Nancy Pelosi Banned from Receiving Communion Over Her Position on Abortion

“San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone announced Friday that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is barred from receiving Holy Communion due to her pro-abortion stance — marking an escalation in a decades-long tension between the Roman Catholic Church and liberal Democratic politicians on abortion.”

Fox News

Most American Catholics are nominal Catholics or Cafeteria Catholics, they don’t blindly follow the dictates of their priests but use reason and common sense to decide which rules they will obey, and which ones they will reject.

Most intelligent people reject the bullshit offerings available at the Catholic cafeteria, and most priests are cognizant that their Neanderthal theology isn’t palatable to most of their parishioners and they’re usually tolerant of Cafeteria Catholics.

But when prominent lay Catholics are openly pro-choice, the clergy get their panties in a twist and discipline them, sometimes by denying them the Holy Sacrament of Communion.

I’m not the least bit surprised that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has been barred from receiving Holy Communion.

Catholic clerics teach that when a parishioner eats a communion wafer, he is eating the actual body of Jesus Christ, and when he drinks the grape juice, he is drinking the actual blood of Jesus Christ. Holy Shit, what absolute nonsense.

Catholic clergy who believe this utter bullshit have no business opining on when life begins, or on any medical procedures, including abortion. They should stick to debating how many angels can dance in the head of a pin, and shut the fuck up when it comes to abortion.

Post Roe Churches, Corporations & Citizens Must Help Women Seeking an Abortion

America is on the verge of a catastrophe of Biblical proportions. If Roe v. Wade is overturned by the Supreme Court in late June or early July, many states will impose stricter restrictions on abortion, or ban the procedure altogether.

There are at least 13 states that have trigger laws in place that would automatically outlaw abortions immediately when Roe is officially overturned.

It’s incumbent upon us to prepare for the imminent overturning of Roe; thoughts and prayers won’t get us anywhere; we must take concrete actions.

Some of America’s largest corporations, like Starbucks, Amazon, Microsoft and Apple, are leading the way by pledging to cover the costs of employees who need to travel to get an abortion.

Protestant churches, mosques, and Jewish temples need to demonstrate that anti-choice evangelical churches are in the minority, by following the example of Starbucks et al.

Religious organizations should go further and pay not only for travel costs but for the procedure itself.

It’s going to take all of us (enlightened religious organizations, forward-thinking corporations, empathetic politicians, and ordinary Americans to defeat the forces of evil that seek to take us back to the 19th century.

White Evangelicals Don’t be Fooled by Your Religious and Political Leaders. The Bible Isn’t Against Abortion

Even though the Bible, the ultimate authority for evangelicals, is silent on the issue of abortion, 21st century white evangelicals are vehemently opposed to the procedure.

Evangelicals would have you believe that Christians have been staunchly opposed to terminating a pregnancy since New Testament times.

Nothing could be further from the truth, in the years following the landmark Roe decision, evangelicals were ambivalent about the medical practice.

Evangelicals considered it a Catholic issue, on par with their unbiblical devotion to the Virgin Mary.

Evangelicals paint the false narrative that the Religious Right was birthed in defiance to Roe v. Wade. But evangelicals of that era were more concerned with preserving the white Christian patriarchy.

Fundamentalists like Jerry Falwell seized on the abortion issue years after Roe to be used as a wedge issue to win elections.

I am not in favor of abortion; nobody is in favor of abortion. I am in favor of a woman having sovereignty over her own body, and she is the one who should make all medical decisions concerning her body, not the government.

In fact, isn’t it conservative dogma that the government should stay of the private lives of citizens?

If white evangelicals researched the Bible, they would realize that it’s silent on the issue. They would realize that they are being used as pawns by their spiritual and political leaders.

I urge evangelicals to join the majority of their fellow citizens and fight to protect a woman’s right to choose.

Marjorie Taylor Greene, Satan and Abortion

“Abortion is a lie that Satan sells to women. He sells it to ’em. When Satan sells a sin, it’s not loud. It’s whispered, softly and gently into your ears and into your soul.”

Marjorie Taylor Greene

“Satan” trended on Twitter over the weekend, thanks to Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene’s absurd statement. I’m not surprised that such a manifestly evil person has inspired the world to talk about Satan.

Like most evangelicals Marjorie Taylor Greene has a persecution complex, she’s always complaining how much she’s persecuted for her faith. But she has no qualms about demonizing Catholicism, claiming that the Roman Catholic Church is controlled by Satan.

If Greene spent more time meditating on the love, mercy and forgiveness of Jesus Christ and less time obsessing on Satan, she wouldn’t be such a heartless and judgmental monster.  

Evangelicals believe that life begins at conception and aborted fetuses go straight to heaven. Aborted fetuses bypass the transformation into babies, avoid the pains and travails of going through puberty, escape the angst of middle age, and dodge the humiliations of old age and go straight to paradise. If evangelicals really believed this bullshit, they would be on a mission from God to protect Roe v Wade, and Greene would thank the devil for seducing women to have abortions.

Invoking the name of God and blaming the devil never solves any problems. Let’s address issues like abortion by skipping the God talk and irrational fear of the devil, and instead relying on our common sense, empirical evidence, science and rationality.

In Light of the Probability the Supreme Court Will Overturn Roe v Wade We Must Make Abortion Pills Free or Low Cost and Easily Available

During the pandemic the United Kingdom House of Commons voted in favor of an amendment to the Health and Care Bill, to make abortion pills at home rules permanent in England and Wales.

In America we have to deal not only with the coronavirus pandemic but with the pandemic of religious intolerance, racism and conspiracy theories emanating from the white evangelical movement.

The coronavirus is no respecter of persons, and it infects people of every gender, race, sexual orientation and religious affiliation. But the evangelical virus targets religious minorities, gays and lesbians, and women whom the pernicious faith regards as subservient to men.

Evangelicals seek to rob women of sovereignty over their own bodies; their holy crusade to overturn Roe v Wade may finally come to fruition when the Supreme Court rules on the matter in late spring or early summer.

In light of the dark fate awaiting Roe, we must act as if we are in a pandemic of ignorance and intolerance and educate women on how to obtain abortion pills.

Per Planned Parenthood:

“You can get the abortion pill from a doctor, nurse, health clinic, or Planned Parenthood health center. You may be able to get the abortion pill for free or low cost.

You can get medication abortion (AKA the abortion pill) at many Planned Parenthood health centers. Our caring doctors and nurses are experts at providing safe abortion and non-judgmental support throughout the process. Even if your local Planned Parenthood health center doesn’t provide the abortion pill, you can call for more information about where to get it in your area.

A medication abortion can cost up to $750, but it’s often less. The cost of a medication abortion (AKA the abortion pill) can vary depending on the state where you receive care and your health insurance (private or government insurance). Your local Planned Parenthood health center can give you more information about the cost of the abortion and funds that might be available to help you pay for your abortion.”

We shouldn’t expect that the conservative Supreme Court Justices will have an epiphany and not overturn Roe, we must start planning now on how to live in an America without the protection of Roe.

Roe v Wade Will Be Overturned, But It Will Be a Pyrrhic Victory for Evangelicals

Starting in the 70’s, under the leadership of Jerry Falwell and his Moral Majority, evangelicals made overturning Roe v Wade their primary objective.       

In late spring or early summer, the Supreme Court will likely ban abortion or at least severely curtail the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision.

Why are we on the verge of such a catastrophe? To recap:

Merrick Garland was nominated by Barack Obama to fill the 2016 vacancy on the Supreme Court created by the death that February of Justice Antonin Scalia, a conservative judicial icon. Then Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) declared any appointment by the sitting president to be null and void, arguing against precedent and common sense that the next Supreme Court justice should be chosen by the next president.

Donald Trump then stacked the Supreme Court with stalworth conservatives Neil Gorsuch, Brett Kavanaugh and Amy Coney Barrett, and conservatives now hold a 6-3 super majority.

It will turn out to be a Pyrrhic victory for evangelicals, for the following reasons:

Blue states will continue to offer abortion services, and women in red states will travel to blue states to terminate their pregnancies. It’s only poor women who can’t afford to travel out of state or to take time off who will be disadvantaged. Evangelical parents will secretly drive their daughters across state lines for abortions.

Abortion pills exist, and they will only become more readily available when Roe v. Wade is overturned.

If Roe v Wade is overturned it will galvanize liberal voters, and they will turn out in droves in the midterms and subsequent elections. Most Americans are in favor of choice and overturning Roe will be hugely unpopular, and Republicans will pay the price at the ballot box, and evangelicals will pay the price evidenced by empty church pews.

Evangelicals Should Stop Using Abortion as a Wedge Issue

The Old Testament is silent on the abortion issue, and Jesus Christ never mentioned it, but that doesn’t stop evangelicals from pushing the false narrative that the church has always considered it a sin in the sight of God.

When Roe v. Wade legalized abortion in 1973, Roman Catholics stood alone in Christendom in their crusade to overturn the landmark Supreme Court decision granting women sovereignty over their own bodies.

Protestants (including evangelicals), and Jews (including Orthodox Jews) hardly considered Roe v. Wade an existential threat to their respective religions. It wasn’t until the late 1970’s that evangelicals the likes of Jerry Falwell, Pat Robertson and Chuck Colson joined forces with Catholics to use abortion as a wedge issue to advance their religious and political objectives.

Evangelicals may believe that salvation is by faith in Jesus Christ alone, but if an evangelical holds a pro-choice position, he/she is considered a heretic who isn’t really saved.

Evangelicals should welcome pro-choice believers into their tent, they shouldn’t allow an issue that isn’t central to the faith divide them. And they certainly shouldn’t demonize pro-choice Christians by referring to them as pro-abortion, nobody is pro-abortion. Pro-choice doesn’t mean pro-abortion, it means pro letting a woman make critical choices about her body and her health. There are critical issues facing evangelicals and society at large: climate change, COVID, contamination of the Gospel message by mixing it with politics and the rise of anti-democratic movements at home and abroad. Abortion isn’t one of them.

Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene and Rep. Debbie Dingell Get into a Heated Argument Over Abortion

QAnon conspiracy theorist, anti-abortion zealot and Trump sycophant Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene got into an epic shouting argument with Rep. Debbie Dingell, D-Mich. on the steps of the Capitol.

The squabble ensued following the passage of a House bill that would codify abortion rights into law, an imperative considering that anti-abortion laws that undermine Roe v. Wade are being passed in many Republican states.

Greene, as she is wont to do, screeched incoherently at Democratic lawmakers who had gathered to celebrate passage of the bill. Dingell, who is a strong supporter of a woman’s right to choose, yelled back that Greene was being uncivil.

“You should practice the basic thing you’re taught in church: respect your neighbor,” Dingell shouted. Greene yelled back, “Taught in church, are you kidding me? Try being a Christian and supporting life!” Dingell responded, “You try being a Christian… and try treating your colleagues decently!”

Two things:

Roe V. Wade is the law of the land.

A woman has a constitutional right to an abortion in every state, and it’s an outrage that this fundamental and constitutionally-protected right is being undermined in many red states. The law that Texas just passed is so restrictive that is basically bans abortion, and I commend the House for passing a bill that codifies Roe v. Wade.

America is a secular democracy

For the record, Greene is a sorry example of a true Christian, nevertheless it’s pathetic that in a secular democracy lawmakers are arguing over what it means to be a Christian. Who cares? America isn’t a theocracy, it’s a secular democracy, and there should never be any religious arguments in Congress, not even outside in the Capital steps. Dingell accused Greene of being “uncivil”. No shit, that’s her default mode. I respect Dingell, and I think she’s doing a terrific job in Congress; however, I have some advice for her: Never argue with a fool, it debases you even when you win the argument.

The Old Stumbling Bumbling Joe Biden Returns

For the first six weeks of his campaign, Joe Biden largely drifted above the fray, a front-runner beyond the reach of the masses of the Democratic presidential field. His rivals publicly welcomed him into the race, and not a cross word was said about his moderate policy proposals or his advanced age.

For the first six weeks of his presidential campaign, Joe Biden engaged in a Hillary-like campaign: relaxing comfortably above the fray he barely deigned to acknowledge the existence of his myriad rivals.

His competitors publicly enthusiastically welcomed him into the race, and they treated him with the dame deference that functionaries in North Korea treat Kim Jong-un.

The heresy that Democratic presidential hopefuls shouldn’t speak ill of one another lest they weaken the eventual nominee had taken over the Democratic Party.

But politics ain’t beanbag, in fact it’s not even dodge ball, it’s a WWE Battle Royale where entertainment may be the name of the game, but the contestants suffer real physical injuries.

Miraculously, Biden survived the first six weeks of his campaign without suffering a major blunder, primarily because he barley campaigned and didn’t grant any interviews.

But you can always count on Biden to be Biden, and this week the real bumbling and stumbling Biden surfaced, and his opponents were quick to pounce.

In an unforgivable flub, for someone whose 1987 presidential run was derailed because of plagiarism, his campaign was forced to confess to plagiarizing a portion of the climate change plane he released this week.

On this same fateful week Biden reaffirmed his support of the Hyde Amendment – a measure banning federal funding for most abortions that’s universally opposed by his Democratic challengers – he reversed himself a couple of days later, saying he no longer supports the controversial measure.  

Biden’s rivals from the joke candidates like Rep. Seth Moulton (D-Mass.) to serious challengers like Sen. Elizabeth Warren were quick to attack him.

Enough with the kid gloves treatment, if Biden is to survive the Democratic Primary (which I doubt), a little roughing up by his rivals will do him good.

Mike Pence Tweets His Support for ‘Unplanned’

So good to see movie theaters across the country showing @UnplannedMovie — a deeply inspiring new pro-life film based on the best-selling book by @AbbyJohnson. More & more Americans are embracing the sanctity of life because of powerful stories like this one. #Unplanned

Mike Pence Tweet

Mike Pence film critic? I don`t think so!

I haven`t seen Unplanned, and I have no desire to watch it. But if I was considering the merits of the movie I would check the reviews at RottenTomatoes.Com by critics who judge a film based on the literary quality of the screenplay, the acting skills of the thespians, the visual talent of the cinematographer and the artistic vision of the director.

The last thing I would do is seek the advice of an anal-retentive evangelical who judges a motion picture on whether its message is Biblically-correct according to his interpretation of Scripture.

Pence is culturally out-of-step with the vast majority of Americans, while we watch Netflix and chill he watches PureFlix and prays. I`m surprised Pence didn`t warn male moviegoers not to sit next to a woman, lest the wanton woman distracts him from the godly message of the movie and leads him down the path to licentiousness.

Unplanned is evangelical agitprop, and I don`t know about you but I go to the movies as a form of escapism or to learn deeper truths about the human experience, not to be preached to by dour evangelicals.