The motto of the State of Tennessee is “Agriculture and Commerce”. I feel that it needs to be updated to reflect a more modern state. A few suggestions:

  • Bringing back the Dark Ages
  • Home of the Religious Extreme
  • Teaching Women Their Place
  • Where Oppressing Women isn’t Just a Hobby

I sound like some crazy feminist the way I am bashing on Tennessee. I don’t consider myself a feminist, I consider myself a humanist. Everyone, regardless of gender, religious beliefs, sexual orientation, ability/disability, color of their skin, etc deserves to be treated with a certain amount of human respect and decency. They are given certain rights that are protected under the Constitution. I want to throw up every time I hear about something the government does that is constitutionally questionable and is a serious violation of Wheaton’s Law.

I sent a letter off to USA Today about an article written about Mitt Romney being an 18 year old bully. He was a bully at his prep school as a senior and he’s still a bully. The only thing that has changed is his sandbox. He’s gone from the school yard to the political arena. He’s not the only one. It’s most politicians. They want to enact laws where everyone in the nation has to abide by their train of thought. The two biggest examples are gay marriage and abortion. Those who are against these things want to force laws on everyone in the entire country, even those that who are for these things,  that fall in line with their beliefs that are more often then not rooted in religious doctrine, on everyone.

No where in the Constitution does it state that “Marriage is between one man and one woman”. That is a quote from the Bible and yet this is the argument against gay marriage and laws are being passed on this argument. Where is the separation of church and state? Can someone answer that for me? Anyone? Anyone? Anyone? Religious argument is also used in the abortion debate. People want to take away a woman’s right to choose what to do with her body. The government is trying to take away the personal choices of people and dictate morality. This message has become crystal clear.

Enter the state of Tennessee and this article No where in the Constitution does it state that “Marriage is between one man and one woman”. That is a quote from the Bible and yet this is the argument against gay marriage and laws are being passed on this argument. Where is the separation of church and state? Can someone answer that for me? Anyone? Anyone? Anyone? Religious argument is also used in the abortion debate. People want to take away a woman’s right to choose what to do with her body. The government is trying to take away the personal choices of people and dictate morality. This message has become crystal clear.

Enter the state of Tennessee and this news article: http://theimmoralminority.blogspot.com/2012/04/tennessee-has-now-passed-bill-that.html?spref=fb&m=1 In case you don’t want to read the article, here it is…

The Tennessee House last week voted 80-18 to make miscarriage — or the killing of any fertilized egg — murder. Last night, the Tennessee Senate passed by a 28-2 margin a companion version of the bill. The bill specifically includes all embryos “at any state of gestation in utero.” Tennessee’s Republican Governor Bill Haslam has not indicated if he will sign the bill. 

To be clear, this bill goes further than covering, say, a violent attacker harming an expectant mother who then, unfortunately, miscarries. This bill, House Bill 3517 and the Senate’s companion, makes anyone’s actions that presumably cause a miscarriage murder. Opponents of the bill question how law enforcement would actually enforce this law or determine if someone’s action was a direct cause of a miscarriage.

Some further commentary on this law via the Knoxville News Sentinel:

Sen. Beverly Marrero, D-Memphis, told Beavers the measure would be construed to require a pregnancy test for “every woman who is shot.”

In the House, Rep. Mike Stewart, D-Nashville, the law could now could lead to a business owner who allows smoking being charged when an employee miscarries because of secondhand smoke or charges against a motorist who causes a careless minor accident that resulted a miscarriage.

“It seems to go too far,” Stewart said. “What’s the limiting factor?”

Rep. Jeannie Richardson, D-Memphis, said that about 50 percent of all conceptions “miscarry naturally” before the embryo reaches eight weeks and the new law is vague enough to allow prosecutions in such cases.

Notice that the words “miscarriage” and “embryo” were used and not “abortion” and “viable fetus”. With laws like this on the books how many women are going to fear going to the doctor because of a natural miscarriage because they could be prosecuted under a poorly written over zealous law?  Bleeding during pregnancy is scary and it’s stressful and so  many things can cause it from complications from placenta previa to a bad yeast infection  to a capillary breaking during intercourse to low hormone levels. Now it’s going to be even more frightening because a women is now going to be afraid that she is having a miscarriage and will be brought up on murder charges.

Laws like this one are setting us back in the dark ages. They are the religious rights way of saying that women don’t matter and we will always be second-rate citizens, that we aren’t smart enough to make our own decisions and that they will be the right decisions. We are being told that the government is the only group that can make decisions about our healthcare and that we and our doctors have little say in it, especially when it comes to our reproductive system. When are people going to wake up and realize that laws like this are discriminatory. Women are being punished for just being women at this point and it makes me sad. It makes me fear for the future of the human race.

We are not being progressive, we are not making change to improve society or humanity. Discrimination and bigotry are still alive and well and people are promoting it the name of religion, as if by using God’s name it makes it okay. Furthering that discrimination and bigotry, be it in the form of making gay marriage illegal or telling women that they can’t have a miscarriage, as if they have any control over it, by making it law is walking a very fine line. It’s moral religious dictatorship disguised as democracy.

Welcome to the US Bureau of Morality and the United Dystopian States of America. Here’s your Parepin laced water. Enjoy.

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