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Friday
Mar302012

Dramatic Drop in Conservatives Belief in Science | Research: Too Much Religion in Politics | Women & Obama

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Conservative Drop In Trust in Science

Just 35 percent of self-identified conservatives reported having “a great deal of trust in science” in a new report published in the journal American Sociological Review. The find marks a precipitous drop of 28 percent since the first survey was taken in 1974. At that time 48 percent of conservatives — about the same percentage as liberals — had significant trust in science. Moderates and liberals have remained flat. Liberals, most likely due to the fact that they are better educated, are more likely to believe in science than either moderates or conservatives. via Think Progress

Voter Gender Gap

Barack Obama’s advantages among women voters over his GOP rivals remain substantial. Obama led Mitt Romney by 20 points (58% to 38%) among women voters and Rick Santorum by 26 points (61% to 35%) in the Pew Research Center’s most recent national survey, conducted March 7-11. Obama runs about even with Romney among men and leads Santorum.

In surveys of registered voters this year, 52% of women identify with the Democratic Party or lean Democratic, compared to 43% of men. This gender gap dates back to 1990. In 2008 even more women — 56% — called themselves Democrats.

Obama has a massive lead of 30 points over Romney among women 18-49; 18 points ages 50-64 and a 1 point 48/49 tie with women 65+.

With so few women in Congress and most Republican women representing the conservative forces and more ‘male’ viewpoint, the statistically prevalent views among women voters are rarely heard when Republican men especially say “the people want” or “the people believe”.

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Religion in Politics

Also from PEW Research is a new survey saying the public is at an all-time high in unease over how much talk of religion is mixed with politics.

A decade ago when PEW first tracked the question 60 percent of respondents were comfortable that the right amount of talk about religion was heard in politics.  That number plunged in 2003 to 29 percent, a few years into the Bush administration and sank to 24/25 percent in 2010/2012.

With a 35 point plunge in people saying politicians spent the right amount of time talking about religion, those who said they heard too much talk of religion in politics rose 26 points from 12 to 38 percent. After a dramatic increase from 22 to 41 percent of people believing there is too little talk of religion in politics in the early Bush years, that number flat lined throughout the decade before dropping sharply from 37 to 30 from 2010 to 2012.

Prayer Comes to Kansas State House

Kansas is at the forefront of the nation is passing legislation that seeks to control women’s reproductive health. So for the Kansas legislature to murmur that Father James Gordon of St John Vianney Catholic school’s address to the Kansas House of Representatives was too political suggests it was quite a barnburner, writes LJWorld.com.

“We ask you to strengthen our understanding of traditional marriage: one man and one woman. We ask you to bring us back to virtuous morals in society, morals that kept us from killing a child in the womb through abortion. We ask you to defend us now in the fight for true religious freedom and freedom of conscience, that seems to be threatened now in the public sphere.”

Perhaps an act of civil disobedience, Father Gordon clearly disobeyed boundaries set by the House that invited guests who lead the daily prayer are supposed to be neutral and deliver prayers that are free of politics and not divisive.

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Tuesday
Mar272012

Republican Stag Party Vision | National Organization for Women Endorses National March Against War on Women

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With women of both parties occupying only 17% of Congressional seats, it might seem unfair for New York Mag’s Frank Rich to write Stag Party: The GOP’s woman problem is that it has a serious problem with women

“For much of its history, misogyny was not the style of the party of Lincoln,” writes Rich. Because so many of its women were educated, the GOP was often ahead of the curve in granting women’s rights. When women got the vote via the 19th Amendment, roughly three-quarters of the 36 state legislatures that ratified the amendment were controlled by Republicans.

If you read AOC, you know 90% of the information Rich shares to show just how far afield the Republican party has gone in its rejection of independent, educated, competent women. Rich does share a story of MItt Romney the bishop. Indeed, the candidate has been a bishop of his church (perhaps he still is?)

A mother of four learned that she had a blood clot in her pelvis during a later, unexpected pregnancy, putting her own health and that of the fetus at risk. Romney visited the hospital where she “lay helpless, hurt, and frightened,” as she described it, only to tell her that “as your bishop, my concern is with the child.”

UNITE Against The

War on Women 4.28.12

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Karen Teegarden 248-310-8535

Email: Info@unitewomen.org

“Prominent names, young and old, step forward to endorse UNITE Women

BIRMINGHAM, MI—UNITEWomen.org is pleased to announce the endorsement by three well-known and nationally respected advocates for women’s rights.

Ihollabackis an international movement to address street crime or sexual harassment that happens in a public space.” Ihollaback’s efforts have changed the way street harassment is viewed and treated and its efforts have helped create the first of its kind government response in New York by connecting iPhone and Droid apps to the city’s 311 information line. Ihollaback includes 34 cities, 14 countries and operates in 8 languages. It was recently featured in Time.com’s Game Changers series.

Katrina vanden Heuvel is Editor and Publisher of The Nation magazine, serving as its editor since 1995 and as publisher since 2005. She is currently a columnist for WashingtonPost.com and is also a frequent commentator on MSNBC, CNN, ABC and PBS.  In 2003 van den Heuvel was honored with a Maggie Award from Planned Parenthood for her article, “Right-to-Lifers Hit Russia.” She said simply of her UNITE Women endorsement, “I proudly, happily endorse Unite Women march on April 28. We are all in this together – ensuring women’s rights to control their bodies and health.”

National Organization for Women (NOW)is the largest organization of feminist activists in the United States. NOW has more than 500,000 contributing members and more than 500 local and campus affiliates in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. NOW’s goal is to “take action” to bring about equality for all women. Both the actions NOW takes and its position on the issues are principled, uncompromising and often ahead of their time. NOW is a leader, not a follower, of public opinion.”

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Sunday
Mar252012

Unite Against the War on Women March April 28 PA Coordinator Lynn Thomas Guidetti Interview By Anne Enke

Anne of Carversville introduces friends to the three women behind April 28th’s Unite Against the War on Women march for Pennsylvania: Amy Gould Caraballo, Nicole Turman and Lynn Thomas Guidetti.

Anne, along with other Pa citizens, has joined forces with these three busy moms who have strong views about what’s happening to the women of Pennsylvania at the hands of Republican legislators.

Today we introduce our third ‘partner’ in PA, the trio that Anne now calls the T’s: Lynn Thomas Guidetti.

Furious over this nationwide assault on women’s bodies,  we want to humanize the pro-woman voices who support women’s rights. Limbaugh calls us ‘feminazis’. But who are we really? Are what are we doing to each other — woman to woman.

After you’ve finished reading Lynn Thomas Guidetti’s interview with Anne, meet previously published Amy Gould Caraballo, and Anne’s interview with Nicole Turman. Then check in at the Unite Against the War on Women national Facebook page and Unite Women’s new website. Follow on Twitter as @NatlWOW.

In Pennsylvania, link here for April 28th’s Unite Against the War on Women Harrisburg march.

Pa Press | If you are a member of the Pa press, Anne is happy to talk to you in her role as media liaison for the Pennsylvania march. Contact her here.

(Anne) Did you know each other before joining forces to organize the We Are Women March - Pennsylvania?

(Lynn) I knew Amy from a mailing list focused on improving children’s health. I did not know Nicole before she joined our group. Amy and Nicole knew each other. And I think it’s great how well we work together.

Do you have a history of being a women’s rights activist? Was feminism a word in your vocabulary growing up? What is your background and relationship with women’s rights issues?

Not really - I don’t have a background in this at all. I have always been an independent woman, but I was fairly young when the last generation was fighting for abortion rights, and was not a part of the movement. 

I’m constantly told that I can’t possibly be a feminist? I like sex and men. Could you define feminism for yourself?

Anyone who doesn’t get that feminism has nothing to do with the act of sex is an idiot. And I’m not particularly philosophical about feminism. I have my own mind, and I make my own choices. I am not chattel. And I would just love to be respected and taken seriously, without having to get pissed off and fight for that respect. Maybe we need a women are persons, too, amendment.

I have a better question for you, Anne. Have you ever Googled “what does feminism mean to you”? Do it. You will be appalled by some of the answers you read, especially the ones on answers.yahoo.com.

These are just plain scary REAL kids who REALLY think this stuff. They REALLY believe this stuff and are SO uninformed as young women. Frankly, they are clueless that they are losing ALL their rights as American females.

I am more concerned that they understand ‘feminism’ than what ‘I’ think.

Do you have any opinions on why feminism has struggled to achieve legitimacy in America?

More men in power positions than women; men in power have more money than women. The consequences are obvious.

Another thing, we a situation in the rural areas, where people are basically proud to be ignorant. It’s an atittude I’ve never seen anywhere else, and as a matter of fact, Santorum is playing on a form of it in his campaign.

Santorum finds crowds of these people and talks about education — college — being elitist. And ignorant people are generally not feminist because they don’t understand the ideology; and no one’s ever REALLY explained it to them.

Many of these people are just afraid of learning, and get defensive about it, fearing that they might that they will find out they’ve been wrong all the time. It reminds me of Catholics not wanting to face the truth about rogue priests.

Do you have children? Do you work with children or young women?

Both. I have a son. I do work with with kids as a music teacher, both boys and girls as old as high school.

Was there a specific trigger that brought you to the national Unite Against the War on Women campaign?


It wasn’t one thing but rather a pile that broke the camel’s back. Just the idea of a transvaginal probe (TVP) or an ultrasound photo sends chills up my spine. Many young girls already have negative experiences with sex and sexual issues, and the major lack of respect towards women in the media doesn’t help.

What the hell do doctors think something like a TVP is going to do to them? I had a horrible experience with a male gynecologist when I was 16, and I never went to a male gyn again. In addition, I was laid off when I became pregnant. Is it any wonder many women resent men?

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