Catholic Diocese Discourages Use of "Morally Compromised" J&J Vaccine
The vaccine is great. GO GET IT.
Just yesterday we told you about sexist Baptist Pastor Stewart-Allen Clark who encouraged men to threaten their wives with divorce to discourage weight gain after marriage. Clark wanted his marital advice heard, and it was. As of today First General Baptist Church has battened down the hatches and vanished from the internet.
But not before they updated their homepage late tonight to say Clark has “taken a leave of absence and is seeking professional counseling.”
As we told you last week in regard to a Polish heavy metal musician who was charged with blasphemy for stepping on the face of a picture of the Virgin Mary, Poland isn’t messing around about coddling religious feelings. Luckily, three women who were facing up to two years in prison for superimposing a rainbow above the Virgin Mary’s head were acquitted for their “crimes” because their art was in support of LGBTQ people and not directly meant to offend Christians.
The Catholic Church wants to be totally clear: they’re pro-fetus, not “pro-life.”
The Archdiocese of New Orleans, in light of guidance from the Vatican, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, and The National Catholic Bioethics Center affirm that though there was some lab testing that utilized the abortion-derived cell line, the two vaccines currently available from Pfizer and Moderna do not rely on cell lines from abortions in the manufacturing process and therefore can be morally acceptable for Catholics as the connection to abortion is extremely remote.
It is under the same guidance that the archdiocese must instruct Catholics that the latest vaccine from Janssen/Johnson & Johnson is morally compromised as it uses the abortion-derived cell line in development and production of the vaccine as well as the testing.
The biggest problem with that statement is that it suggests people have a choice in which vaccine to get. They don’t. Just get whichever one of the three approved vaccines is available to you as soon as you can. They’re all incredible at preventing COVID-related death.
Of all the ways $85,500 could be spent during an economy-crushing pandemic, Oklahoma Republicans think it would be best allocated to display “In God We Trust” in all 342 state-owned buildings (including public schools). Besides being a gigantic waste of money that will improve life for no one, it’s a taxpayer-funded endorsement of one particular religion— regardless of State Rep. Jay Steagall acting a fool about which “God” is implied when he said it is not meant to promote a particular religion.
Rep. Regina Goodwin clapped back, highlighting that the bill “does not say ‘In Buddha We Trust.’”
MAGA cultist Josh Bernstein lays his privilege and voter suppression fantasy out on the table: “If you can’t get there in that one day … I don’t want you to vote.”
While Oklahoma Republicans are ignoring an actual crisis while wasting money, Tennessee Republicans are ignoring the same crisis while wasting outrage. The East Tennessee State University basketball team kneeled together during the National Anthem recently in order to draw attention to systemic racism, triggering each and every GOP state senator to sign a letter feigning outrage at state schools that allow this “disrespectful” form of protest.
Anti-LGBTQ activist Scott Lively allegedly prayed to God to “bring down” a strip club hours before it exploded from a gas leak.
A team of researchers are seeking secular, atheist, agnostic, humanist, freethinker, and non-religious Americans to participate in the largest-ever study of the community life of secular and non-religious people in the United States. If you fit the bill and have 15-20 minutes to contribute to social science, you can find The Secular Communities Survey here.
Finally, enjoy this brief sermon clip for reasons you’ll discover in about six seconds.