Petunia & Pals Show Us…

…why anti-discrimination laws are needed:

So protecting atheists from discrimination is anti-Xristian? “We lost beating up on the ‘mos, so can’t you give us these guys to kick, you know, as a consolation prize?”

(The video changes topics after three minutes plus change.)

Blog Against Theocracy 2015

Jeebus weeps

I am reminded again that it is time to Blog Against Theocracy. This past week in Indiana and elsewhere in Jeebusland has shown us that the fight isn’t over, the theocrats are on the move (against all deep-fried odds), and their goal continues to be the destruction of democracy.

I’m not anti-religion, and neither is the Blog Against Theocracy. I’m pro-democracy. I don’t care if you believe in the Dead Guy, Scientology, Mormonism, or anything else; just don’t try to force me along for the ride.

i-cry-for-thee-constitution.jpgI believe strongly in the First Amendment. I don’t want to see anyone lose their rights, I want to see more rights; it is not as if there are a limit. The First Amendment with the much-loved separation of church and state protects the religious as much as it protects atheists, and we should all be grateful.

Get off the cross we need the wood

Jeebus in his younger, happier days.

Jeebus in his younger, happier days.

Y’all Qaeda has a secret weapon, Martyrdom, which tells them that they are somehow the picked upon minority, as they work tirelessly to deny everyone else their rights; you can fill in your own example here, women, LGBTQ, and people of color. We hear the cry from all the usual Xristian Xrazies that the people truly being discriminated against are the Xristians themselves.

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And so for a few days we saw The 2016 Goat Rodeo contenders embarrass themselves by coming to the aid of Mike Pence, a man who should have his head checked for termites, when he proudly signed Indiana’s We Don’t Serve Your Kind law under the guise of protecting religious freedom. No one bothered to ask protecting it from whom or what, but it hardly matters; it was pandering to the base and that’s all that counted.

No one asked Memories Pizzeria to cater a same-sex wedding, and yet somehow they made themselves into the victim (of their own construction). Ultimately this pizza joint became the beneficiary of nearly $1M—yes, with an M—raised by Wingnuts to defend them for preemptively declaring that they would not serve pizza at a same-sex wedding (that to this day no one has asked them to do). Not bad for not working for a few days.

We look forward to the first Jewish Deli refusing to sell bagels and lox to the goyim, for religious freedom.

The Right to Life Ends At Birth

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We saw again this week that the state of Texas (the laboratory of bad policy) is moving funds around to promote Abstinence Education. What was new was that the Texas Lege took money from HIV prevention to pump up Abstinence Education funding. Texas has one of the highest rates of teenage pregnancy in the country (so much for abstinence education), and a very high HIV infection rate, so this move is almost surely to increase both issues.

When Mike Pence did something similar in Indiana (defunded Planned Parenthood, but work with me), a sudden outbreak of HIV erupted. He is now funding as a trial a needle exchange in a particularly hard-hit county.

And once again we can look at personhood bills, 20-week abortion limits, and other ways that the theocrats want to force women who have unwanted/unplanned pregnancies to give birth. We’ve covered this topic so many times over all the years of Blogging Against Theocracy, it is hard to believe that we are still fighting the forced-birth battle.

womanscreaming.jpgThe War on Women is a real thing, it is a front in the larger war against democracy that the theocrats are waging.

Grifters Gotta Grift

Jeebus on a dinoAnd now we turn to Ken Ham, Answers in Genesis’ Elmer Gantry without the looks or charm.

What happened was almost comical in the extreme: AiG posted job openings on their website (since taken down) that had requirements of signing a religious belief statement that the world is 6,000 years old and other fealties to his ministries strange precepts, so from the get-go it would discriminate against hiring non-believers. It also said (essentially) that gay people need not apply. Kentucky saw it and said, whoa! That’s a church and we cannot give public money to you.

So Ham is currently suing the state of Kentucky because they have wisely realized that his embarrassing Ark Park is actually a Xristian Mission in disguise. He has already received close to $100M of public funds, set asides, roads, but he wants even more: $18M in tax rebates. Seems like he should be able to raise that money privately: See Memories Pizza.

Vigilance

So again, it is not anti-religious to Blog Against Theocracy, it is pro-democratic. I enourage you to return to your own blogs, Facebook pages, and Twitter stream and do the same.

We’ve seen various attempts to codify the theocrats beliefs. We’ve seen banned books, banned science classes, altered history courses; we’ve seen proposals to adopt the Bible as states’ book; we’ve even seen a kid who tried to have her state adopt a certain dinosaur fossil, only to see have proposal become an affirmation that The Flood was real. With the help of groups like Americans United For Separation of Church and State, and the ACLU, these theocratic efforts have been fought in court (and mostly won, hooray for the good guys!), but there always will be more trials to come and battles to fight. Our job is to carry on, not be discouraged, and to resist their attempts to subvert our democracy.

I know that there are some who say that the greatest existential threat America faces is ISIS/Al Qaeda, etc., but I would put our greatest threat with the theocrats we already have here, and many of them are running for public office. You see, that’s how we will lose the country: hucksters wrapped in a flag and carrying a Bible.

[Ed. Note: We’re keeping this on top today. Fresher posts are below.]

News That Will Drive You To Drink

Jeebus wept

Today’s news is a Theocrat’s Blue Plate Special:

“I don’t see what good it would be to take it out of the constitution. I don’t think you would have the support to remove that from our constitution at all,” DeLano said.

DeLano says he thinks the requirement reflects the culture and beliefs of the majority of Mississippians.

So what is this “it” of which Mississippi’s House Constitution chair Scott DeLano (R-Y’all Qaeda) speaks? Why, it is a provision that bans atheists from holding public office in that state:

Article 14, Section 265 of the state’s Constitution reads:
No person who denies the existence of a Supreme Being shall hold any office in this state.

It’s patently unconstitutional and completely unenforceable, but Jeebus wept anyway.

Some Stupid for Your Coffee? Church and State Edition

Tax ’em. They are doing political work and preaching from the pulpit, and yes: his show on the electronic TeeVee machine is indeed a pulpit.

Want Some Stupid With Your Coffee?

Teen Could Get Two Years for Facebook Photos with Jesus Statue

Some horned-up teen is facing criminal charges and up to two years in a juvie for posting pictures on his MyFace wall of him getting a beejay from a statue of Jesus. “Eat, for this is my body” takes on a new meaning. The picture is kinda funny, but that there is a statute on the books for “Desecration of a Venerated Object” is not.

Petunia: “Want Fries With Your Stupid?”

So… let me get this right: a public school in Florida, funded by tax-payer dollars, had a program wherein a Xristian Xrazie pastor was foisted on the football team? And Petunia and Pals thinks that it is unconstitutional to end that program?

Somewhere, my high school civics teacher is weeping.

Ken Ham Isn’t Hiring!

Jeebus on a dino

Jeebus on a dino and zip-line ministries founder Ken Hamm’s latest grift, The Ark Encounter, has yet to get off the ground (er, on the zip line? In the water?) in Kentucky, and they are re-applying for a state tax incentive of more than $18 million because, well, time ran out on their last grift. Anyway, they are hiring!:

“Our work at Ark Encounter is not just a job, it is also a ministry. Our employees work together as a team to serve each other to produce the best solutions for our design requirements. Our purpose through the Ark Encounter is to serve and glorify the Lord with our God-given talents with the goal of edifying believers and evangelizing the lost.”

…which should make that whole First Amendment thingy kinda shudder, you know, with the state giving money to a fundamentalist Xristian Xrazie.

“But what about Dawson?,” as they used to say in the ’90s. Yes, Ken Ham has plans to discriminate against anyone who isn’t as nutty as he is:

The ad has specific religious requirements for employment. These include a salvation testimony, a “creation belief statement” and a requirement that applicants agree with the organization’s “statement of faith.” This required statement includes articles that imply that fundamentalist Christianity is the only acceptable religion and that denigrate non-Christians non-fundamentalist Christians, and homosexuals (regardless of their theological views).

Nice work if you can get it.

(Kentucky.com)

Take THAT, Xristian Xrazies!

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Livewire tells us…

President Barack Obama signed an executive order on Monday that prohibits federal contractors from discriminating against LGBT people.

It did not include any broad religious exemption for religious employers, which had been sought by religious leaders in the wake of the Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby decision. White House officials had said Friday that the order would not include such an exemption.

Wingnuttian heads explode in 3… 2… 1…

Be Careful What You Ask For…

…because sometimes you get it:

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Less than three days after the Supreme Court ruled in Town of Greece v. Galloway that prayers before town meetings did not violate the Constitution’s ban on endorsing religion, a self-styled Satanist in Deerfield Beach, Florida has asked city officials to let him open a meeting with a Satanic prayer.

Also note that this Satanist is the same guy who erected the Festivus Pole made of PBR cans in his town square fighting the Xristian Xrazies on the Manger front.

(Raw Story)

The Gospel According to Wingnuttia

This is what happens when people pervert religion to suit their own agendas.