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Forewarning: The nuns “forced” to buy birth control Sessions referred to were not forced to buy birth control for themselves, as the clip below implies. They were ordered to provide for birth control in their employees’ health coverage.
The right wing defines “religious freedom” as freedom for evangelical “Christians” to force their beliefs on others.
If a Hindu or Muslim or Buddhist or whatever were to refuse to bake a wedding cake for a Christian in protest of, say, forced conversions to Christianity in Spanish colonies in the 1500s, just to pick something out of thin history, you can bet that would be a whole nother story.
Brian Greenspun marvels at the Republican Family Values of ripping the children or immigrants and asylum-seekers from the arms of their parents. A snippet:
Through the decades, though, as the nature of human interaction and the darker human instincts overruled decency and neighborliness, there has never been the slightest concern about the role of government in the fight to protect children from harm.
Until Donald Trump.
Do please read the rest.
Tony Norman reflects of the strange relationship between evangelical “Christians” and Donald Trump. A snippet:
At The Bangor Daily News, David Farmer reflects on this self-styled “nation of immigrants” and its historic hostility to immigrants. He fears history’s repeating itself in the land of the Trumpled. In the course of his essay, he tells a story:
Bridgette came to America in the 1860s, a refugee from the potato famine in Ireland that led to a mass migration out of the country that, along with deaths, reduced the population of the country by about 25 percent.
She arrived in New York City, where the Irish were treated as outsiders and outcasts, where signs read “No Irish Need Apply.”
Irish housekeepers and nannies were so common, that the well-to-do referred to the young women as generic “Bridgettes,” the name stripped of its humanity and used instead as a description of a domestic servant.
Field comments; follow the link for the full post:
The brilliance of trump’s play to our darker angels is that it locks in –and focuses– on the 35% of people who support him no matter what. As long as he can keep them happy by throwing red meat to his base in the form of racism , sexism, and all other kinds of isms, he will be fine. This is the new republican party. It is now trump’s party.
Shaun Muller adds commentary.
William Chafe reminds us of another time when the powers that be collapsed upon their fainting couches at the prospect of a “lack of civility.”
Thom discusses out how the reasoning the Supreme Court used in allowing a baker to discriminate against gay couples directly contradicts the reasoning it used to uphold Donald Trump’s travel ban.
Shaun Mullen reviews Michael Polln’s book, How To Change Your Mind, about what a long strange trip it was.
Thom and Frank Schaeffer discuss Jeff Sessions’s laughable attempt to invoke Godwin’s Law to end criticism of Donald Trump’s venality and brutality.
The Charlotte Observer’s Isaac Bailey comments on the what Republicans have paid for their dominance of the Presidency and the Congress. After listing some of their “victories” (Neil Gorsuch, a purportedly pro-life president appointing wingnut Federal judges, triumphing in the “war on Christmas” which never was), he totals the price tag:
All it cost you was your integrity.
All you had to do was make a man who rose to national political prominence on open bigotry president of the United States.
And relinquish all credible claims of being the party of family values and faith.