03 4 / 2013

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In the same manner that some Muslim lawmakers abroad use Shariah Law to limit rights and freedom of their citizens with extreme interpretations of the laws, American Christian congressional Republicans, Tea Party, and some Democratic members do the same, but with Christian Law.

Tennessee, Louisiana and Arizona have passed laws banning judges from consulting Sharia, or more generally, foreign or religious laws. Oklahoma voters approved a ban on Sharia law in 2010, but a judge blocked the rule after a Muslim man filed a religious freedom lawsuit. Legislatures in South Carolina and Florida are considering anti-Sharia bills.” - Huffington Post

Christian congresspersons use Christian Religious Law based on Bible teachings to limit the rights of it’s citizens by passing laws such as DOMA, (Defense of Marriage Act enacted in 1996) whose future is now being considered by the U.S. Supreme Court.

Christians use religious law to limit the rights and freedoms of gay people throughout the United States, and it’s wrong. It is wrong for anyone to use religious beliefs as a basis to enact laws. State political leaders also use Christian Religious Law to limit the rights of women to choose what is best for their own medical and economic situations by banning Abortion. keep-abortion-safe-and-legal

When it comes down to it the the way in which Christians in power force their beliefs onto populations through legislation, and the way that Muslims use Shariah based on the Koran to enact laws are the same. They are both wrong in doing so. The reasons are that everyone isn’t Christian or Muslim, there are more religions or lack thereof in existence than just those two. In fact there are more world views than anyone can imagine. No one should be forced to live by someone else’s religious laws.

Basic human laws are the exception, of course we are against killing, or robbing your fellow man, but that is instinctual not religious law though often included in religious text.

In the current laws on Abortion, women are denied a choice, based on religious beliefs crossing over to actual legislation. These women are bound by a religious belief that they may not share. This limits their rights immensely.

In the current laws on Gay Marriage, those seeking to marry may be prevented from doing so, they too are bound by religious beliefs crossing over into actual legislation, that they may not share. This limits their rights immensely, and it’s wrong in a nation that is suppose to be for justice for all showing favor for one religion, or group over another.

All religions are free to exist of course, and we are free to to be free from it. Both are protected in the U.S. Constitution. It’s time to give women back their right to choose, and gay couples the right to marry, and stop using religious law to enact law. DOMA

Suggested Reading:

1. It’s time to overturn DOMA - Washington Post

2. The Landscape of abortion bans, in one must-see map - Washington Post

3. 10 states where abortion is virtually illegal for women- Alternet

4. Sharia Law Campaign begins as Muslims fight ban - Huffington Post

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10 3 / 2012

Mar 9, 2012

 Republicans in Kansas want what would in effect be a sales tax on women seeking abortion. According to the Huffington Post “under the proposal, women who end up receiving abortions would not be able to deduct the cost of the abortion as a health care expense if they had not purchased special abortion insurance…”.* Ana Kasparian and former prosecutor Steve Oh discuss on The Young Turks.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/03/08/kansas-abortion-bill-sales-tax_n_132…

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20 2 / 2011

Top 10 Shocking Attacks from the GOP War on Women from Feb. 19, 2011

1) Republicans not only want to reduce women’s access to abortion care, they’re actually trying to redefine rape. After a major backlash, they promised to stop. But they haven’t. 2) A state legislator in Georgia wants to change the legal term for victims of rape, stalking, and domestic violence to “accuser.” But victims of other less gendered crimes, like burglary, would remain “victims.”

3) In South Dakota, Republicans proposed a bill that could make it legal to murder a doctor who provides abortion care. (Yep, for real.) 4) Republicans want to cut nearly a billion dollars of food and other aid to low-income pregnant women, mothers, babies, and kids.

5) In Congress, Republicans have proposed a bill that would let hospitals allow a woman to die rather than perform an abortion necessary to save her life. 6) Maryland Republicans ended all county money for a low-income kids’ preschool program. Why? No need, they said. Women should really be home with the kids, not out working.

7) And at the federal level, Republicans want to cut that same program, Head Start, by $1 billion. That means over 200,000 kids could lose their spots in preschool. 8) Two-thirds of the elderly poor are women, and Republicans are taking aim at them too. A spending bill would cut funding for employment services, meals, and housing for senior citizens.

9) Congress voted yesterday on a Republican amendment to cut all federal funding from Planned Parenthood health centers, one of the most trusted providers of basic health care and family planning in our country. 10) And if that wasn’t enough, Republicans are pushing to eliminate all funds for the only federal family planning program. (For humans. But Republican Dan Burton has a bill to provide contraception for wild horses. You can’t make this stuff up).

—————————— Sources:

1. “‘Forcible Rape’ Language Remains In Bill To Restrict Abortion Funding,” The Huffington Post, February 9, 2011
http://www.moveon.org/r?r=206084&id=26177-18360152-2NicKCx&t=6 “Extreme Abortion Coverage Ban Introduced,” Center for American Progress, January 20, 2011
http://www.moveon.org/r?r=205961&id=26177-18360152-2NicKCx&t=7

2. “Georgia State Lawmaker Seeks To Redefine Rape Victims As ‘Accusers,’” The Huffington Post, February 4, 2011
http://www.moveon.org/r?r=206007&id=26177-18360152-2NicKCx&t=8 3. “South Dakota bill would legalize killing abortion doctors,” Salon, February 15, 2011
http://www.moveon.org/r?r=206102&id=26177-18360152-2NicKCx&t=9

4. “House GOP Proposes Cuts to Scores of Sacred Cows,” National Journal, February 9, 2011
http://www.moveon.org/r?r=206103&id=26177-18360152-2NicKCx&t=10 5. “New GOP Bill Would Allow Hospitals To Let Women Die Instead Of Having An Abortion,” Talking Points Memo, February 4, 2011
http://www.moveon.org/r?r=205974&id=26177-18360152-2NicKCx&t=11

6. “Republican Officials Cut Head Start Funding, Saying Women Should be Married and Home with Kids,” Think Progress, February 16, 2011
http://thinkprogress.org/2011/02/16/gop-women-kids/ 7. “Bye Bye, Big Bird. Hello, E. Coli,” The New Republic, Feburary 12, 2011
http://www.moveon.org/r?r=206104&id=26177-18360152-2NicKCx&t=12

8. “House GOP spending cuts will devastate women, families and economy,” The Hill, February 16, 2011
http://thehill.com/blogs/congress-blog/economy-a-budget/144585-house-gop-spen… 9. “House passes measure stripping Planned Parenthood funding,” MSNBC, February 18,2011
http://www.moveon.org/r?r=206122&id=26177-18360152-2NicKCx&t=13

“GOP Spending Plan: X-ing Out Title X Family Planning Funds,” Wall Street Journal, February 9, 2011
http://www.moveon.org/r?r=206105&id=26177-18360152-2NicKCx&t=14 10. Ibid.

Birth Control for Horses, Not for Women,” Blog for Choice, February 17, 2011
http://www.moveon.org/r?r=206106&id=26177-18360152-2NicKCx&t=15
—- via Kat Barr, MoveOn.org Political Action Email
02/19/2011

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