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Satanic Temple Slams New Texas Foetus Burial Rule Opposed by Pro-Choice Groups*

Satanic Temple Slams New Texas Foetus Burial Rule Opposed by Pro-Choice Groups*

Abortion rights activists may have found an unlikely ally in the Satanic Temple, which has vowed to oppose a new Texas state rule requiring fetal tissue be given a burial or cremation.

In two weeks, a new state rule on medical waste will take effect in Texas, meaning aborted foetal tissue must undergo “interment.”

From December 18, Texas hospitals and abortion clinics will no longer be permitted to place fetal tissue in sanitary landfills and instead will have to organize a burial of sorts. Although not an official law, the rule could be used to guide court procedures.

The Satanic Temple, which uses Satan as a symbol to promote secularism, has now denounced the rule for enforcing a “well-established component of religious practice.”

thesatanictempleTEXAS RULE ON FETAL REMAINS THE SATANIC TEMPLE RELIGIOUS DEFENSE OF REPRODUCTIVE  RIGHTS  The Texas Department of Health and Human Services plans to enforce new rules that require that fetal tissue must be buried or cremated and can no longer be disposed of in sanitary landfills as they are in every other state.  The Satanic Temple believes burial rites are a well-established component of religious practice. This is undisputed in the entirety of US legal history. In addition, members of The Satanic Temple believe in the inviolability of the body and, as such, these rules contradict our fundamental beliefs. The First Amendment protects our right to practice our beliefs,  and under the Religious Freedom Reform Act (RFRA), the State must present a compelling reason for why they want to enforce rules that inhibit adherence to our religious  practices. Clearly, the State of Texas has no compelling reason because these rules were  not enacted to promote health and safety, but rather to harass and burden women who terminate their pregnancies.  For these reasons, members of The Satanic Temple are not required to comply with the Texas rule on fetal remains. Nevertheless, we will require legal support to protect the  rights of our members.  Read more at thesatanictemple.com and  religiousreproductiverights.com #thesatanictemple #religiousreproductiverights

thesatanictempleTEXAS RULE ON FETAL REMAINS THE SATANIC TEMPLE RELIGIOUS DEFENSE OF REPRODUCTIVE RIGHTS The Texas Department of Health and Human Services plans to enforce new rules that require that fetal tissue must be buried or cremated and can no longer be disposed of in sanitary landfills as they are in every other state. The Satanic Temple believes burial rites are a well-established component of religious practice. This is undisputed in the entirety of US legal history. In addition, members of The Satanic Temple believe in the inviolability of the body and, as such, these rules contradict our fundamental beliefs. The First Amendment protects our right to practice our beliefs, and under the Religious Freedom Reform Act (RFRA), the State must present a compelling reason for why they want to enforce rules that inhibit adherence to our religious practices. Clearly, the State of Texas has no compelling reason because these rules were not enacted to promote health and safety, but rather to harass and burden women who terminate their pregnancies. For these reasons, members of The Satanic Temple are not required to comply with the Texas rule on fetal remains. Nevertheless, we will require legal support to protect the rights of our members. Read more at thesatanictemple.com and religiousreproductiverights.com #thesatanictemple #religiousreproductiverights

 

The Texas Department of Health and Human Services plans to enforce new rules that require that fetal tissue must be buried or cremated and can no longer be disposed of in sanitary landfills as they are in every other state.
The Satanic Temple believes burial rites are a well-established component of religious practice. This is

The group has already targeted the inclusion of religious practices in education and local government by setting up an “After School Satan Club” in Oregon and hailing the Dark Lord in a prayer at an Alaskan council meeting.

In a statement, the organization said government must provide a reason for advocating burial.

“Clearly, the State of Texas has no compelling reason because these rules were not enacted to promote health and safety, but rather to harass and burden women who terminate their pregnancies,” the group said.

The group has threatened legal action against the state “to protect the rights of our members.”

Abortion rights group, NARAL Pro-Choice Texas, argues that Rule 1.136 does nothing but “impose an undue burden on Texans seeking abortion care.”

NARAL say health care providers and abortion clinics already work within the law to dispose of medical waste and claim the insistence on burial interferes with patient privacy.

“The addition of non-medical ritual to current clinical practice only serves to further interfere with a patient’s autonomy and decision-making in their own medical care,” the NARAL website states.

Amy Hagstrom Miller, CEO of abortion and gynaecology clinic Whole Woman’s Health, accused the state of showing “profound disrespect” towards women’s well-being.

“These rules have absolutely no added benefit to women’s health and safety and are clearly an undue burden,” Hagstrom said.

She added that providing obstacles to safe abortion is “clearly unconstitutional”.

According to the Texas Tribune, Republican Governor Greg Abbott has thrown his support behind fetal burial because of his belief that the tissue should not be “treated like medical waste and disposed of in landfills.”

Abbott outlined his stance on the rule in an email to campaign fundraisers, citing it as a way he is trying to “turn the tides against the soulless abortion industry in Texas.”

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Planned Parenthood Faces Prosecution for Selling Baby Body Parts*

Planned Parenthood Faces Prosecution for Selling Baby Body Parts*

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In the summer of 2015, the Center for Medical Progress unveiled its undercover investigation into Planned Parenthood’s trafficking of baby organs. At one particular site, the Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast in Houston, Texas, the undercover actors found that employees were hiding their sale of fetal issue by using “accounting gimmicks.”

“The evidence that Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast charged exorbitant amounts of taxpayer money in exchange for fetal specimens that it provided at nearly zero cost is overwhelming,” CMP President David Daleiden said at the time, urging Texas leaders to send a message that Houston’s children are “not for sale.”

They got the message – and so did Congress. After the Select Investigative Panel’s investigation, they felt compelled to refer Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast for criminal prosecution.

Family Research Council President Tony Perkins believes the panel has taken the first concrete step to holding Planned Parenthood accountable for its grave actions.

“The panel’s recommendation that Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast be criminally prosecuted is the appropriate next step in bringing justice to bear on a group that clearly sees itself as above the law.

Next step: defunding.

“With criminal prosecution a growing possibility, the new Congress should once again use the reconciliation process to redirect taxpayer dollars away from Planned Parenthood,” Perkins urged.

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Obama Just Protected Planned Parenthood Funding Permanently*

U.N. Passes Resolution Urging Israel to Leave Syria’s Golan Heights*

U.N. Passes Resolution Urging Israel to Leave Syria’s Golan Heights*

By Carol Adl

The United Nations General Assembly has once again adopted a resolution demanding that Israel withdraw from Syria’s Golan Heights, territory that they have occupied since 1967.

The resolution, which had been proposed by 37 countries, was passed by an overwhelming majority on November 30th. It called on Israel to “withdraw from all the occupied territory to the line of 4 June 1967 and called on all parties concerned to exert the necessary efforts to ensure the resumption of the peace process.”

However, U.N. General Assembly resolutions are non-binding and no more than a ‘paper tiger’ without a unanimous decision by permanent U.N. Security Council members to enforce them …a prospect which is a highly unlikely.

Press TV reports:

The resolution also condemned Israel’s non-compliance to the Security Council Resolution 497 since 1981 until now, describing as null and void Tel Aviv’s decision issued on December 14, 1981 to impose its control over the occupied Golan Heights.

The UNGA also reemphasized the basic principle of inadmissibility of the acquisition of territories by force based on the international law and the U.N. Charter.

The resolution stressed that the Geneva Conventions on the protection of civilian individuals in time of war apply in the occupied Golan Heights.

Many of the states participating in the session also denounced the Israeli practices in the occupied region.

Israel seized the Golan Heights from Syria after the 1967 Six-Day War and later occupied it in a move that has never been recognized by the international community. The regime has built tens of illegal settlements in the area ever since and has used the region to carry out a number of military operations against the Syrian government.

Syria says Israel and its Western and regional allies are aiding Takfiri militant groups operating inside the Arab country. The Israeli regime has even set up field hospitals there to treat wounded Syrian militants.

The Syrian army has repeatedly seized huge quantities of Israeli-made weapons and advanced military equipment from the foreign-backed militants inside Syria.

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Armageddon on the Golan Heights*

Syrian Army Seizes Control of Al-Amal Farms in Golan Heights*

Israel begins Drilling for Oil at Syrian Golan Heights*

Israel Launches 2 Rockets which Strike near Damascus*

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Palestinian Accused of Arson Released by Israel*

Palestinian Accused of Arson Released by Israel*

By Ali Abunimah

A Palestinian man who Israeli media and authorities accused of arson, amid wildfires that forced tens of thousands to flee their homes last week, has reportedly been released without charge.

“Remember Jawad Qattoush from Battir? He starred in all the newspapers in recent days – a Palestinian who lights fires,” Nir Hasson, a journalist for the Tel Aviv newspaper Haaretz, posted on Facebook on Thursday.

“So after five days in detention, interrogation by the Israel Security Agency and the prohibition of a meeting with a lawyer, he went home. He actually did light a fire, he burnt garbage on his own premises, 150 meters from his home, 1.5 kilometers from any Jewish town,” Hasson stated.

“Oh, and he also put out the fire,” Hasson added.

The accusations against Qattoush came as Israeli leaders, including Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, asserted that Palestinians were starting the wildfires that the government was struggling to control.

Qattoush was one of more than 20 Palestinians, some of them citizens of Israel, rounded up on accusations ranging from arson to making satirical comments about the fires on social media.

Tending his land

Israel’s Channel 2 had reported that on Saturday, Israeli park rangers spotted a man setting a fire at “Nahal Refaim in the Judean Hills,” a river valley straddling the boundary line between the occupied West Bank and present-day Israel.

The report claims that inspectors from Israel’s Nature and Parks Authority observed a person coming from Battir, a village west of Bethlehem in the occupied West Bank, near the boundary line with Israel. The man then began setting vegetation alight, but “thanks to the efforts of the rangers the fire was prevented from spreading.” Channel 2 adds that Israeli occupation forces followed the man back to Battir and detained him there.

Israel’s Ynet also reported that the army and police “apprehended a suspect identified by a forest ranger as setting fire to the brush northwest of the Palestinian village of Battir.”

But in Battir, neighbours told a very different story to Ma’an News Agency reporter Mirna al-Atrash:

They said that Qattoush, 43, works in Jerusalem, and his day off is Saturday, which is when he typically tends to and waters his land. That’s what Qattoush was doing last Saturday, according to one neighbor: he collected scrub and debris and burned it, and then returned home.

The video report shows a small patch of charred earth where Qattoush burned the brush.

“We were surprised when a short time later the army and police arrived and took him away,” the neighbor said.

Another neighbour explained that following the autumn olive harvest villagers typically clear their land of fallen branches, as Qattoush was doing, far from any forested area.

About a third of Battir’s land was seized in 1948 and now lies inside present-day Israel, but under the 1949 Rhodes Armistice Agreement, villagers continue to maintain ownership of their land on the Israeli side. But Qattoush’s land, as Ma’an states, is well within the West Bank side.

In 2014, the United Nations cultural body UNESCO added Battir to its World Heritage List, describing its landscape of olives, vines and the ancient irrigation terraces used by its people as being of “outstanding universal value.”

Battir, which is in an area of heavy encroachment by Israeli settlements and is under threat from Israel’s wall in the West Bank, is also on UNESCO’s list of World Heritage in Danger.

Scapegoating

Adalah, a legal advocacy group that defends the rights of Palestinian citizens of Israel, told The Electronic Intifada earlier this week that Netanyahu’s claims that the wildfires were “terrorism” came as part of a “strategy of incitement” against the Arab population.

Israeli analysts also observed that Netanyahu sought to scapegoat Palestinians to shift public anger over failures in the government’s firefighting effort.

In another case, a 24-year-old Palestinian citizen of Israel from the northern town of Umm al-Fahm has been indicted for setting several fires in his neighborhood, but Israeli media reported that the alleged actions had “no nationalistic motives.”

Israeli media revealed on Saturday that a fire blamed on Palestinians may have been started by Israeli forces chasing them in a wooded area west of Jerusalem.

Though the initial concern was that the two were looking to commit arson out of nationalistic motives, after they were arrested, they were found to be known to the police to be part of a band of thieves,” Ynet reported.

“As such, the police began investigating whether the forest fire was caused due to security forces using equipment to light the way during the chase.”

The fires affected Palestinian citizens of Israel as much as anyone else. Palestinian rescue workers and firefighters, both from within Israel and the occupied West Bank, risked their own lives to protect others.

And despite the scapegoating of their communities, they are part of the recovery as well. In the northern city of Haifa, for instance, Palestinian businessmen are repairing a synagogue damaged by a wildfire free of charge.

On Thursday, heavy rains and snow were predicted to bring an end to the long dry spell.

A change in the weather may put out the remaining fires, but it is unlikely to extinguish the Israeli government’s inflammatory attacks and incitement.

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U.S. Veterans Arrive at Standing Rock to Act as Human Shields*

U.S. Veterans Arrive at Standing Rock to Act as Human Shields*

By Nika Knight

Military veterans stand on a closed bridge to protest across from police protecting the Dakota Access oil pipeline site in Cannon Ball, N.D., Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

As tensions grow in North Dakota, with multiple eviction orders facing the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe in their battle against the Dakota Access Pipeline, U.S. military veterans on Friday began arriving at the Oceti Sakowin protest camp.

The 2,000 veterans, which include Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii), plan to act as an unarmed militia and peaceful human shields to protect the Indigenous activists from police brutality.

“I signed up to serve my country and my people and I did that overseas,” Indigenous U.S. Navy veteran Brandee Paisano told the CBC.

“I didn’t think I’d have to do it here, on this land, so here I am. This is what I need to be doing.”

The “deployment” is officially planned for December 4-7, but veterans who have arrived early have already taken their stand in front of the militarized police blockade stopping traffic into and out of the camp:

Our veterans once again on the front line….this time to defend Americans from their own government. #noDAPL #WaterProtectors pic.twitter.com/MJWoTjGUne

— #NoDAPL #Rezpect (@waternotoil) December 2, 2016

The “Veterans Stand for Standing Rock” action has garnered widespread support, with the National Nurses United (NNU) union sending $50,000 to fund their expenses and a popular fundraiser surpassing $800,000 by Friday afternoon.

“We salute the brave veterans who are standing up for the rights of the water protectors, and all of us who support this critical defense of the First Amendment right to assemble and protest without facing brutal and unwarranted attacks,” said NNU co-president Jean Ross.

Also on Friday, water protectors fulfilled a wish-list of supplies created by the Morton County Sheriff’s Department in Mandan, North Dakota, as an act of goodwill.

The generosity was striking, as officers from Morton County have subjected the Indigenous activists to extreme uses of force in recent days—including water cannons in subfreezing temperatures, mace, rubber bullets, and allegedly concussion grenades. One activist is still in danger of losing an arm after being struck with by what witnesses described as a concussion grenade thrown directly at her by police in riot gear.

“North Dakota taxpayers have already bankrolled the Morton County Sheriff Department with approximately ten million dollars for the suppression of peaceful water protectors. Despite this excessive financial support, Morton County officers are asking taxpayers to donate supplies,” said the Indigenous Environmental Network and the Indigenous Peoples Power Project in a joint statement.

“The Oceti Sakowin camp is a prayer camp, and a resilient, self-sufficient community,” the advocacy groups continued.

“The camp is full of abundance—in spirit, in humanity, and in resources. Oceti Sakowin has enough to share. Generosity is an original teaching for the Lakota.”

The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe also pushed back earlier this week against Dakota Access Pipeline company CEO Kelcy Warren, who has claimed that the pipeline would have been re-routed if only the tribe had spoken up sooner, with the release of a recording that showed the tribe had officially opposed the pipeline since at least 2014.

“[T]he recording provides audio from a Sept. 30, 2014, meeting in which Standing Rock officials expressed their opposition to the pipeline and raised concerns about its potential impact to sacred sites and their water supply—nearly two years before they raised similar objections in a federal lawsuit,” the Bismarck Tribune reports.

Meanwhile, since the Monday evacuation order from North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple, officials have been threatening those bringing supplies into the camp with exorbitant fines.

The Indigenous activists (and journalists covering their fight) are already grappling with exaggerated criminal charges—which are often later thrown out in court.

The fines and charges are a tactic to dissuade and silence them, the water protectors say.

Yet the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and their allies remain firm in their commitment to their fight for clean water and traditional territory. The New York Times‘ Timothy Egan wrote Friday:

[M]any of the natives at Standing Rock are not bitter, and see this stand in spiritual terms.

“In the face of this we pray,” Lyla June Johnston, a young Native leader, told me the day after the blizzards blew in.

“In the face of this we love. In the face of this we forgive. Because the vast majority of water protectors know this is the greatest battle of all: to keep our hearts intact.”

As CNN‘s Sara Sidner reported: “The only thing that’s going to make protesters leave […] is if the pipeline is stopped.”

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Related Topics:

Hundreds of Veterans Heading to Standing Rock to Defend DAPL Protesters from Police*

Cherokee Nation Sues U.S. Govt over Trust Fund Mismanagement*

U.K. Financiers Bankrolling Dakota Access Pipeline Builder*

Sheriff’s Dept. to Impose $1K Fine for Bringing Food and Supplies to Standing Rock*

Sheriffs across U.S. Refusing to Send Police and Equipment to DAPL as Outrage and Costs Grow*

Sioux Tribe Leaders Respond To Army Eviction Notice of #NoDAPL Camp, Refuse to Give Up*

Water Protectors Expose Moles in Their Ranks, Infiltrating DAPL Protests, Provoking Police*

Standing Rock Camp Being Sprayed With “Chemical Agents” By Low Flying Aircrafts at Night*

2010 Gulf Oil Spill Caused Widespread Land Loss*

Pray with Standing Rock: a Global Call to Action*

Egypt’s after Nubian Land*

 

Looted Palmyra Treasures Discovered in Geneva Warehouse*

Looted Palmyra Treasures Discovered in Geneva Warehouse*

Looted artifacts from Palmyra have turned up in Switzerland, Geneva state prosecutors announced on Friday

Swiss police have seized several looted items from a duty-free warehouse in Geneva, some of which came from the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra, Geneva state prosecutors announced on Friday, Switzerland’s Neue Zurcher Zeitung reported.

A total of nine culturally and historically important artifacts were seized, and they should be returned to their place of origin, Swiss authorities said. In the meantime, they will be exhibited in the local museum for art and history. The operation recovered several looted artefacts from the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra, a UNESCO world heritage site which was overrun by the Daesh terror group in 2015 and liberated by Syrian government forces in March this year.

In this picture released and publicly provided by the Geneva prosecutor a piece of confiscated artifacts is on display in Geneva Switzerland Friday Dec. 2, 2016

The city of Palmyra dates back 4,000 years, and most of its ruins date back to the Roman era. After they overran the city the Daesh terror group destroyed many ancient monuments, including the Baal Shamin temple and triumphal arch.

According to the group’s fundamentalist Islamic doctrine, grave markers and statues are symbols of pagan idol-worshipping, and ought to be destroyed.

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Putin Congratulates Assad on Liberating Palmyra*

What’s Left of Palmyra*

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The Winged Bull of Nimrod and Part of the Temple of Baal Are Being Displayed in the Coliseum In Rome*

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ISIS Loots and Bulldozes Ancient Site of Nimrud*

ISIS Stealing and Selling Ancient Syrian Artefacts to Buyers from the U.S. and Europe*