October 6, 2017

Pandering to conservative Christians, the Trump administration rolls back the Obamacare birth control mandate.

President Trump has officially rolled back the Affordable Care Act’s contraceptive mandate. The action takes effect immediately, and will allow virtually any employer to deny women birth control coverage for “religious reasons.”

In other words, the Republican war on women is intensifying, and anti-women conservative Christian employers are now in a position to punish women who dare to claim autonomy, and seek out birth control.

CNN reports:

In a blow to Obamacare’s controversial contraceptive mandate, employers may now have more leeway to withhold birth control coverage on religious grounds, according to new rules issued by the US Department of Health and Human Services on Friday.

The rules would let a broad range of employers — including nonprofits, private firms and publicly traded companies — stop offering free contraceptives through their health insurance plans if they have a “sincerely held religious or moral objection,” senior agency officials said on a call about the implementation and enforcement of the new rules.

The new rules state:

We now believe the Government’s legitimate interest in providing for contraceptive coverage do not require us to violate sincerely held religious beliefs…

Immediately after the announcement Friday morning the ACLU promised that they would file a lawsuit challenging the new rules. Brigitte Amiri, senior staff attorney at the ACLU, said:

[The rules] basically gives broad license to employers to discriminate against their employees and withhold a benefit guaranteed by law,

We will challenge both rules as being blatantly unconstitutional. They both violate the separation of church and state and also discriminate against women by allowing employers to withhold a benefit that is guaranteed by law.

Amiri also said:

The Trump administration is forcing women to pay for their boss’s religious beliefs. We’re filing this lawsuit because the federal government cannot authorize discrimination against women in the name of religion or otherwise.

In short, Trump’s new rules represent a profound threat to the secular values upon which this nation was founded, and is yet another indication of the creeping Christian theocracy threatening the United States.

Bottom line: By rolling back the Affordable Care Act’s contraceptive mandate, the Trump administration is encouraging discrimination against America’s working women in the name of Christian misogyny and religious superstition.

Trump Ends Birth Control Protection (Image via Twitter)
Trump Ends Birth Control Protection (Image via Twitter)
July 11, 2015

GOP presidential candidates pledge to promote Christian patriarchy by denying women access to reproductive health care “at home and around the world.”

Earlier this week at the National Right to Life Committee’s convention in New Orleans Republican presidential hopefuls pledged to fight Roe v. Wade, deny women the right to choose, and promote an agenda of misogyny dictated by religious conservatives.

Appearing at the anti-women, anti-abortion, Christian conservative gathering were GOP presidential candidates Dr. Ben Carson of Maryland, former Texas Governor Rick Perry, former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum, Florida Senator Marco Rubio and Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal. In addition, former Florida Governor Jeb Bush and Texas Senator Ted Cruz sent video messages to the convention.

Speaking at the anti-abortion convention, Senator Marco Rubio called the historic Roe v. Wade decision “egregiously flawed” while promising to continue the fight to restrict a woman’s right to choose “at home and around the world.”

Former Texas Governor Rick Perry gave a rambling and confused speech boasting of the radical anti-choice legislation that he signed into law as governor, and claiming that he would be the most “pro-life” of all the GOP presidential candidates.

Comparing abortion rights to “cancer,” former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum declared that the Supreme Court’s decision striking down bans on gay marriage was part of the spread of the “cancer” that began with Roe v. Wade.

This collection of immoral imbeciles demand mandatory motherhood while pushing a misogynistic agenda that would deny a woman’s right to control her own reproductive health. Indeed, many Republicans would deny a woman an abortion no matter what the circumstances, even in the case of rape or incest.

Make no mistake, Christian extremists are driving the GOP, and they are determined to take this country and the world into a new era of darkness informed by ignorance and religious superstition, an era that would set back the cause of women’s rights over 50 years.

(Image via Wikimedia)
(Image via Wikimedia)
November 20, 2019

Misogynist for Trump: Clarence Mason Weaver, a member of a new Trump advisory board, claims “men and women are not equal,” and argues that women should be “quiet,” “humble” and “submissive.”

Media Matters reports:

Right-wing pundit and recently announced Trump advisory board member Clarence Mason Weaver has said that women aren’t equal to men and that they damaged society when they won the “‘right’ to leave the home and go to work.” He has claimed that women who report sexual misconduct at work are the reason “why we don’t want to be around you in a business.” And he has told women that they should carry themselves as “handmaidens” and “be submissive.” 

Weaver is part of the newly formed “Black Voices for Trump,” an initiative recently launched by President Donald Trump in an effort to attract black voters in his 2020 reelection campaign.

As one might expect from a Trump supporter, Weaver is a pig, an open misogynist who uses religious superstition to justify his contempt for and hostility towards women.

Weaver, who describes himself as an author and motivational speaker, is a frequent guest on Fox News, and has made numerous YouTube videos expressing his contempt and hatred for women. The titles of those videos include “Men and women are not equal,” “Toxic Feminism is the real problem,” and “Why are women so masculine?”

The description for his video titled: “Men and Women Are Not Equal” reads:

Men and Women are not equal and praise God for the differences. We have different goals and roles. When we change those roles, the children suffer. When the children suffer, the family suffers. When the family suffers society suffers. Why are we suffering?

In the “Men and Women Are Not Equal” video, Weaver warns women that men are not looking for “queens,” noting:

We look for handmaidens, sweetheart. We look for a helpmate out here, girl. 

Weaver continues:

If you’re as strong as I am, you go and deal with the burglar next time. You’re as strong as I am, you go out at night and take care of the car. If you’re as strong as I am — if you’re not, be quiet and be humble and be submissive.

Bottom line: New Trump advisory board member Clarence Mason Weaver claims that women are not equal to men, and argues that women would be better off acting like “handmaidens” rather than “queens,” telling women they should be “quiet, humble, and “submissive.”

New Trump Advisory Board Member: ‘Men And Women Are Not Equal’ (Image via Facebook)
New Trump Advisory Board Member: ‘Men And Women Are Not Equal’ (Image via Facebook)
July 26, 2019

Butt stuff: Church of Cyprus bishop Neophytos Masouras of Morphou claims that a pregnant mother enjoying anal sex will produce a gay child.

Cyprus Mail reports that the Christian bishop told an audience at a primary school in Akaki, Cyprus, last month that homosexuality is caused by pregnant women enjoying anal sex, declaring:

Homosexuality is usually a problem transferred to a foetus, when a pregnant woman has anal sex and enjoys it.

The Bishop said:

It happens during the parent’s intercourse or pregnancy. It follows an abnormal sexual act between the parents. To be more clear, anal sex.

[Saint Porphyrios] says that when the woman likes that, a desire is born, and then the desire is passed on to the child.

The stupid, it burns.

Video of the orthodox Christian bishop making his ridiculous claims have gone viral, with many mocking the ignorant statements. For example, Accept – LGBTI Cyprus shared the following comment with the video:

According to the Bishop of Morfou, gays are created if a straight couple, that happens to be pregnant, perform anal sex and only if the woman enjoys anal sex. Then if that occurs, such desires are transferred to the fetus. And of course, that is scientifically proven!! How are lesbians created?

Another social media user opined:

So, father, if the woman does oral, will the child become a dentist?

Another added: 

The problem is not this ignoramus, the tragic problem is that there are thousands who believe him.

As for the political climate for gays in Cyprus, Pink News reports:

Cyprus decriminalised homosexuality in 1998, and has rapidly made reforms on LGBT+ issues, though ultra-conservative attitudes persist and it lags behind much of Europe.

The country banned discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity in 2004, while civil unions were introduced for same-sex couples in 2015.

A hate crime bill protecting LGBT+ people was passed in 2015, while a public consultation was held on a proposed gender recognition law in 2018.

However, same-sex adoption is still not legal in Cyprus and gay people remain banned from serving in the military.

Bottom line: Church of Cyprus bishop Neophytos Masouras of Morphou claims that homosexuality is transferred to a fetus when a pregnant woman has anal sex and enjoys it.

Christian Bishop Claims Gays Are The Product Of Pregnant Women Enjoying Anal Sex (Image via Screen Grab)
Christian Bishop Claims Gays Are The Product Of Pregnant Women Enjoying Anal Sex
(Image via Screen Grab)

 

June 14, 2019

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez calls out religious conservatives for their hypocrisy by noting that they only invoke religion “to punish women and queer people.”

Earlier today Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez sent out a fiery tweet challenging religious conservatives to be true to the Bible while wryly noting that most conservative Christians only invoke religion to punish women and gays.

Promoting legislation proposed by Senator Bernie Sanders that would cap interest rates at 15% for credit cards and consumer loans, and effectively putting an end to the predatory practices of payday loans, Ocasio-Cortez tweeted:

Usury – aka high interest – happens to be explicitly denounced in the Bible (& in many other religions).

Looking forward to having the religious right uphold their principles + sign onto my bill.

Unless of course they’re only invoking religion to punish women + queer people.

Ocasio-Cortez makes a good point. If conservative Christians were sincere in their beliefs they would support such modest legislation that comports with their Biblical teaching. However, as one might expect, many conservative Christians do not support the legislation and were not happy with Ocasio-Cortez reminding them of their dishonesty and their hypocrisy.

Last month  Ocasio-Cortez called out religious conservatives for their misogyny after Alabama’s sweeping ban on abortion was signed into law, noting that abortion bans are about religious fundamentalists “owning women”:

Abortion bans aren’t just about controlling women’s bodies.

They’re about controlling women’s sexuality. Owning women.

From limiting birth control to banning comprehensive sex ed, US religious fundamentalists are working hard to outlaw sex that falls outside their theology.

Bottom line: Promoting common-sense legislation that would protect consumers from predatory lenders, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez calls out religious conservatives for their hypocrisy by noting that they only invoke religion “to punish women and queer people.”

Ocasio-Cortez: Religious Right Only Invokes Religion ‘To Punish Women And Queer People’ (Image via Twitter)
Ocasio-Cortez: Religious Right Only Invokes Religion ‘To Punish Women And Queer People’ (Image via Twitter)
May 23, 2019

More hate for Jesus: Christian leader and Focus On The Family founder James Dobson claims that if the Equality Act passes, Democrats and their friends in the LGBT movement will “enslave” conservative Christians.

Dobson, a dangerous Christian extremist, issued an “urgent warning” earlier this week about “one of the most egregious assaults on religious liberty ever foisted on the people of this great nation.”

Writing for Charisma News, Dobson warns:

In the history of our nation, there have been times when evil was so apparent—and so heinous — that they stand in infamy decades later. They include the Dred Scott Decision on slavery in 1857 and the Roe v. Wade ruling that legalized abortion in 1973. Now, we are faced with another such tragic moment in American history.

Dobson continues:

A few days ago, on May 17, Democrats in the House of Representatives passed what they call The Equality Act of 2019, which is breathtaking in its scope. If it survives a vote in the Senate, this legislation will represent one of the most egregious assaults on religious liberty ever foisted on the people of this great nation. It therein imposes a thinly veiled death-sentence to the First Amendment to the Constitution and takes away the protections against tyranny handed down to us by our Founding Fathers. It was this unyielding commitment to religious liberty that led to American Revolutionary War from 1775 to 1783. The pastors and the patriots of that day died to free themselves from British imperialism. Thank God for the men who stood courageously against the most powerful military in the world, because freedom meant more to them than their own lives.

Dobson concludes:

Let me speak candidly and passionately to people of faith throughout these United States of America. We must not remain silent as our historic liberties are gutted by Democrats and their friends in the LGBT movement. They will enslave us if they prevail. We must let our voices be heard, first in the U.S Senate, and then to the world.

In short, James Dobson believes that the Equality Act, which seeks to simply add protections against discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity to existing civil rights laws, poses an extreme existential threat to conservative Christians.

Indeed, Dobson claims that granting LGBT citizens equal protection under the law will result in conservative Christians being enslaved by “Democrats and their friends in the LGBT movement.”

In essence, Dobson knows that if the Equality Act were to become the law of the land, conservative Christians would be legally obligated to treat LGBT citizens in a fair and equal matter. And for Dobson,that is the equivalent of enslavement.

Dobson is a dangerous idiot. Indeed, Dobson is a deplorable human being with a record of homophobia and hatred in the service of Christ and supposed “family values.”

Previously, in a vicious rant the Focus on the Family founder said that transgender people using public restrooms should be shot. Writing for World Net Daily Dobson complained about President Obama’s order to “every public school in America to open all its bathroom facilities including those that are in use by a member of the opposite sex.” Dobson wrote:

Would you remain passive after knowing that a strange-looking man, dressed like a woman, has been peering over toilet cubicles to watch your wife in a private moment? What should be done to the pervert who was using mirrors to watch women and girls in their stalls? If you are a dad, I pray you will protect your little girls from men who walk in unannounced, unzip their pants and urinate in front of them. If this had happened 100 years ago, someone might have been shot. Where is today’s manhood? God help us!

In short, Dobson gives Christians permission to shoot transgender people using a public bathroom, supposedly because such a crime would protect “little girls from men.”

Yet Dobson, like most conservative Christians, is a hypocrite. In 2017 the supposed champion of “family values” supported Roy Moore, a child molester, for U.S. Senate. In a radio ad for the child molester Dobson declared:

Judge Moore is a man of proven character and integrity

Yet by endorsing Moore, Dobson is sending a clear message that young girls don’t matter, and that “good, Christian men” like Roy Moore should be free to sexually harass and assault teenage girls without fear of consequence.

Bottom line: James Dobson, a supposed champion of “family values,” is a Christian hypocrite who claims that if the Equality Act passes, Democrats and their friends in the LGBT movement will “enslave” conservative Christians.

James Dobson Warns Democrats Will ‘Enslave’ Conservative Christians (Image via Wikipedia)
James Dobson Warns Democrats Will ‘Enslave’ Conservative Christians (Image via Wikipedia)
May 16, 2019

“A brutal form of oppression” – Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez calls out religious fundamentalists for their misogyny after Alabama’s sweeping ban on abortion is signed into law.

Earlier this week Alabama Governor Kay Ivey signed a bill to restrict abortion in almost all cases, including rape and incest. In a statement Governor Ivey made clear that this legislation was all about religious superstition, declaring:

this legislation stands as a powerful testament to Alabamians’ deeply held belief that every life is precious and that every life is a sacred gift from God.

Perhaps more important, the Alabama Senate voted 25-6 in favor of the ban, and the 25 state senators that voted in favor of the abortion ban were all white, conservative, Christian men – religious fundamentalists intent on enforcing a Christian theocracy.

Thus it should come as no surprise that freshman congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez spoke out against the conservative Christian misogyny. On Twitter the Democratic congresswoman declared:

Abortion bans aren’t just about controlling women’s bodies.

They’re about controlling women’s sexuality. Owning women.

From limiting birth control to banning comprehensive sex ed, US religious fundamentalists are working hard to outlaw sex that falls outside their theology.

In a companion tweet Ocasio-Cortez continued:

Ultimately, this is about women’s power.

When women are in control of their sexuality, it threatens a core element underpinning right-wing ideology: patriarchy.

It’s a brutal form of oppression to seize control of the 1 essential thing a person should command: their own body.

Ocasio-Cortez is right. The abortion bans currently being pushed by religious conservatives across the country have nothing to do with being “pro-life” or protecting children. Instead, the bans are “a brutal form of oppression,” a symptom of the ignorance and cruelty that fuels conservative Christians, an ignorance and cruelty that targets women and their ability to access safe and legal reproductive health care, an ignorance and cruelty that demands a Christian patriarchy be forced upon everyone.

This is not the first time Ocasio-Cortez has challenged the ignorance and hypocrisy of religious conservatives. Last March, after 49 people were killed and 20 seriously injured in a terror attack targeting two mosques in New Zealand, the fiery congresswoman asked:

What good are your thoughts & prayers when they don’t even keep the pews safe?

Bottom line: Ocasio-Cortez is correct. Abortion bans are about religious fundamentalists “controlling women’s sexuality” and “owning women.” It is “a brutal form of oppression.” In short, the misogyny of the Christian patriarchy is alive and well. The Republican War on Women, fueled by dreams of a Christian theocracy, continues.

Ocasio-Cortez: Abortion Bans Are About Religious Fundamentalists ‘Owning Women' (Image via Twitter)
Ocasio-Cortez: Abortion Bans Are About Religious Fundamentalists ‘Owning Women’ (Image via Twitter)
May 15, 2019

Cruelty for Jesus: Citing God, Michigan State Senator Kim LaSata says abortion “should be painful” and women who have abortions should suffer.

LaSata, a conservative Republican with no respect for women, is Catholic, and a strong opponent of abortion rights. Earlier this week she spoke in favor of legislation that would outlaw a “surgical procedure commonly used to end second-trimester pregnancies.”

If passed, the new legislation would make second-trimester abortions “more painful and hazardous for the women who undergo them.”

While speaking in favor of the legislation limiting abortion rights, Senator LaSata exclaimed:

Of course it should be hard! And the procedure should be painful! And you should allow God to take over! And you should deliver that baby!

You should allow God to take over and deliver that baby, and it shouldn’t be made easier for you.

Clearly Senator LaSata lacks compassion and human decency, and the fact that she is a Republican only confirms this. In fact, LaSata is but one of many immoral imbeciles demanding mandatory motherhood while pushing a misogynistic agenda that would deny a woman’s right to control her own reproductive health.

Indeed, many Republicans would deny a woman an abortion no matter what the circumstances, even in the case of rape or incest. One need only look at the draconian legislation recently passed in Georgia and Alabama to understands the moral depravity of the conservative Christians trying to criminalize women’s health care.

Make no mistake, Christian extremists are driving the GOP, and they are determined to take this country and the world into a new era of darkness informed by ignorance and religious superstition, an era that would set back the cause of women’s rights over 50 years.

Bottom line: Michigan State Senator Kim LaSata says abortion “should be painful” and women who have abortions should suffer.

The Republican War on Women continues.

Michigan Senator Kim LaSata: Abortion ‘Should Be Painful,’ Women Should Suffer (Image via Screen Grab)
Michigan Senator Kim LaSata: Abortion ‘Should Be Painful,’ Women Should Suffer (Image via Screen Grab)

 

April 24, 2019

Anti-gay conservative Christian leader Franklin Graham warns presidential hopeful Pete Buttigieg that he must repent or face eternal damnation for “flaunting his homosexuality.”

Graham, one of the country’s most influential conservative Christians, attacked Buttigieg for being gay in a series of tweets posted earlier today.

Graham, who is fond of claiming that God kills gays, tweeted the following series of tweets attacking the Democratic presidential candidate:

Presidential candidate & South Bend Mayor @PeteButtigieg is right—God doesn’t have a political party. But God does have commandments, laws & standards He gives us to live by. God doesn’t change. His Word is the same yesterday, today & forever. ⅓

Mayor Buttigieg says he’s a gay Christian. As a Christian I believe the Bible which defines homosexuality as sin, something to be repentant of, not something to be flaunted, praised or politicized. The Bible says marriage is between a man & a woman—not two men, not two women. ⅔

The core of the Christian faith is believing and following Jesus Christ, who God sent to be the Savior of the world—to save us from sin, to save us from hell, to save us from eternal damnation. 3/3

Protip: You know it’s that “Christian love” when they threaten you with Hell; because nothing says “love” like threats of eternal damnation.

Graham is angry because at a recent CNN town hall, Buttigieg had the temerity to claim:

God does not have a political party.

In addition, Buttigieg, who is openly gay, is also a Christian. And apparently, the fact that a gay man identifies as a Christian makes poor little Franklin Graham very angry.

Bottom line: In a series of tweets, conservative Christian leader Franklin Graham warns presidential hopeful Pete Buttigieg that he must repent or face eternal damnation for “flaunting his homosexuality.”

Franklin Graham Warns Pete Buttigieg: Repent Or Face Eternal Damnation (Image via Facebook)
Franklin Graham Warns Pete Buttigieg: Repent Or Face Eternal Damnation (Image via Facebook)
April 10, 2019

American Taliban: Legislation criminalizing abortion and classifying abortion as criminal homicide punishable by death has been advanced out of committee by so-called “pro-life” Texas lawmakers.

The legislation, House Bill 896, also known as the Abolition of Abortion Act, was introduced by Republican state Rep. Tony Tinderholt.

Fox News reports:

House Bill 896 would criminalize abortion and classify it as a homicide. Women who have abortions could be sentenced to the death penalty.

Refinery29 reports:

The bill alters Texas’ penal code, eliminating the exception for abortions from the definition of criminal homicide. Therefore, everyone involved in providing abortion care — from physicians and nurses to patients seeking this type of care — would face murder charges. HB896 makes no exceptions for rape, incest, or cases where the women’s life is in danger.

The Austin Chronicle reports:

House Bill 896 by Rep. Tony Tinderholt, R-Arlington, dispenses with any pretense of respecting the constitutional right to abortion by completely prohibiting the medical procedure “regardless of any contrary federal law, executive order, or court decision.” Tinderholt’s bill affords an embryo at the “moment of fertilization on fusion of a human spermatozoon with a human ovum” with the “same rights, powers, and privileges” as a “human child.” A woman that undergoes abortion and a doctor that performs the procedure could both be held liable for murder, under Tinderholt’s bill.

The legislation was passed by the Texas House Judiciary Committee earlier this week and will now go before the full Texas House for debate.

The bill’s sponsor, Rep. Tony Tinderholt, in an attempt to justify the draconian and absurd legislation, explained:

I think it’s important to remember that if a drunk driver kills a pregnant woman, they get charged twice. If you murder a pregnant woman, you get charged twice. So I’m not specifically criminalizing women. What I’m doing is equalizing the law.

However, Texas State Rep. Victoria Neave, a Democrat, questioned how the supporters of the bill, who consider themselves pro-life, could rally behind the notion of the death penalty:

I’m trying to reconcile in my head the arguments that I heard tonight about how essentially one is okay with subjecting a woman to the death penalty for the exact — to do to her the exact same thing that one is alleging she is doing to a child.

Neave is right. Indeed, the absurdity of claiming to be “pro-life” while threatening women with the death penalty would be laughable if the stakes were not so high.

In short, new Texas legislation would criminalize all abortion, and in so doing classify abortion as criminal homicide punishable by death; and would make no exception for rape, incest, or cases where the women’s life is in danger. 

Bottom line: The Republican War on Women continues.

Texas Bill Would Punish Women Who Have Abortions With Death Penalty (Image via YouTube)
Texas Bill Would Punish Women Who Have Abortions With Death Penalty (Image via YouTube)
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