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The Religious Right’s ‘blitz’ on American democracy

Last week Ireland, long a Roman Catholic country, held a vote to repeal a constitutional provision criminalizing abortion.  Ex-pat Irish citizens from around the world flew home to cast their votes. It wasn’t even close. Ireland votes overwhelmingly to overturn abortion ban:

The Irish have swept aside one of the most restrictive abortion bans in the developed world in a landslide vote that reflects Ireland’s emergence as a socially liberal country no longer obedient to Catholic dictates.

With all ballots counted and turnout at a near-historic high, election officials reported Saturday that 66.4 percent voted to overturn Ireland’s abortion prohibition and 33.6 percent opposed the measure.

The outcome of the referendum Friday was a decisive win for the campaign to repeal the Eighth Amendment to the Irish Constitution. The 1983 amendment enshrined an “equal right to life” for mothers and “the unborn” and outlawed almost all abortions — even in cases of rape, incest, fatal fetal abnormality or non-life-threatening risk to maternal health.

“What we have seen today is a culmination of a quiet revolution that has been taking place in Ireland for the past 10 or 20 years,” Prime Minister Leo Varadkar said.

The United States, however, is now moving in the exact opposite direction. Religious Right extremists have taken Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale not as a dystopian vision of a totalitarian Christian theonomy that has overthrown the United States government, but as a handbook on how to actually make it a reality.

In March, GOP-run Mississippi enacted the strictest abortion law in the nation, for the intended purpose of a legal challenge that may get in front of the U.S. Supreme Court to directly challenge Roe v. Wade (which permits abortions in the first 24 weeks). Mississippi gov signs nation’s toughest abortion restrictions:

Mississippi’s governor signed a law Monday banning most abortions after 15 weeks’ gestation, the tightest restrictions in the nation.

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The bill was drafted with the assistance of conservative groups including the Mississippi Center for Public Policy and the Alliance Defending Freedom [based in Scottsdale, Arizona].

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RNC Resolution for ‘religious freedom’ (to discriminate) laws

In case you were unaware, the Republican National Committee is holding its Spring Meeting in the hub of the “Kochtopus” in Scottsdale, Arizona. Media Advisory: RNC Spring Meeting.

After Governor Doug Ducey, the man hired by Koch Industries to manage their Southwest subsidiary formerly known as the state of Arizona (h/t Charles Piece) welcomes the RNC to Arizona, at the general session this afternoon the RNC is expected to take up resolutions, including this one. Republicans Rally Behind State ‘Religious Freedom’ Laws:

gop-elephant-w-flag-crossThe Republican National Committee is expected to approve a resolution supporting the passage of state-level Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) legislation. The resolution passed out of committee on Wednesday and will come up for a vote before the 168-member governing body on Friday.

The resolution seems carefully written to recommend that states adopt bills “that mirror the federal RFRA to protect citizens’ rights to lead all aspects of their lives according to their deeply held religious beliefs.” Indiana and Arkansas recently received national scrutiny for advancing legislation under the name of RFRA that were more expansive than the federal language; both states amended the bills to avoid explicit efforts to allow discrimination against LGBT people.

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Gay is the new abortion?

Crossposted from DemocraticDiva.com

This remarkable item has gone viral:

Columnist Dan Savage calls it a “new variation on the “straight people are terrible” argument against marriage equality.”

Religious conservatives have already argued that straight people will stop getting married if gay people can and that marriage must be reserved for straight people because only straights can get pregnant by accident, and without the special inducements of marriage (a big party, a special cake, a honeymoon), straight people won’t take care of all those babies they’re having by accident. Now they’re arguing that straight people will abort their babies if gay people get married.

Man, straight people are terrible—why were they ever allowed to get married in the first place?

The anti-choice movement is an entire parallel bizarro world of crackpot bullshit so it would be easy to dismiss this as yet another weird myth, like the belief that abortions can be reversed, that has taken hold there. But there is an important context for this. The argument is being put forth in an amicus brief to the Supreme Court as it considers the latest challenge to same sex marriage. Continue reading

Man, when I’m right, I am right!

Crossposted from DemocraticDiva.com

Mike PenceGovernor Mike Pence of Indiana

The Indiana Assembly passed, and Governor Mike Pence signed, a “Religious Freedom Restoration Act” similar to Arizona’s SB1062 from last year, which was vetoed by then-Governor Jan Brewer under the threat of more boycotts of a state still reeling from boycotts sparked by anti-immigrant SB1070 in 2010. I mostly agree with WaPo’s Hunter Schwarz’ analysis on how it is playing out differently in Indiana.

While Indiana has begun to feel the heat from businesses (and the NCAA, which is hosting the Final Four in Indianapolis next week), it doesn’t face two particular pressures Arizona did: (1) hosting a Super Bowl the following year and (2) a pre-existing narrative that it’s an intolerant state. Arizona already lost Super Bowl hosting duties once before, in 1993, because it didn’t recognize Martin Luther King, Jr., Day as a state holiday. And coupled with the furor over SB 1070, the controversial immigration enforcement law Brewer signed in 2010, the state was on the verge of becoming known for intolerance, not a good thing for business and tourism. Brewer said she vetoed the bill because it would have created more problems than it solved, but it didn’t hurt that the state’s economy also could have suffered.

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Impressive response by Arizona Business Leaders™ to the terrible budget

Crossposted from DemocraticDiva.com

scott walker az chamber of commercePhoto: AZ Chamber of Commerce and Industry announcement

By “impressive”, of course, I mean “pathetic”. The GOP led AZ Legislature dropped a turd of a budget in the middle of Friday night/Saturday morning that guts (among other things) university and community college funding and – because this is the cruelest session toward poor people that I’ve seen since I moved here in 1997 – cuts millions in Medicaid assistance, limits Temporary Assistance to Needy Families to an arbitrary lifetime cap of one year, and fails to fund child abuse and neglect prevention. Continue reading

Where is the national outrage over Arkansas’ SB 202?

SB1062Last year, Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer vetoed SB 1062, a bill that would have overridden local LGBT non-discrimination protections in cases where the business cited a religious reason for the discriminator.

A coalition of business leaders — including the state’s chamber of commerce — opposed the measure and warned against sending “a message that our state is anything but an open and attractive place for visitors and the top talent that will be the cornerstone of our continued economic growth.”

SB 1062 was a major national news scandal at the time. All the national media attention forced Gov. Jan Brewer’s veto, in my opinion.

The home of former Gov. Mike “Huckajesus,” Arkansas, is another story. The national news media is not paying attention. And the Arkansas Chamber of Commerce is sitting on its hands saying nothing in response to a similar bill to SB 1062. Business Community Silent As Arkansas Bill To Allow LGBT Discrimination Set To Become Law:

On Friday, the Arkansas legislature sent to Gov. Asa Hutchinson (R) a bill that would eliminate all local non-discrimination protections for LGBT Arkansans — legislation the governor has vowed to let become law without his signature. While citizens are imploring Hutchinson to change his mind and veto the bill before the Wednesday deadline, Arkansas’ business community has remained silent on the measure.

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