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Not How Reality Works

I find it funny, in light of other posts I’ve done recently, how the far right is getting just as bad as the far left.  It used to be, and maybe this is just my perception, that it was mostly the left who had a tenuous grasp on reality, but now I’m seeing it from the right as well.

In a recent discussion about the Supreme Court, someone kept saying that the Supreme Court couldn’t legislate law, they couldn’t do this and they couldn’t do that.  They even pointed out a statement by Justice Scalia in the recent gay marriage case that the Supreme Court has no ability to legislate law. Okay, fine, it isn’t supposed to work that way, but in reality, it does.  You can say how things are supposed to work all you want.  It really only matters how they actually work.  The rest is wishful thinking.  It’s like saying everyone is  supposed to follow the law so we can just disband the police.  Well, in reality, everyone doesn’t follow the law, that’s why we have police in the first place.

But a lot of people just can’t seem to get it through their heads.  The real world doesn’t always work as we think it’s supposed to. Our ideals aren’t always the same as the harsh facts.  There is an unfortunate subset of people who are convinced that the ideals are always true, even when it demonstrably isn’t the case, and they spend a lot of time whining when the ideals aren’t followed. Yes, everyone ought to follow the speed limits.  No, everyone isn’t going to do it.  As I’ve said many, many times, one of the basic parts of maturation is accepting reality as it is, not as you desperately wish it might be.  In the political arena, the Supreme Court is supposed to rule only on the Constitutionality of various laws and cases brought before them.  They are not supposed to use their own social, political or religious beliefs to make decisions.  They do anyhow.  Even Scalia, heck, especially Scalia, does this every damn day.  Is it right?  No.  Is it supposed to happen?  No.  Is it going to change any time soon?  Unfortunately no.  So let’s stop pretending that everyone is going to magically realize how wrong they’ve been and change their ways.  They’re not.  They’re going to be hypocrites, like Scalia, who only pays attention to some things and entirely ignores others, just because it makes them happy.

The world would be a much better place if we could just do that, but again, that’s not reality and accepting reality… well, you know.

Are Christians Discriminated Against in America?

christian_hypocrisyFollowing the recent Supreme Court decision on marriage equality, the whining Christians are out in force, crying that they’re being discriminated against because they’re not being allowed to discriminate against people they don’t like and that’s a travesty!  Cry me a fucking river.  I’ll serenade you with the world’s smallest violin.  Fucking crybabies.  But it’s reignited another round of “oh, poor us, we’re being downtrodden!”

This really came home to roost when I was reminded that, over on Debate Politics, a forum I’ve been on for almost 9 years, there used to be a general purpose Philosophy forum for discussing religion and anything related.  That is until the religious started whining that they were being abused, that people were daring to make them feel bad, questioning what they believed and asking them to actually prove any of their assertions.  So, to placate the whiners, they made a special religion forum where it is utterly verboten to question religion, to be at all negative toward religion, etc.  It’s a special little echo chamber for special little religious flowers whose precious little feelings are hurt easily and they’re all proud of it.  They act like it’s the best thing ever, that religion is now entirely safe from “discrimination”.  These people don’t know what that word means.

It’s impossible to justify that discrimination is taking place, especially on a large scale, when Christians still make up a majority of the population, even if that number is slowly shrinking.  The vast majority of legislators are Christian, it is virtually impossible to get elected to high government office as an open atheist so if anyone in the government is discriminating against Christians, it has to be other Christians and that, by definition, isn’t discrimination.  That’s like saying the KKK is discriminating against whites.  It’s absurd.

That doesn’t stop Christians from just changing the definition of discrimination to “anything that we don’t like”.  To listen to a lot of whiny Christians, what they really don’t like is the fact that they’re losing their unearned and undeserved extra privileges, rights and power over society.  They used to be able to use social pressure to get what they wanted.  Now they can’t.  They used to be able to make pronouncements about hell and people would knuckle under.  Now it doesn’t work.  That’s all discrimination!  Well, not so much.  The definition if discrimination is “the unjust or prejudicial treatment of different categories of people or things, especially on the grounds of race, age, or sex.”  You know, exactly what they’ve been trying to do to homosexuals.  Of course, the religious have no problem with discriminating against others, in fact, they think it’s their right to do so.  They just don’t want anyone discriminating against them.  There’s a word for that.  Hypocrite.

There is nothing discriminatory in recognizing that a group of people have had unjustified power and influence for far too long and making them the same as everyone else.  Religion has overstayed its welcome.  We have a constitutionally-guaranteed secular government.  Christians don’t get special rights.  Let’s just call bullshit on the whole thing and tell them to stop whining, we can see through their self-serving nonsense.

The Bitchspot Report Podcast #2.13

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Oy Vey! It’s Mass Suicide Time!

An orthodox Jewish group hires Mexican migrant workers to hold signs at a gay pride parade, the religious head for the hills to avoid God’s wrath, a liberal professor tells white people to commit mass suicide over slavery and a teacher is fired while teaching about free speech for exercising his free speech.  Then we look at the Supreme Court decision over gerrymandering and the right of American voters to have control over their representatives.

We can’t make this stuff up!

The Bitchspot Report Podcast #2.12

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Ding! Dong! The Witch is Dead!

As we celebrate national gay marriage, we pause long enough to talk about a crazy evangelist who wants to send Bibles to starving Iraqi refugees, a teacher who disciplined a second grader for being an atheist, ridiculous southerners standing up for the Confederate Flag and the potential fallout from Greece’s #grexit.  Then we look at the Supreme Court decision and the idiots who pretend they’re not affected.
So what are you waiting for?  Go listen!

The Bitchspot Report Podcast #2.11

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An unplanned south-centric episode, this week we look at a Texas pastor willing to be burned to oppose gay marriage, Louisiana is allowing Bibles in the classroom to oppose evolution, the Confederate Flag is finally getting the boot and it’s about damn time, plus the Supreme Court rules on Americans born in Jerusalem and what they can put on their passports.  Then we example France’s “right to be forgotten” and how Google should tell them where to shove it.  Lots of craziness this week, stay tuned.

The Bitchspot Report Podcast #2.10

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Jesus Says Give Me Your Wallet!

After missing a week, we come back with another 90 minutes of religious and political absurdity sure to make any rational person shake their heads.  This week, gays make Christians feel bad.  The Catholic Church is finally being held criminally liable for pedophile priests.  The Supreme Court rules in an online threat case.  A family is charged with disturbing the peace and brings up free speech concerns.  Plus, are the religious really more charitable when their religion uses intimidation and threats to extort money from them?  All this and more on this new episode!

The Bitchspot Report Podcast #2.9

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Drive Out the Gay Demons

This week, we look at the fallout from the Irish gay marriage vote, especially those who still oppose it.  Mike Huckabee proves he has no place anywhere near the White House.  The Supreme Court agrees to take on redistricting and what it might mean. Lobster tails and injustice, oh my.  Then we talk about the end of portions of the Patriot Act and whether this is a good idea.
So what are you doing gawking?  Go listen!

Same-Sex Marriage Causes Abortion?

how-is-my-marriage-affecting-youSometimes you wonder if the religious can get any more bat-shit insane and then they have to go and prove that yes, yes they can.  According to Gene Schaerr, a lawyer on the unsuccessful legal team that argued against Utah’s same-sex marriage laws, that legalizing gay marriage will have the effect of producing even more abortions.

Uh… what?

According to Schaerr, “On the surface, abortion and same-sex marriage may seem unrelated”.  Yes, just like religion and common sense are unrelated, but please continue.  He goes on to say that “the two are closely linked in a short and simple causal chain.”  Oh, do tell.  This ought to be good.

He argues that allowing gay marriage somehow devalues marriage, thus causing fewer women to get married.  As such, he says that “nearly 900,000 more children of the next generation would be aborted as a result of their mothers never marrying. This is equal to the entire population of the cities of Sacramento and Atlanta combined.”

Wait, is he fucking kidding?  Please tell me nobody can be that stupid.  Oh wait, he’s a lawyer, of course he can.

Where does he get any of these ideas?  Why does he think that  legalizing gay marriage has any effect whatsoever on the number of heterosexual couples that get married?  Where is his data?  We know he has none, he even admits it. This is all a load of made-up bullshit, vomited out in desperation before the Supremes make their ruling.  Let’s look at this logically, even though we know Schaerr has never done so.  If we’re talking about women who are going to get pregnant out of wedlock in the first place, why should we they’d care about getting married at all?  More likely, according to the religious, they wouldn’t be good Christians to begin with and thus, the legalization of gay marriage really wouldn’t matter to them one way or the other. No more of these women would get abortions because of gay marriage than they would without it.  Whether or not it was legal would be no factor at all.  This is, as expected, a totally empty argument.

But it gets worse.  In debating this story, a bunch of religious whack-a-loons started claiming that gay marriage, in and of itself, would produce a higher number of abortions coming from… get this… gay people!  I guess they don’t really understand homosexuality or how babies are made because two people of the same gender cannot, by definition, become pregnant.  Where is the logic in this belief?  Oh yeah… religion.

Two gay men getting married simply cannot create a pregnancy, thus they are totally out of the running for an abortion.  Two lesbians can certainly get pregnant through artificial insemination, but this isn’t going to be an accidental or unwanted pregnancy.  Few, if any of them would end in abortion, so where does this crazy train end?

At the end of the day, these are religious crazies getting desperate, now that the Supreme Court is going to finally make a decision on gay marriage and it looks like the only choice is to make it legal across all 50 states whether the states want it or not.  I will be very, very surprised if they do anything else and even if they do, 35 states have already legalized it and it’s just a matter of time until the remaining 15 do as well.  Even if some ridiculous backwards religious state refuses, they are still bound under the 14th Amendment of the Constitution to recognize marriages performed in other states.  All gay residents have to do is cross the border, get married and come back.  It doesn’t matter what it says in their state Constitutions, the federal Constitution overrides them all. This has been decided back in the 1967 Loving vs. Virginia decision.

Where these religious asshats get these bizarre ideas is entirely beyond me.  I’m guessing they really take this stuff seriously, but then again, they take an imaginary friend in the sky seriously, so there’s already something seriously suspect about their rational faculties.  In any case, it’s just a few months until, hopefully, we’ll hear millions of voices cry out in religious terror and be suddenly silenced.  It couldn’t happen to a worse group of people.

The Bitchspot Report Podcast #2.4

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If You’re Happy and You Know it, You’re Gay!

As the Supreme Court prepares to hear arguments for gay marriage, we take on four stories of political and religious import about the potential consequences of the coming decision.  Then, just to lighten the mood, we take a quick look at one of Japan’s more ridiculous religious cults, Happy Science!
So get thee to the podcast and have a jolly gay time!

The Bitchspot Report Podcast #75

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Joined once again by returning guest Charles, we look at stupidity in Utah, a learning center who doesn’t know what a “homophone” is but is sure it’s part of the gay agenda.  We shake our heads at Kentucky, who once again offers Ken Ham’s Ark Encounter tax money.  The courts slap down Alabama for trying to restrict access to abortion and a Million Moms are outraged at Black Jesus, a new show on Cartoon Network.  Then we revisit the Hobby Lobby decision in light of the new Satanist Church claim.  Of course, we go totally off the rails and spend a lot of time talking about American politics.  Here we go again.

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The Bitchspot Report Podcast #70

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It’s another all-news show, this time out, we talk about the race to the bottom between the GOP and the religious Southern Democrats, Gordon Klingenschmitt wins the GOP primary in Colorado and rational people slit their collective wrists, Hobby Lobby and the coming shitstorm and a couple of stories about the continuing failure of religion in America and how this is a very good thing.  Hang on tight, it’s going to be a bumpy ride.

The Bitchspot Report Podcast #66

Bitchspot Report New IconIt’s an all-news show!  This week, Christians think they’re going to the gas chambers, the Supreme Court settles the case over the Murfreesboro mosque, atheists are actually blinded to the fact that they’re possessed by demons, Southern Baptists post huge losses once again, the couple who killed two cops and a woman in Vegas were actually religious conspiracy nuts and what do you call 800 dead babies in a septic tank?  Another typical Catholic tragedy!  Strap in, it’s going to be a bumpy ride.

Prop. 8 Arguments Are Stupid

prop8ballI’ve been looking at some of the arguments that are going on in the Supreme Court regarding Proposition 8 and it strikes me that virtually all of the claims made by the pro-8 people are just dumb.  Now keep in mind, this is being written in the first day or two of the case, even though it won’t be published until at least a week later (yes, I have posts scheduled out that far).

Let’s be honest, we have a secular government.  That’s not under debate.  So that means that any argument utilizing religion, or based on religion, is automatically a non-starter, but really, what more do they have?  In listening to the pro-8 advocates, it’s clear that that’s all they’ve got but they have to keep skirting the issue and talking in cryptic language to avoid getting smacked for it.  What’s worse, the religious justices on the SC are no better.  They keep making clear and unmistakable references to religion without actually saying anything about religion.  It’s the blindfolded leading the blindfolded.

Why is it so difficult for people to set aside their religious beliefs and just do the job for which they were appointed?  Shouldn’t the people that are put on the Supreme Court be able to understand that their job is to interpret the Constitution, not to apply their personal beliefs, not to sell out to political ideologies and not to help out special interests to which they owe political hay?  But no, that’s not the world we live in today, nobody in the  government just does their job, they have to parade their biases around as well.  This is true not only of religion, but of political biases.  Justices on both sides of the coin feel they have to push their political agendas into their rulings, it’s not enough to just make a decision as they’re supposed to, they need to make their political masters happy too.

About the only point that we really need to look at is the argument that throwing out a proposition that violates standing state or federal law does away with the will of the people.  Yes, in some ways, they are absolutely right, it does.  However, the proposition system in California is inherently broken.  It not only allows mob rule, but stupid mob rule.  These propositions are not vetted by anyone before they are put on the ballot, there is no pre-qualification to see if they pass Constitutional muster or even if they can be implemented if passed.  Someone could put a ballot measure altering the speed of light on the California ballot and if it passed, then what?  It doesn’t mean a damn thing.

As I’ve pointed out, the people of Mississippi should not be able to put a ballot measure up for a vote that calls for the re-enslavement of blacks.  It shouldn’t matter how many people vote for it, it shouldn’t matter how many people want it, it ought to be a dead measure before it even gets on the ballot.  The same is true of Prop. 8.  It should never have seen the ballot because it’s not something that ought to be permissible for passage in the first place.

Mob rule isn’t something that we permit in this country, the will of the majority doesn’t get to stomp on the rights of the minority and clearly, we have wording in the Constitution that has been found in the past to require equal rights across the board for all.  Whatever your moral or religious views might be, you don’t get to push those moral or religious beliefs on anyone else through legislation made in our secular government.  It simply cannot be permitted.

And you do know why Prop. 8 passed in the first place, right?  This always pisses off liberals, but the only reason Prop. 8 passed at all was because of Obama.  Many, many blacks and latinos who had never voted before came out to cast their first, and probably only vote for a black man.  However, both the black and latino communites are very religious and while they were at the polls, they also voted against gay marriage, leading to the passage of Prop. 8.  They also voted to tax the crap out of everyone else, since they are by-and-large poor and don’t pay taxes, which led to a lot of tax increases and political boondoggles making it through the political process that year.  The craziness of the Obama campaign led directly to anti-homosexual hysteria, it was a complete backfire of the liberal desire to get gay marriage legalized.  Sorry guys, Obama is to blame.

I really have no idea how this will turn out, I get the feeling that the SC will wimp out to a large degree, but I’m keeping my fingers crossed that it tosses out both Prop. 8 and DOMA and sets a precident that such laws do not fly anywhere in the nation.  I’d love to have them overturn every any-gay-marriage law and constitutional amendment in the country, but I doubt they’ll go that far.  The only thing that all of this makes painfully clear is how bad the system really is and how seriously it needs to be restructured.  The fact that it ever gets to this point is absurd, if we allow the current absurd system to remain in place, we’re idiots.

Unfortunately, humanity is full of idiots.