Thursday, 2 February 2017

Religion and Politics

Not everyone knows that Donald Trump used to be a Democrat before he jumped ship and copied up to the republicans.

While he was a Democrat Trump was pro-choice and firmly against criminalising abortion, but he dumped his principles when he realised he would never win the support of religious  fundamentalists in America by holding that position. 

So Trump and his Vice President Mike Pence are now courting the lunatic fringe who are opposed even to contraception such as the anti-choice activist, Kristen Hawkins.

Anti-Choice Advocate Admits to Joy Reid Her Ultimate Goal Is to Make Birth Control Illegal

Anti-choice activist says birth control—including the pill and IUDs—should be illegal.

By Tom Boggioni / Raw Story - Alternate

Photo Credit: Joy Reid, Kristan Hawkins -- MSNBC screenshot.

An interview on the Women’s March in Washington last week took a bizarre turn when an anti-choice advocate told MSNBC host Joy Reid that birth control — including the pill and IUD’s — should be made illegal because they kill babies.

Following a considerable amount of cross-talk over services that Planned Parenthood provides with Kristan Hawkins of Students for Life, host Reid pulled her panel up and said she wanted to talk about something everyone could agree on: that contraception should be legal.

Not everyone was in agreement.

“I believe certain forms can be legal, yes,” Hawkins agreed, adding, “I don’t believe abortion causing contraception should be legal.”

“What kind of contraception are you talking about?” Reid asked, with Hawkins replying, “Hormonal contraception.”

“You think IUDs should be illegal?” Reid pressed.

“I don’t think they should be legal, “Hawkins replied. “They put women at risk and they kill children.”

“What about the birth control pill?” the unrelenting Reid asked.

“I do not think it should be legal, I think that shouldn’t be legal,” Hawkins replied before trying to change the subject.

“Kristan, Kristan, Kristan,” Reid said holding up her hand. “I just want clarity. You think that the pill and the IUD should be illegal, right?”

“In my ideal world, yes,” Hawkins stated. “But I don’t think that’s something we’re working towards in the pro-life movement. In the pro-life movement we’re working towards abolishing abortion. That’s why we want Planned Parenthood’s money to go to health centers which don’t do contraception.”

“We’ve gotten some real clarity,” Reid said as she concluded the interview. “I think the American people have gotten quite a bit of clarity on what your movement wants to do.”

Slavery and Creationism (28/01/17)

America's Vice President Mike Pence shows himself to be a complete buffoon with this ridiculous little speech on evolution versus creationism.

Pence prays in his aid the 'signers' of the American declaration of independence in 1776 whom the Vice President says were all 'believers' in God.

What Pence fails to mention of course is that the 'signers' were all men, the majority of whom owned slaves and believed in slavery. 

Thankfully, the views of God-fearing creationists evolved and improved over time.


Inherit the Wind (11/12/16)

'Inherit the Wind' is one of my favourite movies of all time and tells the tale of the Scopes Monkey Trial in America back in 1925

The villain of the piece is a chap named William Jennings Bryan, a populist demagogue in the mould of Donald Trump who regarded the Bible as the immutable and literal word of an almighty God.

A century later and William Jennings Bryan is a mere footnote in history which with a bit of luck is the same fate that awaits Donald Trump.


Inherit the Wind (13/04/14)

I mentioned the late, great, American actor - Spencer Tracy - in a recent post, but here he is in one of my favourite films of all time, 'Inherit the Wind'.

Now the movie tells the tale of the 'Scopes Monkey Trial' as it became known back in 1925 in which the 'redneck' State of Tennessee prosecuted a local school teacher (John Scopes) for teaching his students about human evolution and Charles Darwin.

Spencer Tracy plas a famous defence attorney, Clarence Darrow, and wipes the floor a courtroom confrontation with his rival William Jennings Bryan, a well-known political figure and religious bully.    

William Jennings Bryan was a fundamentalist Christian and argued that the word of God as revealed in the Bible took priority over all man made laws and human knowledge - which is of course what the Catholic Church used to say in medieval times and no different to what Islamic fundamentalists say toda. 

But how encouraging it is that science and logic finally prevailed over fear, prejudice  and religious bigotry.