Two abysmal Supreme Court decisions came down yesterday. One expanded the “ministerial exception” to the size of Cleveland, protecting religious organizations from civil suits over discrimination. UPI covered our response:
“Religious groups, which control the vast majority of private schools, multiple private universities, and a growing number of medical facilities and hospitals, can now hire and fire employees at will, discriminating without reservation,” [said] Robyn Blumner.
“To expand an exemption for ‘ministers of the faith’ to the point that it includes these grade-school teachers is frankly ridiculous.” Nick Little, vice president and legal director of the Center for Inquiry, an organization with a mission to support a secular society, said.
Contraception is an integral part of women’s health care and should be part of any health insurance plan, but this Court has decided that an employer’s faith-based issues with contraception takes precedence. Essentially the Court is approving of the idea that employers may impose their religion on their workers.
Meanwhile, we need your help to stop Betsy DeVos’s voucher scheme to shovel taxpayer money to religious schools.
The latest Point of Inquiry podcast has host Leighann Lord with Dr. Anthony Pinn, which I am really looking forward to listening to:
Pinn … proposes the question, “What does our nontheistic perspective offer folks at this moment? What do we offer them beyond the critique of religion?” as we face the pandemic and the ever growing need for honest discussions and action on the issues of race.
More than 62,000 new COVID-19 cases were reported in the United States yesterday.
NYT: Nurses who went to New York City to battle the coronavirus went back home to find friends and family telling them the virus is a hoax. “When someone tells me that they don’t believe the virus is real, it’s an insult. I take it personally.” Hell yeah, you do.
Journalists in Brazil are suing President Jair Bolsonaro for removing his mask while talking to them, right after he announced he had COVID-19.
Mark Grenon, who the Post says “runs a fake church with his sons in Florida that sells people a life-threatening toxic bleach product,” was charged with conspiracy to defraud the United States. I wonder if the president knows.
The FTC says Americans have lost more than $77 million to COVID-19 scams.
Those scams include those perpetrated by chiropractors claiming to be able to treat and cure COVID-19. But don’t worry, the California Chiropractic Association says, “Making these types of claims is not appropriate.” SOLVED.
Al Gore tells Wired the pandemic might lead to a kind of great awakening about interconnectedness and sustainability. I dunno, Al. I’m not seeing it.
This was surreal for me to see: My old stomping grounds, the American Shakespeare Center’s Blackfriars Playhouse in Staunton, Virginia, where I spent five years as an actor and music director, is trying to reopen, complete with Zoom-based and mask-wearing, socially-distant rehearsals.
Max Boot reflects on the Scopes trial, where science lost 95 years ago, then seemed to have won, and now is losing again:
I suspect there is a lot of overlap between anti-evolutionists, anti-maskers and climate deniers. That hostility to science, found far more on the right than the left, makes it much harder to deal with major crises such as global warming or the coronavirus. Ninety-five years after the Scopes trial, the foes of science are more potent politically than ever — and we are all paying the price.
Yeah, there’s Kanye. Why is Kanye here in the Heresy? Such a good question. Becaaaaaaause:
Reinstate in God’s state, in God’s country, the fear and love of God in all schools and organizations and you chill the fear and love of everything else. So that was a plan by the Devil — to have our kids committing suicide at an all-time high by removing God, to have murders in Chicago at an all-time high because the human beings working for the Devil removed God and prayer from the schools. That means more drugs, more murders, more suicide.
It’s so many of our children that are being vaccinated and paralyzed… So when they say the way we’re going to fix COVID is with a vaccine, I’m extremely cautious. … That’s the mark of the beast. They want to put chips inside of us, they want to do all kinds of things, to make it where we can’t cross the gates of heaven. I’m sorry when I say they, the humans that have the Devil inside them. And the sad thing is that, the saddest thing is that we all won’t make it to heaven, that there’ll be some of us that do not make it.
At least The Far Side is back. Probe and release.
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