Friday, October 14, 2011

Protect Life Act Passes House: Republicans vote to compel pregnancies even if it kills the woman

The Protect Life Act has passed the House of Representatives on October 13th, but will likely die in the US Senate. The bill is also being referred to as the 'Let Women Die' bill cause if a woman needs a medical procedure to save her life but the hospital is Catholic or some other wing nut cult, she will just die right there on the floor of that hospital and this legislation will protect them from lawsuits.

Protect Life Act Passes House: House Passes Controversial Anti-Abortion Bill

Rep. Jackie Speier (D-Calif.) said she personally faced a situation in which an abortion was medically necessary. "I was pregnant, I was miscarrying, I was bleeding," she said on the House floor Thursday. "If I had to go from one hospital to the next trying to find one emergency room that would take me in, who knows if I would even be here today. What my colleagues on the other side of the aisle are trying to do is misogynist."

House GOP Proposes So-Called ‘Let Women Die’ Bill That Lets Hospitals Deny Life-Saving Care

Under H.R. 358, dubbed the “Protect Life Act” and sponsored by Rep. Joe Pitts (R-Pa.), hospitals that don’t want to provide abortions could refuse to do so, even for a pregnant woman with a life-threatening complication that requires a doctor terminate her pregnancy. This provision would apply to the more than 600 Catholic hospitals governed by the Catholic Health Association, which are regulated by bishops and prohibited from performing abortions.

This is just another example out of many we see every day in this country where the state is co-mingling with religion. Totally out of the air or completely out of their ass, religions such as Catholicism determined that conception is when God give a soul to the unborn and an embryo suddenly becomes a baby, a person, a human being with full rights. All scientific evidence and every biology class in America proves this wrong. The chances of an embryo making it to full maturation and a baby being delivered alive is very minuscule. Just traveling down the Fallopian tube is a hazard for embryos.

The Bible doesn't even back up all the Christian hoopla over abortion. In the OT, God orders the tribes to kill all women, men and boys and especially the pregnant women. The teachings of Jesus say nothing about abortion or contraceptive. This is the Catholic Church making this stuff up out of thin air.

The best part is the Church has the resources at its disposal to accomplish its misogynistic abortion goals. The fact is if the churches in America opposed to abortion ever decided to give up their tax-free IRS status, they could spend all the money they want to to politic for those who will take their money and vote their way. Fortunately, the Churches are not really spiritual organizations that even believe the mystical crap they spout. They like their money way too much to ever actually fight abortion. That is how I know the abortion debate is all politics and not a religious conviction for the churches in America. But that still doesn't mean women don't suffer from the crap the Republicans are passing in Congress. I really can not stand how our government and its politicians pandering to the religious right do so much damage to our nation.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Would U.S. bishops know Religious Liberty if it bit them in the ass?

The U.S. bishops have formed a committee in response to perceived attacks by the Obama administration. The bishops' Ad Hoc Committee for Religious Liberty claims to be persecuted by the US State Department when it attempts to stem the spread of Aids and sexually transmitted diseases around the world. This committee is concerned also concerned about the government requiring Migration and Refugee Services to provide service to migrants and their children. Of course those services include the full range of health care which the bishops just cannot stand. If you violate the precepts of the bishops, then you violate their religious liberty to kill millions of people world-wide through denial of condoms that can protect against STDs.

What I can't understand is if the stated morality is one where monogamous heterosexual couples should not prevent procreation, then why do the bishops object to the rest of the sinners using rubbers to prevent diseases? Guess it doen't matter since they just do.

Meanwhile, the bishops object to the Department of Justice anti-discrimination position of refusing to enforce the Defense of Marriage of Act. The bishops are really upset when it is suggested that those against homosexuals are bigoted and hateful. Even though the bishops are bigoted and hateful against homosexuals and demand that they not only be treated as second class citizens, but also should be removed from Christian society.

The bishops also object to the Justice Department's rejection of the "ministerial exception" in a case just taken up by the Supreme Court this term. This so-called exception states that the government has no place in employment law when it comes to churches. Therefore, a teacher fired for her disability cannot go to court to sue for disability discrimination. Wonder why a church is even guilty of disability discrimination? Oh yea, the ADA can cost a company plenty of money to be in compliance.

Let's see, they also dislike the enforcement of regulations that mandate health insurance plans provide contraceptives. There is a provision that the bishops (or as they say it, "the parish housekeeper") are exempt, but they want everyone who claims to be Catholic to also be exempt.

Finally, the bishops are upset about New York passing a law "redefining marriage, with only a very narrow religious exemption."

Anyone can see the real problem here. The American Catholic Church is declaring that the government of the United States cannot pass laws or regulations that impede the religious discrimination and hateful bigotry of the church and makes life better for all or any Americans. Gays and Lesbians are not to be afforded the same rights of a state marriage afforded to all heterosexuals. The state cannot interfere with any church that wishes to discriminate against Americans. We are not a united people under one flag. We are a divided nation under different houses of worship and none. The government cannot even use secular resources to stop the spread of diseases throughout the world, because some old men say it is wrong to use protection that also prevents procreation. So everyone should just die, because the church and its bishops say so. I really don't think so.

And the right to discriminate, the right to hate and spread bigotry, the right to compel pregnancies, the right to stop the use of protection from diseases and stop the deaths of millions, These are the rights of religious liberty to be cherished by the Ad Hoc Committee for Religious Liberty. Once again God, protect us from your followers!