Really? – 2.2.14 – A mixed week for the religious; A GOPer sneers at science; and the Supreme Court takes a beating.

by Pitt Griffin on July 2, 2014 · 0 comments

in Abortion, Climate change, Environment, Gay marriage, Healthcare, Law, Misogyny, Morality, Politics, Really?, Religion, Science

It’s been a mixed week for the religious. Obviously the Hobby Lobby is great news for those who think arbitrary religious beliefs take precedence over national law. On the other hand, there were events less favorable to those who think that religion has some higher claim to moral or legal authority.

More hypocrisy in the Catholic Church.

Archbishop John Nienstedt hates the sin, loves the sinner (repeatedly).

Archbishop John Nienstedt hates the sin, loves the sinner (repeatedly).

In ‘Angels in America’ a power-loving lawyer denies his true nature (in the third person), “Roy Cohn is not a homosexual. Roy Cohn is heterosexual man, Henry, who fucks around with guys.” Perhaps a similar rational goes through Archbishop John Nienstedt’s mind.

This Minnesota Church official is a noted homophobe, who spent $650,000 of the Church’s money to fight for a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage. His signature issue is condemnation of the LGBT community.

Now he is being investigated for having sex with other men in robes.

Gay marriage rights.

Gay marriage proponents haven’t lost a single marriage case since DOMA was overturned by the Supreme Court. Quite simply because there is no legal reason to deny gays the right to same sex marriage. As the latest judge to overturn a gay marriage ban (this time in Kentucky) put it,

“In America even sincere and long-held religious views do not trump the constitutional rights of those who happen to have been out-voted.”  

And he added, there is an “utter lack of logical relation” between excluding same-sex couples from marriage and any legitimate state interest.

The GOP and women’s issues.

Mitchell McConnell spent the weekend assuring the National Right to Life Convention that he would take second place to none in his war against abortion.

There is nothing wrong in being against abortion – many women are. But when you combine it with a war against contraception, a sniggering puerility, an attitude that women are sluts, and denial of men’s responsibility, it comes across as misogynistic.

When science is an opinion.

LA state Rep. Lenar Whitney - Is her slogan a hat tip to the storied criminal history of Louisiana politicos?

LA state Rep. Lenar Whitney – Is her slogan a hat tip to the storied criminal history of Louisiana politicos?

LA state Rep. Lenar Whitney is a GOP candidate for Congress. To burnish her anti-science cred she told the climatology community to shove their science. She went so far as to call Global Warming, “perhaps the greatest deception in the history of mankind”. Worse than evolution?

She knows that the science is false because she doesn’t need the fancy scientific tools and complex computer modeling that actual scientists use. Instead she knows that, “any 10-year-old can invalidate their thesis with one of the simplest scientific devices known to man: a thermometer”.

The Supreme Court takes a beating.

Chief Justice John Roberts probably came to the Supreme Court with an idea of going down in history as an admired leader of a well-regarded Court. He can kiss that good-bye.

The Supreme Court is the least well-regarded Court since Gallup started polling the issue in 1973.

Roberts can take comfort in the fact that hardly any Americans know who he is. And if Gallup had polled companies I am sure that the results would have been much more in his favor.


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