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Christian Law?

On Sunday, two days before her primary election, Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-CO) campaigned during a religious service in Colorado. She said:

The church is supposed to direct the government. The government is not supposed to direct the church. That is not how our Founding Fathers intended it. I’m tired of this separation of church and state junk that’s not in the Constitution. It was in a stinking letter, and it means nothing like what they say it does.

The “stinking letter” Boebert refers to is apparently a letter written by Thomas Jefferson to the Danbury Baptist Association. In it, he explains the part of the First Amendment about religion (i.e., “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of Religion.”)

I contemplate with sovereign reverence that act of the whole American people which declared that their legislature should ‘make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof,’ thus building a wall of separation between Church and State.

So how can Boebert claim that this is not what the Founding Fathers intended? Does she think that the person who wrote the Declaration of Independence and was one of the main proponents of the Bill of Rights, isn’t one of the Founders of this nation?

I don’t think Boebert is stupid. She says these things because that’s what her base wants to hear. However, it seems she believes her base is somewhat stupid.

Does Boebert really think that “the church” should “direct the government”? If so, which church? Even if we only consider abortion, there is no clear consensus position. Many religions either support abortion rights or have no opinion about it, including Islam, Buddhism, and Judaism. The main religion that opposes abortion is Hinduism! Shall we follow Hindu law?

You may be asking, what about Christians? Well, that is a mess. Catholics and Mormons oppose abortion, but Episcopalians, Methodists, Presbyterians, Unitarians, and members of the United Church of Christ support abortion rights. Even Catholics are not unified against abortion, after all, Joe Biden and Nancy Pelosi are Catholics (and Pelosi just met with Pope Francis and received Communion during a papal mass in St. Peter’s Basilica, despite her position in support of abortion rights).

Even if we limit ourselves to Evangelical faiths, things are still a mess. For example, the National Baptist Convention supports abortion rights, while the Southern Baptist Convention opposes abortion.

And yet, a majority of our Supreme Court is acting like the Taliban, overturning “settled law” in favor of religion (and – ironically – guns). Not only did they reverse Roe v. Wade, they struck down a century old New York gun law that placed restrictions on carrying concealed handguns outside the home, compelled Maine to provide tuition assistance to religious schools (yes, taxpayers are going to support religious education), and finally in another reversal – despite the fact that in 1962, the Supreme Court banned organized school prayer – they somehow decided that a religious coach in a public school had the right to organize prayer sessions with players on the football field after each game.

And incidentally, Boebert won her primary yesterday. I guess that means that her base is pretty stupid.

© Jen Sorensen
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Word Watch

On Saturday night, congresswoman Mary Miller (R-IL) appeared at a rally with Donald Trump, and spoke to the crowd, saying:

President Trump, on behalf of all the MAGA patriots in America, I want to thank you for the historic victory for white life in the Supreme Court yesterday.

Now, I would be remiss if I failed to mention that a spokesman for her later said that she had misread her remarks, and was supposed to call the decision a victory for “a right to life”.

Is it just me, or does saying that she misread “a right to life” as “white life” make things seem even worse for her?

As long as we are on the subject of interesting words, this headline just popped up:

Dick’s Sporting Goods offering employees more access to abortions

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Colbert on a Roll

Stephen Colbert sums up the state of the Jan 6 hearings, hilariously. And yet scary as hell.

Colbert makes this funny, yet heed the warning from Charlie Sykes in The Bulwark:

On Thursday we got a stark reminder that farcical fascism is still fascism.

Yes, Jeffrey Clark was a clownish Iago; the theories about Italian satellites were certifiably insane; Trump’s election lies were absurd and easily debunked; and the smoking guns are right there in plain sight.

But even so, it was a damned close run thing.

The President of the United States was moments away from installing a seditionist crony as the nation’s top law enforcement officer and using the Department of Justice to execute his coup.

The line held. Thank God.

But that line was thin, and it might not be there the next time around.

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The F’ing Truth

It is so ironic that Donald Trump ran for president as an isolationist, who wanted to build walls around America. He seems to have built a wall around himself, isolating him from just about anyone with any sense. As Liz Cheney points out, Trump disregarded his campaign managers, his own lawyers, even his Attorney General, Vice President, and many others. But it is even worse, as he has thrown his own beloved daughter Ivanka under the bus, accusing her of perjury.

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Vote!

The funniest “get out the vote” ad, ever!

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The Truth Comes Out

George W. Bush just admitted that he is a war criminal.

Note how after Dubya corrects himself, he doubles down and says “Iraq, too” and laughs.

Will anyone be held accountable for our war in Iraq? We will never know how many deaths were due to that war, but estimates go as high as a million people.

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What Happened to My Country?

I have nothing to add to this. When did we all in America become so stupid?

© Tom Tomorrow
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SNL on RvW

Saturday Night Live takes on the Supreme Court. When Donald Trump said “Make America Great Again” I didn’t realize that he wanted to take us back to the 13th century! The USA didn’t exist then, so I guess he wants to eradicate our country.

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Pissing Contest

Whatever happens to Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court has lost all credibility as a non-partisan entity.

© Keith Knight
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Welcome to the GOP?

Today, Senator Susan Collins (R-Maine) responded to the leaked document from the Supreme Court, saying that if accurate, it was “inconsistent” with promises that were made to her by Justices Brett Kavanaugh and Neil Gorsuch that were made in order to get her confirmation vote.

At the time, Collins told CNN that she was assured that the nominees would not overturn the Supreme Court’s precedents protecting abortion access in the U.S.

Let me get this straight. How long has Collins been a member of the Republican Party? And she believed them? Remember, Donald Trump repeatedly announced that he would focus on appointing justices who would overturn Roe v. Wade.

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WHCD

Biden did a great job giving his speech at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner. He even made some hilarious jokes.

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A New Hope

Mallory McMorrow is a Democratic state senator in Michigan, who brilliantly stood up to right-wing hatred today. I hope everyone watches the (under 5 minute) video of her in the Michigan senate.

Even James Carville, who recently, and famously complained about Democratic wokeness, had strong praise for McMorrow, saying “Enormously effective piece of communication. There’s really no comeback to it.”

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1984 Cancel Culture

I swear, you can’t possibly make shit like this up. According to The Guardian, Florida has rejected “54 math textbooks because they contain ‘prohibited topics’ including Critical Race Theory” (CRT).

Last year, Florida banned the teaching of CRT in public schools. In response, many people pointed out that CRT has never been taught in any public schools (it has only been a subject in some universities). In order to justify their actions they are making up examples of CRT and banning some textbooks.

But math textbooks? Why would any math textbook have anything about race in it? Maybe a computer textbook talking about “race conditions”, or a physics textbook talking about “black body radiation”, but those don’t have anything to do with CRT.

In the novel 1984, George Orwell coined the term doublethink, which requires people to accept two conflicting beliefs as truth, despite them contradicting each other, their own memory, or even their reality. In the book, people accept doublethink due to peer pressure, to “fit in”, or to be accepted as a loyal Party Member. Sound familiar?

In order to be a member of the Republican Party, politicians have to accept the doublethink that Trump won the 2020 election, and that evil Democrats are forcing schools to teach CRT. Any contradiction with the party line is akin to blasphemy, and will get the politician instant social disapproval, or even primaried. Even if they know it is a lie, they have to repeat the lie over and over.

© Rob Tornoe
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The Supreme Court

SNL welcomes Ketanji Brown Jackson to the Supreme Court with a quick trip through history.

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I Miss Barack Obama

Obama gave a speech today at the White House, the first time he has been back there since he was president. The occasion was celebrating the passage of the ACA (also known as Obamacare). But he threw in a few jokes just for fun.

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