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The Supreme Court just sneakily reversed itself on Hobby Lobby.

Posted on July 5th, 2014 at 22:35 by John Sinteur in category: batshitinsane


For the court to issue an emergency temporary injunction is a truly extraordinary act. Even more extraordinary was that justices filed a 16-page barnstorming dissent. And those dissenters share a highly relevant personal characteristic: a uterus. That’s correct, the three dissenting justices last night were the court’s three women: Justices Sonia Sotomayor, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and Elena Kagan. In the event that the religious and gender rift at the court was not already painful to behold, the dissent, penned by Sotomayor, is a forceful and unwavering rejection of both the majority’s reasoning and tactics. “I disagree strongly with what the court has done,” Sotomayor wrote. “Those who are bound by our decisions usually believe they can take us at our word. Not so today. After expressly relying on the availability of the religious-nonprofit accommodation to hold that the contraceptive coverage requirement violates [the Religious Freedom Restoration Act] as applied to closely held for-profit corporations, the Court now, as the dissent in Hobby Lobby feared it might, retreats from that position.”

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  1. It’s time to impeach these buggers! Alito and gang do not deserve to be Supreme Court Justices, and they have adequately proven that they do not honor the Constitution which they have each sworn, on a Holy Bible none the less, to preserve, protect, and defend (or similar words). Since they are liars and have broken their solemn oath, they should be removed from their benches.

  2. So it’s religions’ vs women’s rights. This is a battle that women have to fight. The three female Supremes can bleed conservatives dry if they want. Continually issuing restraining orders that take the whole court to overturn will become a real pain in the ass.

  3. @chas: From here it looks like white (allegedly hetero) patriachy vs. everyone else. The future is going to be browner and a lot more fun, for everyone 🙂

Child sexual abuse royal commission: Vatican declines request to provide all documents relating to Australian priests

Posted on July 5th, 2014 at 18:46 by John Sinteur in category: Pastafarian News


The head of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, Justice Peter McClellan, revealed last month that he had personally written to the Vatican, seeking copies of all documents relating to complaints about abuse involving priests in Australia.

The Vatican has provided documents to the royal commission relating to two cases, but Justice McClellan wanted more information to find out how church authorities in Australia, under the guidance or direction of the Vatican, responded to allegations of abuse.

In a written response, the Vatican says the Holy See maintains the confidentiality of internal deliberations, adding that it would be inappropriate to provide such documents.

Leonie Sheedy, founder and chief executive of Care Leavers Australia Network, a support group for victims of child sexual abuse says the Catholic Church is treating the Australian public with contempt.

“I’m not surprised … I feel like the Catholic Church believes it is above the laws of Australia and probably the world,” she said.

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  1. Can’t a royal commission compel answers, under oath, from any Australian?

  2. Treating the public with contempt? What was your first clue? I really believe politician are even dumber than we thought.

Former children’s minister: “I’ll name and shame Commons paedophiles”

Posted on July 5th, 2014 at 1:25 by Sueyourdeveloper in category: News


The former children’s minister Tim Loughton is considering using parliamentary privilege – immunity from legal action for a politician speaking in parliament – to “name and shame” high-profile past members of parliament suspected to be paedophiles.

Then there’s the little matter of a missing dossier dating back to the Thatcher administration…

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