Human Rights Religion Washington State Politics Women's rights

Drop Swedish: they're discontinuing elective abortions

According to the Seattle P-I, Swedish to drop elective abortions if deal goes through, Swedish Medical Center, one of the region’s largest hospital systems, will stop performing elective abortions if a proposed alliance with a massive Catholic-run health-care organization  is approved…. My primary care physician is with Swedish. Looks like I’ll switch to another provider.

Human Rights Religion

C Street: The Fundamentalist Threat to American Democracy

Jeff Sharlet’s C Street is an exposé of the radical fundamentalism of C Street and its network of D.C. lawmakers, lobbyists and foreign leaders. The book tells how fundamentalist Christians in the government and the military have promoted intolerance, revisionist American history, free market fundamentalism, and war against Islam. Early chapters focus on a semi-secretive […]

Economics GOP Politics Religion

Quickie: Texas Republicans Should Read the Bible Texas Gov. Rick Perry recently said America should be guided by “the Christian values that this country was based upon.” Even though Article 11 of the John Adams-endorsed Treaty of Tripoli states “the Government of the United States of America, is not in any sense, founded on the Christian religion,” I’m sure it warmed […]

Clean Energy Climate Change Justice Military Force Politics Religion

More Notes on the Fragility of Empire

“Were the Soviet Union to sink tomorrow under the waters of the ocean, the American military-industrial establishment would have to go on, substantially unchanged, until some other adversary could be invented. Anything else would be an unacceptable shock to the American economy.” — George F. Kennan (1904-2005) US advisor, diplomat, political analyst, and Pulitzer-prize winning […]

Religion Women's rights

Why Abortion isn’t Murder

Anti-abortion activists like to call embryos “unborn children”, “innocent babies” or “developing human beings.” Their obvious aim is to shame people into believing that abortion is murder. But just repeating these phrases doesn’t change any facts and shouldn’t change any opinions. There are clear differences between early term embryos and late term fetuses. Specifically, a […]

Politics Religion

Reichert signs theocracy letter

Republican US Congressman Dave Reichert (WA, 8th CD) has signed a letter calling on President Obama to acknowledge the primacy of God in America. The following pdf file contains an image of the letter, which was signed by 42 US members of Congress. In a November, 2010 speech Obama said that e pluribus unum — […]