Wednesday, June 20, 2012

The Religious Right Reminds me of Another Group...

I'm exhausted from having to point out the differences between the far right and the middle and left, but continue to point them out I will. If the teapublicans expand their power, this is what you will see more and more of in our country. Is this what we want, as a people? Does anyone who has any remote idea of what Jesus Christ was about honestly think withholding assistance to those most in need is a "Christian value"? If Jesus were alive today, he'd never stop throwing up, based on what's being done in his name. Shameful. Horrific. Anti-CHRISTian. What's truly ironic about this is that the behavior of so-called christians is similar to another group of extremists who also hate homosexuals and want them to die. This is the same group that vilifies women and abrogates their rights....

Still think the Left and the Right are Basically the Same?
The following are a few anecdotes of what the extreme Christian right has been up to lately:

Oklahoma Doctor and Nurse Deny Patient Care After Women is Raped
According to Groobiecat:
An Oklahoma mother brought her daughter to a local hospital after she was raped only to be turned away and refused help by a doctor, purportedly because the hospital lacked the staff to properly process the victim's claims and injuries. Welcome to the reality of processing sexual assault crimes in GOP-land. 
The young woman asked the doctor whether or not emergency contraceptives were available and whether the doctor was simply refusing to provide them. The nurse told her “I will not give you emergency contraceptives because it goes against my belief.” The doctor refused to help her, even though she had just been raped, and refused to find another doctor to help her. (source)
Doctor Denies Gay Man Treatment for "Homosexual Disease"
According to Addicting Info:
Joao Simoes is HIV positive. He went to Trinitas Regional Medical Center in Elizabeth, NJ and for an undisclosed reason, was admitted to the mental health wing. According to a complaint filed with the state of New Jersey, Dr. Borja of the Department of Behavioral Health and Psychiatry approached Simoes and after looking at his file, asked how he contracted HIV. His response was, ”I got it from unprotected sex.” 
The complaint then says that “Dr. Borga closed the plaintiff’s file, put it down and looked at plaintiff with disgust on her face and asked, coldly, “Is that from sex with men?” 
Simoes says he responded affirmatively and that, “immediately after hearing this, Dr. Borga proceeded to exit the room.” 
After this consultation, no nurse or doctor came to see Simoes, even though he told them that he needed to take his HIV medication, according to the complaint. (source,Courthouse News Service) 
According to Simoes, three days passed passed before he was allowed to contact his personal physician. It was at that time he learned that Borja had already spoken to his doctor. 
“You must be gay, too, if you’re his doctor,” accused Borga.
“Additionally, apparently realizing that plaintiff’s doctor had an accent, Dr. Borga exclaimed, ‘What, do you need a translator?’ to which plaintiff’s doctor had again responded that Dr. Borga needed to give plaintiff his HIV medication,” the complaint states. 
“Dr. Borga responded to plaintiff’s doctor by stating, ‘This is what he gets for going against God’s will,’ and hung up the phone on plaintiff’s doctor.” (source)
Eastern Michigan State University Counselor Denies Help to Suicidal Student
According to Addicting Info:
In 2009, a student at Eastern Michigan University named Julea Ward was expelled from her graduate studies program. She was removed from the program because she refused to counsel a suicidal gay student. The reason, if you haven’t already guessed, is because she is a ‘Christian.’  
Either way you look at it, it seems like a huge failing. And we would all agree that something neededto be done to prevent this kind of potential tragedy from ever happening again. The Michigan House of Representatives have addressed the problem…By passing a bill making it illegal to: 
“discipline or discriminate against a student in a counseling, social work, or psychology program because the student refuses to counsel or serve a client as to goals, outcomes, or behaviors that conflict with a sincerely held religious belief.”
Yes, that’s right. They went pro-intolerance. It’s called the “Julea Ward freedom of conscience act‘,” and if it passes, it sets some very interesting precedences:
  • It would create an anti-discrimination law that permits discrimination. More troubling is that it awards priority to the protection an ‘idea’ over the protection of the needs of an ‘individual.’
  • It would prevent learning institutions from disqualifying students from certification when the student holds beliefs that make them unwilling or unable to satisfactorily complete their training. Obviously it also allows them to ply a trade they are unwilling or unable to hold. A critical trade, where lives hang in the balance. (source)
Past Calls for Electrified Pens to Hold Gay People in until they Die (because, you know, that's what Jesus would Do. I mean, he was a carpenter, right?)
“Build a great, big, large fence — 150 or 100 mile long — put all the lesbians in there. Do the same thing for the queers and the homosexuals and have that fence electrified so they can’t get out… and you know what, in a few years, they’ll die out… do you know why? They can’t reproduce!” North Carolina Pastor Charles Worley

According to Queerty:
The congregation of North Carolina’s Providence Road Baptist Church voiced solidarity with Pastor Charles Worley’s now infamous rant calling for gays to be rounded up and put inside an electric fence  WCNC TV in Charlotte, NC, interviewed members of the church, showing how one man’s extreme hate can spread like a virus throughout an entire community.
Full story here:

1 comment:

  1. My response to the graphic used here.