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Current Event Cat of the Day: Pope Says Catholics Don’t Need To Breed Like Rabbits

Pope Breed Like Rabbits Catholics

Pope Francis says the church’s birth control ban does not mean that good Roman Catholics should breed like rabbits – instead they should practice “responsible” parenting by abstaining from sex. So much for his “cool pope” image…

Following his trip to the Philippines, where he met former street children abandoned by parents unable to afford to care for them, the Pope made some rather strong statements supporting the church’s ban on artificial means of birth control.

Pope Francis was asked what he would say to families who had more children than they could afford because the Church forbids artificial contraception. The pope reiterated the church’s opposition to government population control programs as a form of “ideological colonization” but stressed that “this does not mean a Christian must make children one after another.”

“God gives you methods to be responsible,” he told journalists. “Some think that — excuse the word — that in order to be good Catholics we have to be like rabbits. No.”

Your local Walgreens also gives you methods to be responsible, but unfortunately they don’t supply “church-approved” contraception. The Pope only endorses abstinence or the rhythm method – and apparently spreading AIDS and other STDs around the world. But I suppose AIDS works well with the church’s opposition to government population control programs – it still helps to keep the population down and doesn’t involve the use of condoms. Plus, it might help get rid of those pesky street kids in the Philippines.

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Hobby Lobby Religiously Objects to Contraception… Viagra & Vasectomies Are Okay Though

Hobby Lobby

The Supreme Court ruled 5-4 in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby on Monday that for-profit employers (Hobby Lobby) with religious objections (definitely Hobby Lobby) can opt out of providing contraception coverage under Obamacare.

Hobby Lobby, a craft store chain owned by evangelical Christians, had some beef with the Obamacare stipulation that employers must provide health insurance coverage for contraception. The owners of Hobby Lobby challenged this provision, arguing that it violated their religious freedom.

According to the Hobby Lobbies, life begins at conception and any contraceptives such as Plan B, Next Choice, or Ella, that would prevent a woman’s ovaries from releasing an egg that could be fertilized after unprotected sex, is tantamount to murder (despite the general scientific consensus that the contraceptives are not equivalent to abortion.) Oh, and they also object to long-term birth control methods such as IUDs, which can cost women up to $1,000. Anyways, Hobby Lobby complained all the way up to the Supreme Court and, for some reason, five old men on the Supreme Court took their side.

The court’s four more liberal justices called it a decision of “startling breadth” and expressed concern that the majority decision could open the door to other corporations seeking to withhold coverage for other medical procedures at odds with firm religious beliefs.

Hillary Clinton also expressed her dissent, calling the Hobby Lobby case “deeply disturbing.”

“It’s the first time that our court has said that a closely held corporation has the rights of a person when it comes to religious freedom, which means the corporation’s … [‘closely held’] employers can impose their religious beliefs on their employees, and, of course, denying women the right to contraceptives as part of a health care plan is exactly that,” she said. “I find it deeply disturbing that we are going in that direction.”

“It’s very troubling that a sales clerk at Hobby Lobby who need contraception, which is pretty expensive, is not going to get that service through her employer’s health care plan because her employer doesn’t think she should be using contraception,” Clinton said.

Despite the disagreement over the ruling, the craft store is now free to drop contraceptives from its workers’ health insurance plans. Viagra is still up for grabs though. Hobby Lobby has made no indication that it plans to limit men’s access to penis pills and pumps. Well, I guess curing erectile dysfunction encourages procreation… but what about vasectomies? Hobby Lobby doesn’t personally object to covering vasectomies for men… much like it doesn’t personally object to buying the majority of its products from China, which effectively has a government-mandated forced abortion policy and where Christians are persecuted regularly…

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Brazil Should Have Built a Vagina Stadium… And Other News

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Brazil’s World Cup stadium partially collapsed on Wednesday, killing at least three people.

The workers were killed when an evil crane collapsed while lifting a piece of the stadium’s roof into place, causing the roof to buckle and destroy part of the stands. Brazil has been rushing to finish the Itaquerao Stadium in order to meet FIFA’s December deadline to have all 12 venues ready – but now that the crane has cause damage to the exterior many are wondering if they will be prepared. Considering the workers’ union is halting construction for 30 days while authorities investigate, I’m going to go with ‘not prepared.’ Looks like they should have consulted with Qatar first and built an ultra sturdy, vagina-like stadium. A vagina stadium would never kill anyone – minus all those migrant workers who died building it. Globe and Mail

NorveloAmerican women need to start working on a Plan C, because apparently Plan B is ineffective for women over 176 lbs. A European version of the “morning-after pill” called Norvelo (identical to Plan B) has planned to introduce a new warning label, warning consumers that the emergency contraceptive starts to lose potency in women who weigh more than 165 pounds. And after 176 lbs, the pill becomes completely ineffective.  The average American woman weighs 165 pounds, so many of Norvelo’s current users may want to switch to a new type of morning after pill – unless they want to pay a visit to the abortion clinic– or if they live in Texas, deal with a bunch of obese ‘mistakes’ running around in nine months. CBS News

BADSANTA.jpgMerry Christmas: A 62 year-old mall Santa in Massachusetts has been charged with groping an 18-year-old elf. The Bad Santa (not to be confused with Billy Bob Thornton) has been released on $1,000 bail after pleading not guilty to indecent assault and battery for allegedly groping his 18-year-old assistant/elf. Herbert Jones denied pinching the elf’s butt and making suggestive comments but until the case is resolved Hones must stay away from the mall and refrain from putting on his big red Santa suit. TIME

Aids in GreeceGood news: People are not giving themselves HIV in Greece to get benefits. The World Health Organization retracted their claim that half of new HIV cases in Greece were self-inflicted so that the individuals could get benefits of $1,000 a month. WHO blames a “gross editing error” for the HIV statistic that was published in a report last month. The bad news: there are still some people intentionally injecting themselves with the HIV virus to collect state benefits – but not nearly as many as the WHO first claimed. The new statement reads: “Half of the new HIV cases are self-injecting and out of them few are deliberately inflicting the virus.” Few is better than half! The Guardian

Rouhani Music VideoHassan Rouhani: Iranian President…. and pop star? Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani has been featured in an online music video, entitled Nowsafar (New Journey). To celebrate his 100 days in office and presumable to pay tribute to Barack Obama’s 2008 Yes We Can video, Rouhani’s music video shows him delivering a speech at his endorsement ceremony with Iranians singing/speaking his words.  Now that I think of it, the black and white clip is a total rip off of Obama’s music video! The video opens with Rouhani’s speech: “In the presence of the holy Koran and before the nation, I swear to the omnipotent God to safeguard the official religion of the country and the Islamic Republic as well as the country’s constitution.” Ok, it’s a little different from Obama’s… The Atlantic

Hot SauceTime to stock up on Sriracha hot sauce! After a month long battle between Huy Fong Foods and neighbouring residents over the strong smell of the hot sauce, a California judge has ordered that the plant must stop any operations that cause the strong odours and quickly make the changes necessary to limit future smells. Although the judge stopped short of shutting down the factory entirely, it’s a victory for residents of the Los Angeles suburb who complained that the hot sauce fumes were “extremely annoying, irritating and offensive to the senses.” Huy Fong Foods founder David Tran has previously said that he will not change the type of chilli pepper used because it makes for a better hot sauce. Tran’s slogan throughout the controversy, “If it doesn’t smell, we can’t sell!”, has now become “ If it smells, I’m going to jail.” Catchy. USA Today

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