Tony Norman investigates the scam.

The folks sitting grimly in the corner gnashing their teeth are those most convinced that marriage equality is an affront to everything they hold sacred. As far as they’re concerned, the Supreme Court repudiated several thousand years of civil and religious tradition.

Never mind that most religions once defined marriage in ways that would scandalize even the most tradition-bound American in 2015. You’d be hard-pressed to find a religious tradition that didn’t sanction polygamy, child brides and treating women as property whose market value was determined by a set dowry price, their potential fertility and the perception of how a marriage would help the groom’s social standing.

It’s true that the rituals accompanying marriage ceremonies were designed to encourage the perpetuation of the species, but historically they were also about reinforcing whatever the presiding economic order happened to be.

More traditions at the link.

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Persons complaining that the Supreme Court has denied their right to deny the rights of other:  denying them the right to deny gays the right to marry, the right to deny health insurance, the right to deny health insurance claims, and so on.

Via Kos.

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Full mental jacketed frolickers.

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Twits longing for the good old days.

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Westboro Baptist twits.

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Via Kos.

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Tom Tomorrow cartoon lampooning opposition to gay marriage.


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As I think I’ve mentioned before, nothing that ever happened in a homosexual bedroom affected a marriage of mine. I cannot say the same about heterosexual bedrooms.

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21 June 2015 · Comments Off on Rights for Me, Not for Thee · Categories: Culture Warriors, Gunnuttery

Gun nut supports NSA spying against terrorists, until someone asks him about domestic terrorists, as which point he says,

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In other news, someone else who was raised Southern Baptist, as I was, meditates on the hateful gospel of Franklin Graham. (By the way, we also had a beer truck driver in our church. Our pastors periodically had to assure him that he was welcome.)

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19 June 2015 · Comments Off on Church and (Delaware) State · Categories: Culture Warriors

Speaking of freedom of religion . . . .

Natalia Mendieta claims she lost her athletic scholarship after she refused to attend church or participate in Bible studies – optional activities that were reportedly made mandatory by her coach.

Had this been a religious institution or religious college, this would not be an issue. The focus of this lawsuit is on a taxpayer supported state university.

(snip)

Mendieta, raised Roman Catholic, was uncomfortable going to the coach’s protestant church. But she explains that she said little in protest, not wanting to risk her scholarship.

The story goes on to say that, when she eventually told the coach that she would prefer to attend a Catholic church, the coach became critical of her play and she eventually lost her scholarship. (There may have been other issues as well; the story mentions hints of a missed curfew, but coaches turn their heads away from missed curfews all the time, especially when it’s “boys being bros boys.”)

The coach is reportedly no longer at Del. State.

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19 June 2015 · Comments Off on Have Wafer, Eat It Too · Categories: Culture Warriors

Frame One:  Baker says,

Via Job’s Anger.

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18 June 2015 · Comments Off on Twits on Twitter · Categories: Culture Warriors

Haters gotta hate.

I find this particularly galling, as I was raised Southern Baptist, back when Southern Baptists were Christian, before they became Christianist. My brother once said, and I agree with him, that our father was likely the most Christian person he ever knew, but, somewhere along the line, the definition of “Christian” seems to have changed, and the Gospel of Love has become the Gospel of hate.

These “They-Call-Themselves-Southern-Baptists” worship no Jesus that I know.

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16 June 2015 · Comments Off on Tyrant-osaurus · Categories: Culture Warriors

One dinosaur wearing
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13 June 2015 · Comments Off on Twits on Twitter · Categories: Culture Warriors

Distractingly sexy twits.

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12 June 2015 · Comments Off on Graham (the) Cracker · Categories: Culture Warriors

The Raleigh News and Observer’s Barry Saunders sees unanticipated consequences to Franklin Graham’s latest antics. A snippet:

It’s not exactly on a par with turning water into wine or feeding the multitudes with a loaf and two fishes, but Franklin Graham’s feat of turning a bank with nearly $2 trillion in assets into a sympathetic, caring symbol is still impressive.

By attacking Wells Fargo Bank for its ad featuring two women in a same-sex relationship, Graham, president of his daddy’s Billy Graham Evangelical Association, has made the bank look progressive.

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10 June 2015 · Comments Off on “No, No Place To Hide” · Categories: Culture Warriors

Franklin Graham cancels account at Wells-Fargo because it runs an ad with a same-sex couple, moves to BB&T, which sponsored a Miami Beach Gay Pride fundraiser. Where will he go next?

I reckon that life becomes complicated when you base your decision-making on hating persons for being.

Afterthought:

I have an account at Wells-Fargo. It didn’t start out at Wells-Fargo, but mergers and acquisitions made it that way.

I’ve been thinking maybe I should close it, because Wells-Fargo is a wannabe Bank of America, but moving your banking is a complex task and I’ve been avoiding the issue.

After this, maybe I’ll just keep it in memory of Franklin Graham.

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07 June 2015 · Comments Off on Facebook Frolics · Categories: Culture Warriors

Haters gotta hate.

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07 June 2015 · Comments Off on People of the Book · Categories: Culture Warriors

Mike Huckabee:  The Supreme Court is not the supreme being.  It cannot overrule the Bible:  Anjem Choudary:  Allah is the only legislator.  No man-made law is above his law.

Via Job’s Anger.

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04 June 2015 · Comments Off on Huckster on the Hustings · Categories: Culture Warriors

Via Raw Story.

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04 June 2015 · Comments Off on All That Was Old Is New Again · Categories: Culture Warriors

Hate still travels in the cloak of religion.

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01 June 2015 · Comments Off on “Obsession” · Categories: Culture Warriors

It’s not just the name of a movie.

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