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Letter compares "Illegal immigration" to Kevorkian's "second-degree murder"

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Today's Los Angeles Times letters to the editor include opposing views on "illegal immigration." If you can get through the first one, kudos; then please proceed to the second, because our voices matter:

Re "The GOP's 2016 handicap," Opinion, April 9 and "Jeb Bush calls immigration an 'act of love,'" April 8

Illegal immigration is an "act of love," says Jeb Bush. My foot it is.

Bush should tell that to those who obeyed the law to come to the United States, and to those around the world waiting to enter legally. They waited (or are waiting) patiently for years, even decades, to get their green cards, adhering to the much-maligned and supposedly "broken" immigration system.

Dr. Jack Kevorkian, notorious for assisting more than 100 people with ending their lives, probably thought he was committing an "act of love" each time he helped someone commit suicide. But a jury of his peers convicted him of second-degree murder and sent him to prison.

As an independent voter, I respected Bush's political views and opinions, and would have considered voting for him had he not uttered those melodramatic words about immigration.

Rogelio Peña

Montebello

***

When I served in the state's National Guard, I had the honor and privilege of commanding a unit. We had several soldiers who were not citizens of this country. They were every bit as dedicated and reliable as the others.

I never once saw or heard any behavior by them that led me to believe their national loyalties lay elsewhere. In fact, I actually had been around citizen soldiers who weren't bashful about displaying Confederate symbols.

So I was disappointed to read about House Republicans who had harsh words for undocumented immigrants who have lived here since childhood and wanted to serve in the U.S. armed forces. Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) should be ashamed for telling the undocumented who want to serve their country that "we have a bus for you to Tijuana."

Anyone willing to put on the uniform and risk dying for this country deserves a chance at citizenship. King and others in Congress who think like him demonstrate why there should be term limits in Washington.

Kimberlyn Hearns

San Bernardino

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Military spouses, fearing loss of benefits, stay mum about sexual misconduct of husbands

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Military spouses have it tough enough, what with worrying if their husband or wife will come home in one piece or even in a box. But military spouses of cheating husbands have been under additional pressure to keep quiet about the extra-curricular activities of their lawfully wedded philanderers. Why? Because if they dare expose the betrayal, they could lose "a lifetime of military benefits if their husbands were dismissed from the Army."

"You're advised to keep your mouth shut and let him retire because you could lose everything."

And so adultery and other sex-related military crimes went unreported. This is tragic.

The Los Angeles Times has an eye-opening report about women finally demanding that their families be protected if their cheating husband is punished harshly for misconduct:

Fear of losing benefits keeps many military wives from exposing sexual misconduct or other offenses committed by their husbands, say many of those familiar with the military criminal justice system. [Kris] Johnson kept quiet about her husband, Col. James H. Johnson III, while he carried on an affair with an Iraqi woman while deployed to that country.

But when Col. Johnson moved his mistress into his military quarters in Italy, his wife turned him in — painfully aware that she and her two children might be cut off from benefits as a result... In both the Johnson and [Rebecca] Sinclair cases, court concerns that dismissing the officers would also punish their families helps explain the relatively light sentences.

As a result of wives campaigning for changes, Congress is requiring the Pentagon to consider "transitional benefits." A study will begin in May. Yes, a study. But it is a step in the right direction. And it's about time. Since 2000, more than 19,000 service members were booted from the military for sexual misconduct. That meant no health or dental care, military IDs, or housing for military spouses and their children. How's that for family values?

Kris Johnson, who urged a petition to Congress for the changes, said her husband, Brig. Gen. Sinclair, and other senior officers felt invincible. "When they had their zippers unzipped," she said, "they weren't' thinking of their families."

Yes, it's highly unlikely that they take their wives and kids into account mid-shtup.

Prosecutors told her that her husband was kept in the Army to protect benefits for her and her children.

Johnson said she supported her husband's career for 25 years, constantly moving and enduring multiple deployments while caring for two children. Like many military spouses, she was unable to build her own career; she relied instead on military benefits...

She finally turned her husband in after enduring his living arrangements with his mistress, the woman who was also by his side when he socialized with fellow officers. Hence the adjective "invincible"... or as I like to call it, sleazy, vile, despicable, and shameless.

You can see why these military spouses were up to here with losing a lifetime of benefits because of these bottom feeders. Let's hope the Pentagon "study" next month produces real results real fast.

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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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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 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 Upchucks

– by K. C. Boyd

Abortion And Women’s Issues

  • ‘Scarlet Ledger-Chuck?‘ Sorry, But a Plan B Database Won’t Keep People From Having bit.ly/1eldECx
  • Language Soup-Chuck: 20 Wk Abortion  Cutoff Bill passes WV House.bit.ly/NS18ny

Creationism

  • So Much For Science-Chuck: Creationists: Sickle Cell Anemia Shows evolution Is Wrong bit.ly/1dVLEbS

Education

  • Two Steps Forward-Hurl: SCOTUS Struck Down Mandatory School Prayer 50 Years Ago But Proponents Are Still Trying To Bring It Back.  bit.ly/NRXCJT
  • Don’t Be Fooled-Chuckie: Vouchers give tax revenues to churches. tnne.ws/1fjVX5L

Elections and Politicking

  • Prepare Yourself-Chuck: Get ready for another Jesus filled GOP primary as anti-abortion voters look for one of their own.  yhoo.it/1iEMHwP
  • Father Of Ted-Chuck: Rafael Cruz blames California drought on UN Agenda 21, ‘Mother Earth worship’ bit.ly/1hgojAl

Fifty Shades Of Hate

  • Thanks To Rush-Chuck: How Conservative Media’s Slut-Shaming Helped Inspire A Scientific Study bit.ly/N3OUaA
  • Save Me. Not The Gays-Chuck: Former alcoholic who found Jesus is now the voice behind Uganda Anti-Gay law. bit.ly/1kc6m8Z

Fifty Shades of Lies and Hypocrisy

  • Lying For Jesus-Chuck: The false story of 2 middle school girls forced to ask for a lesbian kiss is still spreading b/c RR myths never die: bit.ly/1itkld9
  • Sharing Christian Love-Chuck:  KY churches withhold $7 million from children’s home to force anti-gay policies bit.ly/N3QDMW

Fifty Shades Of Loony

  • War Is Like Abortion-Hurl: David Barton claims that more Christians were killed in 2013 than in the last two thousand years combined. bit.ly/1nBD5WJ
  • Lions and Tigers and Bears. Oh-Chuck: Kevin Swanson warns Disney’s movie “Frozen” is Satanic propaganda to turn your children gay bit.ly/1gl9r2b

Military

  • Jaw-Dropping-Chuck: This from Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Welsh III-Servicemembers have a right not to be proselytized to by religious airmen.1.usa.gov/OeknIb

Same Sex Issues

  • Lying Through Skeezy Teeth-Chuck: As Criticism Mounts, American Pastor Scott Lively Denies ( Er,Lies About) Inspiring Uganda’s Anti-Gay Law yhoo.it/1lTDi98

Sausage Makers And Their Sausage

  • Dumbin “Em Down-Chuck: Thanks to Bobby Jindal, Louisiana library funding has been eliminated lat.ms/1fkef78
  • Political Whore -Chuck? Jan Brewer’s Office Helped Craft The Anti-Gay Bill She Later Vetoed bit.ly/1iucGLF

Supremes And Lower Courts

  • It Can Happen Here-Chuck: Wanna be scared? Religious Liberty & the Coming Corporate Theocracy.  huff.to/1i8k0Ju
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Upchuckin’ Away Chuck: The Most Shocking Religion News of the Last Week

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Please welcome back guest blogger, author of Being ChristianK.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 church vs. state, "where religion meets your rights" collection:

The Weekly Upchuck

– by K. C. Boyd

Abortion

  • Always Prioritizing-Chuck: RNC reschedules D.C. winter meeting so members can attend anti-abortion rally bit.ly/1iaRk1O

Christian Zionism/Hagee/Israel

  • Picture It-Chuckie: If Obama adopted the same liberal abortion policy as Israel, John Hagee would burst bit.ly/1aKVpVj

Creationism

  • Tragic Upchuck-Chuck: Creation ‘Museum’ 2014 motto: “Standing our ground, rescuing our kids” Translation:We’re ignorant & plan to bring future generations down to our level. As for selling out, it’s nearly certain all tickets went to “believers,” packing the audience http://bit.ly/1aCrFtL

Education

  • Dumbed America Down, Conservative Style-Chuck: Among the many visionary goals of our nation’s right wing—impoverish older people, starve the poor, deny climate change, outlaw abortion and contraception, eliminate healthcare for millions—few are more foundational than defunding education. bit.ly/1f9oUHO

Environment

  • His Stupids Are Showing-Chuck: ‘Amateur paleontologist’ Newt Gingrich says a hotter planet may be just fine bit.ly/19aus2e

Fifty Shades of Cray-Cray

  • None Too Bright-Chuck: Gretchen Carlson mistakes atheists for Satanists. bit.ly/1kpotvb
  • He Has A Dream-Chuck: Rick Santorum has a modest goal of turning his movie studio into “the Pixar of faith movies:” bit.ly/1iWDH9u
  • He Speweth Again: Pat Robertson Apparently Healed A Man’s Toothache Through The TV (VIDEO) huff.to/1ad0F3V

Fifty Shades of Hate

  • Haters On A Tear- Chuck: Sandy Rios: President Obama Is Just Like Hitler & Mao bit.ly/1lPQvvn
  • Brotherly Hate-Hurl: Texas Boy Scout leader says: Use ‘Christian love’-treat gay scouts like criminals @PeterLaBarbera bit.ly/1cZ8bUn

Fifty Shades of Lies/ Hypocrisy

  • As We Live and Lie-Chuck: Leading Republicans’ states among worst hit by jobless benefits cuts  bit.ly/1bIFtT5

Legislators

  • Huck-Chuck: Huckster links brain dead California girl to Nazi death camps, forced abortions bit.ly/1cC0PBI

Military

  • At Long Last-Chuck: Addiction treatment program offered to soldiers at Fort Hood – WITHOUT Christ!  bit.ly/19gdUWp

Same Sex Issues

  • Crispy Critters-Hurl: Kevin Swanson says gay people should be prosecuted or they will soon burn Christians at the stake bit.ly/JEePo2
  • Nothing Better to do-Chuck: Conservatives stage ‘uprising’ demanding sheriffs ‘take back’ Utah from ‘homosexuals’ bit.ly/1dam1VA

Supremes And Lower Courts

  • Um, What-Chuck? Nuns’ lawyer tells Fox News that God doesn’t allow signing Obamacare waivers bit.ly/1bIFtT5

War On Women

  • Binders Full Of Women-Chuck: Mittens: Women should only be granted birth control rights at the state level bit.ly/1lo79Vn
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"We're done with your phony War on Christmas." #WarOnFundies

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cross memorial Mt.SoledadMt. Soledad cross, which sits on public land located on a San Diego hilltop.

Merry War on Christmas, boys and girls! Only four more corporate shopping days left, so it's time to focus on what Christianity and the celebration of the birth of their savior is all about.

If you're a regular reader of The Political Carnival, then Queen of Church v. State Oversight and author of Being Christian, K.C. Boyd, needs no introduction. If you are unfamiliar with her work, just go here to see all of my posts of her humor-imbued brilliance.

Yesterday she sent me something on the so-called War on Christmas that was share-worthy, and it goes a little something like this:

War on Christmas, fundies via KC Boyd religion

K.C. created that, wrote it, and thought, correctly, that I'd appreciate it. Oh, I do, I do.

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And because I value her perspective, allow me to also share today's Los Angeles Times letters to the editor, because our voices matter. They are responding to a Times editorial and a news item about efforts to preserve the Mt. Soledad cross, a war memorial in the vicinity of San Diego, California that was constructed on publicly owned land as a tribute to American soldiers killed in battle. A federal judge recently ordered the cross's removal, a decision I strongly support:

I'm disappointed in the Christian community for making no effort to understand the opposition to the Latin cross that sits on top of Mt. Soledad. They only offer criticism to those who find the cross offensive and unwelcome on public property.

Nonreligious Americans are not opposed to Christianity or religious symbols; they just don't appreciate any religious demonstrations on public property — be they Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Hindu or any other faith.

It's offensive to hear the Christian community imply that non-Christians are somehow not as patriotic or worthy of military honors because they don't support the Christian faith.

Rob Macfarlane

Newport Beach

***

The letters printed on this subject reflect the breadth of views held by our citizenry of widely varying beliefs. But none addresses the enduring root of religious symbol controversies.

Keeping crosses prominently positioned has become one means by which the Christian majority validates — some would say struts — its bullying of religious and nonreligious minorities. The same principle motivates that majority to insist on prayers to its God during meetings convened by public entities; nonbelievers are thereby marginalized.

The Supreme Court should put an end to institutionalized oppression of this country's growing non-Christian minority. A sweeping decision on the order of Brown vs. Board of Education — which in 1954 reversed the 'separate but equal' doctrine by which blacks were systematically oppressed — is past due.

Such a decision would ratify separation of church and state and help liberate nonbelievers from majority oppression. It would also serve to free the court from endless haggling over prickly religious freedom disputes.

Solano Beach

Aaron Mills

***

The saying, 'I can explain it to you, but I can't understand it for you,' comes immediately to mind after reading the letters wondering why someone would want the cross removed. But here's one more attempt:

The cross represents a powerful group that has been, for centuries, trying to obliterate me and mine from this planet. How can anyone seriously say that this honors us in any way?

Mary Ann Steinberger

Tujunga

By the way, of all the letters the L.A. Times received on this topic, only two were in favor of preserving the cross.

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Upchucks in Action: The Most Shocking Religion News of the Last Week

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Please welcome back guest blogger, author of Being ChristianK.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 church vs. state, "where religion meets your rights" collection:

The Weekly Upchuck

– by K. C. Boyd

Abortion

  • Back Alley Blues-Chuck: The Abortion Clinics That Managed to Stay Open in Texas Are Swamped bit.ly/1cn0HGM

Creationism

  • Ham’s Nazi Secularist-Chuck? Ken Ham implies linkage between Secularists and Hitler: ”He alone, who owns the youth, gains the future.” bit.ly/1brncsP

Education

  • Building A Dumber Tomorrow-Chuck: Kids are exposed to astonishingly stupid material in Accelerated Christian Education.bit.ly/1cyYbAG

Elections

  • Here we Go Again-Chuck: With Christian-Nation advocates like David Lane organizing all over the country for the 2014 and 2016 elections, there’s little doubt that the months ahead will bring some downright toxic mixing of religion and politics. bit.ly/1bWAILb

Fifty Shades Of Hate

  • Fair (Not) Balanced(Not) But RACIST (Yes!)-Chuck: Fox News host Megyn Kelly tells kids: Jesus and Santa are both white guys. bit.ly/1hPb1P8

Fifty Shades Of Loony!

  • Christians Have Sex-Chuck??? Female teacher at an OH Christian school placed on admin leave after school find nude photo of her on porn”site. bit.ly/18h1ZHj

Fifty Shades of Lying, Hypocrisy, Propaganda

  • Religion-Hurl:  R.I. bishop marks Nelson Mandela’s death by slamming his abortion policies bit.ly/18xtXcO

Legislators

  • From The Land Of Loons And Chucks-Chuck: Rep Mo Brooks Suggests Dems Might Start  War In 14 To Distract Voters Fm Obamacare bit.ly/1cyU5sp

Mandela-- Apartheid Cheers-Chuck:

  • WND’s Joseph Farah outraged the US honored totalitarian “unrepentant terrorist” Nelson Mandela bit.ly/1iWIDfw
  • Pat Buchanan: Reagan Was Right To Oppose Anti-Apartheid Sanctions bit.ly/1cmYY4a

Military

  • USAFA Of Dominionism-Chuck: It’s been long thought that James Dobson has been inextricably intertwined in the DNA of Air Force Academy. Here’s proof: .bit.ly/1cAQABC

Same Sex Issues

  • Defying Logic-Chuck: Fox’s Erickson: Gay Rights Activists Are Intolerant For Seeking Protection From Discrimination bit.ly/18xvfEI
  • Aids Relief, Fundie Style-Chuck: Pentecostal pastors in Africa push prayer, not drugs, for people with HIV | Religion News Service bit.ly/JbTQJq

Supremes And Lower Courts

  • Pubic Hair In My Coke-Chuck! SCOTUS’s racist/Dominionist Clarence Thomas Worked at Group Vilifying Mandela & Supporting Apartheid bit.ly/1cn0C5K

Women’s Issues

  • Why They Lose-Chuck: GOP Senate candidate: Women have to be talked to on an ‘emotional level’ bit.ly/18xuyv8
  • Demeaning Much-Chuck? Crisis Pregnancy Center Tells College Student ‘Put On Your Big Girl Panties’ bit.ly/IBBtgl
  • Male Headship-Chuck? What the Bible teaches about wifely submission. Are you f—ing kidding me? bit.ly/1bALjc4
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