Tuesday, July 18, 2006
The WaPo Culture Wars Round Up
(Updated Below -- Updated Again -- And Again)

It must be the WaPo’s day to focus on the values war, or something, because they have a couple articles up on gay marriage and abortion. Hurray!

• The article about really has no point. I think it’s just the same piece they pull up whenever there is a gay marriage vote in Congress.

To summarize, bigots are banning gay marriage in states, but there is hope because this ingrained fear of gays is starting to erode away… as all mass prejudices do.

The reason for the article is most likely that the House will be having another Federal Gay Marriage vote today, and once again, it will most likely fail. But please, don’t let your lack of previous success keep you from getting in some great Religious Right pandering time.

• The is much more interesting and has a point.

Federally funded "pregnancy resource centers" are incorrectly telling women that abortion results in an increased risk of breast cancer, infertility and deep psychological trauma, a minority congressional report charged yesterday.

The report said that 20 of 23 federally funded centers contacted by staff investigators requesting information about an unintended pregnancy were told false or misleading information about the potential risks of an abortion.

Really, anyone who has been following this knows that these centers lie (Law & Order: SVU even did a show about it, for crying out loud). It is much easier to lie than to change your position on an issue, when the facts do not support you.

Care Net's Molly Ford said the centers criticized by Waxman received federal grants for abstinence-only programs they conduct, but not for pregnancy counseling. "The funds are kept entirely separate," she said.

Read: It’s okay for us to lie, because the Government isn’t funding us for the things we lie about.

Okay, this is probably true. Legally, you probably can lie all you want, seeing as tax payers aren’t footing the bill, but ethically and morally - you know, the things that supposedly drive the anti-choice crowd - this is wrong. I know the response already, “If it helps save a baby, than it’s okay to lie”. Please. Try working in the realm of reality to get your point across.

UPDATE1 7:49 AM: I should learn to browse the whole paper before writing out a post, because I completely missed .

Basically his argument for supporting federal funding for embryonic stem cell research seems to be an obvious one: even though he believes life begins at conception (whatever that means), he believes that embryos are not more important than real live people. It seems simple enough, but it appears that some people place a higher value on embryos than they do actual people like you and me. *Shrug*

This will pass and, of course, Bush will use his first veto ever on it, where it will go back to Congress and die. It’s not really Bush’s fault he’s a moron and can’t understand science. Cocaine is an interesting drug….

UPDATE2 6:38 PM: The Senate . Now, it will go to Bush to be vetoed in fine fashion. It’s nice that our President is willing to stand up to the majority of the nation and the sick, so that the far right can be happy.

The House’s gay marriage pandering amendment . Barney Frank provided his quote of the week -

Rep. Barney Frank, D-Mass., one of just a few openly gay members of Congress, said he took the proposal personally. "I think this is motivated, frankly, by a dislike of those of us who are gay and lesbian," he said, and he objected to "people taking batting practice with my life."

UPDATE3 9:43 PM: The WaPo has published an article opining that .

Recent Gallup polls show that a majority of Americans say such research is morally acceptable and support federal funding for it. Polls found Republicans more conflicted, with just 51 percent calling embryonic stem cell research morally acceptable and only four in 10 favoring federal funding of such research.

GOP strategists say the differences that the stem cell debate exposed doesn't make life any easier for Republicans trying to maintain their grip on Congress, especially moderates in Democratic-leaning districts.

"The focus is not on the Democrats who opposed the president on stem cells, now it's on the divisions in the Republican Party," said Tony Fabrizio, a GOP pollster.

Really, all this vote did was separate the crazier Republicans (you know, the ones who would rather give an embryo the rights of a person, instead of using them to cure diseases for the living) from the rest of the semi-crazy pack. If the average voter remembers this stem cell vote come November, I think they’ll definitely show that this sort of religious pandering will not be tolerated.

If they remember.


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