“religious freedom” garbage, it’s time to call the religious right’s trash what it really is

"Any time right-wing conservatives declare that they are trying to restore or reclaim something, we should all be very afraid. Usually, this means the country or, in this case, the state of Indiana is about to be treated to another round of backward time travel, to the supposedly idyllic environs of the 1950s, wherein women, and gays, and blacks knew their respective places and stayed in them." So writes Brittney Cooper arguably America's most prescient commentator on race, women, politics and … [Read more...]

Why Do Right Wing Christian Families Think They “Own” Their Children?

"In the Iron Age mindset of the Bible writers, children are not individual persons who have their own thoughts, with corresponding rights. Rather, like livestock and slaves, they are possessions of the male head of household, and the biblical framework governing treatment of children is property laws, not individual rights laws."The term chattelrefers to moveable personal property, economic assets that are not real estate. In the Bible, children, like slaves and livestock, are chattel. Male … [Read more...]

California: “shoot the gays” proposal

According to the Guardian  a California lawyer says he wants to legalize the execution of gay people, and there may be nothing the state’s attorney general can do to stop the proposal from moving forward.Matt McLaughlin, an attorney in Huntington Beach, California, filed paperwork to bring his proposal, which would sanction the killing of gay and lesbian residents on the basis of their sexuality, before voters in November 2016.  Lauren Gambino in Los Angeles Monday 23 March 2015, reports for … [Read more...]

Can Ted Cruz revive the evangelicalism of the past?

"LYNCHBURG, VA – Ted Cruz came to this southern town Monday to launch his presidential campaign, but also to revive a strain of American evangelicalism that was birthed here in the 1980s. Cruz, a Republican senator from Texas, traveled to the home of Liberty University, an institution born in 1971 that now boasts a student body of 13,800 and touts itself as “the largest Christian university in the world.” Liberty is a monument to the determination of its founder, the Rev. Jerry Falwell, to creat … [Read more...]

Religious Right Still Dominates the GOP

The GOP is still kowtowing to the Christian Right. When will that change? That the evangelical right already controls the GOP shouldn't really be in dispute. Not only do the Republicans do exactly as the Christian right tells them on every social issue, such as reproductive rights or gay rights, but Republicans also pay fealty to the Christian right by targeting Muslim countries with their hawkish posturing or using Christian language to rationalize slashing the social safety net. If you were t … [Read more...]

Turning Away From Organized Religion in Record Numbers– WHY?

As Lynn Stuart Parramore (AlterNet February 28, 2015) writes: "Last year, for the very first time, Protestants lost their majority status...But the GOP doesn’t seem to show many signs of reducing the outsized influence of white evangelicals... the GOP really can't afford to tone it down, because while monied elites tend to be secular, selling free-market pillage to the people getting robbed is not a very effective strategy. So they still have to mask their agenda behind appeals to popular relig … [Read more...]

The 10 Worst SEX Tips (no pun) from the Christian Right

"It’s not just wrong to date a doubter of Jesus Christ; it’s a documented and diagnosable disease." Really? Had to share this funny and too true SEX piece from Salon via Alternet (reprinted by permission).By Katie Halper, AlterNet1. Dump the Infidel Dan Miser, author of Single Woman Seeking Perfect Man has a must-read column called “Five Red Flags for Christians Blinded by Romance.” The worst one of all is when “you’re dating an unbeliever,” or “dating someone who does not have a perso … [Read more...]

Pro-Lifer Ready For Killing Kids for Religious Liberty and Jesus (Seriously)

And now this from h/t Rawstory. Prolife and prodeath, no kidding, as long as you're killing a kid for religious liberty's sake.Belief'Pro Life' GOPer Says It's Fine For Kids to Die in the Name of GodRep. Christy Perry says it violates parents' rights if they're required to treat their sick children.By Cliff Weathers / AlterNet February 24, 2015In a deeply religious section of Idaho, a Republican state representative says that the state has no … [Read more...]


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