Woody Guthrie, one of America’s greatest poet/song writers would be 99 years old today.
He was a true American hero and truth teller who died way to0 young.
By Alex Pareene
Thursday, Jul 14, 2011
Why doesn’t Rick Perry respect the second amendment rights of his constituents? The Texas governor and possible 2012 candidate is having a huge prayer-and-fasting party at Reliant Stadium in Houston, and despite the governor’s avowed support for the right of law-abiding citizens to protect themselves with firearms, guns will not be allowed at “The Response.”
Reliant Stadium apparently has a blanket ban on “weapons,” as if a handgun were a common cigarette or outside beverage.
A Perry constituent asked about bringing his licensed concealed weapon to the prayer festival, and received this response from event organizers:
If Rick Perry won’t even allow guns at his prayer festival, which will be attended by Good Christian Texans, what will he do with our guns if elected president?
Complete Article at: http://www.salon.com/news/politics/war_room/2011/07/14/perry_gun_ban/index.html
From Truth Wins Out: http://www.truthwinsout.org/blog/2011/07/17608/
by Evan Hurst
Posted July 13th, 2011
Hey, Porno Pete [new readers, see addendum below], whatcha doin?
AFTAH in the News: ABC uses homosexual activist’s mocking slogan, “Pray Away the Gay”
Well, no, the hate group Americans For Truth About Homosexuality wasn’t in the news. Pete seems to be trying to ride the proverbial coattails, here. Peter: We may have given you your special name, but that does not mean you get to come with us everywhere we go.
But yeah, “pray away the gay” has become shorthand for the abusive, hateful, damaging, thoroughly discredited practice known as reparative therapy. They could have always used “beating the pillow with a tennis racket…away the gay,” but Porno Pete’s friend Richard Cohen just isn’t a part of this story.
Folks, it sure didn’t take long for the liberal media to go into Christian-bashing mode against GOP presidential candidate Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.). Watch this almost comically biased hit-piece by ABC’s Brian Ross — featuring the militantly anti-Christian homosexual organization Truth Wins Out.
We’re going to have to let our Christian writers and affiliates know that we are “militantly anti-Christian.” I’m sure they would like to know!
Continue reading at: http://www.truthwinsout.org/blog/2011/07/17608/
The APA really needs to come up with some new DSM diagnostic categories for religious nut jobs and right wing whack-a-doodles.
From Broward/Palm Beach New Times: http://blogs.browardpalmbeach.com/pulp/2011/07/tea_party_manatees_against_bible_jurassic_park.php
By Matthew Hendley
Wed., Jul. 13 2011
Jesus apparently hated manatees, according to a new Tea Party platform circulating around Florida.
Originating from the Citrus County Tea Party Patriots group, teabaggers are crying about the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s intent to place restrictions against boating and other things near the city of Crystal River — and now they’re trying to get all Florida Tea Partiers to ask congress to block the wildlife service, according to the St. Petersburg Times.
And why would they be trying to do this? Because protecting animals like manatees is against the Bible and the Bill of Rights, according to one Tea Party leader.
Preparing for the reality of bowing down to our new manatee overlords, Mattos tells the paper that if animal-loving hippies would’ve been around in the days of dinosaurs, we’d all be living in a movie starring Jeff Goldblum right now.
“If some of these environmental movements had been around in the days of the dinosaurs, we’d be living in Jurassic Park now,” Mattos told the paper.
From The Guardian UK: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/jul/13/irish-report-child-sex-abuse-vatican
Bishop John Magee singled out for misleading authorities about attacks on children and not reporting cases to police
A devastating report into clerical child abuse in an Irish Catholic diocese has accused the Vatican of being “entirely unhelpful” in dealing with allegations of sexual exploitation.
It also singled out an Irish bishop who was the close confidant of three popes for deliberately misleading authorities in the republic about the church’s internal inquiries into children’s claims that priests were abusing them.
The investigation into the diocese of Cloyne, which includes Co Cork, said Bishop John Magee had little interest in the way child sex abuse cases were handled until 2008, when the scandal had become international news.
Magee was an extremely powerful figure not only in the Irish church but also in Rome, where he had been a private secretary to three popes, including John Paul I and John Paul II. Magee was the first Vatican official on the scene when John Paul I was found dead in his quarters.
The Commission of Investigation report also said Rome’s decision to brand a document on child sexual abuse as unofficial allowed individual bishops “the freedom to ignore” strict guidelines on protecting children.
The authors of the report said the Vatican’s actions “can only be described as unsupportive in relation to the civil authorities” – the Garda Síochána and child protection agencies. The 431-page report, launched by the ministers for justice and children, examined allegations made against 19 priests in the diocese between 1996 and 2000.
These claims of abuse were among the most up-to-date against clergy. The report follows other damning reports in other dioceses that found a culture of cover-up and denial in the church hierarchy.
Continue reading at: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/jul/13/irish-report-child-sex-abuse-vatican
From The Irish Times: http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/breaking/2011/0714/breaking50.html
CAROL COULTER, Legal Affairs Editor
July 14, 2011
Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton will publish legislation in the next year to provide for recognition of the acquired gender of transgender people.
Ms Burton announced her plan when she published the report of an inter-departmental Gender Recognition Advisory Group, established in May 2010 to advise the Government on the implications of a High Court ruling that the failure to provide such recognition contravened the European Convention on Human Rights.
Transgender people are those suffering from a condition called Gender Identity Disorder, where their psychological identify is different from that suggested by their physical characteristics. According to the report of the inter-departmental group, there are an estimated 300 people with the condition in Ireland, of whom the majority are males
wishing to transition to females.
The High Court case was taken by Dr Lydia Foy, and was the culmination of a 14-year battle on her behalf to secure official recognition as a woman, despite having being born with male physical characteristics, and having lived her early life as a man.
Her first case, seeking a new birth certificate, failed in the High Court. Within days of that decision the European Court of Human Rights that a similar situation in the UK contravened the Human Rights Convention. She then sought a High Court declaration that that absence of legal recognition for transgender people in Ireland contravened the Convention. In the first such declaration under the Human Rights Act Mr Justice McKechnie ruled in her favour in 2007 and the Government set up the inter-departmental committee, chaired Oliver Ryan, retired assistant secretary in the Department of Social Protection.
Continue reading at: http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/breaking/2011/0714/breaking50.html
From Americans United for Separation of Church and State: http://www.au.org/media/press-releases/archives/2011/07/americans-united-allied.html
July 14, 2011
At A Time Of Budget Cuts, Congress Should Not Divert Millions To Ineffective Private School Voucher Program, Coalition Says
Americans United for Separation of Church and State has joined 52 educational, religious and public policy groups in calling on Congress not to divert taxpayer dollars to religious and other private schools in the District of Columbia.
Americans United and other organizations in the National Coalition for Public Education (NCPE) wrote to each member of the House of Representatives to express their opposition to an appropriations bill provision that funds a school voucher program in Washington, D.C.
The 2012 Financial Services Appropriations bill (H.R. 2434) would provide $20 million for D.C.’s controversial voucher scheme, even though the program has not been found to be effective in improving educational outcomes for participating students.
“Vouchers don’t work, and they compel taxpayers to subsidize religion,” said the Rev. Barry W. Lynn, executive director of Americans United. “At a time when members of Congress are supposedly focused on cutting federal spending, pouring taxpayer money into this boondoggle is nothing short of irresponsible.”
Continue reading at: http://www.au.org/media/press-releases/archives/2011/07/americans-united-allied.html
Now I’m an ex-Catholic that thoroughly hates the Catholic Church and every single corrupt, perverted and misogynistic thing it has ever stood for but this is a bit much. These rapture bunny Dominionists see demons and anti-Christs the way snake handlers kiss rattlers. What ever happened to seeing Jesus on a piece of burnt toast or the Madonna on a rusty drain pipe?
The APA needs to come up with some serious tests because most of these Republi-Nazis fall into one or both of two categories either they have shit for brains or are bat shit crazy. Their followers tend to be both.
Either way they shouldn’t be allowed into positions of authority over normal people.
The Iowa front-runner for the GOP nomination was a longstanding member of a strict Lutheran synod with controversial views of Catholicism
Jul 13 2011
Michele Bachmann is practically synonymous with political controversy, and if the 2008 presidential election is any guide, the conservative Lutheran church she belonged to for many years is likely to add another chapter due to the nature of its beliefs–such as its assertion, explained and footnoted on this website, that the Roman Catholic Pope is the Antichrist.
Since Scripture teaches that the Antichrist would be revealed and gives the marks by which the Antichrist is to be recognized, and since this prophecy has been clearly fulfilled in the history and development of the Roman Papacy, it is Scripture which reveals that the Papacy is the Antichrist.