Sunday, August 23, 2009

Some much needed good news

Some of you may have noticed I haven’t been talking much about politics lately. Mainly, I’ve just been tired of all the vitriol out there and haven’t really been in the mood to do any reading about it.

The vehemence in American politics right now is simply daunting.

But there have also been some good things going on as well and there are a few stories I want to point out in case anyone else has had their head in the sand along side me.

1. We’ve had some great news on the pro-choice front.

A South Dakota judge ruled that a law requiring doctors to tell pregnant women that abortion increases the risk of suicide and suicide ideation is “untruthful and misleading.” This is great since there is no evidence of increased risk of suicide and convincing patients they should have an unwanted child or they might kill themselves is pretty low. Even for anti-choicers who are usually as low as it gets.

Then, an Oklahoma judge overturned a state law that required women seeking an abortion to receive an ultrasound and a doctor's description of the fetus. Of course people are already working hard to get an appeal, but this is still good news for now.

2. Governor Paterson has agreed to sign a bill that would reduce the shackling of pregnant inmates during labor. As the article says, “Shackling pregnant women endangers the lives of the women and their babies. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, the American Public Health Association, the American Medical Women’s Association, and the American College of Nurse Midwives all vehemently oppose shackling incarcerated women during labor.”

3. I thoroughly enjoyed this video of Sam Harris on Real Time with Bill Maher. I haven’t The End of Faith, but I did read Letter to a Christian Nation and I thought it was brilliant. (It’s like a lighter version of The God Delusion. If you have any interest in understanding atheism or the criticisms most atheists have against religion this is a good place to start.)

4. The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America will no longer require any gay clergy to remain celibate. On Friday the church voted to allow gays and lesbians in committed relationships to serve as clergy.

Even though this may seem like a small step, we are talking about a church that has 4.7 million members and the more churches that accept homosexuality, the quicker we can move past homophobia (at least homophobia that is based on religion).

I know it's not much, but it's still nice to hear some good news every now and again.

-There are a few other subjects I want to talk about, but they will need their own post so I will be writing about them in the coming days.


  1. Im happy your back on politics!! it was getting a bit girly in here for me!!! :)

    That is all good news i may steel your info for the radio show!

  2. Well I am a girl Haworth! lol

    Feel free to use whatever you like. :) Glad to hear your shows still going!

  3. yup its still going.... I best do some work on it!!


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