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Category Archive: Politics

Mar 23 2014

On Realizing That Corporations Are People Too… And That You’ve Fallen In Love With One.

My darling corporate entity I’ve loved you from the start One hundred ten percentity, With more than just my heart I told you what I meantity In poetry and prose You showed your discontentity And that’s the way it goes. My sweetheart business enterprise I tried to win you back I told you my intenterprise— …

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Mar 20 2014

“An Abortion, But Not A Tan”

“A young women if this bill passes can get an abortion, but not a tan, an abortion would be legal but a tan would not, think of it.” Rep. Steve Vaillancourt (R-Manchester) She’s much too young for cigarettes, And way too young for booze Too young by far for voting; There’s no telling who she’d …

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Mar 13 2014

On Bodily Autonomy

There are accidents and incidents And surgeries and wars— There’s a constant need for blood, and so, We’d like to borrow yours. You can spare a pint or so a month— We’ll take it from your arm— And to make the process easier, I’m setting up a farm: We’ll keep you while you serve your …

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Mar 04 2014

A Humanist Prayer In The Arizona House Of Reps

Ok, this is really beautiful. Via Matthew Hendley writing for the Phoenix New Times blogs, we read that a second humanist representative, Juan Mendez, has had the chance to deliver the opening prayer for the Arizona House (the first was last May). Monday’s prayer wonderfully combines William Cleary’s “Grace to Shout” with Audre Lorde’s “Litany …

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Feb 26 2014

Conservative? Check. Republican? Check. Atheist? Hang On There, Missy…

My mother-in-law is an atheist And conservative, too, to the core She’s a staunch and a lifelong Republican But lately, I wonder, “what for?” They claim that she ought to be Christian That her outlook on life is all wrong She’s in love with the party of Reagan But feels, now, she doesn’t belong Could …

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Feb 23 2014

The Biblical Justification For Arizona’s Proposed Law

Jesus hated homos, which he says in [find this verse] Yes, he also hated hypocrites, but really, gays are worse So as Arizonans ask themselves just “What would Jesus do?” He’d engage in homophobia, like [look this verse up, too] See, Jesus always made it clear [um, look this up as well] Baking cakes or …

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Feb 21 2014

“Life Begins At Conception” Bill Proposed In NH

In lawmakers’ fevered perception, conception Is God’s definition of “when life begins” If mothers-to-be raise their voices, their choices By God’s perfect standards, are nothing but sins Since God can’t be named, a reliance on “science” Is lawmakers’ choice as they justify votes Though putative “facts” they parade up are made-up And not what you’d …

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Feb 15 2014

A Heart-Felt Love Ode To Antonin Scalia

It must be depressing, to be a Scalia, To see your words twisted in so many ways To see your dissent—Windsor’s warning—adorning The arguments cited in favor of gays! Virginia, Ohio, Kentucky—how lucky The activists were, that you wrote your dissent! Your snarking in Windsor turned, now, to a how-to; They probably know that it’s …

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Feb 14 2014

Religion Means “This Law Doesn’t Apply To You”

My religion won’t allow it! We consider it a sin! If a gay man wants to shop here, Why, I dare not let him in! It’s infringement on my liberty— Repression at its worst— You’re a bigot, if you force me Not to be a bigot first! I’d kill animals humanely— All my cattle, sheep, …

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Jan 28 2014

“We Assert That Images Of The Spiritual Leaders Of All Religions Should Be Deemed To Be Respectful”

So… if, by law, religious figures Are deserving of respect From the meditating Buddha To the Manson, spittle-flecked, From the image of Mohammed To the memory of Jim Jones, From Joseph Smith to Jesus Christ To dusty relics’ bones From the ancients on Olympus To the modern Kanye West, I’m required to respect them Shall …

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