Nov 262013
 

This blows my mind…

Supreme Court to take up Obamacare contraception case

Washington (CNN) — The high-stakes fight over implementing parts of the troubled health care reform law will move to the U.S. Supreme Court in coming months, in a dispute involving coverage for contraceptives and “religious liberty.”

The justices agreed on Tuesday to review provisions in the Affordable Care Act requiring employers of a certain size to offer insurance coverage for birth control and other reproductive health services without a co-pay.

At issue is whether private companies can refuse to do so on the claim it violates their religious beliefs.

Oral arguments will likely be held in March with a ruling by late June.

I simply cannot wrap my mind the fact the business owners may soon be able to impose their religious beliefs on their employees. Remember that this conservative court has already ruled that corporations are citizens and as such are entitled to free speech. It isn’t much a stretch to imagine to they will also declare that businesses are entitled to religious freedom.

Separation of church and state no longer exists in the United States of America. As much as I hate to admit it, it is not hard for me to imagine a time in the not too distant future when religious extremists will completely and openly rule this country just as they do now in countries like Iran and Saudi Arabia. I hope I do not live to see that day.

Jun 142013
 

Texas governor Rick Perry signed the “Merry Christmas” bill recently passed by the Republican-controlled Texas state legislature yesterday. The new law states that students and school officials have the right to use religious greetings like “Merry Christmas” and display various religious holiday symbols on school grounds. In his remarks at the signing ceremony, Perry stated that the First Amendment guarantees Americans freedom of religion. It does not grant them freedom from religion.

Watch and listen for yourself (if you think you can stomach it)…

It’s a shame that a bill like this one I’m signing today is even required, but I’m glad that we’re standing up for religious freedom in this state. Religious freedom does not mean freedom from religion.

In other words, if we want to shove our religion down your throats we are going to do it and there isn’t a dang thing you can do about it.

I’ve often heard the Republican party referred to as “the American Taliban.” I have resisted that label because I felt it was kind of harsh, even for our Republicans. I’m beginning to change my mind.

The Christmas Cross

 Posted by at 15:18  Lifestyle, Religion
Nov 162008
 

There are times when you really have to wonder what people are thinking… or even if they are thinking. This is one of those times.

For a suggested donation of only $81.85 (shipping included), the American Family Association will send you your very own Christmas Cross. It is five and half feet tall and has “210 individual ultra bright lights.” Assembly requires only a screwdriver.

Tell me… would you want this cross burning brightly on your front porch or lawn during this holiday season (or at any other time)?

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In the event the AFA removes the webpage offering this “cross” (and who could blame them if they did?), a screen capture of it is here.

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Merry Christmas!

Related: “Post-Racial USA? Not So Fast.”

(h/t Balloon Juice)
 

Quiet on the bus please

 Posted by at 11:53  Politics, Religion
Dec 312007
 

Great… Another reason for the right wing religious zealots to claim they are being persecuted…

Woman Escorted Off Bus For Reading Bible Aloud

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Christine Lutz

FORT WORTH (CBS 11 News) ― A passenger on a Fort Worth bus says the T. Bus Service discriminated against her religion.

Christine Lutz says she was reading her Bible to her children when the bus driver asked her to stop or get off the bus.

Lutz, a Seventh Day Adventist, and her children were on their way to church.

“She then said, ‘Well I don’t think this is the place or the time to do so.’ And I said, ‘Oh, but it’s the perfect time and the perfect place since it is our Sabbath and it is the time with the Lord and therefore I’m going to continue.’ And I continued,” she explained.

Then, a TRE supervisor came on board. Lutz also told him that she would not stop reading. She and her family were escorted off the bus.

“This was definitely a clear cut case of persecution,” she said.

Or was it a clear cut case of policy?

“Anyone who is loud will be asked to be quiet,” said representative Joan Hunter. “That is a standard policy across country in the transit industry.”

It doesn’t matter what is said, the T has a policy of no loud or abusive behavior.

“It’s only if the other passengers will complain, or it’s obviously so loud it’s distracting the operator, that we will ask them to stop,” Hunter explained.

Video here.

When you are in a public place (for example, a public bus) and you are asked by a person in authority (for example, the bus driver) to please tone it down a bit, it may be a good idea to tone it down a bit.

This lady, I believe, was just purposely trying to be obnoxious.