Monday Reads: lt’s getting ugly out there in TwitterlandPosted: May 9, 2022
Good Day Sky Dancers!
We always knew there was a theocratic cabal out there. It’s been sneaking around since Ronald Reagan invited the Dominionists into the Republican party. The Religious Right got its mojo when they found out they could no longer get taxpayers to subsidize their Christian forms of Madrassas and ignore laws ordering integration. Here’s a little trip through history. “The Real Origins of the Religious Right. They’ll tell you it was abortion. Sorry, the historical record’s clear: It was segregation. ” They just needed a good sideshow to stir up some good old righteous hellfire without coming off as the good KKK types they were. Segregation was becoming increasingly unpopular even in the south. They found a new target and totally changed their theology to abuse their power.
Some of these anti- Roe crusaders even went so far as to call themselves “new abolitionists,” invoking their antebellum predecessors who had fought to eradicate slavery.
But the abortion myth quickly collapses under historical scrutiny. In fact, it wasn’t until 1979—a full six years after Roe—that evangelical leaders, at the behest of conservative activist Paul Weyrich, seized on abortion not for moral reasons, but as a rallying-cry to deny President Jimmy Carter a second term. Why? Because the anti-abortion crusade was more palatable than the religious right’s real motive: protecting segregated schools. So much for the new abolitionism.
These mean and quite rude zealots are now at the center of what may domino into taking away the rights of GLBT and also, those laws that passed in the 1960s during the civil rights era that ended Jim Crow and the many blocks to full citizenship experienced by Black Americans. Many state governors are already testing the waters to chip away at the now gaping hole in the idea of the right to privacy.
Today, evangelicals make up the backbone of the pro-life movement, but it hasn’t always been so. Both before and for several years after Roe, evangelicals were overwhelmingly indifferent to the subject, which they considered a “Catholic issue.” In 1968, for instance, a symposium sponsored by the Christian Medical Society and Christianity Today, the flagship magazine of evangelicalism, refused to characterize abortion as sinful, citing “individual health, family welfare, and social responsibility” as justifications for ending a pregnancy. In 1971, delegates to the Southern Baptist Convention in St. Louis, Missouri, passed a resolution encouraging “Southern Baptists to work for legislation that will allow the possibility of abortion under such conditions as rape, incest, clear evidence of severe fetal deformity, and carefully ascertained evidence of the likelihood of damage to the emotional, mental, and physical health of the mother.” The convention, hardly a redoubt of liberal values, reaffirmed that position in 1974, one year after Roe, and again in 1976.
When the Roe decision was handed down, W. A. Criswell, the Southern Baptist Convention’s former president and pastor of First Baptist Church in Dallas, Texas—also one of the most famous fundamentalists of the 20th century—was pleased: “I have always felt that it was only after a child was born and had a life separate from its mother that it became an individual person,” he said, “and it has always, therefore, seemed to me that what is best for the mother and for the future should be allowed.”
So, chipping away at birth control has started in Mississippi. “Miss. governor doesn’t rule out banning contraception if Roe falls.”
Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves (R) on Sunday refused to rule out the possibility that his state would ban certain forms of contraception, sidestepping questions about what would happen next if Roe v. Wade is
On CNN’s “State of the Union,” Reeves confirmed that, if the Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade, a trigger law passed in Mississippi in 2007 would go into effect that essentially outlaws abortions in the state, although it makes exceptions for rape and for the life of the mother.
When asked if Mississippi might next target the use of contraceptives such as the Plan B pill or intrauterine devices, Reeves demurred, saying that was not what the state was focused on “at this time.”
“My view is that the next phase of the pro-life movement is focusing on helping those moms that maybe have an unexpected and unwanted pregnancy,” Reeves said. “And while I’m sure there will be conversations around America regarding [contraceptives], it’s not something that we have spent a lot of time focused on.”
In other words, bring on the baby mills for healthy white babies and send the rest wherever! Tennesse’s Governor is up to the same Shenanigans!
BB sent me this thread that really states the deep shit our democracy has been buried under. Can we yet rise from the tyranny of a fanatical minority? Happy the decade of killing all mothers! Already I’ve reported people shrieking about baby killers and abortions after birth on Twitter! They deserve no quarter from us.
And there is more to this thread. Go read and realize we are at the end of our country as we have known it. We have a takeover just like the Taliban have taken over Afghanistan again because Donald Trump handed it to them. Just like he tried to hand Ukraine to Russia. He and Mitch McConnell have handed us over to “Charismatic Catholics’ that off-beat brand that 5 justices subscribe to and the leftovers of the so-called Moral Majority. We’re under the sway of theocratic rule and they’ll take it all the way back to where they will use public funds for segregated Christian academies that serve the same purpose that Madrasas serve in Afghanistan.
So, if anyone tells you it’s impolite for neighbors to protest in their streets near Brent Kavanaugh’s house. Tell them he must’ve been drunk and wearing something that made him deserve it. Fuck off. We still have our first Amendment rights and this court overruled a politeness buffer in 2013/4. These people deserve as much respect as the forced birth crowd gave every women’s clinic.
And get your butt on it now Biden! No more Mister Middle of the Road Nice Guy!