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Don’t call it a ‘BluesFest’ if the majority of the artists performing there aren’t blues musicians

Call it PopularMusicOfVariousUnrelatedDifferentGenresFest or whatever else; don’t ride the coat-tails of a musical tradition that you clearly cared nothing about, and were okay with smothering and covering with music (or even hip-hop) not even remotely related to the original purpose of the event, just to make more money.

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What they believe

 

Fashionable armbands?

 

‘Merica’s ‘Finest’

(I know DC’s not a state, pedants…)

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An idea far too sensible to ever be implemented

Plus it doesn’t sell newspapers:

 
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Posted by on February 17, 2018 in America, The Kulturkampf

 

Reasons for some optimism?

 
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Posted by on January 30, 2018 in America, good news, The Kulturkampf

 

U.S. government creates health division for ‘religious freedom’

Great news!
 

The U.S. government will create a division within its health agency that focuses on guaranteeing “conscience and religious freedom” for health workers who say their beliefs prevent them from carrying out abortions and other procedures.
 

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services said in a statement on Thursday that the creation of the new division in its Office of Civil Rights would give it “the focus it needs to more vigorously and effectively enforce existing laws protecting the rights of conscience and religious freedom.”

 

The effort is likely to please conservative Christian activists, many of whom voted for President Donald Trump, and congressional Republicans but upset reproductive rights advocates and Democrats.

 

Politico reported on Wednesday that the department is aiming to give protections for workers who do not want to provide abortions, care for transgender patients, or perform other procedures because of moral or religious grounds.

 

The division would enforce that protection and conduct compliance reviews, audits and other enforcement actions to ensure that health care providers are allowing workers with religious or moral objections to opt out.

 

Trump last May signed an executive order called “Promoting Free Speech and Religious Liberty”, which was followed by new rules aimed at removing a legal mandate that health insurance provide contraception. The creation of the division is in accordance with that order, according to HHS documents.

 
Good on Trump!

 
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Posted by on January 18, 2018 in America, good news, government, religion, The Kulturkampf