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REBUTTAL: Prepare for the Wrath of the Pro-Abortion Militants

https://www.christianpost.com/voice/prepare-for-the-wrath-of-the-pro-abortion-militants.html

“To be clear, I recognize that for many women, having an abortion is an intensely difficult moral choice. I’m thinking of a woman in her 20’s, reared in a religious home, already raising two little children without a father. Her boyfriend takes advantage of her, she discovers she’s pregnant, and she is devastated by the news.

She cannot imagine adding one more child to her household, she struggles with depression and fear, finally deciding to abort her baby after four months.

Her decision was still morally wrong. But this woman is unlikely to join the “Shout Your Abortion” movement or, even less, to hurl feces at a church building.”

Dr. Michael Brown

Notice this: in his scenario the woman was raised in a religious home and her boyfriend took advantage of her. Would it matter if she was raised in a secular home and she was an active participant (rather than a victim of rape)? For Brown, yes. I think he’d be much less sympathetic if she’d been the one in control of her life.

Because here’s the thing, he cares less about what she did than the fact that she’s most likely to keep quiet about it. She exists as an example solely to show the proper way to act when one is immoral (in his eyes). We’re supposed to be angry with people who talk openly about how their life wasn’t ruined by having an abortion and be angry with people who think reproductive rights matter. He’s incapable of believing that a woman can support the right of all women to have easy access to an abortion even while being against the procedure for her own body. In his world, such a being can’t possibly exist because to be Pro-Choice means being Pro-Abortion.

Hi asshole! My name is Cathy and I’m Pro-Choice and Anti-Abortion. How is this possible? Easy, I support the idea that women are completely capable of making the right decision for themselves; my opinion doesn’t matter one iota. Similarly, I support All The Things that make abortion less likely: education (in ALL areas), economic reforms (so that people aren’t living paycheck to paycheck), social reforms (so that guys don’t think that women owe them sex and women don’t feel pressured to have sex), money for reproductive research (so that genetic abnormalities incompatible with life are a thing of the past), etc, etc,etc.

I hope to live in a world where abortion isn’t necessary, but until then, hurl your feces, ladies!

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Needing 2-3 witnesses to make a rape alligation viable.

​What the serious F! Rhe whole email is shared below, but here’s the most disgusting bit:

One great perspective on these reprehensible tactics came from our own Bryan Fischer. He believes that, unless the biblical standard of two or three witnesses is met, an accusation should not be considered credible. I couldn’t agree more and think you will too.

Please send the American Family Association a message saying how disgusting they are!

American Family Association

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Dear Cathy,

If you’ve kept up with the news, you know that President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, has been accused of one incident of sexual misconduct dating back some 36 years ago. The accuser is a woman named Dr. Christine Blasey Ford.

We’ve seen this game played before. Clarence Thomas. Herman Cain. Roy Moore. Do these names sound familiar? In some shape or form, each of those men had charges of sexual misconduct lodged against them, during seasons of political rancor, when it was impossible to prove – or disprove – the charges. In some cases, the fallout negatively affected their careers. Each of them are rock-solid conservatives who love our country and respect the Constitution.

It is no surprise that the Democrats have resorted to the same tactic with Judge Brett Kavanaugh. This is all about one thing – stopping a judge who is a constitutionalist from being confirmed to the Supreme Court. The Democrats will do anything and everything to stop a Trump nominee, and they should be ashamed of themselves.

One great perspective on these reprehensible tactics came from our own Bryan Fischer. He believes that, unless the biblical standard of two or three witnesses is met, an accusation should not be considered credible. I couldn’t agree more and think you will too.

I urge you to read and share Bryan Fischer’s blog on this subject, “What Should Be Done About the Kavanaugh Nomination?

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Tim Wildmon, President
American Family Association

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REBUTTAL: Should Your Past Sins Disqualify You Today?

https://www.christianpost.com/voice/should-your-past-sins-disqualify-you-today-michael-brown.html

First, I want to lay out a couple facts.

1. The US Constitution has no rules for who can and cannot be a Supreme Court Justice. While Articles I and II have age and residency requirements for who can be a Senator, Representative, or President, there are no such rules for the SCOTUS. Article III

2. Thus, there are more than 250 million individuals 18 and over in the US with varying degrees of appropriateness to be a Supreme Court Justice. From the Census Bureau

While I agree that not all sins are equally damning, and I like Mr. Brown’s identification of 4 different scenarios of dealing with a shady past, his examples fairly suck and he approaches the problem from the position that Kavanaugh is the only choice available. Ultimately for Brown, it doe matter if Kavanaugh is lying because like Trump, he’s the lesser evil. People like Brown are afraid that a Democratic Wave in November will cause Trump to have to nominate a less Conservative Justice.

Brown comes across as ironically clueless when he keeps likening Kavanaugh to Obama. Remember those 4 scenarios?

  •  Own it always (it was never a secret)
  • Own it from the minute it was outed
  • Deny it even though all the evidence is against you
  • Keep offending because you were never in the wrong (even though everyone knows otherwise)

Obama has owned his past, even when it was outed. There was nothing to hide even if he wasn’t purchasing billboards. Kavanaugh “categorically denies” even as his accuser has a reputable occupation and therefore might be telling te truth (sarcasm; I believe her).

It’s also important to remember that in Brown’s world, all sins are equal. Attempted rape = marijuana smoking = alcoholism = consensual premarital sex. I’d assume rape and murder would also fit in that equation.

Trump Hosts White House Dinner For Evangelical Supporters : NPR

https://www.npr.org/2018/08/29/642871570/trump-hosts-white-house-dinner-for-evangelical-supporters

MARTIN: When you think about how this president has advanced an evangelical Christian agenda, what are the ways in which evangelical Christians have been treated – or do you believe they have been treated as a persecuted minority in this country?

JEFFRESS: Well, I think there are certainly ways in which they have been marginalized. And I mean, here’s the question you have to ask yourself. I mean, why is it that, for the first 150 years of our nation’s history, prayer in schools, reading the Bible, Nativity displays – all of those things were not only allowed but they were welcomed? But then suddenly, 70 years ago, the Supreme Court decides these things are unconstitutional. I ask liberals all the time, what changed suddenly?

MARTIN: It became more religiously diverse, the country.

JEFFRESS: What did – but did the Constitution change? No. The establishment clause of the First Amendment simply says Congress cannot establish a state religion. That’s what it says. But somehow, that has been perverted and twisted into outlawing prayer and Bible-reading. That’s what I’m talking about. That’s the marginalization of Christianity. And I believe that’s why evangelicals are rallying around this president who recognizes that marginalization.

The question I wanted Martin (or any reporter) to ask was:

 “What do you think about a Jewish or Muslim teacher leading a Jewish or Muslim prayer in schools? If we’re going to put religion back into schools, don’t we have to let all religions in?”

(There’s a big hissy fit going around about Yoga for P.E. Also cue debates about real vs. fake religions.)

REBUTTAL: Greg Laurie Describes ‘Awkward Moment’ With Melania Trump During White House Dinner

https://www.christianpost.com/news/greg-laurie-awkward-moment-melania-trump-white-house-dinner-227416/

The awkward moment: 

“Franklin Graham spoke right before me and I was told to go up right after Franklin and say what you are going to say and lead the prayer because the president is tired and wants to go to bed,” Laurie detailed. “So, I am waiting for my queue and Franklin was done, so I got up and walked to the podium. At the same moment, the first lady had gotten up out of her chair and she was walking to the podium as well.”

“I saw her and a I went and gestured her and said ‘Oh, please [go ahead and take the podium].’ She gestured back [to insist I take the podium.] Then, I gestured back, ‘Oh please [you go ahead],” he added. “It was a very awkward moment.”

Laurie told the crowd that he finally went ahead and spoke after the first lady again insisted that he speak.

So…someone didn’t understand the schedule…in the White House, where things are supposed to run like clockwork and where there is usually a program that lists the order of speakers. It’s not exactly rocket science. Most organized events have a program (charity dinners, graduations, awards ceremonies immediately cone to mind).

Or it could be that since Trump was bored tired, he told Melania to try to skip ahead of Laurie and close out the show early. I wonder what would have been said if Laurie had insisted Melania go first…

Since his sermon was based on Daniel 12, Laurie stressed that Daniel would also “try to help any king that was in power” whether that was Nebuchadnezzar, Belshazzar or Darius.

“I think when God puts people in power that we want to do what we can to influence them with what the word of God says,” Laurie said. “That was an honor to stand up there.”

Laurie implied that he may have been a bit overwhelmed by the fact that he was speaking to a room that included President Donald Trump, Vice President Mike Pence, Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Ben Carson, Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar, and the countless prominent Christian leaders.

“I have to be honest with you, I couldn’t look at the faces of people. It was very distracting,” Laurie explained. “I [was] just [like], ‘I am not going to look at any of you. I am just going to look over your heads and sort of say what I believe the Lord is putting on my heart at this moment to say.”

Me thinks that if Laurie had been skipped, he’d have spun it into something about how he’s happily unworthy to speak before these “great men”. 

Can you imagine Thomas Jefferson feeling too unworthy to metaphorically stand up and spit in George III’s eye with the Declaration of Independence? Keep in mind that the “Divine Roght of Kings” was a thing in 1776.

An open letter to any agency arguing against the Trump Administration’s decision to separate families

When it came out that the Trump Administration was separating families at the border, I was heartbroken, but not surprised.

What did somewhat surprise me has been the level of chaos attached to the reunifications. Not so much the fact that they deported, what, 500 parents through various means, but that it would take hours or days to determine where the parents and children were in relationship to each other. It’s almost like they were using paper forms that were being filed in a cabinet!

My purpose for writing this letter is to highlight exactly where I think ICE and the Trump Administration should be the most damned:

When you check into a hospital, you are issued a hospital bracelet. It lists your name, birth date, and whatever other pertinent information necessary for your care (such as the color identifying what department you belong in and/or that you are a fall risk, dementia patient, etc). Most (if not all) hospital bracelets include a barcode or QR code that is scanned every single time a doctor, nurse, tech, whatever does anything. This is in addition to them verbally asking for your name and birth date to ensure that you are who they think you are. The scanned code links directly to your hospital medical chart and should link to your overarching medical chart if you are within your primary doctor’s system (and should link to your medical chart regardless of whatever affiliation the medical facility you are in has, but that’d make too much sense). In this way, with a few clicks of a mouse they can look at your medical history and see whether there’d be any harmful interactions with whatever procedures/medications they’re providing in the hospital.

(I’m pretty sure a bracelet system is done in most prisons, too!

This same technology should  have been used with the separated families.

Upon being incarcerated, each family should have had an account opened and it should have listed every member of that family. Each member should have been given a bracelet with a bar/QR code that quickly accesses the file of that family and which is regularly updated with the pertinent details of the individual members:

They scan Mom’s bracelet when Mom wants to know where daughter Suzy is. “Oh! Suzy is currently being transferred to San Diego. She’s currently on XYZ Bus. The attendants on that bus have a phone number of (123) 456-7890. Let me call them real quick to double check that she’s there.” [calls the number, the attendant goes to the seat assigned to Suzy, checks that her bracelet matches the information provided, and confirms Suzy’s location all while still on the phone with wherever Mom is.] “The attendant has confirmed her location. They should arrive in San Diego at 8pm their time. Would you like to speak to Suzy? You have 5 minutes.”

It’s not freaking rocket science! The technology exists and has proven itself as nearly flawless time and time and time ad nauseum. On the rare occasions when the technology fails (yes, mis-identifications do happen at the hospital) it is always the result of human error: a simple typo, outright negligence, etc. This is why there are backup procedures in place: they ask your name and date of birth despite it seeming redundant; the surgeon writes on your skin while talking to you about the procedure so that you are able to correct him. I always double check with whomever is doing a procedure that we’re there for the same thing if they don’t volunteer that information themselves or use unfamiliar jargon (sigh).

Even in the case of the deported parents, the bracelet system would work. Their file (which would remain open so long as other family members are still in the system) would be updated to show that they were deported and include an address, phone number, email address, whatever where the parent can be contacted. At the very least, the parent will have an incredibly easy way to locate their children once they do find a stable place to stay; just walk in with the bracelet and have the bar code be scanned (or hell, type in an ID number!). That would still show where the child has been placed.

These bracelets can be equipped with a photo of the individual printed directly on it and are essentially photo IDs.

A (slightly) more expensive bracelet exists which can activate a security system.

We still rely on dog tags to quickly identify service members and access their records.

While I can kind of understand the use of DNA testing when there are definite suspicions that an adult is claiming to the the parent of a child that doesn’t act like most children do with their parents, but having to do a DNA test on every single parent and child is insane. BUT, that would mean that trained individuals would have to witness these regular everyday parent-child interactions which can’t be done if the child is in San Diego while the parents are in Houston.

In other words, in addition to not having a way to quickly find the records of the entire family group, ICE created the problem where they couldn’t monitor the parent-child interactions and determine unscientifically that the children are with their parents.

I’ll leave discussion of the harm caused by the psychological trauma of these separations  to the experts. For anyone trying to blame the parents for knowingly “giving” their children away/putting their children at risk of separation simply for crossing the border, I’ll suggest you read The Cut Out Girl.

‘I’m constantly asking: Why?’ When mass shootings end, the painful wait for answers begins. – The Washington Post

https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/im-constantly-asking-why-when-mass-shootings-end-the-painful-wait-for-answers-begins/2018/03/15/6fb0347e-1d8a-11e8-b2d9-08e748f892c0_story.html?utm_term=.febc803e891c

Toward the end of their interviews, Reid asked Holmes what he believed caused him to kill others. Holmes boiled it down to hard numbers: 45 percent was caused by his belief in the point system, another 45 by the feeling it would prevent his suicide, and 10 percent by his broccoli-like hatred.

Reid, however, said he found those answers lacking.

“You could call them excuses in a way, because they don’t make sense,” he said. “People break up with their girlfriends every day; that doesn’t mean they become killers. They struggle with depression and impulses; that doesn’t mean they become killers. These things are associated with the action, but they are not predictive.”

Reid is a forensic psychiatrist who clearly has no clue how mental illness works.

This sounds exactly like OCD to me, except instead of checking the locks 3 times or washing hands for exactly 45 seconds to prevent bad things from happening, Holmes was certain that killing people would save his life because he knew the alternative was him committing suicide, something he knew he didn’t want to do.

While this seems like an unsatisfactory answer, it is one that shows that there is a way to prevent future attacks of this type. OCD can be treated.

Now, I’m sure that some people are thinking, “well, such bad thoughts can be shut down; they’re a choice.” Uh no. They’re not a choice. People don’t get to choose what their obsessions are or what works or doesn’t work (for them).

I have a problem with songs (and thoughts) getting stuck in my head for hours on end. Hours. But I randomly found a trick that works to stop the repetition: I’m a Little Teapot. Yep, somehow this nursery rhyme a) doesn’t get stuck in my head and b) is capable of shutting off whatever has been on repeat when nothing else has.

You may be thinking, “well, I get songs stuck in my head all the time!”

For days on end? 

With no relief?

Where you happen to stumble upon one thing that brings you quiet for a little while?

This forensic psychiatrist has unintentionally shown exactly what’s wrong with the current system: we don’t recognize universal symptoms as universal when it’s easier to assume that there must be a deeper problem.
 I get why this happens. We don’t want t stigmatize all OCD as the same. We don’t want to stigmatize the issue. And that’s fine! That’s great! There are many many different flavors (from mild annoyances to severe “I can’t live like this”)!

But ultimately, it is all the same. And it needs to be treated as such if we want to move forward as a society. Not because a handwasher and door-lock-checker can suddenly become a serial killer (actually, since these are coping mechanisms they’d be less likely to “snap”), but because everyone deserves to live in peace and while we may think of handwashers and door-lock-checkers as quirky and harmless when compared to people whose coping mechanism is murder, neither group gets to live in peace. Both are slaves to their obsessions. That’s not fair to them.

What makes the Parkland shooter different is that everyone in his life knew he was troubled and wanted to gwet him the help he needed.

But their efforts were stymied by red tape. The type of red tape that seems to stem from a lack of money invested in mental health care.

Calls for putting more police officers in schools, arming teachers, and installing bullet proof glass and metal detectors all strike me as reactionary. They are all things that will respond to the next shooting, but will do absolutely nothing to prevent it. 

I think such money would be better served by creating an in-school suspension system that focuses on mental healthcare rather than just shuffling troubled kids along. And there should be a seemless transition between graduation and adult mental health care. Cost should be no object because anyone asking for help for themselves or a loved one should receive it. Period.

The Turpins – This is What Homeschooling to Hide Abuse Look Like

http://www.patheos.com/blogs/nolongerquivering/2018/01/turpins-homeschooling-hide-abuse-look-like/

One of the things that my conservative relatives say about stuff like Stop and Frisk is that (black) people shouldn’t mind police checking on them if they have nothing to hide.

Of course, there’s a big difference between driving while black and parents not wanting a social worker to see that their children are emaciated and aren’t educated on grade level. One is racism on the part of society and the other is society turning ablind eye on abuse in the name of…what…freedom? Independence? Religion?

State tests are the BARE MINIMUM that a student should know at their age. They are an absolute joke for any AP student. Which means that they should also be a joke to any homeschooling parent worth their salt. Any homeschooling parent who refuses such tests should be suspected because it means that they are uncomfortable with their child’s education so far. A teacher who is equally uncertain about their students’ performance on these tests should also be suspected.

And yes, I am in school to become a teacher. If I’m ever uncertain that my students will pass these tests, I will take a good long look at my career choice.

Homeschooling students should have to take these tests yearly in person at some kind of government facility.  Hell! The DMV would work! Just some place where a trained set of eyes can see whether the children are being neglected or abused. Guess what? If the parent doesn’t have anything to worry about, they shouldn’t oppose in person testing. It’d be no different from routine checkups and dental appointments.

There is npo boogeyman. There is not conspiracy to place all children in foster care. But honestly, if this is your fear, you need help.

There’s NOTHING inherently wrong with homeschooling! But it is all too easily a vector for abuse and neglect.

Trump Supporter

Quote from “Mistletoe Murder (A Lucy Stone Mystery Series Book 1)” by Leslie Meier –

“This evil person” —and here the minister paused before hissing—“this sinner, must have come from outside our town. 

“Every night the evening news tells us of the violence that pervades the cities of our country, of international syndicates dealing in drugs and death, and of political terrorism. 

“This is the lesson of Sam Miller’s death. We must fight the evil that is overtaking so much of the world, and we must keep our town as a good place to let our love for each other shine as a beacon of light in an ever-darkening world. Amen.”

This was the end of the Eulogy given by the pastor.

The brother looked disgusted. The wife was wearing a veil so we couldn’t see her face.

Lucy pretty much shrugged and said “could be” after bringing up the idea that the brother is the killer and having it be shot down because he’s a good guy. And making fun of the wife’s preference for less than sensible shoes and clothes. 

By the way, I’d totally wear a veil! I wouldn’t want people looking at me.

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