Posts Tagged ‘conservatives’

September 14th, 2022 - 7:50 pm § in Law and Courts, Religion, Schools & Colleges

Why discriminating against gays isn’t a religious right

Private colleges are in the limelight this week in the religious right’s war against gays. Earlier this week, the Seattle Times reported that Seattle Pacific University, a private Methodist-affiliated college, is suffering enrollment declines and shedding faculty and students because of its po[...]

September 2nd, 2022 - 12:27 pm § in Economics, Politics

GOP senator’s Social Security rescue plan: Go back to work

Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI), who has the temerity to ask Wisconsin voters to re-elect him after calling Capitol rioters “tourists,” has come up with another bold idea. (He’s nothing if not imaginative.) “There are a number of innovative ideas I would support,” he told const[...]

August 16th, 2022 - 3:06 pm § in Hypocrisy, Law and Courts, Politics

Why is a girl too young to have an abortion, old enough to be a parent?

Self-contradicting conservative rationalization is playing out in Florida courts, where a circuit judge, then a state appeals court, ruled a pregnant 16-year-old is not “sufficiently mature to decide whether to terminate her pregnancy.” (See NBC News story here.) Florida law requires minors to g[...]

August 13th, 2022 - 9:13 pm § in Law and Courts, Politics

Librarian sues book burners over hate speech

Amanda Jones (photo, left) is a school librarian in Louisiana. She’s also president of the Louisiana Association of School Librarians, and in that capacity, spoke against censorship at a meeting. Two men who didn’t like what she said went on social media and called her “a pedophile[...]

August 3rd, 2022 - 4:02 pm § in Democrats, Politics

What happened in Kansas?

Kansas voters soundly rejected Republican efforts to amend the state constitution to pave the way for the legislature to ban abortions, which is being hailed as a “massive victory” for abortion supporters. Now pundits everywhere are reading all sorts of things into it. Let’s try to[...]

July 17th, 2022 - 3:24 pm § in Law and Courts, Politics, Religion

Objective Truth v. Subjective Belief

This is the battle of the new century, and it’s not going well for the good guys. It feels like 1940, struggling to hold the beachheads in England and Dunkirk (but, as you’ll recall, the good guys won that one; the lesson being to never give up the good fight, no matter how dark the [&he[...]

June 29th, 2022 - 10:26 pm § in Law and Courts, Racism, Religion

Will the Supreme Court destroy the rule of law?

The Supreme Court’s new conservative majority appears to be as reckless as the president who appointed them. In just the last 10 days, “the court has gutted limits on gun possession, severely weakened the wall between church and state, and taken away a right that has existed for nearly 5[...]

May 21st, 2022 - 9:14 pm § in Politics, Racism, Schools & Colleges

Still think conservatives believe in “freedom”?

The U.S. Conservative Political Action Committee (CPAC) is meeting in Hungary, whose strongman is teaching them how to seize power. Read stories here and here Conservatives don’t like social change and want to preserve a way of life they’re comfortable with. But they’re a voting minority, and[...]

May 19th, 2022 - 5:55 pm § in Politics

Are fetuses incinerated to generate electricity for street lights?

Let’s start here: Police cadets are taught they need evidence to build a case. Law students are taught to win cases with evidence. Science is evidence-based. Conservative beliefs are not based on evidence: Conservatives didn’t need evidence to believe Hillary Clinton ran a child traffick[...]

May 5th, 2022 - 3:59 pm § in Law and Courts

The issue that’s bigger than abortion

It’s true the conservative justices likely to overturn Roe v. Wade are right-to-lifers. But there’s more going on. While legal analysts like to refer to them as “strict textualists” (i.e., if the Constitution doesn’t explicitly state something, it isn’t there), it[...]