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The New McCarthyism

I am declaring, based on the bigoted and xenophobic responses to certain religions and peoples’ nationals origins, that we have entered an era of “New McCarthyism”

The New McCarthyism is the practice of vilifying people of a race, religion or national origin as terrorists without proper regard for evidence.

(I’m looking for a new name than “The New McCarthyism” – but nothing seems to work – open to suggestions.)

For reference, the the term was coined in the early 1950’s, named after Republican U.S. Senator Joseph McCarthy of Wisconsin:

From Wikipedia’s entry on McCarthyism:

McCarthyism is the practice of making accusations of subversion or treason without proper regard for evidence. It also means “the practice of making unfair allegations or using unfair investigative techniques, especially in order to restrict dissent or political criticism. […] Originally coined to criticize the anti-communist pursuits of Republican U.S. Senator Joseph McCarthy of Wisconsin, “McCarthyism” soon took on a broader meaning, describing the excesses of similar efforts. The term is also now used more generally to describe reckless, unsubstantiated accusations, as well as demagogic attacks on the character or patriotism of political adversaries.

The origins are form the Red Scares – Communism’s rise in the world as a political force.

Calling Out Someone’s Religious Beliefs

Again, President Obama is being called a non-America (apparently Hawaii isn’t part of the United States of America), and that he is a Muslim (or maybe more correctly believes in Islam, which is not his public statement of his religion).

As an American, with freedom of religion guaranteed to me, and every other American, I absolutely give Zero Fucks what religion Obama, Trump or anyone is associated with. One is also allowed the freedom to change their religious beliefs.

I’m an Atheist. As along as your beliefs don’t interfere with my own beliefs and freedoms and you don’t attempt to legislate your religious laws and beliefs – I’m good.

By even publicly calling out someone’s religious beliefs in order to publicly making an issue of what religion they worship – this is discrimination, intolerance, and in my opinion coming really close to a hate crime.

Going on on a limb in my non-legal opinion, I believe this activity violates the person’s First Amendment Right of freedom of religion, as well as the Equal Protection Clause of the U.S. Constitution.

Propaganda vs Facts: “major abortion centered company”

So, I will have a lot more to say on this topic, but I want to make one point really quickly.

A “friend”, recently shared Alliance Defending Freedom’s video of a 10th undercover about Planned Parenthood. In a volley of exchange comments, the conversation (which I will link here, once redacted to protect the “friend”, more context below) – she made this statement:

[…] I’d love to stop funding a major abortion centered company.

And I called her our in my reply that this statement is propaganda. What is propaganda?

information, especially of a biased or misleading nature, used to promote or publicize a particular political cause or point of view.

Ok, I understand that the Christian-Right would like to see all abortions stop, because they believe that life begins at conception, and doing so is murder. However, doing these videos, and this statement is very biased attempt to publicize the political cause to remove public funding from Planned Parenthood. It’s not only misleading, but this statement is incorrect.

Fact, only 3% of Planned Parnethood’s services are abortion related. In some states, Planned Parenthood doesn’t provide abortions at all. It is also currently illegal for federal funds to be used for abortion services.

Planned Parenthood provides a range of subsidized health services to people that can’t afford it otherwise. (The ACA did not help everyone … and some states still refuse to enact the full ACA.)

So, if your belief is that abortion is wrong, and would like to defund Planned Parenthood – just be honest about it. A better statement is “Because they provide abortions services at some locations, as a result, I’d would like to see all public funding removed, nation wide for all locations.”

I think made a great reply … that unfortunately I didn’t save. I think it hit a nerve, because she deleted the that reply. After I called her on deleting my reply, and respond to another commenter that he was also wrong (with citations) – I was unfriended. And the original post – is either set as friends only, or was also deleted.

I’m going to recreate my reply that addressed Women’s issue, women and ISIS (despite being off topic) – and the over sexualizing of women (again, off topic) … as I thought I had a great reply. Obvious too good. Stay Tuned.

David P. Discher: Well, I’ve seen enough of your posts, and in addition, you shared propaganda to Defund Planned Parenthood – an organization (which is not likely perfect) – but main goal is to education, and provide the most needed, with health care, testing, screening and birth control. I’ve had former lovers/girlfriends that depended on Planned Parenthood. So indirectly, I’m healthy and have never faced this very difficult choice because of this organization.
Abstinence itself isn’t bad – the way its being taught, but “Abstinence- only” teaching, in some area, mandated by law by the same political force attempting to defund PP – is in fact, bad.

FRIEND: I agree abstinence only education is terrible. People aren’t fish that all swim the same current. Yes, I’d love to stop funding a major abortion centered company. We now have more affordable health care in the US. PP isn’t the only place to go. I also don’t think it’s as innocent and simple as they claim. I think they have their lobbyists, politicians, celebrities, etc who try to sell their propaganda. Women’s rights? How about we fight for real women’s rights? How about the poor women being abused by ISIS? How about the over sexualizing women here in the US? Anyways, nice chatting with you. Will you catch tomorrow’s debate?