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Get Religious Beliefs OUT of Hospitals and Charities!

If Catholic and other religious institutions can not medically treat people in their hospitals or help poor people with their charities without imposing their religious beliefs on others, then they should get out of the hospital and charity business! No one is forcing them to operate these facilities! Hospitals and charities should not be bastions of religious beliefs set up to gain converts anyway; they should be there to serve and help people!

Religious zealots have successfully used the ruse that they don’t want their tax dollars used to support abortion/contraception because both are against their “values”, a code word for religious beliefs!  They’ve used this ruse to entrap decent, well-meaning people into supporting their anti-abortion, anti-contraception stances!  It’s a cowardly way to get the majority that supports abortion and contraception to support the imposition of religious beliefs upon others.  There are numerous things that my tax dollars support that go against my “values”!  So, let me say that I DO NOT want MY tax dollars supporting hospitals, charities, schools, etc. gaining converts and spreading religious doctrines that are against MY “values”! 🙂 And, believe me, those religious organizations receive MILLIONS of tax dollars that they are using to spread their religious doctrines and gain converts!

I’m a firm supporter of contraception and abortion rights.  I don’t like abortion; no one does. But, abortion should be reduced by education and contraception NOT by the religious persecution of women by hospitals, charities, etc.  in a country that’s supposed to have freedom of religion.

We must keep the religious beliefs in the churches where they belong! If Catholic and other religious organizations want to operate their businesses (hospitals, charities, schools, etc.) in the religious-free marketplace, then they can NOT be allowed to use those institutions to religiously persecute women by discriminating against them based on their religious beliefs!

I AM WOMAN, HEAR ME ROAR! A Call to Arms to Fight For Women’s Rights AGAIN!

While many of us who fought ferociously for women’s rights in the 60s were busy climbing career ladders, raising our children, pampering our grandchildren 🙂 the religious zealots on the right were equally busy desperately trying to find ways to roll back the gains that were made!

The religious zealots first attacked the word “feminist” associating it with extremist actions in an attempt to shame women who spoke up and openly admitted that they supported women’s rights. This worked so well that numerous “young” women proclaimed with pride that they WERE NOT FEMINISTS! I was concerned about the movement but thought “well, so many laws have been put into place to protect these unknowing women in the market place that all would be ok and that nothing could reverse the sexual revolution that allowed them NOT to be called whores just because they chose to have premarital sex like many men”!

After making such successful gains against the feminist movement, the religious zealots began searching for code words they could use against the women’s rights movement as a ruse to lure in support from decent, well-meaning people. They finally found one that has been very successful for them, the excuse that they don’t want their tax dollars being spent to support things that are against their “values“, a code word for religious beliefs!  Unfortunately, this ruse has been so successful that it has now expanded to not just include tax dollars but to allow those in the medical profession to use their “values” (religious beliefs) to withhold medical benefits and prescription medicines from women! Even well-meaning, decent people are being duped by the code word “values” and really don’t think about the immorality of allowing those in the medical professions to use their religious beliefs to trump the needs of their women patients especially poor women!

There are MANY things that my tax dollars support that go against MY “values”, many of which are fervently loved by those same religious zealots!  But, of course, they don’t want anyone thinking about withdrawing support for those things. It’s time we stopped putting up with this ruse and tell those religious zealots that abortion is legal; if you don’t like that, then get the damned law changed IF you can! But, stop using YOUR religious beliefs to impose your “values” on others by withholding tax dollars; it’s a cowardly, childish method for getting your way when the majority of people don’t agree with you!

Once the “don’t use my tax dollars for abortion because it’s against my “values”  (religious beliefs)” ruse was so successful in the entrapment of decent people to get them to support religious persecution of women, the religious zealots moved to take it one step further.  Having gained strength through duping well-meaning people to support them, they are now like a bully that has the support of those watching them physically and mentally abuse their victim.  They are introducing laws at the local, state, and federal level that would have been absurd and shameful just a few years ago, laws that actually require a woman to have an object thrust into her vagina if she’s considering abortion!  These laws are coming at such a rapid pace that it’s frightening!

Those of us who have been busy with our lives and thought the women’s movement no longer needed our constant attention were wrong!  Once AGAIN, it’s time to let those religious zealots HEAR US ROAR!  So, come out of your homes and work places mentally and physically and join the voices of women in the growing movement to STOP these religious zealots AGAIN from attacking the freedom of women to have regular access to medical benefits they deserve and to have the right to choose whether their bodies are used to reproduce!  We must stop these people, mostly misogynistic men, from abusing and persecuting women without penalty.  Some of us may be old, tired warriors but once again we must come out and let them hear us ROAR!

War on Women is RELIGIOUS PERSECUTION and UNCONSTITUTIONAL!

The war on women being conducted by lawmakers at the local, state, and federal level is taking away their health care benefits and the right to make their own reproductive choices.  The laws being passed by these irresponsible, authoritarian, mostly male Hitlerites are based on THEIR religious beliefs and are nothing more than RELIGIOUS PERSECUTION OF WOMEN in this country!  ANY law that requires/allows any action/inaction based on religious beliefs is UNCONSTITUTIONAL; and it’s about time women stopped allowing this persecution, especially religious persecution of those women who are least able to fight back, those in the lower-income group.

These new laws that take away women’s healthcare benefits or their right to make their own reproductive choices are so offensive that I actually have to research them further when I hear about them because I just can’t believe it!  And, when I do research the latest one that I have heard about,  I find that some idiotic lawmakers presuming to represent the public have decided to use their own religious beliefs to force others to behave according to THEIR RELIGIOUS BELIEFS!  I find it absolutely impossible to believe that such laws would be suggested much less passed by any group with any awareness of the consequences of their actions.

The latest offensive, religious persecution law I read about on Twitter was passed by the Missouri House of Representatives!  The law allows medical professionals to deny women access to contraception! Really! WTF!   USWarOnWomen.wordpress.com states “Under the law, medical professionals cannot be fired or discriminated against for refusing to provide contraception or perform abortions if it conflicted with their personal views, while employers do not have to cover contraception.”  I say again, WTF!  What in the world were these lawmakers thinking, writing a law that states “IF it conflicts with their personal views” as though they have the right to allow someone who holds a woman’s life in their hands the right to use their religious beliefs to overrule her own!   And, of course, THEIR PERSONAL VIEWS ARE ALWAYS GOING TO BE BASED ON THEIR RELIGIOUS BELIEFS!

I think MOST caring, thoughtful people would find a law that makes a woman have to allow someone to thrust an object into her vagina if she’s considering an abortion to be beyond absurd!  A law such as that basically legalizes physical abuse of women!  Who in the hell in the year 2012 in the United States would think such a law would even be allowed to be introduced?  Who would think that such a law would even be discussed by anyone with half a brain?  Who would even consider voting for such a law?  I’ll tell you who!  The ones introducing such a law, discussing such a law, and voting for such a law possess warped and evil brains that get enjoyment out of others’ pain especially women’s pain!  They LOVE power and their twisted brains lead them to believe that they are always right!  Their obstinence comes from their RELIGIOUS BELIEFS and no one is allowed to even question the legitimacy of those religious beliefs!

Such “Scarlet Letter” laws were abominable in the early years of this country but they are absolutely unacceptable in the year 2012!  WE WOMEN WILL NOT STAND FOR SUCH IDIOCY MASKING ITSELF IN THE NAME OF THE LAW!  These laws are nothing more than RELIGIOUS PERSECUTION OF WOMEN and they are UNCONSTITUTIONAL!  We need to publish in every outlet we can find the names of ALL who introduce and vote for such laws; their names should be distributed to all women (and many very supportive men) so that we can do all that we can to make sure that they NEVER hold public office again!  We need to call, write, email every local, state, federal prosecutor to demand that they immediately stop any and all of these religious persecution laws from being enacted; and, if the prosecutors do not take action, take down their names and distribute them because many of them hold elected positions and we need to make sure that they never hold public office again!

We should not think that this is just a passing fad and that these laws will never be enacted because they most certainly will be enacted.  Women have been persecuted for many reasons in this country and some women were physically tortured in the process of getting the right to vote.  We cannot allow warped minds who get off from religious persecution to continue to enjoy their most current persecution of women.  The only way to stop them is to expose them for what they are and to make sure that all who are affected by these insane laws are aware of them and use their right to vote to take these bastards out of office now!

An excellent source for information about these laws and other subjects that affect women’s rights is USWarOnWomen.wordpress.com.  I would like to thank them for providing such a thorough resource!  I only wish I had found the blog before now! 🙂

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