For many conservative American politicians and members of the fundamentalist right wing, the idea that our nation is God’s “chosen land” is a frequently invoked trope. But a new book by Steven K. Green, Inventing a Christian America: The Myth of the Religious Founding, suggests this is a misreading of history.
There was more to the President’s speech than denials of inclusion of illegal immigrants and denials of those denials. The speech was the sort of thing supporters of health care reform wish we’d heard months ago from the President.
Right-wing groups, claiming that the “natural family” is under attack by a “terrible cloud of ideologies, “feminism” and “secular liberalism” meet in Amsterdam to plan their strategies.
Alexander Sanger, Chair of the International Planned Parenthood Council
and grandson of Margaret Sanger, founder of the birth control movement more
than eighty years ago, discusses the murder of Dr. George
Tiller and criticizes Right Wing talk shows, such as the O’Reilly Factor, for
providing a justification for Tiller’s murder. He writes that: those defending or excusing the murder of Dr. Tiller
adduce a perverse variation on the civil obedience argument of Gandhi and King
and Thoreau—murder for a higher principle. They press that principle further
to say that it was necessary to kill the doctor in order to save lives—the
lives of unborn children he might have aborted. This is to adapt the
Hiroshima/Nagasaki Greater Good justification (we dropped the bombs to end the
war to save American and Japanese lives, as many as a million and more) to the
Former Nixon associate says: "Let’s hope that the key conferences aren’t when she’s
menstruating or something, or just before she’s going to menstruate.
That would really be bad."
Bolivia’s brand-new constitution protects women from physical and sexual violence, guarantees pay equity and extends certain reproductive rights to women.
Joe Scarborough has a good point about being able to criticize Obama without charges of racism. He also has the opportunity to prove his point right now.
Right Wing Watch reports today on Senator McCain’s ties to militant anti-abortion activists.
Anti-contraception activists use email forwards to spread lies and misleading scare stories about birth control.