Right Wing Round-Up

Today’s best reporting on the Right from around the web:

  • RH Reality Check says that North Dakota’s “Personhood bill,” SF 1572 would grant every fertilized egg in the state full rights, and any intentional death of that fertilized egg would constitute murder and could have national implications.
  • Good As Your responds to the Right’s repeatedly attempts to turn Tim Gill into their bogeyman.
  • Salon has a good article by Kathryn Joyce, author of “Quiverfull: Inside the Christian Patriarchy Movement,” on a woman who eventually left the movement: “She’d had her first three children by cesarean section, but after coming to the Quiverfull conviction, she was swayed by the movement’s emphasis on natural (even unassisted home) birth. During one delivery, she suffered a partial uterine rupture and ‘felt like I’d been in a major battle with Satan, and he’d just about left me dead.’ The doctor who treated Garrison lectured her for an hour not to conceive again, but she felt that stopping on her own would be rebellion. When she turned to her leaders for inspiration, she received a bleak message: that if she died doing her maternal duty, God would care for her family. For six months, she couldn’t look at the baby without crying.”
  • Finally, our latest Right Wing Watch In Focus is now available:
  • Efforts to bring down discriminatory legal barriers to marriage equality have met with fierce resistance led by Religious Right organizations. Anti-equality leaders routinely blur the distinction between civil and religious marriage in order to portray legal marriage equality as a threat to their religious liberty. The truth can be a powerful weapon against that deception: when Americans understand that allowing same-sex couples to be legally wed would not require any church or congregation to bless or perform such weddings, support for legal equality jumps substantially. In fact, it is Religious Right leaders who undermine the constitutional principles of religious liberty and equality under the law by demanding that their own religious view of marriage be imposed by law on all Americans, including those whose religious beliefs and traditions support full marriage equality for same-sex couples.