Class Warfare Blog

October 17, 2019

WTF? In This Corner . . .

In this corner we have bigotry and hatred . . .

A U.S. District Court judge in Texas has overturned the protections written into Obamacare for transgender people, ruling they violate the religious rights of healthcare providers who hold religious beliefs that oppose the existence of transgender people. (WTF? “Oppose the existence . . .”)

And in this corner we have the Constitution of the United States of America . . .

(First Amendment) Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; . . .

(Fourteenth Amendment) No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.

“Obamacare” refers to a law passed by Congress. This federal judge has decided that it is okay for individual “healthcare providers” to deny transgender people health services because of “religion.”

How is a healthcare employee practicing their religion while doing their job? Answer: they are not (formally or by the law). The religious can say that their religion informs them every minute of ever day (Jesus told me to choose the corn flakes this morning!) and I do not doubt that there are some folks like that. But what part of their secular job is exercising their religion? Answer: no part (formally of by the law).

How about “when taking a secular job, perform the duties of the job or seek employment elsewhere.”

So, the federal government is not allowed to go into any church activity and say “this is not allowed” but apparently Christians are allowed to tell the federal government which secular laws they will obey and which they will not.

So, what would Jesus do, Christians? Jesus healed sinners. Jesus healed lepers! Modern Christians apparently do not measure up to that standard. Would not the kindness of a Christian healthcare provider possibly help transgender people “see the way?” In what way would a Christian be diminished by helping a transgender person regain their good health?

Do not Christians oppose the existence of Muslims? What about divorcees? What about people who wear garments of mixed fibers? Where does one draw the line? How about “when taking a secular job, perform the duties of the job or seek employment elsewhere.” If your religion does not recognize gay marriage, do not get a clerk’s job (aka powerless job) processing marriage licenses in a state that has legalized gay marriage. If your religion claims that animal blood makes you unclean, don’t get a job as a butcher. If your religion says that people of color are abominations, don’t take a retail job of any kind. If your religion says that you should serve only Christian people, get a job at a church . . . if they will have you.

14 Comments »

  1. So, maybe we need a Dred Scott case for transgender? Who will determine for us if they qualify to be citizens?

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    Comment by jim- — October 17, 2019 @ 9:17 am | Reply

  2. Theocracy, anyone?

    Gonna’ love it when the Catholics start bombing evangelical churches. Fun days ahead.

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    Comment by john zande — October 17, 2019 @ 9:24 am | Reply

    • And the last time we had a western theocracy, things went so well, we should do it again! Brings Santayana’s quote about history to mind.

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      Comment by Steve Ruis — October 17, 2019 @ 9:37 am | Reply

      • When do you start appointing clerics to the courts?

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        Comment by john zande — October 17, 2019 @ 11:00 am | Reply

        • Republicans always have. This I find quite baffling in people who claim to support the rule of law and have sworn to support the Constitution.

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          Comment by Steve Ruis — October 17, 2019 @ 1:53 pm | Reply

  3. Let’s take this a step further. Imagine what would happen if all the “Christians” refused to go through the checkout lines at a grocery store because the checker is (obviously) a transgender or a lesbian or (in some states) black? Horrors!

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    Comment by Nan — October 17, 2019 @ 11:31 am | Reply

    • …Or in Mike Pence’s case, a WOMAN!!!!

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      Comment by john zande — October 17, 2019 @ 11:57 am | Reply

      • Eeck, he would need to go home, get Mommy, and come back to complete his purchases.

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        Comment by Steve Ruis — October 17, 2019 @ 1:53 pm | Reply

  4. We have the same bullshit being debated in Australia. We have a few Christian nutters in government including our anti climate change Prime Minister who is an admirer and a puppet of Trump, however I believe there are too many secular people in this country for it to be successful.

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    Comment by sklyjd — October 17, 2019 @ 4:42 pm | Reply

    • Thank goodness for that!

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      Comment by Steve Ruis — October 18, 2019 @ 7:08 am | Reply

  5. Steve,

    I can’t tell you how many times of most of my life—as an 8th generation Anglo-Texan/Texian (see link below to a Dec. 1969 Texas Monthly article expounding on the meaning of a “Native Texan” who’s family ancestors arrived when this state was an independent Republic—I have been embarrassed and ashamed to be generally grouped or stereotyped with pseudo-Texans, e.g. George W. Bush and his northeastern family roots or Rick Perry (a debated 5th-generation, probably 4th or 3rd) and his ancestors from England, and who bring with them from their genetic-familial origins their sociopolitical roots/heritage passed on from cultural regions and countries of HORRIBLE historic bigotry, prejudice, discrimination, radical religious beliefs, etc, etc, as you point out here, and who often or regularly distort AND/OR ignore our U.S. Constitution and our form of government. From that Texas Monthly article:

    Most of the newcomers moved here [to Texas] from nearby states and other parts of the South that we identified with…

    This infuriates me Steve!!! 🤬 Those publicly visible, mega-wealthy families here do not represent everything about authentic Texas history and heritage! Sometimes they rattle shit off that is ridiculously bogus, and get away with it!

    My family roots (along with hundreds, thousands of others) go back to the European Waldensians (maternal) and Franco-Swiss-Germanic Freethinkers (paternal) all of which were very peace-seeking people; live and let live!!! Obviously we are in a small minority scattered among a few Central Texas Hill Country counties. 😦

    My first generation Texian ancestors got along splendidly with the Native American Indian tribes of Comanche and Karawanka specifically, and sometimes the Wichita and Tonkawa, as well as the Spanish-Mexicans. My native lands did not become volatile and rebellious to federal authority and laws until Southerners immigrated here fleeing West for legal indiscretions and/or losing the American Civil War. Case and point? The Confederate celebrated “Texas hero” of the Alamo and a “Father of Texas,” William B. Travis born in South Carolina, fled from Alabama with huge unpaid debts and abandoned his wife and two kids with no real intention of ever returning to them!!! Does this speak volumes about fake, fraudulent native Texans I’ve mentioned here? Well, there’s a TON of them here now with essentially the same ideologies their ancestors brought here only 4-5 or less generations ago. This federal District Court Judge is precisely one of those fake Anglo-Texans with strong ties and connections (Houston, TX) with the Bush family. Need I say more?

    Ugh, (long deep sigh) I could go on and on ranting Steve about these type of Texans, but it would become a damn encyclopedic novel of 100,000 pages or more. Nevertheless, great post and perspective you present here. Well done. 🙂

    1969 Texas Monthly article:
    https://www.texasmonthly.com/the-culture/the-native-texan/

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    Comment by Professor Taboo — October 17, 2019 @ 8:36 pm | Reply

    • Prof, it seems that Texas has always been plagued by the “all hat, no cattle” crowd. It is nice to hear from someone who doesn’t represent that crowd!

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      Comment by Steve Ruis — October 18, 2019 @ 7:18 am | Reply

      • It is sometimes a never-ending, vigilant swim upstream to live in such a deeply Red state on the surface and in key political offices across the entire government spectrum, municipal to county up to Austin. And yet, for some time now Texas’ ethnic distribution has been shifting Blue with Hispanic-Latinos today making up about 40% of the population—Whites 43% * as opposed to 38% and 75% respectively from the 2010 U.S. Census. But as is well known here, the ethnic demographic data not only gets ambiguous, but how it is collected and sorted also changes every 2-4 years, similar to the process of obtaining a Driver’s License (photo ID) and other official documents required for being a registered voter—one practically needs a Ph.D. and law degree (in English!) to comprehend the entire registration process. It is insane Steve, to put it mildly.

        Nonetheless, data shows that with current growth rates here by 2022 Hispanics will outnumber Whites. And according to the Texas Tribune in Austin:

        The estimates come as lawmakers begin to sharpen their focus on the 2021 redistricting cycle, when they’ll have to redraw the state’s congressional and legislative maps to account for population growth. And they highlight the extent to which the demographics of the state continue to shift against the Republican Party. — “Texas gained almost nine Hispanic residents for every additional white resident last year,Texas Tribune June 2019,

        * – Source:
        https://statisticalatlas.com/state/Texas/Race-and-Ethnicity

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        Comment by Professor Taboo — October 18, 2019 @ 4:03 pm | Reply

        • And, of course, their strategy is to piss off this minority-soon-yo-become-a-majority as much as they can. Brilliant!

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          Comment by Steve Ruis — October 19, 2019 @ 9:21 am | Reply


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