Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Stop blowing the pope, he's not that great.

I recently was in a public space when two women were having a gush fest about the pope.  They went on about how everything is different and this is going to be the turning point and all those kids who've gone away are going to be flocking back to church.

Honestly, I'm not an asshat, so I summarily kept my mouth shut, went about my life, but like usual it started a kernel of a thought in my mind.

What exactly has changed since the pope has ascended the throne?

Has he changed the churches stance on LGBT rights?  Depending on the web searches you do, you find people arguing both sides of coin.  But the fact of the matter is, as of right now, the churches position hasn't changed.  Try being an openly gay bishop? Yes, there are parishes out there that are welcoming of the LGBT community.

Has he changed the churches stance on marriage equality?  Much like LGBT rights, it depends on the web searches you do.  Call up your nearest Catholic church and explain you'd like them to officiate your same sex marriage and see how that goes over?

How about women's reproductive rights? Nope. This is one topic where the pope has towed the party line completely and hasn't mudded the waters.  Contraception? Bad.

Has the church decided to come clean regarding sexual abuse by it's members?  Considering the church was recently caught shipping pedophile priests to South American counties, we know that answer.

TL;DR: Nope, nothing has changed.  Yes, he put the solid gold throne into storage and decided against the red shoes... But the catholic church will still continue to oppose contraception use, even in places like Sub-Subharan Africa where the AIDS is endemic.

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Making sure the wrong people's votes don't matter...

Last year, the SCOTUS effectively neutered the Voting Rights Act of 1956.

So it came as no surprise when a southern state decided to implement a voter ID law and then close all the DMV's in the districts that generally vote Democratic.

Let that detonate inside your brain... okay.

Is anybody surprised this state is Alabama?

Okay, I get it, apparently the people in the government are a bunch of racist fucktards, but seriously.

Could you be less subtle?  While I abhor racism, it amazes me that in 2015 people could be so ham handed about it.  Texas also passed all kinds of shitty laws but didn't go ahead and make it completely obvious.

If your plan was all along to get the Voting Rights Act reinstated I can't imagine a better way to do it.