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.

garden-rakes

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

baby cake

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.]

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20 Responses to Blog Against Theocracy 2015

  1. Raymond Smith says:

    Well said! The TP/GOP is the true enemy of the USA. They are the ultimate “Domestic Terrorist” class of people in the USA. They claim to love the US Constitution but push policies that violate it.

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  2. motocat says:

    Amen, Brother Ten Grain! I truly fear for America. If it’s destroyed, it will be from within.

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  3. grs says:

    $1 million for saying you’d turn away a hypothetical customer who wants to celebrate a ceremony of love. What a country.

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  4. moeman says:

    TG, this is why we are disciples of MPS!

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  5. E.A. Blair says:

    From the email notice for this post: “In which we celebrate the wisdom of our founding fathers for putting The First Amendement, well, first.”

    Except, well, they didn’t. The original Bill of Rights, as approved by Congress on 25 September 1789, had twelve articles, not ten. The first article concerned apportionment of representation in the House of Representatives. The second article concerned pay raises for members of Congress. What we now call the first amendment was originally the third, and the one the ammosexuals love the most (and seem to think its position in the list gives it special consideration) was the fourth.

    The second amendment, which specified that no pay increases would take effect for members of Congress until after an election (meaning that sitting members could not vote their own raises) was finally ratified on 7 May 1992. If you think the current congress is a bunch of do-nothings, that took 202 years and 225 days to pass.

    The first article remains pending to this day, and that’s probably a good thing. The first article stipulated that members of the House of Representatives should represent no more than fifty thousand members of the population at large. Given the population at the last census of 308,745,538, that would mean that instead of 435 members, the house would currently have fourteen times as many: 6,175 members. Can you imagine having fourteen Louie Gohmerts, Michele Bachmanns or Glenn Grothmanns?

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  6. PiedType says:

    We have met the enemy and he is us.

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  7. Randall says:

    Before the theocrats decide this is a “Christian” nation – I’m afraid I have to insist on the “Christians” all settling on ONE denomination, i.e. they must decide which brand of “Christianity” is the correct one. Baptist, Methodist, Lutheran, Catholic, Presbyterian, Ecclesiastical, Mormon (yes, the Mormons call themselves Christian, too), 7th Day Adventists, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Mennonites, Hutterites, Charismatics, etc. They have to pick ONE.
    OH, and they have to decide on which version of the Bible is the correct one as well. King James, Douay-Rheims, English Standard Version, Darby Translation, New Revised Standard Version, New International Version, Lexham English Bible, etc.

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    • E.A. Blair says:

      That is why the First Amendment (or, if you will, article three – see above) was written – the Methodists hated the Congregationalists, the Congregationalists hated the Baptists (who were illegal in Virginia), everybody hated the Catholics and the Quakers and the Anglicans (who became the Episcopalians) were suspected of having lingering royalist sympathies. Better that Jews, Mahometans and even heathens be allowed to hold public office than the wrong cult…er…denomination get the blessing of government sponsorship. The Establishment Clause was not written out of a spirit of tolerance, but of paranoia and fear.

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      • tengrain says:

        Damn right. One of my ancestors, Mary Dyer, was hung in Boston Common for being a Quaker.

        Rgds,

        TG

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      • pa jane says:

        Lyrics from Tom Lehrer’s parody tune, “National Brotherhood Week” (http://tiny.cc/25fnwx):

        Oh, the protestants hate the catholics,
        And the catholics hate the protestants,
        And the hindus hate the moslems,
        And everybody hates the jews.

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      • tengrain says:

        …and the so-and-so hate the Dutch
        And I don’t like anyone very much!

        (is it that song?)

        Rgds,

        Tengrain

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    • Bruce388 says:

      One Sunday morning, festering in the American Baptist church in town, I learned about all the different versions of Baptists. Southern Baptists came out of the Civil War, for instance. Missionary, Primitive, etc. My favorite brand was “40-gallon Baptists.” The requirement was the baptistee was dunked in 40 gallons of water. I like the specificity.

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    • I love the list proposed by John Adams in an 1813 letter to Jefferson:

      Roman Catholicks, English Episcopalians, Scotch and American Presbyterians, Methodists, Moravians, Anababtists, German Lutherans, German Calvinists Universalists, Arians, Priestleyans, Socinians, Independents, Congregationalists, Horse Protestants and House Protestants, Deists and Atheists; and “Protestans qui ne croyent rien [“Protestants who believe nothing”]….

      Could my Answer be understood, by any candid Reader or Hearer, to recommend, to all the others, the general Principles, Institutions or Systems of Education of the Roman Catholicks? Or those of the Quakers? Or those of the Presbyterians? Or those of the Menonists? Or those of the Methodists? or those of the Moravians? Or those of the Universalists? or those of the Philosophers? No.

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  8. batocchio says:

    Great roundup, Tengrain!

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    • tengrain says:

      I really wish we had the same enthusiasm we had during the Bush Years. It just feels like shouting into the Abyss more and more.

      Rgds,

      TG

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      • batocchio says:

        There’s truth to that. I think it’s also the repetition aspect — it feels like we’ve said most of what needs to be said before, and keep on having to fight the same battles over and over again. So the “outrage fatigue” has a few elements. (Meanwhile, personally, I just have far less time to blog.)

        On the bright side, though, net neutrality is a huge win, gay marriage and expanding gay rights are huge wins, the Affordable Care Act has been significant, and more Americans are aware of economic inequality and issues of plutocracy and theocracy. The United States is indeed an oligarchy, as a recent study shows, but the fight isn’t over.

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  9. M. Walton says:

    “To hate all but the right folk is the old established rule.”

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