We talked last week about Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback (R) signing sweeping legislation on Friday, restricting reproductive rights in the state. It’s one of the more aggressive efforts we’ve seen — the measure, among other things, declares that life begins “at fertilization,”and requires medical professionals to provide bogus information about a non-existent connection between abortion and breast cancer.
What I did not know is that the Republican governor, while putting his signature on the bill, wrote something else on the page.
An Associated Press photograph taken before the signing shows a page of notes about the bill on Brownback’s desk that included a handwritten message at the top: “JESUS + Mary.” Further down the page were typewritten notes spelling out Brownback’s belief that the bill would create “a culture of life.”
Brownback’s office didn’t respond immediately to requests Friday afternoon for additional information about the notes.
I thought I might take this opportunity to explain the 1996 bombing in Atlanta to younger readers who may not be familiar. The story goes like this: Richard Jewell was a police officer, but on this day he was working for a private security firm. He discovered the bomb. He alerted the police. He personally escorted people to safety. There’s no telling how many lives he saved. Two were killed. When the police were investigating, they naturally had to consider him a suspect like they would consider anyone in his position a a suspect. However, it somehow leaked that the FBI were investigating him. It was routine, but that wasn’t noted in the media reports, which indicted this guy immediately although no official charges were brought. His name remains synonymous with the incident to this day.
MEANWHILE, the actual bomber, Eric Rudolph, a right-wing white-nationalist, Christian fundamentalist who ranted about hating abortion and homosexuals and socialism and even John Lennon, would go on to murder many more, bombing two abortion clinics and a lesbian bar. He’s been lauded as a hero in the Christian terror/anti-abortion movement. He’s serving 4 consecutive life sentences.
Richard Jewell was honored by the city of Atlanta in 2006, a year after Rudolph plead guilty. Jewell died the next year of heart disease at age 44.
Thursday’s episode of the Current Television show “Viewpoint,” host John Fugelsang interviewed the leader of the Catholic League, Bill Donahue. The interview centered around Donahue’s outspoken position against marriage equality for gays. During the interview however, Donahue made the claim that marriage has nothing to do with love.
Donahue asserts that the Ten Commandments states that people should honor thy father and mother, not honor thy father and thy father. Fugelsang responds by pointing out that has nothing to do with love. This prompts Donahue to surprisingly state:
“But marriage has nothing to do with love.”
Donahue goes further saying:
“It’s one of the most bizarre ideas in the whole world that you have be in love to get married. Usually, it is a form of duty.”
It should be pointed out that Biblically speaking, Donahue is correct. Marriage has nothing to do with love, but was a form of ownership. Fathers would sell off their daughters to worthy men. Women were the property of their fathers and then became the property of their husbands.
Fortunately, in modern society we no longer support the “tradition” view of marriage. Instead, in our society people are free to marry for love and usually do.
Incidentally, Catholicism also has nothing to do with love.
I was angry with God. So I said “Right that’s it I’m not believing in God anymore, I’m going to be an atheist”.
How could you choose what to believe? That’s not how belief works. If you’re mad at your parents, you can’t just walk around the house believing they don’t exist. You can act like they don’t exist and ignore them, but your belief that they exist is unaffected by your emotional state.
Living life to the fullest for myself only…
That’s not a thing that has to do with atheism. Perhaps some atheists live life “to the fullest only for themselves,” while others stay indoors all day and serve others. As long as neither has a belief in a god, they’re both atheists. Also, “Living life to the fullest” has got to contradict to living “only for yourself.”
Yet when I was most alone and scared and worried. It was God whom I turned to.
Once, when I was in high school I was really nervous about some shit and I couldn’t sleep so I dug out my old teddy bear and cuddled up with it. It helped me go to sleep, but unlike when I was 5, I didn’t think it was actually hugging me back. What’s the difference between your story and mine?
Living life to the fullest really meant staying trapped within the materialistic world.
So, you’re electing, instead, to live in an imaginary world and suppress yourself?
I have been blessed.
Really, did you receive some kind of certificate of blessing?