are we going to do with you? Well, here's an idea: Elect Progressive presidents who will replace right wing extremist Supreme Court justices (and other judges) who decide cases that are turning this country upside down.

This Supreme Court has:

  • ruled in favor of prayers in city council meetings (read: Christian prayers);
  • eliminated buffer zones around abortion and contraception medical centers in Massachusetts so that women can now be intimidated and threatened literally within an inch of their lives;
  • weakened unions by ruling that they could not force home-care workers to join them and pay dues;
  • and, of course, allowed Hobby Lobby and other family-owned businesses to decide what kind of birth control their employees could use based on their bosses' religious beliefs. Not the workers' beliefs, mind you, because apparently, corporate religion trumps that of the individual.

And don't get me started on Citizens United and McCutcheon decisions allowing corporate money to attempt to buy elections the way Willard "Mitt" Romney buys car elevators.

According to Gallup, this has affected the court's popularity. Democrats in particular are not too thrilled with this SCOTUS. If that's the case, you know what to do: Vote. In droves. Swarm the polls. Help to register other voters and get them to the ballot box, too.

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Gallup:

Americans remain divided in their assessments of the U.S. Supreme Court, with 47% approving of the job it is doing, and 46% disapproving. These ratings are consistent with approval last September, when 46% approved and 45% disapproved, and rank among the lowest approval ratings for the court in Gallup's 14-year trend. [...]

Republican approval of the Supreme Court is up 21 percentage points since last September, from 30% in 2013 to 51%. Independents' approval shows little change, going from 47% to 46%. Support among Democrats, on the other hand, is down [...]

Americans' current views more closely reflect the court's own ideological divisions in these two recent decisions, rather than its bipartisan unanimity.

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Dear pro-forced birthers: "What causes more abortions than not having contraception?"

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Pro-forced birthers don't seem to have much depth, knowledge, or insight when it comes to how babies are made, how contraception works, or what women's health care agencies actually do.

Here's a tweet I just received, along with my reply:

Here is one of many excellent replies:

'Nuff said.

Sadly, "Franky's" tweet is typical of so many I receive from pro-forced birthers about women's reproductive rights, with one exception: He was civil.

With that, here are today's Los Angeles Times letters to the editor, because our voices matter:

Jonah Goldberg's column on the Hobby Lobby case takes as given the distortion of scientific facts at the core of the case. ("Alito agrees: Your birth control is not your boss' business," Op-Ed, June 30)

Overwhelming evidence has shown that emergency contraception does not prevent the implantation of a fertilized egg and does not cause the termination of an existing pregnancy. Therefore, emergency contraception it is not an abortifacient, contrary to what the Supreme Court justices and Goldberg contend.

Such uncritical endorsements of distorted science are the source of much misinformation, as I have discovered in my own research on barriers to access to emergency contraception. It is sad that the highest court in the nation has propagated this false belief and created another barrier for access to safe, effective and evidenced-based pregnancy prevention.

Tracey Wilkinson, MD, Los Angeles

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Goldberg compares requiring employers to provide contraceptive health insurance to their employees to hypothetically requiring these companies to pay for their employees to attend a "Game of Thrones" convention.

Goldberg ignores the fact that every time a couple engages in unprotected intercourse, they are putting the woman's life at risk. According to a study published in the medical journal the Lancet, 18.5 women died in childbirth for every 100,000 live births in the U.S. in 2013.

The intimate relations between couples are no mere game. The ability to obtain and use contraceptives is a matter at the heart of family life.

Goldberg and the five men who make up the U.S. Supreme Court majority in the recent Hobby Lobby case have shown the world that they place little value on the lives of women.

Eleanor Egan, Costa Mesa

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I suspect that because Hobby Lobby is so deeply religious, it would not support a woman's right to have an abortion. What causes more abortions than not having contraception?

Sarah Maze, Orange

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