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Friday
Jun152012

Michigan House Leader Silences Rep Lisa Brown for Using Word 'Vagina' on House Floor | Cave Art May Be Neanderthal

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The Panel of Hands at El Castillo cave in northern Spain. The hand stencils are dated at 37,300 years old, the disk is at least 40,600 years old. (Image courtesy of Pedro Saura. / June 14, 2012)Using a new method of dating antiquities and artifacts, a large group of independent scientists have dated hand stencils in Spain to be as much as 10,000 years older than previously-dated cave art in France. Believing that the art is nearly 41,000 years old and coincident with the evolution of modern humans from Neanderthals, researchers conclude that it’s possible that the cave paintings could be associated with Neanderthals, writes the LA Times.

NPR adds to the discussion:

Archaeologist Joao Zilhao from the University of Barcelona is part of the team that did the work. He says his gut tells him it’s Neanderthal art.

“We can’t be 100 percent certain that they did it,” Zilhao says. “I think that there is a strong probability. My point is the evidence for symbolic behavior among the Neanderthals already exists.”

Neanderthals did perform ritual burials. They made decorative beads and other ornaments. Pike also notes that DNA evidence now suggests that modern humans and Neanderthals interbred.

Related reading: Study: Neanderthals Wore Jewelry and Makeup NPR

France: 37,000-year-old ‘vulva art’ Global Post

Scientists believe that 37,000 years ago, the vulva was sacred — at least in wall art discovered in the south of France. Today in America, not only is the word vulva or vagina considered to be pornographic, it is a banned word in the Republican War on Women.I

Michigan Silences Women Legislators

The Spittin’ Sisters of Women who are also legislators sent messages loud and clear about their opposition to Michigan’s massive omnibus abortion bill that passed the House by a 70-39 vote on Wednesday. The Michigan Senate is not expected to take up the three-bill package until September.

In one of the more dynamic moments in the debate, State Rep Lisa Brown was prohibited from speaking on the House floor Thursday, after ending a speech in the video above with the word vagina. Brown stated that her Orthodox Jewish faith mandated that abortion be the right of any mother needing one to save her life.

“I’m flattered that you’re all so interested in my vagina, but ‘no’ means ‘no,’ ” said Brown, D-West Bloomfield.

State Rep. Barb Byrum, D-Onondaga, also wasn’t recognized to speak Thursday for a disturbance she caused on the House floor Wednesday when the GOP majority wouldn’t allow her to propose a ban on men getting a vasectomy unless the sterilization procedure was necessary to save a man’s life, writes the Detroit Free Press.

Yesterday’s consideration that the Catholic bishops’ hierarchy hire someone to soften the messages in their assault against American women and Catholic nuns on behalf of fertilized eggs begs the question of whether they understand at all the depth of anger turning against them. Sugar-coating their agenda surely won’t stop the hatred that is building against the bishops among many American women.
Monday
Jun112012

Democrats Retain Arizona's Gabby Giffords' Seat | American Nuns at Vatican | Catholic Bishops Defeated in ND

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Then-representative Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) with Ron Barber in Tucson, Jan. 23, 2012. (Matt York / AP Photos)Democrats held their Arizona House seat in the special election to replace former Congresswoman Gabby Giffords with a win much larger than expected. Ron Barber, one of 13 people injured in the Tucson gun shots rampage that also severely injured Giffords, won his seat in an Arizona district that leans Republican.

Barber beat 30-year-old Tea Party Republican and former Iraq-serving Marine Jesse Kelly, who also lost to Giffords in 2010. The two will face off again in November. The Daily Beast writes:

Kelly, who in his earlier race against Giffords sought to diminish Social Security and Medicare, was endorsed by the controversial ALIPAC, an immigration PAC associated in news reports with extremism. In his first campaign, Kelly played to gun lovers, posing in camouflage gear and raising money by shooting a machine gun with donors who ponied up $50 each.

In his second campaign, Kelly changed his image to family man and Republican businessman who would grow the economy and kill Obamacare. He posed in ads with his grandfather, vowing to preserve Social Security and Medicare.

Busy Bishops Update

LCWR President Sister Pat Farrell and executive director Janet Mock at the Vatican yesterday. Both sides in the discord between American nuns and the Vatican described yesterday’s talks in Rome as open and cordial. But the Vatican wasted no time in reiterating that it expects the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) to change its way to energetically promote church doctrine “as Faithfully taught through the ages”, reports the Los Angeles Times.

The Vatican charges that the LCWR has been “silent” on those issues that are most important to the church leadership: abortion, euthanasia, homosexuality and the ordination of women.

The LCWR has received an overwhelming demonstration of support from ordinary Catholics, theologians and many religious orders who praised the work of American nuns in helping the poor and sick and educating millions of youngsters.

Related reading:

Franciscan friars back American nuns in Vatican spat USA Today

Are Catholic bishops abandoning nonpartisanship in contraception battle? LA Times

Religious freedom measure soundly defeated Grand Forks Herald

Monday
Jun042012

Independent Voters Surge | Major Polarization on Safety Nets & Environment | Sister Margaret A. Farley Denounced

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A new report from Pew Research Center says that almost four in ten Americans — 38 percent — currently identify themselves as independents. This number is up significantly from the 32 percent of Americans who considered themselves independents in 2008.

32 percent of poll responders considered themselves Democrats and 24 percent say they are Republicans. As Pew reveals, partisan polarization has surged in the Bush, Obama years. Even among independents, there is polarization.

Two areas in which Republican support for government policies has plummeted is in support for safety nets and also environmental action.

Paycheck Fairness Act

The Senate is scheduled to vote tomorrow on passage of the Paycheck Fairness Act. The bill is doomed after the House voted not to consider it last week, and it’s expected to fail in the Senate. The bill would require companies to justify the wages they pay men and women, and show that differences in pay for the same work with similar tenure are not due to gender. 

The Hill reports that “Republicans and many business groups are opposed to the bill, in large part because it threatens penalties for different wage scales that might be legitimate and have nothing to do with the gender of the employee.”

Bad Sister Farley

An American nun who taught Christian ethics at Yale Divinity School, is a past president of the Catholic Theological Society of America and an award-winning scholar was denounced today by the Vatican’s doctrinal office.

At issue is Sister Margaret A. Farley’s book ‘Just Love: A Framework for Christian Sexual Ethics’, reports the NYTimes

I can only clarify that the book was not intended to be an expression of current official Catholic teaching, nor was it aimed specifically against this teaching. It is of a different genre altogether.”

The book, she said, offers “contemporary interpretations” of justice and fairness in human sexual relations, moving away from a “taboo morality” and drawing on “present-day scientific, philosophical, theological, and biblical resources.”

In 2011, the doctrine committee of the United Stated bishops condemned ‘Quest for the Living God: Mapping Frontiers in the Theology of God,’ by Fordham University professor of theology Sister Elizabeth A. Johnson.

In her book, Sister Farley wrote positively about female masturbation, saying that it “usually does not raise any moral questions at all.” Wrong!