Fox "friend," Gretchen Carlson, is an uber Christian warrior princess who is constantly outraged about how the forces of evil, secular darkness are trying to make life miserable for Christians. Gretch is in a constant state of righteous Christian indignation about the outrageous atheistic forces of "political correctness" that are trying to take Christ out of Christmas, crosses out of cemeteries, bible verses off of army gun sights, and prayer out of places where the Supreme Court says it shouldn't be. Yet, the former Miss America and decorated Christian soldier seems to have a problem with Sikhs whom she suggests are oversensitive about their religion. Oh, the irony! Oh, the hypocrisy!
Last December, in one of far too many Fox & Friends vignettes about the supposed attack on Christmas by those who seek not to offend those of other faiths, the asses on the curvy couch reported that a California school had "banned" poinsettias because they might offend non Christians. It turned out that the good Fox & Friends were telling sweet little lies. There was no ban. However, the school administrator said that they wanted to be respectful of all communities as the area had a diverse population. As an example, she cited the presence of a large Sikh community. Gretch, playing to the church of the perpetually outraged Christians, doubled down on the outrage by engaging in some tried and true scapegoating. Gretch claimed that the school's egregious offense to the spirit of Christmas was because of sensitivity towards Sikhs. With a look of total disdain, she shouted this: "One of the other rationales that the school administrator mentioned that the first Sikh temple in the west is located in their city so they didn't want to offend those people. The administrator mentioned the Sikh's as an example of why teachers should be sensitive about their decorations. "
Flash forward to January and Gretch is still annoyed about Sikhs. Last week (January 26th) she appeared on Bill O'Reilly's "Culture Warriors" segment. The topic was a lawsuit that was filed against Jay Leno over a comedy monologue satirizing Mitt Romney's wealth, in which he showed a photo of the Sikh Golden Temple, in Amritsar, as an example of the kind of home owned by Romney. The Indian American who filed the suit states that Leno's routine exposes Sikh's to ridicule in implying that the holiest place in The Sikh religion is owned by a non-Sikh. O'Reilly described the lawsuit as "dopey." In an ROFLMAO moment of gut busting irony he asked "are some people taking their religion, in America, too seriously...do some overdue it?" (Uh, kinda like the Fox News bogus "War on Christmas?) Margaret Hoover talked about "frivolous lawsuits."
After O'Reilly remarked that some folks go crazy if you tell a joke about their religion, Carlson admitted that she "defends Christianity" (Ya think!) but "that it's a fine line." She then launched into some possible Sikh bashing with her accusation that the Sikh litigant was doing this "to get attention" because "it's not a very well known religion across America." She added that more people "will hear about" the religion as a result of the publicity surrounding the suit. O'Reilly opined that folks need to lighten up. After Hoover spoke of how the suit is contrary to the principals of the Sikh religion which is tolerant, Gretch commented that when Fox & Friends "talked about a story that involved the Sikh religion, we get a ton of e-mail from people who are very passionate about that." Bill said that it's akin to the Muslims who don't want their religion insulted and that "we should be careful."
The Sikh "passion" that Gretch referenced was because they were "vilified and mocked" as "those people" who were helping to ruin Gretch's Christmas. Now she accuses a Sikh of filing a frivolous lawsuit because he "wants to get attention." When any persecuted Christian files a lawsuit, it's just fine and dandy; but if somebody from one of those religious "fringe" groups complains (and in the case of the California school, they didn't) fagetaboutit. Life would be so much better for Gretch without "those people."
On last night's The Factor, host Bill O'Reilly looked into the lawsuit filed against Jay Leno by a Sikh in California for a joke Leno had made about Mitt Romney. Leno's segment poked fun at Romney's wealth and multiple homes by showing a picture of the very ornate Golden Temple of Amritsar, a sacred site and the holiest shrine in Sikhism, as if it were the candidate's lake house.
>> Abortion services constitute only 3% of PP services. They do provide 1/4 of abortion services in the US.
>> 62% of PP’s services are NOT contraceptive or abortion related http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/ezra-klein/post/what-planned-parenthood-actually-does/2011/04/06/AFhBPa2C_blog.html
>> I’d wager that some of those abortions are provided to women whose NFP failed. They would be among the forty-six percent of women who have abortions who had not used a contraceptive method during the month they became pregnant (http://www.guttmacher.org/pubs/fb_induced_abortion.html)
“…insists on this “unwanted children” mentality because it cannot make money off people who have responsible attitudes concerning children"
Once again, your logic is completely faulty. Using NFP is neither a necessary nor a sufficient condition for laying claim to having a responsible attitude towards children on any level. There is no statistical nor valid philosophical / logical backup for that claim.
And…a conservative Roman Catholic apologist has the GALL to talk about who has a responsible attitude towards children? That would be funny if it wasn’t so sickening.
Again I ask you: who are YOU to say who has and has not a responsible attitude towards children and childbearing? Who are YOU to judge the quality of the marriages and family relationships of millions upon millions of people?
I write here not as an official representative of Newshounds but as a wife and mother.
I have been married for 25 years and we have used artificial contraception throughout our marriage. Contrary to your self-righteous portrayal of pill (and other bc) users, we, a pair of “sinful” artificial birth control users, have a wonderful, loving, and strong marriage.
You wrote, “This knowledge …has the added advantage of helping a couple to attain pregnancy knowing when pregnancy occurs and this contrasts with the ignorance of the BC method’s mindset.” Your arrogance is astonishing. It so happens we conceived our planned and deeply loved children in the full knowledge of EXACTLY when they were conceived, and in each instance it was a deeply spiritual experience because we had made a conscious decision to conceive. I could just as easily make the argument that the method you consider morally and spiritually superior is nothing more than two animals rutting because its the natural thing to do. Using NFP is not a necessary nor sufficient condition of a deeply emotionally, spiritually and sexually fulfilling relationship. Using birth control has never worked “contrary to a love that solidifies the two even in hard times” for us, and believe me, we have gone through hard times. On the other hand, I know a number of people whose marriages have fallen apart under the strain of having a number unplanned children thanks to “natural” birth control.
Your argument that a couple who uses NFP is more likely to be truly loving is not in any way open to verification – statistically or philosophically. It’s nothing more than smug self-righteous bullshit on your part. You should be ashamed of yourself for making such a wild, unprovable and insulting claim. Who are you to pass judgement about the quality of millions of other peoples’ marriages??!!
1. The Declaration of Independence is not a Christian document. Not based on Christian principles. Lying is a sin. Do your history.
2. “Schools are supposed to be about educations” Not a plaice to proselytize or force one’s religion on another.
3. Crosses are not being forced out of existence. But like swastikas, we are tired of seeing them in government locations. This is not a theocracy, and there is no State Religion, contrary to you and many other authoritarian “Christian” theocracy supporters’ wishes.
3. There hasn’t been a war fought for my freedom in any way since WWII. And don’t even tell me the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. And BTW, I was in the Army (infantry so my life would be on the real front line. I left because of my conscience and a crooked president. (I can think for myself, don’t need Ronnie Reagan’s senile brain trying to dictate right and wrong to me.)
4. I can’t find a single place on government property where it has been replaced by pornography. Well, religious displays forced on me are and obscenity…
5. Sex is immoral?
6. Fundamentalist “Christianity” is an insult to the historical Jesus, who taught free will, to know right from wrong, to stand up to crooked authoritarian religion and government.
7. Exodus 20: 3. Your post-Jesus, invented by crooks “Christianity” is a false religion. Study the scholars, not Pat Robertson.
8. Exodus 20: 9.
I trust you’re aware that it is NOT the government’s job to do anything that could be seen as promoting one religion above another. That is (and has been, for decades) the principle LEGAL concept under which this country has operated.
From Wikipedia’s article on Lemon v Kurtzman:
The Court’s decision in this case established the “Lemon test”, which details the requirements for legislation concerning religion. It consists of three prongs:
1.The government’s action must have a secular legislative purpose;
2.The government’s action must not have the primary effect of either advancing or inhibiting religion;
3.The government’s action must not result in an “excessive government entanglement” with religion.
If any of these 3 prongs are violated, the government’s action is deemed unconstitutional under the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment to the United States Constitution.
Any alleged “preventing public expression of Christmas” that involves a GOVERNMENT body (whether municipal, state or federal) MUST be a result of the Lemon test. IOW, if the City of Topeka wants to erect a Christmas display, to pass the Lemon test, the city MUST ensure that SECULAR elements connected with Christmas are involved. Furthermore, if the city plans to feature this display for many weeks and OTHER religious holidays or festivals take place (such as Hanukkah or Diwali or, as in fairly recent years, Eid al-Adha and Ashura*), symbols or elements of those religious festivities should also appear, especially in cities with sizable non-Christian minority religious groups. Additionally, it’s worth noting that the Eastern Orthodox Christmas doesn’t always coincide with the Western celebration (because the EO calendar is calculated differently, it typically falls a week later) so removing the display could be seen as offensive to various Eastern Orthodox denominations. Of course, most gov’t agencies when doing these displays completely ignore PAGAN traditions (not many signs wishing “Happy Yule” or “Happy Saturnalia” or “Merry Mithras Day”) and are always dismissive of their agnostic and atheist citizens.
As for schools, the major problem is that schools are supposed to be about EDUCATION. Considering the complaints from the right-wing over what a “miserable” job is being done at public schools (the ones that you would describe as “government run”), it’s completely laughable that there’s so much faux outrage about how little Johnny and Susie are being deprived of seeing Christmas decorations in the schools (conversely, foreign language classes would be a haven for “Christmas” in school to show the traditions in other countries). Since 99.999999% of all public school children are out of school for nearly a week (at least) before Christmas Day, expecting schools to literally waste hours of time on the holiday is genuinely stupid. I honestly don’t remember anything special about Christmas in school when I attended public schools X number of decades ago. There was usually chitchat about what everyone hoped to get or what everyone wanted (usually followed up in January with details about what they did get and, more importantly, what they didn’t get) but most of the teachers really didn’t have a lot of time to decorate the classes (at most, our “gift” from the teachers was a “free” day on our last day of classes before the vacation break, especially in junior high and high school—this gave the teachers an extra day to get their gradebooks caught up for the all-important semester exams).
*On a ludicrous side note, when I did a search for “Muslim holidays,” the page came back empty—saying there were NO results. When I changed the search to “Islamic holidays,” what do you suppose the first result was? That’s right—the Wiki article on “Muslim Holidays.”