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Sunday
Dec022012

Freedom From Religious Foundation Sues IRS Over Election Evangelicalism | Gay Marriage & Supreme Court Cases

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Experts don’t agree on last week’s Supreme Court decision in which it ordered the 4th U.S Circuit of Appeals to rehear a case filed by Liberty University that argues the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act violates its religious freedom by legislating that the Christian University must provide health insurance for its employees. Note that the Supreme Court ruled the law constitutional in June.

“On one level, it’s routine,” said Sara Rosenbaum, professor of health law and policy at the George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services. “This is not an unusual way for them to handle a case that’s in front of them that they want to take, because it hasn’t been fully developed yet.”

But Mathew Staver, the lawyer in the case and vice president of Liberty University is encouraged that the court is willing to look again at the employer mandate, certainly as it applies to religoius institutions.

Mark Graber, law and government professor at the University of Maryland disagrees, saying: “Based on the Supreme Court’s past decisions, Liberty University has no case because this is a neutral law that doesn’t single out religions.” via Southern Maryland Headline News.

Freedom of Religion

Lawsuit Challenges Tax-Exempt Status for Pulpit Electioneering

The Freedom from Religion Foundation has filed a federal lawsuit arguing that the Internal Revenue Service is violating the US Constitution by allowing tax-exempt churches and religious organizations to publicly endorse political candidates.

At the conclusion of an election season in which numerous religious figures including Catholic bishops told congregations how they should vote, the lawsuit argues that organizations have become increasingly more involved in political campaigns, “blatantly and deliberately flaunting the electioneering restrictions.”

IRS Commissioner Doug Shulman is named in the lawsuit, which also asks that the IRS initiative legal action against churches and religious organizations that engage in electioneering.

The lawsuit cites full-page ads run this fall in the New York Times and other newspapers by the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. Renowned evangelist Billy Graham urged Americans to vote along biblical principles after pledging to do “all I can” to elect Mitt Romney. Also mentioned in the lawsuit are Roman Catholic Bishop Daniel Jenkins of Peroria, Ill, requiring all the priests in his diocese to read an order that Catholics only vote for a pro-life candidate. The lawsuit refers to ‘Pulpit Freedom Sunday’ in which more than 1.500 pastors challenged the IRS ruling directly, seeking a court challenge.

US Abortion Politics

The Family Values Congressman and His Mistresses

Abortion politics in America hit a new low when details of the private life of recently re-elected, pro-life Congressman Scott DesJarlais (R-Tenn.) became public. The Congressman says that God has forgiven him for his scandalous past, including pressuring a patient with whom he was having an affair to get an abortion.

Court papers revealed that DesJarlais’ former wife had two abortion by a “mutual” decision. The first abortion was because his wife was taking an experimental drug that carried risks during pregnancy; the second abortion came as the couple suffered from problems in their marriage.

The same divorce papers relating to the 2001 divorce of the family values Congressman DesJarlais revealed affairs with four women who were patients.

US Supreme Court & Gay Marriage

The Supreme Court has released a list of cases it will hear this term, and same-sex marriage is currently not on the docket.

On Friday the Supreme Court met behind closed doors with 10 appeals related to same-sex marriage on the agenda. It’s possible that the Court will announce this week plans to hear at least one of the cases. If the Court allows the federal appeals rulings to stand, it’s not the end of the gay marriage debate. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has predicted that the court will hear a gay marriage case this term.

Sunday
Jun242012

American Energy Boom | Opus Dei FOX Reporter New Communication Head At Vatican | Nuns on the Bus 

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Foreign Policy shares Think Again: The American Energy Boom, a middle of the road analysis on the future of American oil production and natural gas output. Not being specialists in either field, it seems to us that the news is far better than any discussion we’ve heard on the campaign trail.

It’s entirely possible, writes FP, that the US will reclaim its spot as the world’s largest oil suppliers, thanks to hydraulic fracturing — better known as fracking. The process of unlocking vast quantities of oil and gas buried in shale rock deep underground is controversial. So is deepwater drilling.

Today Saudi Arabia produces 10 million barrels of crude oil each day, versus about 6 million for the United States. Add on surging production of natural gas liquids, and the figure moves to 8 million barrels a day. EVen the cautious US Energy Information Administration (EIA) sees combined production at about 10 million barrels a day by 2020.

We never hear this news in the relentless anti-Obama energy ads, but Robert Hefner, who understands well the natural gas market as an entrepreneur, points out in his book The Grand Energy Transition that the cost of heating 65 million American homes by natural gas has fallen $20 billion annually.

Is Fracking Safe?

Fareed Zakaria is our go to expert on many subjects. Watching his Sunday GPS show recently, Fareed referenced the recent environmental study undertaken by the Environmental Defense Fund, which suggests that fracking can be done at comparatively low risk.

The rise of shale gas is shaping up to be the biggest shift in energy in generations. And its consequences — economic and political — are profoundly beneficial to the United States.

Nuns on the Bus

The Spittin’ Sister from Philadelphia will be meeting up with Nuns On the Bus next weekend, in the last phase of their bus tour for social justice. The sisters will be heading out to DC to end their rally for economic justice next weekend.

In writing just now about the Vatican’s new Fox News Opus Dei guy Gregory Joseph Burke, now in charge of communications and messaging strategy for the Vatican, we pulled out several older AOC articles on theocracy in America.

Anne has a major essay that will be published on Tuesday 10 pm. Stay tuned. Her focus is why PA voters in the 16th district must defeat incumbent Joe Pitts, who in 2002 was scheduled to speak at a conference so radical that it supports stoning in America as punishment. Our AOC mouths have been open for years on the subject of women’s rights and the erosion of church and state in America.

After researching her 4500 word essay on taking down Joe Pitts — and why concerned Americans must support Aryanna Strader’s campaign with funding — she is shaking in her stilettos.

We can’t ignore the term Harlot Babylon, referenced in Anne’s 2011 article on Oprah being called a harlot. Reading what is said about women of compassion, it occurs to us that the nuns are probably Babylon Harlots (aka radical feminists, according to the Vatican) too.

Opus Dei Fox Reporter @ Vatican

Fox News correspondent Greg Burke will leave the company to become the senior communications adviser to the Vatican. Burke, is a native of St. Louis, Missouri and a member of the ultra conservative Opus Dei movement. The story broke ahead of schedule, reflecting the communications chaos swirling through the Vatican.

Related Reading

Rick Santorum’s Tight Embrace of Legionairies of Christ & Regnum Christi AOC FR News

Rick Perry’s Brainless Pursuit of an American Theocracy AOC Apple Valley

The DaVinci Code: Opus Dei USNews.com

A Christian Plot for Domination? Daily Beast

Ron Paul’s Christian Reconstructionist Roots Daily Beast

Rick Santorum and the Continued Drift of the GOP into the Grip of Radical, Right-Wing Christianity Antipasministries.com

Meet the Christian Dominionist ‘Prayer Warriors’ Who Have Chosen Rick Perry as Their Vehicle to Power AlterNet

Hear This Rick Perry, If Oprah Is A Harlot, I Am A Harlot, Too AOC Women

The Harlot Babylon will be a religion of affirmation, toleration, no absolutes, a counterfeit justice movement. They will feed the poor, have humanitarian projects, inspire acts of compassion for all the wrong reasons. They won’t know it, beloved they will be sincere, many of them, but their sincerity will not in any way lessen the impact of their deception.

Small Town Aryanna Strader Voters Like Cupcake Liners, Too

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Monday
Jun182012

US Conference of Mayors Passes Resolution Affirming Women's Reproductive Rights | Cardinal Dolan Riles Irish

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The US Conference of Mayors, representing 1,200 cities across America voted on Saturday to pass a resolution in support of women’s reproductive rights and also funding for Planned Parenthood.

The mayors including its lead sponsors including Michael Bloomberg of New York City, Ed Lee of San Francisco, Mike McGinn of Seattle, Antonio Vilaraigosa of Los Angeles, Pedro Segarra of Hartford, Conn and Sam Adams of Portland, Ore organized the resolution to fight back against the wave of state and federal efforts to restrict women’s access to abortion and family planning services.

The mayors collectively agreed to fight back against these efforts to restrict women’s health care in the future, writes Laura Bassett for Huffington Post.

The resolution “affirms the importance of women’s reproductive rights” and “urges Congress and the states to pursue a positive agenda that reaffirms fundamental rights and improves women’s access to safe and comprehensive reproductive-health care.”

“When it comes to reproductive health decisions, nobody knows better than an individual woman what is best for herself and her family,” Bloomberg said in a statement. “New York City is committed to supporting a woman’s right to choose and ensuring that all New Yorkers have the information, and access to care, they need to make safe and healthy decisions.”

Mayor Bloomberg donated $250,000 of his foundation’s money to Planned Parenthood during the Komen funding crisis.

The mayors’ resolution came the day after the Obama administration lost its key ally in its controversial plan to require health insurers to provide free contraceptive coverage.

To all who can read the tea leaves, the Catholic bishops clamped down on the Catholic Health Association, which had initially supported the Obama contraception mandate compromise. Sister Carol Keehan, president and chief executive officer of the Catholic Health Association in February announced: “The Catholic Health Association is very pleased with the White House announcement that a resolution has been reached that protects the religious liberty and conscience rights of Catholic institutions.”

That announcement raised the furor of Catholic bishops weeks before the Vatican’s called American nuns a bunch of “radical feminists”.  With American nuns under investigation, the change of heart by the Catholic Health Association comes as no surprise.

On Friday Sister Keehan withdrew support for the compromise, saying the the CHA is now “deeply concerned” about the plan and that the White House “has not relieved our initial concerns.”

Cardinal Dolan Riles Ireland

Americans of every faith including Catholics aren’t the only people upset with Cardinal Timothy Dolan. Ireland’s Association of Catholic Priests has strongly protested against Cardinal Timothy Dolan’s visitation report on the Irish College in Rome.

According to the Irish Times, the association called on Ireland’s four Irish archbishops, trustees of the college, and bishops of the priests concerned, “to publicly repudiate this report in the strongest possible terms and to support the priests involved in seeking to restore their reputations”.

They protested “in the strongest possible terms against the methodology and conclusions” of Cardinal Dolan’s report and said it had “effectively destroyed the reputations of priests, who have given lifelong service to the Irish Catholic Church, without giving them a right of reply to the allegations made against them”.

They found it “unacceptable that a report to the pope, on a sensitive issue, should be conducted in such an incompetent fashion” and said “no court of law would treat people in such a way”.

The four Irish priests at the college who were recommended for dismissal by Dolan’s team argues that Cardinal Dolan was investigating the “gay-friendly” reputation at the college. Charging that the report lists no evidence at all, even stating that it found no evidence.

Sister Pat Farrell Speaks

The Washington Post reports Sister Pat Farrell, president of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious, said today that Catholics should be able to search for answers about faith without fear. 

In the Rome meeting, Farrell said she did not ask Vatican officials in to drop their demand for reform. “I think we could clearly see in the tenor of the conversation that that was not an option,” she said. She characterized the meeting as frank and open but difficult, and said she did not leave the talk feeling any more hopeful about what’s ahead.

NH Governor Vetoes “Partial Birth” Abortion Ban

New Hampshire Governor John Lynch vetoed a state law that makes illegal a non-existent procedure known as “partial birth abortion,” saying that a federal ban already exists.Since 2003, federal law has banned late-term abortions except to protect the health of the mother.

The law required that two physicians from separate hospitals must determine that a woman’s life was in danger before performing a partial-birth abortion. Both houses say they are prepared to override the veto.

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