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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?


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



  • 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


  • Re-Tasting Lunch-Chuck: NRA Picks Reverend Who Blamed Sandy Hook On Secularism To Keynote Prayer Breakfast

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


  • 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


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

Not news: Republicans could slide even further with women, Latinos


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Women and Latinos do not trust Republicans. Oops, sorry, Captain Obvious got hold of my keyboard again. But he's right, which is also obvious:


And those are only two of the most recent headlines. The GOP's history of misogyny and racism is appalling, and their efforts to deny their fellow human beings equal rights is disgusting.

Republicans have sworntogod that they want to broaden their appeal. Oh really? Well, if their relentless assault on women's reproductive rights, gay rights, voting rights, and their treatment of undocumented (and documented!) immigrants (or anyone else, for that matter) who don't look or sound like them is the barometer, then they're in deep trouble.

They're still saying exactly the same old thing about the same old things. Reed Galen, a GOP strategist in Orange County who also worked for Bush said, "If we want that number to grow, we have to find ways to talk to Latinos about the issues we all care about." How many Republicans have made identical comments? And how many have actually followed through, or even done the opposite? Exactly.

Remember their post-2012 election "autopsy"? That reinvention they keep promising... not so much. How's that reachy-outy, makeovery thing workin' for ya, GOP?

The Los Angeles Times takes it from here:

Donnelly, the GOP front-runner according to public opinion polls, has stood by his 2006 speech, delivered when he was leader in the volunteer Minuteman border-patrol organization. In it, he said illegal immigration would lead to a fight comparable to the Civil War. [...]

"I am not backing away from the fact that we are in a war," Donnelly told reporters in Sacramento on Tuesday, after reports of the speech caused an outcry. He said he did not believe the remarks would hurt his prospects among Latino voters.

See how they've changed?

The Pelosi flap on the new Breitbart CA website prompted House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy of Bakersfield to ask that his column be taken off the site.

Republican strategists said that while the imagery was "problematic," they viewed it as less significant than the immigration issue.

So the problems with their antiquated policies, views, and (mis)treatment of women are "less significant." Not right up there on their To Do list. Got it.

Keep up the good work, guys. If it weren't for dirty tricks and gerrymandering, they wouldn't stand a chance in 2014. And don't even get me started on the Supreme Court ruling that favors billionaires...

UPDATE: New Rule Prohibits Voters In Miami-Dade County From Using The Restroom, No Matter How Long The Line. 'Nuff said.


Republicans block equal pay bill for third time


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Once again, Republicans block a Democratic bill, this time one that would help women by finally giving them equal pay and closing the wage gap. The Paycheck Fairness Act was filibustered (surprise!) by the GOP. Not that President Obama's passionate support had anything to do with it, right?

Way to expand on those outreach efforts, guys!

The Democrats will certainly use this to their advantage in the midterm elections. The Hill:

Democrats have benefited from a gender gap at the polls, and the party hopes that by emphasizing certain issues they’ll be positioned to take advantage in November.

Majority Leader Harry Reid had this to say: “Are Republicans in the Senate so repulsed by equal pay for hard-working American women that they can’t even stomach the thought of debating the issue?”

Not nearly as repulsed as women are by misogynistic Republicans in the Senate... and elsewhere.

Via Roll Call:

Sixty votes were needed to allow the bill to be debated on the Senate floor, but Republicans refused to allow the bill to come up for debate after complaining Democrats weren’t allowing votes on their amendments. Sen. Angus King, I-Maine, broke with his typical party leanings and voted with Republicans against cloture.  The vote was 53-44, with Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., joining Republicans as a “no” in order to preserve his right to reconsider the vote.

No Republican voted with the Democrats. Three Republicans did not vote: Tom Coburn of Oklahoma, John Cornyn of Texas and Ted Cruz of Texas.

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This is Strike Three for Republicans, who also blocked debate on equal pay back in 2010 and 2012.

Are you ready for a couple of the amendments that the GOP offered up? Grab some Tums and start chewing in 5...4...3...2...1...

Some other GOP amendments would have repealed parts of ObamaCare and forced the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline

What, no Benghazi!!!! ?

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


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




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


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.’

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


  • 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


  • 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.

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


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


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


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



Time to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment


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Back in 1972, the Equal Rights Amendment, which guaranteed equal rights for women, passed both houses of Congress but couldn't get enough states to ratify it. As a result, women today are still struggling for equal rights. In 2014. Still struggling to be treated equally. Um what? But... but... Republicans say there's no War on Women.

Luckily, women who are abandoning their binders have discovered they have many strong allies, including one with a particularly effective voice: Ohio State Senator Nina Turner, who is currently hoping to unseat Republican Secretary of State Jon Husted.

My Twitter pal Portia Boulger took part in a kickoff event at which Sen. Turner was the keynote speaker, a fundraiser calling for voters' rights and the ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment. She emailed me this enthusiastic comment:

Power! Unity! Magic! That’s what we all experienced as we sat spellbound listening to Ohio Senator Nina Turner speak. Those who were fired up when they entered were ablaze when they left. The lady is on FIRE! Because of her willingness to join us, there are many more who are joining our fight to build a nationwide campaign to extend Voter Rights and ratify the Equal Rights Amendment.

Regular readers know how important fighting voter suppression and standing up for women are to The Political Carnival (scroll). The Progressive Democrats of America are helping us fight these battles:

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Via Progressive Democrats of America (PDA):

Turner also supported the PDA in its efforts concerning the Equal Rights Amendment, calling it “a beautiful thing” and noting that the best way people can get their voices heard is when they go to the polls.

“We are all equal when we go to vote,” Turner said. [...]

“Women have been relegated to second-class citizens,” Turner said.

Tammy Simkins, co-founder of ERA Action, told attendees that people must be united and that her grassroots organization is seeking to “bring attention to the fact that women are not equal in 2014.”

She added that she believes voting rights “are under attack” and that change is needed.

The Tea With The Friends Of Alice Paul took place on March 22nd. At about 9:40 in the video below, Tammy Simkins said that 9 of the 15 unratified states are pushing ERA legislation at the state level. She also said that Elizabeth Warren and Sherrod Brown are backing federal legislation, which brings the total number of senators supporting the bill to 34:

More at The Chillicothe Gazette.