21 August 2012 Teavangelism, rape, and the 1st Amendment
Wake up: It's not just Akin
By LZ Granderson, CNN Contributor
updated 9:38 AM EDT, Tue August 21, 2012
“The truth is the "legitimate rape" comment made by U.S. Rep. Todd Akin -- as in pregnancy from "legitimate rape" is rare -- is not a GOP anomaly, but rather another disturbing glimpse into the viewpoint too many social conservatives have about women's health and reproductive rights. And if abortion is not among the "real issues," why is the GOP platform committee considering adding a ban, with no mention of exceptions, to this year's to-do list?
“Last March, in a discussion in the Kansas House about whether women purchase separate abortion-only policies, Republican state Rep. Pete DeGraaf suggested women should plan ahead for rape the way he keeps a spare tire. A few weeks later, Indiana state Rep. Eric Turner, a Republican, said some women might fake being raped in order to get free abortions.
Former presidential hopeful Rick Santorum suggested doctors who perform an abortion on a woman who becomes pregnant from an attack should be thrown in jail and this year suggested rape victims who become pregnant from an attack should be forced to keep the baby and "make the best out of a bad situation…"
“…Some social conservatives talk of protecting religious freedom, but what they are really seeking is a theocracy that places limits on freedom based on a version of Judeo-Christianity that fits their liking. for the GOP's national platform. Some speak of fighting abortion because of their religious convictions and then belittle the trauma caused by rape.
“They think they can make this controversy all about Akin, as if Ryan's legislative history is just going to disappear. As if DeGraaf never suggested women should plan ahead for rape the way he keeps a spare tire. As if none of us are paying attention.
We are treated in every Romney/Ryan speech to the myth that our “freedom and rights” derive from a supernatural deity that deals in these “rights” in exchange for sufficient supplication. Such supplication must, apparently, be voiced in the appropriate language by persons of the appropriate skin tone, who schedule routine appearances at a building with the appropriate label. There is, of course, no recognition of the same theocratic manipulation of public practice and opinion going on in every 3rd world nation. Emerging powers and industrialized/digital states have long ago advanced beyond reliance on religious mythology in financial, educational, social, and other means of maintaining a strong and reality-based government.
If all the above conditions are met the individuals who supplicate loudly enough and often enough will be rewarded with wealth and power; with which they may then enact laws to suppress similar supplications to other mythical deities, and with which they may engage in efforts to rape and gut the 1st Amendment to our Constitution.
That’s the one that promises no state religion will be established &/or supported. That’s the one that guarantees I can put my opinions in print and that someone else can dispute them with neither of us going to jail for blasphemy. That’s the one that the teavangelists want to overturn so that they can create a theocracy in what was once a reality-based nation that valued math, physics, biology, and other sciences as a means to remain a free and modern nation. We would have laughed at anyone who proposed a theocratic government based upon early Iron Age mythos and faerie tales.
Now, we’ve let a bunch of snake-oil selling charlatans gain control of our culture and our government. They are all too willing to return our culture to the 16th century or earlier. Women are losing ground on every front as their access to health care and family planning are being stripped away by theocrats who view them as little more than breeding stock.
The Texas GOP/teavangelists, not content with rewriting history for schoolchildren, is attempting to eliminate access to contraception across the entire state. While the wealthy may be able to afford to travel to civilized states or nations to obtain adequate and science-based modern health care, the vast population of poor and working poor women will be forced back to the era when the only form of family planning was Vatican roulette.
Texas women, and all other American women are at high risk of losing their rights to a bunch of white males, desperate to hang onto political power in a nation rapidly becoming non-WASP, who are so lacking in intellect and awareness that they regard rape as something to joke about. Notice I said nothing about “god-given rights” I know men and women who fought to retain those rights in WWII. They didn’t have any supernatural help. Today, those rights and others are at grave risk. Waiting for a sky-faerie to swoop down and fix things is not a viable plan of action.
American women need to vote in every election in which they can legally vote. They need to make certain they have the proper documentation so that they can’t be turned away at the polls. They need to drag their mothers, sisters, daughters, and friends through the same process. The dark ages are only one election away.