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Your Weekly Upchucks: The Most Shocking Religion News of Last Week

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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 religion news, hypocrisy, and all things church v. state (upchucks), K.C. Boyd. You might remember her from her earlier posts. You can link over to her 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

– by K. C. Boyd

Abortion And Women’s Issues

  • Klink-Klunk-Spews: GOP candidate Klingenschmitt  Reveals That Life Actually Begins Before Conception. I’m sorry but does it get stupider?

Creationism

  • God’s Quid Pro Quo-Chuck?  Disabled Children Represent God’s ‘Vengeance’ For Abortion

Education

Elections

  • Spew On Ice: Klinkenschitz: ‘How Dare President Obama Order Christians To Kill Children?’

End Times, Theocrats And Other Ugly Animals

  • Chicken Little Does A Spit-Up: The Phony Internet Scandal Will Lead To The End Times
  • Fifty Shades Of Incitement-Chuck: NC billboards suggest Jesus wants ‘holy war’ with gays over ‘sexual perversion’

Fifty Shades Of Hate

  • Cruel And Unbalanced Chuckles: Linda Harvey To Gay Teens: Stay In The Closet!

Fifty Shades Of Loony

  • Red Alert-Chuck: ‘Star Trek’ actress lends her gravitas to film promoting idea that sun revolves around Earth

Gun-Sense

  • Re-Tasting Lunch-Chuck: NRA Picks Reverend Who Blamed Sandy Hook On Secularism To Keynote Prayer Breakfast bit.ly/1hqbYhp

Media Spew And Other Forms Of Propaganda

  • Hurling Hairballs: Fox News Goes Right Back To Advocating For Anti-Gay Business Discrimination
  • Back When Men Were Good-Chuck: Jim DeMint Asserts The Federal Govt Played No Role In Freeing The Slaves

Military

  • Not A Christian Nation; Not A Christian Military-Chuck: “Christian Taliban” vs. Constitution at Air Force Academy

Same Sex Issues

  • Sadly Resonant-Chuck? Some hear race echoes in Va. gay marriage ban
  • Up Theirs-Chucky: With his troop’s support, gay scout leader refusing to step down
  • Touchdown Hurl: Football analyst fired by Fox Sports for saying homosexuality is immoral finds work where any good homophobe can get a job.

 

Sausage Makers And Their Sausage

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Supremes And Lower Courts

  • Will We Do The Same-Chuck? The Philippine Supreme Court stood up for separation of church and state by upholding a reproductive health law
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Your Weekly Upchucks: The Most Shocking Religion News of Last Week

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Please welcome back regular guest contributor, author of Being Christian and the go-to blogger of shocking religion news (upchucks), hypocrisy, and all things church v. state,  K.C. Boyd. You might remember her from her earlier posts. You can link over to her 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

– by K. C. Boyd

Abortion And Women’s Issues

  • Buckeye-Chuckeye: Sad to say my state (Ohio) Is Quietly Becoming One Of The Worst For Women’s Health
  • They’ve Come For Your Uterus Chucklette: Docs at CA Medical Center no longer allowed to prescribe birth control

Creationism

  • Caroliner Dumb-Down-Chuck: Creationists Stall 8-Year-Old Girl’s Idea for State Fossil for South Carolina

Deception

Education

Elections

Fifty Shades of Hate

  • Un-Intelligent Design-Chuck? Evangelical activist calls for Bill Maher to be flogged or hanged over Noah ‘blasphemy’

Fifty Shades Of Loony

  • Go To Hell Nicely-Chuck: Pat Robertson tells Wiccan: You’re ‘nice’ — but you’re going to Hell anyway
  • Gone Crackers-Chuckford: Anti-gay group: Satan is behind the “evil” Honey Maid graham cracker TV ad featuring a gay couple

Military

Same Sex Issues

Sausage Makers And Their Sausage

  • What The Frick’s With This-Chuck? Gay Marriage Opponent Elected Chair of Va. Democratic Party
  • Twisted Fervor–Barf: Louie Gohmert: ‘Separation of church and state’ means ‘church plays a role in the state.’

Supremes And Lower Courts

  • Jeezus Bunk-Chunk: Hobby Lobby, discrimination and the ‘black skin of Cain.’
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Your Weekly Upchucks: The Most Shocking Religion News of Last Week

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Please welcome back regular guest contributor, author of Being Christian and the go-to blogger of shocking religious upchucks, hypocrisy, and all things church v. state,  K.C. Boyd. You might remember her from her earlier posts. You can link over to her 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 Religious Upchucks

– by K. C. Boyd

Abortion And Women’s Issues

  • Miscarriage Of Justice-Chuck: Kansas May Force Doctors To Report Women’s Miscarriages To The State Health Department

Creationism Ka-Ka

Education – We Like It Public

End Times

  • Heir To The Throne-Vomit: Matthew Hagee: We Are ‘Living In An Evil Day.” For Hagees, it’s all about Israel & EndTimes.

Fifty Shades Of Hate

  • The Bigoted Housewife Of NY-Spew: Pamela Geller claims Obama is imposing Sharia law on the Internet, might ban her anti-Muslim blog

Fifty Shades Of Loony

  •  Crazy Pat UpChucks: Pat Robertson wonders if viewer’s atheist coworker is demon-possessed or was raped by a preacher
  • Hurling Dominion-Chuck: Anti-gay pastor who prayed for Obama’s death demands silence from women in church

Religion/Dominionism

  • The Rise And Fall Of Our Own Reich-Chuck: Christian Right Has Major Role in Hastening Decline of Religion in America
  • Gunnin’ For Jesus-Chuck: Handing out AR-15s in church is ‘exactly’ what Jesus taught us 2,000 years ago

Sausage Makers And Their Sausage

  • Quel Meeting Of The Minds-Chuck: Michele Bachmann is hosting a prayer event inside the US Capitol with Ted Cruz, Louie Gohmert, & various RR leaders
  • Leaking Hate-Spew: Scott Press Call Cut Short After Questions On Fundraiser’s Exit Over Racist Jokes

Scandal

  • Livin’ Large-Chuck: Ponzi scheme preacher seeks delay in sentencing for fraud, structuring charges involving Myrtle Beach area church members

Supremes And Lower Courts

  • Corporations Are Christians Too-Hurl: Rep. Ellison: GOP Hobby Lobby Fans Back ‘Corporate Personhood’ Over ‘Individual Liberty’
  • What About Viagra-Chuck? Fox News: Funding Contraception Is ‘Subsidizing’ Women’s Sex Lives.
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Will corporations have "a chief religious officer" to dictate birth control use?

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Corporations are not people. Corporations don't get married. Corporations don't wear condoms or give birth (although they do screw us). Corporations don't even get a twinkle in their little beady corporate eyes. But even though they are not living, breathing human beings, they have more rights than we do.  coughCitizensUnitedcough! coughBankruptcyLawscough!

And now we're faced with the appalling possibility that the Supreme Court may rule on something that the founders would consider pure lunacy: that corporations have religious rights that trump the rights of women to make decisions about their own health and reproductive needs.

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

Re "Taming the boardwalk," March 26:

I read about some of the "artists, the homeless, Silicon Beach hipsters, surfers, inline skaters and tourists" all coming together on the "circus-like boardwalk" of Venice, and I thought, "Strange but nice."

Then I read about our conservative-controlled Supreme Court and arguments about Hobby Lobby not wanting to provide contraceptives to women — many of whom are probably already taking them — and the thought crossed my mind: Just who is strange?

Allen F. Dziuk

Carlsbad

Re "Court looks kindly on test of health act," March 26

Assuming for the moment that the Supreme Court's conservative majority goes ahead and allows employers to refuse contraceptive care for employees on religious grounds, will there be some sort of test of faith for the employers to make sure they aren't just cutting costs?

For example, we know that many business owners go to church on a regular basis, but surely that is never enough by itself to qualify them as honest Christians. If the employer gets an exemption but sins in his or her daily life, would he or she lose the exemption? Do all religions qualify for the exemption, even if this involves claims by heretics and infidels?

How will the corporation express its faith? Do all the board members have to be validly and acceptably religious, or will there just be a chief religious officer?

Philip Brimble

Los Angeles

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How the Supreme Court can look kindly on a case that would destroy the basic American principle of separation of church and state is beyond me.

This is a case brought in order to refuse birth control to people who do not share an employer's belief system, but the implications are much larger and more poisonous.

If your employer is against blood transfusions, would those be forbidden? If adherents used only prayer to treat sickness — well, just think of the money insurance companies could save.

This court cannot be trusted to make the correct decision.

Alix Fargo

Altadena

Re "Unfair to Obamacare," Editorial, March 25:

I believe the management of Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood Specialties should make it clear that they want only customers who present sworn affidavits indicating that they, or any relation, have never used any form of contraception — and then be prepared to close their doors.

Martin J. Weisman

Westlake Village

***

Aside from the obvious reasons for a rejection of this suit as far as freedom, equality, constitutionality and fairness, another reason for access to birth control is the growing worldwide population and the path we are on to do ourselves in rather soon. Why aren't we more concerned about this threat?

But if corporations do end up being able to dictate birth control use, employees should take back their freedom to choose, demand what wages they've contributed to the company's health insurance plan and use the money to buy Obamacare policies.

Joanne Tatham

Irvine

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Warren: "Soon you'll have a Supreme Court that is a wholly owned subsidiary of big business."

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Senator Elizabeth Warren is worried about our very corporate Supreme Court. She's worried that they will rule in favor of Hobby Lobby, just as they decided in favor of Citizens United. And that decision has been a disaster.

To quote one of my favorite analysts, Dahlia Lithwick at Slate, SCOTUS will rule on "whether the religious rights of a for-profit corporate entity allow it to refuse to provide for employees insurance that would include certain forms of birth control. In so doing, the court may now be forced to reckon with the question of whether the same corporate personhood that includes the right to free speech also encompasses rights to religious conscience. In other words, Corporate Personhood is back! And this time, it’s got God on its side."

Case by case, this Supreme Court is, indeed, out to legalize corporate personhood.  Conservative extremists have spent decades shaking their political pom poms to cheer zygote personhood.  What next, hypocrisy personhood? But when it comes to actual people personhood, American citizen personhood, voting rights personhood, women's and gay rights personhood, they scurry off to Faux ChristianLand where Fox News [sic] feeds them their next "my belief system trumps reality" talking points.

And now these same zealots are (incredibly) being given credibility by the highest court in the U.S.A.

The following email from Senator Warren landed in my inbox today. As is made painfully obvious by K.C. Boyd's weekly "Upchucks" guest posts here at TPC, the separation of church and state is narrowing daily. This growing trend is serious and is endangering our dwindling democracy. We need to organize our voices and protest immediately, loudly, clearly, and constantly.

Bolding is mine:

Laffy,

Hobby Lobby doesn't want to cover its employees' birth control on company insurance plans. In fact, they're so outraged about women having access to birth control that they've taken the issue all the way to the Supreme Court.

I cannot believe that we live in a world where we would even consider letting some big corporation deny the women who work for it access to the basic medical tests, treatments or prescriptions that they need based on vague moral objections.

But here's the scary thing: With the judges we've got on the Supreme Court, Hobby Lobby might actually win.

The current Supreme Court has headed in a very scary direction.

Recently, three well-respected legal scholars examined almost 20,000 Supreme Court cases from the last 65 years. They found that the five conservative justices currently sitting on the Supreme Court are in the top 10 most pro-corporate justices in more than half a century.

And Justices Samuel Alito and John Roberts? They were number one and number two.

Take a look at the win rate of the national Chamber of Commerce cases before the Supreme Court. According to the Constitutional Accountability Center, the Chamber was winning 43% of the cases in participated in during the later years of the Burger Court, but that shifted to a 56% win-rate under the Rehnquist Court, and then a 70% win-rate with the Roberts Court.

Follow these pro-corporate trends to their logical conclusion, and pretty soon you'll have a Supreme Court that is a wholly owned subsidiary of big business.

Birth control is at risk in today's case, but we also need to worry about a lot more.

In Citizens United, the Supreme Court unleashed a wave of corporate spending to game the political system and drown the voices of middle class families.

And right now, the Supreme Court is considering McCutcheon v. FEC, a case that could mean the end of campaign contribution limits – allowing the big guys to buy even more influence in Washington.

Republicans may prefer a rigged court that gives their corporate friends and their armies of lawyers and lobbyists every advantage. But that's not the job of judges. Judges don't sit on the bench to hand out favors to their political friends.

On days like today, it matters who is sitting on the Supreme Court. It matters that we have a President who appoints fair and impartial judges to our courts, and it matters that we have a Senate who approves them.

We're in this fight because we believe that we don't run this country for corporations – we run it for people.

Thank you for being a part of this,

Elizabeth

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Your Weekly Religious Upchucks: The Most Shocking Religion News of Last Week

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Please welcome back regular guest contributor, author of Being Christian and the go-to blogger of religious upchucks, hypocrisy, and all things church v. state,  K.C. Boyd. You might remember her from her earlier posts. You can link over to her 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 Religious Upchucks

– by K. C. Boyd

Abortion And Womens’ Issues

Creationism

  • Cruel and Unusual-Chuck: Judge rules against creationist teacher who called Buddhist student’s faith ‘stupid’
  • Science Deniers Rearing Ugly Heads-Chuck-Up: Freaking Out About “Cosmos”

Education

  • The Bayou Chucked: Jindal means business when it comes to vouchers, aka, Christian schooling.

Fifty Shades Of Hate

  • Birther X Hate -Heave: “Never had a haboob until we got that Muslim boob for POTUS.”

Fifty Shades Of Loony

  • March Media Madness-Vomit: CNN asks whether maybe God stole Flight 370

Military

  • He’s Fair and Equal-Chuck: Mikey Weinstein fighting to stop atheists from evangelizing at the Air Force Academy.

Same Sex Issues

  • What They Want-Chuck: Scott Lively says an “explosive” revolution is coming b/c people are “fed up” with the “lawless” gay agenda:

Sausage Makers and/Or Their Sausage

  • Going Down Puke: Nativist leader Tom Tancredo lectures GOP on how to win Latino voters: block immigration reform

Sausage Makers and/Or Their Sausage

  • Going Down Puke: Nativist leader Tom Tancredo lectures GOP on how to win Latino voters: block immigration reform

Supremes And Lower Courts

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Morning Links

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