Thursday, April 12, 2012

Oklahoma Personhood Bill Will Have Dire Consequences

If lawmakers in Oklahoma have their way, the zygote will become a person in the eyes of the law. This back-door challenge to a woman's right to choose was tried in Mississippi and failed, but that won't stop the anti-abortion foes from using it wherever they can.

The problem of making a fertilized egg a "person" means that in cases of rape or incest, the "person" in the victims womb has more rights than she does. Since zygotes cannot survive outside the body for long, the woman could be forced to carry the pregnancy to full term.

Then comes the matter of fertilized eggs in fertility labs. Parents wanting children may have in-vitro fertilized ovum frozen as part of their attempts to have children. Under Oklahoma law will these frozen embryos become people? If so do we hold the labs as perpetrators of kidnapping, since the embryos are being held against their assumed will?

This whole thing is just silly and a full blow assault on women and their right to choose. It will even make some forms of contraception illegal if it can be proven that the contraception somehow prevents a fertilized ovum from implanting in the womb.

The huge can of worms this bill would open is something far beyond the comprehension of the opportunistic lawmakers who are proposing it. They see an easy vote getter from anti-abortion folks and they don't care what havoc it might cause. Their real agenda is to crank the clock back to the 1950's or before. Not good for women and not good for America!

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Megan Mullally & Nick Offerman for Marriage Equality

GOP Rep. Alan West Riding the Crazy Train Again

Alan West, Republican Representative from Florida has once again gone off into crazy territory when he told a group of constituents at a Tuesday town hall event that he's "heard" that dozens of his Democratic colleagues in the House are members of the Communist Party.


Well if that is all it takes to make wild accusations, the I have heard that Alan West is a "secret child molester and supporter of cannibalism". Of course that is not true and I would never accuse West of either of those things, but I did hear it when I asked a friend to tell it to me. 

Hearing something doesn't make it true Mr. West.

This kind of nutty statement is West's stock and trade as the clip included in the link shows during his speech at CPAC.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

TSA Body Scanners a Fraud

This video confirms what I have long believed about these silly machines.  TSA Theater at it's best!

Why Santorum is Dropping Out

And this is the real reason why Rick "Frothy Mix" Santorum is dropping out.  He was about to be spanked in Pennsylvania.

Monday, April 09, 2012

Rick Warren Cherry Picks Bible Verses Again, Puleeze!

The pastor of Saddleback Church, Rick Warren has once again emphasized his opposition to same-sex marriage, and he uses the same old tired argument that "God said so"!  He is quoted in an interview on ABC This Week saying, "Well, if the Bible is the word of God, then I don’t have the right to change it."

So he is falling back on Biblical Literalism as his argument and that is a big problem for me and most thinking people of faith.  If the Bible is the literal "word of God", then God really is inconsistent and capricious. I could spend days noting inconsistencies in the Bible but lets just cut to the chase.  The Bible as it is known in the Saddleback Church is the King James Version.  That was translated at the behest of King James from a Greek version that was essentially agreed upon by committee after committee.  The actual books we now include in our Bible were agreed upon by a committee during the Council of Nicaea under Emperor Constantine.  If you believe the actual "word of God" managed to filter through all those translations and committees without being altered, I have some land in the Negev Desert you might be interested in.

Beyond his silly assertions of divine guidance in his opposition to same-sex marriage, Rick makes the astounding statement supporting a conservative church, "history shows that when the church accommodates culture, it weakens it."

Perhaps Mr Warren would like to tell that to Jesus who actively sought to include cultures other than Jews in him ministry.  Remember those Samaritans, Rick?

Warren just shows his personal biases and tries to find justification in Bible verses and it is getting really old.  It's time the media began treating him like any other slightly off-kilter sidewalk preacher and stop giving him the bully pulpit of television.