Kansas, a state that is so Gawd-awful that Kansas City has been sneaking it’s own bad self into Missouri (which is no Garden of Eden despite what the Mormons say) for years, is thinking about turning itself into a Paul Ryan petri dish because, hey, why not? It’s Kansas.
|By: Peterr Saturday June 16, 2012 9:00 am|
In the 1850s and 60s, there were slaveholders who justified their ways by appealing to their religious beliefs. In the 1950s and 60s, there were segregationists who screamed “religious liberty” when their practices were questioned. Today, it’s the US Conference of Catholic Bishops doing the same with regard to laws and regulations that attempt to protect the rights of women to equal treatment, and anti-gay crusaders who want a religious exemption to continue their anti-gay ways.
In 1983, though, the US Supreme Court ruled in Bob Jones University v US that shouting “religious liberty!” is not a magic incantation that automatically frees the speaker from the laws of society. As Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. — no hater of the church — wrote, “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”
Even, or especially, when that injustice is perpetrated in the name of religious liberty.
|By: Attaturk Monday May 28, 2012 1:30 am|
Well what do you know, more crazy shit out of Kansas…
|By: Eli Tuesday May 15, 2012 6:01 pm|
Oh look, another “conscience act” – crowd-sourced oppression rebranded as “freedom.”
|By: David Dayen Wednesday May 9, 2012 6:30 am|
In his continuing quest for intelligent life and hope, our intrepid reporter scans the universe for links to stories of interest, including Bank of America, David Brooks, Heartland Institute, fiscal cliff, gas prices, tax evasion, fracking regulations, Greece, marriage equality, underwear bombs, crazy Kansas or Sasha Boron Cohen and worse.
|By: RH Reality Check Saturday April 7, 2012 7:52 am|
Written by Jessica Mason Pieklo for RH Reality Check. Among the new restrictions appearing in anti-abortion bills nationwide, it is the medical malpractice liability shields that have the potential to alter, perhaps permanently, women’s relationship with the civil justice system. Both Kansas and Arizona are advancing measures that exempt doctors from medical malpractice suits should [...]
|By: David Dayen Wednesday March 14, 2012 9:15 am|
Before we went into Afghanistan, I remember reading about a law there ruling that women couldn’t become doctors, and couldn’t be treated by a male doctor. And I thought to myself, that’s some creative hatred. You have to get up early and actually think about hatred like that.
This is what we’ve seen from our stateside version of the Taliban when it comes to abortion laws.
|By: Peterr Saturday March 10, 2012 9:04 am|
Rick Santorum — a pious Roman Catholic — has gotten knocked for losing the Catholic vote to the Mormon Mitt Romney, but those who note this generally take a simplistic view of “the Catholic vote.” They confuse the positions taken by the bishops with the positions embraced by rank and file Catholics, and wonder why Santorum doesn’t get more Catholic votes. Hint: maybe it’s because lots of Catholics disagree with their bishops. See “contraception” and “divorce and remarriage.”
That said, Rick Santorum is poised to win the Kansas caucuses today, and if he does, it will be because of the support of the conservative “purity Catholics” that are more numerous in Kansas than other parts of the US church. And in a caucus state, you can be sure that they’ll turn out.
|By: Gregg Levine Friday February 3, 2012 2:29 pm|
For those who thought that, with the new year, nuclear power had turned a page and put its “annus horribilis” behind it–as if the calendar were somehow the friend America’s aging reactors–let’s take a quick look at January 2012.
|By: Lisa Derrick Monday January 23, 2012 5:00 pm|
Gary Jenkins, who brought us Negroes to Hire, joins us again tonight with another compelling and carefully crafted documentary about Kansas, slavery and the Civil War. With Freedom Seekers: Stories from the Western Underground Railroad, Jenkins traces the history of “Bloody Kansas,” and its place in the abolitionist movement. The Kansas Territory was key in the balance of the states before the Civil War, as neighboring Missouri was a slave state, bordered by two free states, Illinois and Iowa.