February 9, 2016

Intolerance in California ... for Deception!

Amy Everitt, State Director of NARAL Pro-Choice California has issued this press statement on the denial of preliminary injunction blocking implementation of the Reproductive FACT Act, AB 775:
Anti-choice groups have tried four times to block implementation of the law, and four times they have failed. They are trampling on the will of California voters by attacking the Reproductive FACT Act. California women deserve to get accurate information about reproductive health options free of interference, coercion or shame. It tells you all you need to know about Alliance Defending Freedom’s anti-choice agenda that they are suing to keep basic healthcare information from women. The pro-choice voters of California will not be intimidated, and we look forward to fighting the four egregious lawsuits filed to stop this victory for reproductive freedom.
AB 775 is the country’s first statewide law cracking down on the deceptive practices of crisis pregnancy centers (CPCs). Here's the full text of the Act for those who are interested: 
https://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/fac…/billNavClient.xhtml…
Whoa! From 5 to 270 in 3 years! That's how fast "atheists in foxholes" are growing. Well, potentially in foxholes. In any case, I am with Kurt Vonnegut on this:
People say there are no atheists in foxholes. A lot of people think this is a good argument against atheism. Personally, I think it's a much better argument against foxholes. ― Kurt Vonnegut
Phoenix City Council had recently decided not to begin its meetings with a prayer, after an application from the local Satanic Temple to lead one. It was a victory for those of advocating separation of state from religion. This essay from Noa Feldman in Bloomberg View puts that decision in perspective. As Mr. Feldman has noted in the title of the essay, James Madison would have approved. Here is an excerpt from Madison's letter to Edward Livingston:
Notwithstanding the general progress made within the two last centuries in favour of this branch of liberty [blogger. religious liberty], & the full establishment of it, in some parts of our Country, there remains in others a strong bias towards the old error, that without some sort of alliance or coalition between Govt. & Religion neither can be duly supported. Such indeed is the tendency to such a coalition, and such its corrupting influence on both the parties, that the danger cannot be too carefully guarded agst.
Thanks to my friend Ravi Ravinder for the pointer to the Madison quote.

Results from a recent Pew Research Survey shows a divide between the Republicans and the Democrats in plain speak about Islam. 70% of conservative Republicans wouldn't hesitate to criticize Islamic extremists, even if it is construed to be a criticism of the religion of Islam as a whole. Only 13% of liberal Democrats will do that.

I am not surprised byt these results. The coyness of the Democrats and the Left leaning liberals around the world in criticizing the religion of Islam is common knowledge. Their irrational - almost delusional - denial of Islam being different from other religions (that feature similar, some worse, teachings) in that it has teeth. Its draconian rules of conduct are the laws of the land in much of the so-called Muslim world.

I cannot fathom how the left, that rarely loses an opportunity to denounces the Christian right wing for its clamor for homophobic and anti-choice laws, could bury its head in the sand, and ignore the cruel and unusual punishments for blasphemy and adultery under Islamic law!
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