Who Won The Week — 06/26/22

The idea behind Who Won the Week is to give you the opportunity to select who (or what) you think “won” this past week. Your selection can be anyone or anything — politicians, celebrities, athletes, authors, bloggers, your friends or family members, books, movies, TV shows, businesses, organizations, whatever.

This week I am reluctantly awarding my Who Won the Week designation to conservative Christians. When I say reluctantly, it’s not because I have a grudge against conservative Christians. I believe people should be free to practice whatever religion they want to. Hey, whatever floats your boat, right?

That said, when conservative Christians insist on trying to float other people’s boats, I draw the line. But that’s what happened this week when six conservative Christian U.S. Supreme Court justices handed conservative Christians (and Republicans, most of whom are conservative and Christian) the gift they’ve been fighting for for nearly fifty years. The Court overturned Roe v. Wade, giving states run by Republicans the ability to ban abortions and to make criminals of women who choose to have abortions, doctors who perform abortions, and even anyone who aids or assists a woman who seeks an abortion.

And this purging of religious freedoms and personal liberties is just beginning, as conservative Christian’s are buoyed by this favorable Supreme Court decision by targeting the overturning of other decisions that prohibit states from making the use of contraceptives illegal, by banning gay marriage, and by removing equal protections for the LBGT community.

What’s next? Requiring kids to recite the Lord’s Prayer in public schools? Banning the teaching of evolution in science classes and mandating that Creationism be a part of the educational curriculum? How long before the Supreme Court reconsiders the First Amendment, which prohibits the Congress from making a law “respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof”?

This provision of the U.S. Constitution later expanded to state and local governments, through their incorporation of the First Amendment. But just as the Supreme Court has now empowered the states to pass laws banning abortions, who’s to say it won’t also return to the states the power to make laws establishing Christianity as the official religion of any state run by run conservative Christians?

So congratulations conservative Christians. The pendulum has certainly swung your way. All I can say is stay the fuck off of my boat.

What about you? Who (or what) do you think won the week?

If you want to participate, write your own post designating who you think won the week and why you think they deserve your nod. Then link back to this post and tag you post with FWWTW.

Image credit: Hanna Barczyk for The Lily

Republicans Are Not Pro-Life

The Republican Party claims to be “the right to life” Party. But it seems the only lives they are concerned about are those of unborn fetuses.

It’s very clear to me that these “pro-life” Republicans are not pro-life. Once a baby is delivered, these pro-lifers don’t give two shits about what happens to its life. They are not concerned about the health or wellbeing of the child once born. They are not concerned about the education of the child once born, about protecting the life of the child once born from school shootings.

What about ensuring that the air a child breathes is not noxious, or the quality of the water they drink is not toxic? They give no thoughts to the lives or circumstances of the women who are forced to give birth to unplanned or unwanted children because these “pro-lifers” are too preoccupied with passing laws putting more and more restrictions designed to deny the rights of women to manage their own reproductive rights. But when it comes to passing laws designed to restrict the proliferation of deadly weapons in order to protect the lives of Americans of all ages, races, genders, and religions, they are conspicuously silent — maybe from all the thoughts they’re thinking and the prayers they’re offering.

The truth is that these “pro-life” Republicans are not at all pro-life. What they really are is “pro-birth.” What happens after a child’s birth is not something they care about at all.

One-Liner Wednesday — Book Burners

“Don’t join the book burners. Don’t think you’re going to conceal faults by concealing evidence that they ever existed.”

Dwight David Eisenhower, the 34th president of the United States from 1953 to 1961

Eisenhower was a military leader and a Republican statesman and politician. It’s amazing how much the Republican Party has devolved since Ike was at the helm. Today’s Republicans are all about banning books and about concealing evidence that any wrongdoings, particularly racially-oriented wrongdoings, ever existed in the United States. Ike must be rolling over in his grave.

Written for Linda G. Hill’s One-Liner Wednesday prompt.

Truthful Tuesday — The Forefront of My Mind

Yes, I know it’s Thursday, but Frank, aka PCGuy, was late in publishing this week’s Truthful Tuesday posts, so I figured I could be late in responding. Anyway, this week Frank wants to know…

What issue or issues are forefront in your mind at the moment?

So many issues are at the forefront of my mind right now. Let’s see, where can I begin?

  • The Russian Invasion of Ukraine and what the implications of that act of aggression by Vladimir Putin will be for the nation of Ukraine and its people.
  • Related, the affect of that invasion on the global economy. More specifically, the American stock markets, where most of my retirement dollars are invested.
  • Whether it’s time to bite the bullet and get hearing aids, since I’m about 95% deaf in my left ear and about 40% deaf in my right ear. Can you please stop mumbling and speak up? Sheesh.
  • Whether my wife and I should adopt another rescue dog, since we lost our last dog in November 2020 and our cat this past January. My wife wants to. Me, not so much.
  • What the goddam Republicans are doing to my country.
  • Whether I should pay someone else to wash all of our windows or do it myself.

Okay, I think that about covers it.