Ruminations of a Red Dirt Hussy

July 4, 2014

Don’t just sit there. Do something.

First, don’t you judge me for that apostrophe. How would you have done it? SOS? Well, what kind of signal does that send? So to speak. While we may need to call for help, an SOS will do no good whatsoever. I mean, who you gonna call? Ghostbusters?

The men of SCOTUS have spoken. Wait. What’s that? There are women, too? Oh. But they’re outnumbered. I see.

SCOTUS screwed up. The ruling is narrow? The ruling will not lead to other corporations asking for exceptions for similar reasons? No widespread ramifications? Giving SCOTUS the benefit of doubt they don’t deserve, those statements are disingenuous at best.

Consider the following, and trust me when I say that even in my most astonishingly creative moments, I could not make this shit up:

According to the Washington Post, two days after the Hobby Lobby decision, a group of religious leaders wrote President Obama asking to be relieved of a pending executive order prohibiting federal contractors from discriminatory hiring practices against LBGT applicants. The writers of the letter stated, “Without a robust religious exemption . . . this expansion of hiring rights will come at an unreasonable cost to the common good, national unity and religious freedom.” Of course, this begs the question of whose religion should be free.

Further evidence of the Court’s disingenuousness is the fact that the day after the Hobby Lobby ruling, SCOTUS issued orders regarding six other cases in which employers claimed religious objections to not just Hobby Lobby’s four, but every one of the contraceptive services required under the Affordable Care Act. The LA Times reported, “The court ordered appeals courts to either reconsider their rejection of the employers’ claims in light of the Hobby Lobby decision, or let stand lower courts’ endorsement of those claims.” 

If consistent adherence to belief system had been part of the Court’s litmus test, Hobby Lobby might have suffered in the outcome. Mother Jones, revealed such an inconsistency, if not outright hypocrisy, in Hobby Lobby’s objections to paying for contraception. The company’s employee retirement plan has stock worth $73 million in companies that manufacture the very drugs and devices they don’t want to provide.

Not only do these companies, which include Teva Pharmaceuticals, Bayer, AstraZeneca, and Pfizer, make the emergency contraception and IUDs to which the Greens object, they also manufacture drugs used in the performance of abortion and drugs used to induce abortion.

Well, my goodness. Who do you do you suppose chose those investments? Who do you suppose matches employee contributions every month? It couldn’t be the Greens. That would make them—what do call it?—oh, yeah. Misogynistic hypocrites. That’s probably why they still provide coverage of Viagra and vasectomies. I wonder how the Supreme Court decision would have gone had Hobby Lobby placed those on their list of the ungodlies?

I doubt such inconsistencies ever entered the Green’s heads. Religion has a way of dulling critical thinking skills and numbing the conscience. If a disagreeable idea did manage to slip through, thumping that Bible a little harder would make it go away.

As usual, it took me about 500 words to get to my point. I do have one. And it is this: Stop that infernal bitching and do something, people. If you don’t have any ideas, consider mine, listed below. They won’t right the wrong, but you might feel better.

  •  Drive to Michael’s for your must-have made-in-China Popsicle sticks, your beads and buttons and dried flowers. Download coupons at
  • Buy a woman an IUD.
  • Tear up that full-page gloating, proselytizing, scripture-palooza on page 9 of this morning’s Tulsa World. Burn it on the grill with the hot dogs. Before you do, though, download your free Bible app from Mardel’s Web site and jot down 1-888-NEED-HIM so you, too, can know Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior. It’s toll-free.

Because, you know, the Green family is like the Jesus call-center.

You’re welcome. And I am not making this shit up.






  1. I would do something as you instructed, but other than generating discussion and voting any party not Republican, I simply don’t know what to do in the face of such duplicitousness.What? You’re the only one who can make up words?

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    Comment by Michelle — July 4, 2014 @ 1:54 pm | Reply

  2. How is it possible that this kind of treatment of women in the new century is still happening? I am convinced that the Christian (right-ists fundamentalists) and the Tea Party-ists wish to return the nation to the year 1900; before women voting, workers safety and health rights, child labor, the voting rights act, social security for the aged, publicly funded education and a whole slew of other social accomplishments had been hard fought and hard won! Do these people truly want us to return to a time of such blatant classism and social inequity. Perish the thought! Perish the perpetrators!

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    Comment by Paul Saladin — July 4, 2014 @ 5:21 pm | Reply

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