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I'm thinking about changing my tagline...

... from "diffuse. scattered. marginal. that's funtongue" to "A blue dot in a red sea." While Kansas and Pennsylvania are reliving the Scopes' Monkey Trial, my home state of Kentucky is hell-bent on attacking reproductive rights.

Exhibit #1
HB145 submitted by Lonnie Napier: "An act relating to in vitro fertilization... prohibit anyone from fertilizing more than one egg during the in vitro fertilization process; create a penalty of a Class D felony for violations of this section."

In vitro fertilization, aka "test tube" baby-making, is an expensive, error-prone process, so numerous eggs are extracted, fertilized, and implanted in hopes of yielding a single viable egg. Limiting the process to one egg would make in vitro fertilization too expensive and time-consuming an option for the vast majority of infertile couples. This has created a firestorm amongst webloggers. People are doing everything from calling his office (Office: 859-792-2535 / Home: 859-792-4860 / Congressional office: 502-564-8100 x649) to cracking cruel jokes at his expense ("this is why cousins shouldn't marry"). Heh, that's funny.

Exhibit #2
An ob-gyn claimed his minority report to the FDA on "Plan B" prevented the morning after contraceptive from being sold over-the-counter despite approval by other members of the advisory committee. The physician, Dr. David Hager, made his claim at a bible college in Wilmore, Kentucky, a town 20 minutes from my home.

Exhibit #3
A church in Louisville hosted a telecast from the Family Research Council saying Democrats were "against people of faith" for blocking Bush's federal judicial nominees. It featured a segment with Senate majority leader Bill Frist and was one brick in the wall leading up to the possible "nuclear option" ending Senate filibusters for judicial nominees.

Yes, folks, this is where I live. Kentucky is not just the buckle of the Bible Belt, it houses the very core of evangelicals' fear of a changing society that they perceive is out of their control and leaving them behind. These are the people who detest the separation of church and state. If religious groups want to have a political lobbying arm, I'm cool with it as long as participating religions are subject to taxation. These are the people who claim the United States was founded based solely on Christian moral beliefs... but the marble friezes in the U.S. Supreme Court display non-Christian lawgivers: Muhammad, Confucius, and Moses. Ironically, Jesus ain't there. Yes, folks, I live in a place where evangelical Christians are running around screaming about the country and the government that was stolen from them, but what they don't realize is that they're crying foul about something that was never theirs to begin with.

This is where I live. Wish me luck!

:: Bryan Travis :: 05/13/2005 @ 23:57 :: [link] ::