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What is for dinner? How are you doing? What is on your mind. If you are new to Street Prophets please introduce yourself beyond the fold in a comment. This is an Open Thread / Coffee Hour and all topics of conversation are welcome.  So how do prepare hard boiled eggs?

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Reposted from dgrhoads by Ojibwa

Progressives have been on the defensive when talking about a women’s right to make choices about continuing pregnancies and family planning.  In addition, social conservatives have been successful in claiming that their religious rights have been violated if their institutions are forced to provide contraceptives to their employees.  It is time that the progressives turned this around by claiming violations of their religious freedom and their religious liberty.

Until now, progressives have ceded the use of words like “freedom” and “religious liberty” to the conservatives.  We need to reclaim that these words and show how they apply to our beliefs and our lives.

Women’s issues constitute one arena in which progressives can start using this language is the following:

If a woman is forced by the government to carry an unwanted pregnancy to term, she is not free.

Freedom is having control over your own body.  (Applies to both men and women.)

Freedom is being able to plan my own family.  If the government restricts my ability to plan my own family, it is taking away my freedom.

It is my religious belief that my fetus does not become a human being until it emerges from my womb and takes its first breath.  Until then it is part of my body.  You are violating my religious liberty by restricting my freedom to have minor medical procedures as I see fit which in this case is to have an abortion.  All these rules and regulations RW legislators have passed with respect to these minor medical procedures are violating my religious freedom.  They should not be applied to me.

Please note that the Holy Bible’s Old Testament specifies clearly in multiple passages  that life begins with the first breath.  Since the passage of RFRA and the recent holdings of the Supreme Court in the Hobby Lobby case, the discussion can be based on what does the individual believe as part of their sincerely-held religious belief, not what is scientifically true or what is the case according to someone else’s religious belief.  Which beliefs trump other beliefs?  RFRA holds that the religious beliefs of the affected individuals trump those of government.
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Reposted from Lucien Greaves by Ojibwa
The Satanic Temple begins legal aid fund to offer exemptions against, and actively challenge, arbitrary, insulting, and outright harmful anti-abortion legislation.

The Satanic Temple (TST), a New York-based religious organization, has announced that it anticipates an imminent precedent-setting legal battle. The challenge centers on religious exemptions the organization offers against anti-abortion legislation. “Mary,” a Missouri resident and member of TST, soon intends to obtain an abortion. She will present her care-provider with TST’s letters of exemption in order to bypass state-mandated counseling materials, which TST criticizes as “medically invalid” and “scientifically spurious.” TST's letters also demand an exemption from MO’s newly required 72-hour abortion waiting period. Such legislation, TST contends, is an affront to their deeply-held religious values regarding personal sovereignty and deference to empirical science.

The Satanic Temple's spokesperson, Lucien Greaves, wrote of the campaign for the Orlando Weekly:

This past Summer, following the Supreme Court’s controversial Hobby Lobby ruling, The Satanic Temple (TST) drew up a document of religious exemption to be used against superfluous anti-abortion legislation. The exemption targeted “informed consent” laws requiring that women seeking abortions should be subjected to compulsory state-mandated “informational” materials that are often scientifically unsound. In fact, these materials appear as brazen attempts to dissuade women from abortion and create guilt in those seeking the procedure. Among our fundamental tenets, TST holds that “one’s body is inviolable, subject to one’s own will alone,” and, “Beliefs should conform to our best scientific understanding of the world. We should take care never to distort scientific facts to fit our beliefs.” The logic of our deeply-held beliefs is such that bullshit claims contained in “informed consent” propaganda (such as the notion that abortions contribute to breast cancer and/or lead to suicide) are an affront to our religious values.

The Hobby Lobby ruling, affirming that the corporation’s “deeply held beliefs” allowed them to declare certain contraceptives as abortifacients when in fact they were not, set a precedent whereby TST could firmly declare a protected belief in the illegitimacy of anti-abortion state-mandated materials.

Recently, a member of The Satanic Temple informed us that she soon intends to present our exemption letter as she seeks an abortion in the state of Missouri. However, in Missouri, women seeking abortions are faced with a problem far more dire than that of insulting and inaccurate state propaganda: they are also required a 3-day (72 hour) waiting period for the procedure. With only one clinic in the state, those traveling a substantial distance often are forced to take significant time away from work while paying for overnight lodging. In response, we are providing an exemption from the waiting period, similar to the exemption from Informed Consent materials.

Now the question is asked, ‘how are deeply-held beliefs in scientific evidence, bodily autonomy and personal sovereignty employed to leverage an exemption against abortion waiting periods?’ How is it that the waiting period directly violates any of those?

Put simply: One’s body is subject to one’s own will alone, therefore the process by which one arrives at decisions related to one’s body should never be subjected to the degrading arbitrary whims of petty, pious politicians. The 72 hour waiting period is nothing more than an offensive, intentional imposition upon a deeply personal decision-making process. There is no medical justification for the waiting period, only the ignorant hope that some women may -- some time within that 72 hours -- only then first consider the ramifications of their choice, consequently reversing course.

The fact is, rational arguments supporting the waiting period are non-existent. Being asked to argue against frivolous and inane regulations inappropriately shifts the question to ‘why not?’ before an answer to ‘why?’ was ever properly articulated. The burden of proof is upon the venal politicians of Missouri, who supported the moronic waiting period bill, to show an imminent need for placing this burden upon women who share our beliefs.

We shall seek to defend our exemptions in court if they are not respected. After decades of attempting to define “religious liberty” in terms of combatting rational family planning, it’s time that the conservative religious right learns that religious liberty works the other way, too.

Those wishing to contribute to The Satanic Temple’s legal fund to defend religious reproductive rights may do so here: The Satanic Temple Reproductive Rights Campaign

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Reposted from Community Fundraisers by michelewln

Please keep tipping and recommending so as many people as possible will see this diary! We only have a day to accomplish our goal. THANK YOU!

Due to a situation far beyond our control, the Derby Day Party and Fundraiser for elenacarlena did not reach the goal we had set. Total amount collected is $220.00. The original diary is HERE if you would like to see how the party went.

Now Elena's situation is critical. She must make her rent payment of $750 TOMORROW and she is $530.00 short. I will start things off with $30.00 leaving only $500.00 to go. That can be 50 people sending $10.00 each! I know this Community can do that.

I know there have been many requests for help, all for very worthy causes, and stretching everyone to the limit; but I know we can do this one more time for Elena who is a valued member of our Community. Here is what JekyllnHyde wrote in the diary:

I am joining Most Awesome Nana and several others in the Community Fundraisers group in strongly supporting this community effort for elenacarlena.  Ever since she joined Daily Kos, Elena has been a strong and regular presence while participating very widely and quickly becoming a valued community member.  As an example of this commitment, we have worked closely together (along with JoanMar, 2thanks, Tortmaster, and others) behind the scenes for the past year in helping to finalize and post weekly diaries on police brutality and Medicaid expansion through the Support the Dream Defenders group.  As you know, she is also a regular diarist for the War on Women diary series.

Please help Elena through this difficult time for her as well as her beloved pooties and woozle.  On behalf of the entire CFs group, thank you.  JekyllnHyde



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Reposted from Jerry Nelson by linkage

Almost every day on Facebook, Twitter, or some other social media, I see a conservative ranting away with how the Republican Party is the party of, ahem, “good Christian values”

Often someone will email me and ask why I’m waging some kind of fight against religion.

It’s funny.

The fact is, I don’t care what creed anyone follows. My problem with some people, especially conservatives, is their willingness to try to force their religion on others.

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Welcome to Sunday All Day Brunch. This is an open topic thread so help yourself to the goodies and sit a spell and let us know what is new with you. Today we are having Archer Farms Chai Spice coffee and my new recipe for almond cookies. I guess it would be an understatement to say I love to cook since I have close to 1,000 recipes on my website.

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Sun May 03, 2015 at 07:04 AM PDT

DKos Sangha - Weekly Open Thread

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Reposted from DKos Sangha by davehouck
Good morning!  Welcome to the DKos Sangha weekly open thread.

This is an open thread for members of the DKos Sangha and others who are interested in discussions concerning how we integrate our progressive political activism into our spiritual practice.  If you have observations about the political discourse of the week, or about practice, or about anything else related to walking a spiritual path through the political world, if you wish to share, or if you seek support, or if you simply want to say hello, please do; this space is for you.

If you would like to write a diary for the DKos Sangha, please let me know.

If you care nothing for spiritual practice and only wish to denigrate and disparage, please do so elsewhere, and respect that this is a community diary for the DKos Sangha.

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Reposted from This Week in the War on Women by elenacarlena

The big news:  Nigerian army rescued 293 women and girls from Boko Haram earlier this week, and more were reported on Thursday. As of today, the number rescued is now given as 677 girls and women. Many of them fought their abductors.  It's unknown if this includes any of  the girls abducted from Chibok last year, and it's also unknown how many women and young girls are still being held captive and/or forced into "marriages" with Boko Haram fighters.

The good, the bad and the ugly below the orange whirligig.

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This will be rather short as it has been the day from hell. Reid started feeling bad this afternoon. I dealt with diarrhea and vomiting. His blood sugar plummeted and he went into seizures.  The paramedics took him to the hospital. After a bunch of tests they have determined he has some pneumonia and an infection in the bones of the leg they operated on.

I have come on home because the stress is giving me a massive migraine and I needed to get home before it got too bad to drive. I don't know how long it will take to get him admitted but I left him in the hands of capable nurses who promised to take good care of him for me.

Again I'm asking for prayers, good wishes, and healing energy.

05/03/15 9:41 EDT - Just talked with the Doctor. They are going to have to amputate the fourth and fifth toe on the left foot as that is the source of the infection. They will be checking the other wounds at that time to see if something can be done to expedite their healing. They said for me to wait until this afternoon to come in and see him. He is in reasonably good spirits. I'm completely drained.

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Reposted from Community Quilt Project by Sara R

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TrueBlueMajority's quilt

It breaks my heart that this quilt is needed -- yet it is needed, urgently.

UPDATE: The situation is dire.  CelticLassie's brother and sister-in-law are on their way.  When they arrive and all the tests are back, hospice will be consulted and decisions made.  We will pull out all the stops to get this quilt done and will need the messages ASAP.
A little backstory: CelticLassie survived cancer as an infant.  Otteray Scribe and his wife (a nurse) adopted her from St. Jude's, determined to save her life.  They lovingly nursed her to health with great success.  Up until now, she's had a very active and happy life.  But the monster (cancer) appears to be back.  Since Christmas, CelticLassie has had some trouble walking and has been in pain.  A few days ago, she fell and broke her hip.   When the hip was imaged, a huge pelvic mass was found.  The doctors think the mass has weakened her bones, thus the fracture.  It is also pressing on other parts.  Long story short, CelticLassie is in agony and is likely to be in the hospital for an extended period.  We are going to make a community quilt to support her spirit through this ordeal and would welcome loving messages from you for her.

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CelticLassie with her new big sister and mama

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CelticLassie's first day home, here with her father

As you will see below, she grew into a strong and lovely young woman with an infectious smile, a spirit for adventure, and a deep love of her family's Scottish heritage.  She is an accomplished piper, too -- not easy!  Some more photos below the orange cloud...

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Reposted from Community Fundraisers by elenacarlena

I am joining Most Awesome Nana and several others in the Community Fundraisers group in strongly supporting this community effort for elenacarlena.  Ever since she joined Daily Kos, Elena has been a strong and regular presence while participating very widely and quickly becoming a valued community member.  As an example of this commitment, we have worked closely together (along with JoanMar, 2thanks, Tortmaster, and others) behind the scenes for the past year in helping to finalize and post weekly diaries on police brutality and Medicaid expansion through the Support the Dream Defenders group.  As you know, she is also a regular diarist for the War on Women diary series.

Please help Elena through this difficult time for her as well as her beloved pooties and woozle.  On behalf of the entire CFs group, thank you.  JekyllnHyde



Welcome everyone to our Derby Day Party!

We are going to have a horse race (also known as the "most exciting two minutes in sports"), a few mint juleps, and a good time raising funds for our fellow Kossack, elenacarlena. Everyone is invited to join us to make a comment, tip, rec, republish, share on Facebook, promote on Twitter, send good vibes, or donate.

Elena is always ready to help others with information, good wishes and when possible, money. But now she is the one who needs help. Many of you read her previous diary and responded with great kindness. Unfortunately, the situation has not yet resolved itself. She still lacks enough funds for her special needs cats.

Please follow me below the bourbon fudge swirl for a few words from Elena.

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Think back about the past few days. How many times did you say “hello”? The word “hello” comes from nautical English: “hallo” or “halloa” was a form of address used by sailors between ships. The use of “hello” as a generic form of address is relatively recent and stems from the acceptance of a device commonly known as the telephone.

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