North Carolina tried to declare Official State Religion. Yes, I too cannot believe I just typed that in 2013. Don’t believe me? State Reps. Carl Ford (R-China Grove) and Harry Warren (R-Salisbury) introduced House Joint Resolution to Proclaim the Rowan County, North Carolina Defense of Religion Act of 2013 on Monday, April 1st 2013. The fact it was introduced on April Fools Day is not lost on me, either! Here’s the some of the bill:
SECTION 1. The North Carolina General Assembly asserts that the Constitution of the United States of America does not prohibit states or their subsidiaries from making laws respecting an establishment of religion. Continue reading →
Kids, if you haven’t figured it out by now, I have something to tell you. I am nonreligious. Call me atheist, agnostic if you want. I prefer to be labeled as logical. I am not a fan of organized religion, spirituality, or any of that sort of thing. I personally think it is silly. Now, I don’t make public jabs at people who are imbibers of religion and all its mystical trappings. I figure that is their business if they want to be limited and held back by fantasy and outmoded rules. I’m not a bubble buster, I don’t tell others what they should believe. I don’t tell people when they can’t sing, or are too old for miniskirts either. Hey, live and let live as they say.
Where my tolerance ends is when other American’s religious beliefs infringe on my rights and liberties. My reproductive rights, my right to pursue happiness with the partner of my choice are mine to exercise as an American, not to be determined or infringed on by a Rabbi, Imam, Priest or employer fill with religious fervor! And, isn’t it funny, it is always the woman’s rights and liberties that are affected by the rules of holy books and the clergy that represent the myriad institutions of major religious groups? I will live my life my way. I pay my taxes, I am grown. My decisions are my own. Continue reading →
I found this article/blog post on CNN absolutely fascinating. My partner spends a lot of time in the Midwest, Tornado Alley in particular, and he confirmed some points reference in the piece. If you can’t check a traditional box for religion, or prefer none at all, you may relate to where the writer is coming from. I think you should check it out: Why I Raise My Children Without God – CNN iReport.
Is the increasing presence of religious groups as one of the many facets of the machine Occupy uses to accomplish tasks worrisome, or is it an encouraging sign that faith based groups are adopting a more progressive agenda? The work Occupy Sandy has done for hurricane ravaged Brooklyn and Queens communities really highlights those relationships.
Check out this article that examines the question.
A year ago around this time, Occupy Wall Street was celebrating Advent — the season when Christians anticipate the birth of Jesus at Christmas. In front of Trinity Church, right at the top of Wall Street along Broadway, Occupiers set up a little model tent with the statuettes of a nativity scene inside:
So, some really devout Americans want Creationism taught in American schools as an alternate, and equally viable theory of explaining how the universe formed, the planet developed, how life came to be. I think that’s just silly, and harmful for a number of reasons, and many scientists also feel that way. Religion and science always seem to be at odds, don’t they?
This video featuring Bill Nye, deals with the teaching of Creationism to young students.
Happy Belated Birthday, Bill Nye! We love you for your wonderful intellect and fantastic delivery of the information you share with us!
I think every sane woman in the USA was gobsmacked by the insane comments that Rep. Todd Akin made regarding the female supernatural way of shutting down procreation in cases of “legitimate” rape. And most of us know by now, that the Republican nominee for Vice President Paul Ryan, has declined to explain what is meant by “forcible rape” in abortion legislation he co-sponsored with embattled Rep. Todd Akin. The GOP writing is on the wall, so, what’s a gal to do? Continue reading →
If you are like me, you have had enough of all this crying and gnashing of teeth, all about religious freedom, particularly when it concerns women’s bodies. I am not in the least religious, so it seems the height of ridiculousness to be expected to conform, in my personal life, to the standards and preferences of the faithful. Why should I refrain from my pursuit of happiness to satisfy someone else’s religious doctrine? Continue reading →
Contraception works no matter what Rick Santorum and the rest of the religious right think. Gutting funding to Planned Parenthood could jeopardize a desirable trend from recent years. The teen pregnancy rate in the United States dipped to its lowest recorded level since 1976, a government report Estimated Pregnancy Rates and Rates of Pregnancy Outcomes for the United States, 1990-2008 shows. Continue reading →