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It’s always pleasant and educational to hear men discuss the needs, wants, and dreams of women when in all honesty they haven’t a clue.

To hear tell from the current cast of mental defectives running for one political office or another this year, and those mostly from the Right Wing(nut) side of the aisle, we women only need a “helping hand” to adjust our attitudes when it comes to life decisions and all will be well.

Apparently we can all be found in “binders” if one cares to look. Our healthcare needs are essentially unimportant since doing away with life saving mammograms and cervical examinations performed at Planned Parenthood have been deemed an unnecessary burden on the budget.

And I know that I speak for most women out there who want nothing more than to produce a baby every 12 months so doing away with contraception is a first step in making that dream come true.

We women of Massachusetts are eternally grateful for the privilege of having Mitt Romney as our governor for 4 years. Mitt found his female appointees hidden away in binders. Judging by his reaction it must have come as a “surprise” that there were accomplished women ready and willing to put their talents to work. More so when considering that during his tenure at Bain only one women held the title of partner in all those 25 years at the helm. Surprise, surprise!

The 2008 election saw sexism practiced with the advent of two women candidates for high office. Some of it was truly hateful and uncalled for but in its defense it was directed at two public figures who were able to fight back to some extent.

But what has transpired during the last two years – more so than at any other time in my memory – the GoP in particular has gone off the rails in how they would exert even more control and barriers to women at large. With the ascension of the Tea Party we have witnessed even more blows directed at women’s rights beginning with a new definition of the word “rape”.

We’ve been advised that rape must come with a whole new meaning. “Forcible rape” has now been introduced along with measures that would prevent a women from expelling a fetus that resulted from this despicable violation. And to make that rule permanent, “personhood” would be granted to a clump of cells at the moment of conception making it a crime to abort the seed of the rapist thus forcing the woman to carry to term.

To make matters even more interesting for women – not to mention hazardous to the extreme – Mitt has promised to eliminate Planned Parenthood on “day one” of his presidency.

Forget that this institution works on behalf of women in detecting breast and cervical cancers that are the primary cause of death for scores of women each year. Contraception is another area they provide for women where only 3% of the care is in abortion services.

What Mitt and his party represent is the actual “war on women” that has been pushing its way across the country for the last 20 years going state by state via GOP legislatures working against the interests of women at large. It has found purchase with the latest crop of presidential candidates who stood firm throughout the primary season by taking part in this promise to erase the rights of women from center stage.

Mitt was pro choice before he was against it. Mitt lies. And lies. And lies again. He is on tape promising to sign any bill as POTUS that reaches his desk that would eliminate the rights of women given the chance. And he said so with a big fat smile on his two faces.

Women have fought for and won certain rights in this nation delivering them the autonomy they need to manage their own lives and futures. No one – and I don’t much care who it is – has the right to change it. What a woman does on behalf of her own body is not the business of the Catholic Church, the Evangelicals, Todd Akin, Paul Ryan, Tea Party Lunatics or Mitt Romney. It is her decision to make and live with and not the business of government interference.

Spare me any future “debates” on a topic that should never be up for political gains. Especially from men who will never be faced with that decision in the first place.

Unless you are prepared to write me a check to raise a child for the next 20 years, or pay all my medical expenses that are no longer available to me, then STFU!

Go play with your binders and leave the rest of us alone!

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I am going to address the issue of religion and politics and this is not to be construed as an anti religious rant. Instead I would prefer that it be read as a testament to the meaning of the separation between church and state that allows us to embrace or reject whatever we have come to believe or deny.

Rick Perry is  claiming that his religious beliefs are under attack. What is under attack is his insistence on inserting those beliefs into the public realm.  A “Christian” pastor speaking on his behalf has deemed Mitt Romney’s faith a “cult”.  Herman Cain has accused gays of being “godless”. Michele Bachmann believes that we “can pray away the gay”.  Rick Santorum believes that abortion and gay rights are abominations. Sharron Angle believed that bearing a child conceived through rape or incest should be treated as a “blessing”.  What makes these people “experts”?

The GOP has created a platform that would extinguish the right to privacy. Where does this discrimination and bigotry spring from? Fundamental intolerant religious beliefs.   The suggestion that only a ‘Christian” has the right to the presidency is about as radical a belief as one can find.

Catholics stand by their belief that theirs is “the one true church”.  Jews refer to themselves as the “chosen people”. Evangelicals believe that the only way to be “saved” is accepting Jesus Christ as their personal savior.  Muslims believe in the right to kill anyone considered an “infidel”.  Mormons believe in “prophecies” bestowed on their followers by a Heavenly Father.  Hindus believe the cow is “sacred”.  Scientologists believe in Xenu or something.  Jehovah Witnesses consider blood transfusions to be a sin.  Christian Scientists believe that only prayer will cure all ills.  In other words, no matter which religion you subscribe to, each has found “the answer” to the interpretation of “god’s will”.

Excommunication and the withholding of sacraments are used as instruments against those who are deemed “heretics”. It’s an either “with us or against us” rule that holds sway over the faithful whose greatest fear is finding themselves on the outside looking in. Or worse yet, finding themselves spending eternity in the bowels of Hell!

What one person believes as a matter of faith is that person’s business.  I respect the individual’s right to seek comfort and solace in whatever they deem right for themselves.  What I do object to is the suggestion that the inclusion of religious beliefs be shoved into the public sector and determined as “god’s will” that must never be challenged but “obeyed”.

I believe in the right to choose.  If that goes against your belief system than you are not compelled by any means to agree with me.  I loathe broccoli but I would not enforce a law that bans it from the market.  However, there are those who would do just that when it comes to “the right of privacy” that exists between a woman and her doctor.  Based exclusively on religious beliefs this is an imposition.  These people are insisting that we believe as they do.  People are now empowered to practice their religious beliefs in the workplace by the passage of ‘”conscience rules”.    

I also believe in gay rights. But there are those who believe that biology plays no role in determining sexuality. They would act to discriminate against this community by creating laws that would ban them from serving the public in all capacities. Referring to LBGT people as “godless abominations” that need to be “educated” is based on religious beliefs taken from the bible and accepted as the word of god.

Though this book contains plenty of contradictions the devout accept each and every word as coming directly “from the source”.  Though it encourages a “love for your fellow man”, there seems to be a lack of understanding of how to put this one into practice judging from the chaos that this book has been able to produce by those who claim title to its “interpretation”.

The political arena has been tainted by these so called interpretations. They must remain separate since faith, or the absence of faith, is a guarantee under the Constitution. No one should be forced in accepting a belief in the unknown since it is the unknown itself that remains a mystery.

I suspect any who claim to be in direct communication with the “will of god” and wish to enact this will upon the rest of us.  Religious institutions are “corporations” unto themselves if we were being honest with their motivations. Another business devoted to the bottom line.

When politicians wish to sway the public through religious rhetoric is when the pushback begins. The danger is there if not challenged. Looking no further than the events of 9/11, brought about in large measure by irrational religious beliefs, should be enough of a warning to understand the necessity of blending government with religion.

In order to achieve any sense of progress we must remain a secular society that respects all forms of beliefs without honoring one. It is our one guarantee against totalitarianism.  The right to think for ourselves.  

With all due respect, I am as offended by the need to force religious views down my throat as those who prefer to judge my viewpoint as anti religion.   It is not. 

Just a practical point of view that suggests that mixing politics with faith discourages both.


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