Friday, July 6, 2012

Put women's rights over bishops' wrongs

Nuns Drive for Faith, Family and Fairness

There is a fight going on in the American Catholic Church regarding control between the Wall Street Money Guys, the Bishops and the traditional “love your neighbor” nuns and other progressives who actually believe in Jesus’ message of humanity.

In the Los Angeles Times of 4 July, a full-page advertisement similarly announces that "It's Time to Quit the Catholic Church" and urges liberal and nominal Catholics to vote with their feet and "please, exit en masse." In March, a similar ad also appeared in the New York Times, and in May, it appeared in USA Today and the Washington Post. 
The controversial billboards and advertisements are directed against the US Conference of Catholic Bishops' recent "Fortnight for Freedom" and Catholic dioceses that are currently suing the US Department of Health and Human Services over its ruling that US women be offered birth control as part of their insurance plans. This campaign to leave the Church appears on the heels of the Vatican crackdown against the Leadership Conference of Women Religious, an organization that represents most of America's approximately 57,000 sisters. In April, the group of sisters was reprimanded for reportedly supporting women's ordination to the priesthood and the rights of homosexuals. The nuns also were accused of not taking strong enough stances against abortion and euthanasia.

The billboards and newspaper ads are sponsored by the Freedom From Religion Foundation, a watchdog group founded in 1976 by Annie Nicol Gaylor and her daughter, Annie Laurie Gaylor, who is the Foundation's current co-president and author of Women Without Superstition: No Gods, No Masters. The Foundation and its 18,500 members should be applauded for promoting women's rights to access contraception apart from religious interference. The group should also be commended for its nearly 35-year commitment to erecting a higher wall separating the church and the state: it seeks to end government funding for religious activities and works to halt illegal religious instruction in secular institutions. … 
… This week, a group of bold nuns, who envision economic justice as God's will, is concluding its nine-state bus tour to protest the budget proposal of Congressman Paul Ryan (Republican, Wisconsin) that would cut social services like Head Start, food stamps, and housing subsidies.

Because This Man Lived - 600,000 Americans Died - Robert E. Lee

America’s bloodiest war was the Civil War which cost Americans 600,000 precious human lives.
Lincoln offered Leadership of the American Army to Lee, thought to be a brilliant military strategist. With Lee in charge of an American Army, the war would not have lasted six months.

Lee refused because he believed in Virginia and Slavery more than he had any Allegiance to any union of the United States of America.  By any interpretation, he was guilty not of local bad manners but was a traitor to his national identity, something his ancestors signed off on in the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution. 

That and he liked the old male Southern tradtion of shtupping your mulatto slave half-sister or half-brother as a young man and then shtupping your mulatto slave daughter or son later in life. The Southern Hillbilly myths about incest and inbreeding were a Southern Trickle Down Tradition I believe.

Without a birth certificate for any slave, without citizenship, there could be no charges of rape in any Southern Court of “Law”.  Plausible deniability.  lol (small letters)

That is what all this Republican Birther Bullshit is all about. Revival of old Southern Traditions.

It is altogether fitting that they plowed Robert E. Lee’s slave plantation under, recycled it into Arlington National Cemetery where honorable men and women who have served the United States in the Military are laid to an honorable rest. 


German Courts Rules That Circumcision Is Mutilation - Civilization Vs. Religious Superstition

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A botched circumcision to a four year old Muslim boy in Germany has led to a court ruling that circumcision is mutilation or body harm.  It also opens the can the worms regarding the religious tradition thing of the mean desert god theme as well as adults initiating a child into religious beliefs and practices that should be made only by legal adults themselves. 

Circumcision ruling condemned by Germany's Muslim and Jewish leaders
Jewish and Muslim leaders were united on Wednesday in their condemnation of a German court's decision to in effect outlaw the circumcision of boys after a judge deemed that the religious practice amounted to bodily harm. 
Representatives of the two religious communities called the ruling insensitive and discriminatory, saying it was an attack on centuries of religious tradition. 
A judge at a Cologne court said that the circumcision of minors went against a child's interests because it led to a physical alteration of the body, and because people other than the child were determining its religious affiliation. 
Religious leaders said the court had stepped into a minefield with its decision, which undermined their religious authority and contravened Germany's constitution.
The bottom line on circumcision once you get past the religion and superstition part of it is in the old Testament.  In that old Testament, battle after battle of ethnic cleansing in Palestine takes place.  In the heat of the battle, it gets very hot, how do you identify friend from foe? If a warrior strips off his armor or clothes in the heat and blood bath of battle, or is left dead on a battlefield stripped of his armor and identification, what better way to identify both the living in a fight or the dead for a proper religious burial than to see if the living or dead is friend or an foe, cut or uncut on the tip of the penis. 

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