“God Bless America” Redacted?

Planned ParenthoodYesterday I was visited by a neighbor who was violently incensed by the news that Planned Parenthood was killing babes in order to sell the baby parts. She insisted that the video exposing this horrendous activity was absolutely true (you could tell because when people said words their lips moved). A rational discussion of the origin of the video and how that organization was known for highly editing their films to match their agenda was dismissed. A discussion of the current state of film editing was rejected since only crooked politicians did things like that. The level of discourse (in terms of vocal intensity) grew and grew until doors were slammed and feelings were probably hurt.

The last thing I heard was that we could never say “God Bless America” any more because God would never bless a country that allowed and even funded the killing of babies (which only God can create, of course) and the selling of the resultant baby parts.

This altercation emphasized to me the power and efficacy of out-and-out lying, or as Mark Twain is reported to have said,

The history of our race, and each individual’s experience, are sown thick with evidence that a truth is not hard to kill and that a lie told well is immortal.

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Girls Just Want To Have Birth Control

CindyBefore Madonna, before Lady Gaga, there was Cindy Lauper. Remember Girls Just Wanna Have Fun? Cindy is older and wiser now and she says Girls Just Want To Have Birth Control:. The Hobby Lobby decision makes clear that this isn’t an argument about religious liberties—it’s a rejection of women’s rights across the board. Read her excellent editorial published in The Daily Beast.

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This way to Gehenna

It bothers me that we have politicized women’s health. This applies to both sides of the political debate even though it is clear which side is bringing up the subject. It is amazing that in this very contentious political environment there is no shortage of well-aged white men expressing their demands to control women’s health, contraception, and abortion, but only the crickets respond when concerns for gun control are considered.

Life is sacred, so they say, therefore politicians being on the side of open access to deadly weapons are guilty of complicity in the taking of life. Many politicians want to de-fund Planned Parenthood (evil incarnate?) yet they don’t want to do anything to control the NRA or the vast numbers of weapons in this country … weapons that kill. Who are the murderers in this context?

What makes it even more difficult to accept is that the analogy is flipped:  Planned Parenthood receives government money whereas the NRA gives the government, or at least some members of the government, money in the form of bribes. Imagine how government would progress if somehow it wasn’t centered on greed and corruption.

I know it’s a cliché but I truly believe that it is unconstitutional to pass laws that affect only one group of people in this country (women) without having equivalent legislation controlling similar features of another group of people (men). The government must be balanced and if contraception is going to be banned, then so too should all erection drugs. Furthermore, the more outlandish attempts to define conception (life) as beginning even before intercourse demands that all male masturbation be considered murder …murder with thousands of counts.

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