Monday Reads: lt’s getting ugly out there in Twitterland

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.

Resist!

And get your butt on it now Biden!  No more Mister Middle of the Road Nice Guy!


27 Comments on “Monday Reads: lt’s getting ugly out there in Twitterland”

  1. bostonboomer says:

    Great post, Dakinikat. I’m glad you posted that thread. I thought it was really powerful.

  2. bostonboomer says:

    This is a really good thread. Read the rest on Twitter.

    • dakinikat says:

  3. bostonboomer says:

    Joe Biden is not helping.

    • bostonboomer says:

      • dakinikat says:

        absofuckinglutely

      • quixote says:

        If women were seen as really human, it would be an all hands on deck horror. There’d be instant and total action. Federal marshalls would be enforcing the Constitution in places where they refused to understand it.

        Instead, since we’re a kind of human-adjacent service thingies, nobody should be rude to real people and we should quietly vote to decide the precise level of cruelty that’s allowable to animals servicers.

  4. bostonboomer says:

  5. dakinikat says:

    This is ridiculous grandstanding. It’s their side that does all the killing. How many dead abortion providers?

  6. dakinikat says:

    Okay so this idiotic statement came after some source of unknown fire and a painted slogan happened at a forced birther office and peaceful protests by neighbors happened by the two judges. BOO fucking HOO!!!

  7. NW Luna says:

    “LGBT people are being labeled pedophiles and groomers, our trans children are being taken away by the state”

    Sigh. She’s misunderstanding the concerns raised by parents. Yes, some of it is right-wing overreach, but there are legitimate problems.

    Also, lumping the T in with the LGB shouldn’t be done. They’re not the same category. LGB people are attracted to the same sex. They are not attracted to someone of the opposite sex who’s had plastic surgery, wrong-sex hormones and dresses and behaves in the stereotypes attached to men or women in current culture. Trans activists insist that men who ‘identify’ as women are lesbians, and that if lesbians won’t sleep with a man who has a ladydick she is transphobic and has a genital fetish. 85-90% of trans-identified men (the ones who ‘identify’ as women) do not have genital surgery, and still have penis and testicles. Odd how that fact is still overlooked.

    There are no ‘trans’ kids. There are girls who like stereotypical boys’ toys and clothing, and vice versa. This did not used to be considered evidence for being the opposite sex! Puberty blockers given before the age of ~12 prevents physical development to the extent that the child will not be able to have orgasm, and will be sterile.

    If children behave in a non-sex-stereotypical way, they will be encouraged to think of themselves as ‘trans’ or ‘nonbinary,’ to use a different name (which the teachers will use, but won’t tell the parents) and be encouraged to get medical treatment for transition (also without telling the parents). The school has regulations to not tell the parents in order to allegedly protect the kid’s privacy. Yet the kid can’t have an immunization without parental consent!

    • dakinikat says:

      She’s actually a trans with 3 kids and a wife. I didn’t realize this until I bought her book and read the intro.

      • NW Luna says:

        Hah. I went to his Twitter page and discovered I was blocked. Guess I’m on one of those TRA block lists of reality-believers. That’s a compliment!

    • NW Luna says:

      The most successful campaign was the hyperbolic reaction to Florida’s “Parental Rights in Education” bill, which called for greater curriculum transparency and prohibiting classroom discussion about sexuality and gender identity in kindergarten through 3rd grade. Perhaps noting that a majority of Florida Democrats supported the bill, Democrats opted to rebrand the bill as the “Don’t Say Gay” bill to cast a popular bill as a form of homophobia.

      https://www.newsweek.com/you-cant-side-womens-rights-if-you-dont-know-what-woman-opinion-1704592

      • NW Luna says:

        Claiming to be the sex he isn’t, having plastic surgery, taking wrong-sex hormones, and performing the current culture’s stereotypes of women seems an interesting take on “me being myself.”

  8. Minkoff Minx says:

    I am physically ill…

    • quixote says:

      Yeah. There’s no mentally healthy way to deal with any of this.

    • dakinikat says:

      Yeah. I can’t get past this either … you’ll have to encourage your daughter to move to a safe state.

  9. NW Luna says:

  10. NW Luna says:

    • bostonboomer says:

      I’m sick and tired of this.

    • quixote says:

      It’s funny, as in not funny at all, how using the approved terminology became so important even though the dehumanization is aimed 100% at women. Human females. Many of them not even adult human females yet. And they may never survive to being adults because of these laws.

      But it’s most important to talk about it in a way that gives no one else offense.

      (A good look at attempting placation, by Eliza Mondegreen.)

    • darthvelma says:

      It’s particularly galling to call women “birthing people” in reference to laws making abortion more difficult/illegal.

  11. Minkoff Minx says: