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  1. Newenglandah commented on Dan Wasserman about 8 hours ago

    I’m not sure that it is fair to label this a “Catholic” court. Polls consistently show that rank-and-file U.S. Catholics (not the hierarchy) are no different in their views on reproductive rights from Americans at large. Those five out-of-touch justices are merely ultra-conservatives who happen to be nominal Catholics.

  2. Newenglandah commented on Gasoline Alley 1 day ago

    How about the Connecticut River Valley steam train, based in Essex, Connecticut?

    http://essexsteamtrain.com/

  3. Newenglandah commented on Gasoline Alley 5 days ago

    Well, it takes years to learn to fly a large airliner (such as a Boing 747) but airlines are still going strong.

  4. Newenglandah commented on Gasoline Alley 5 days ago

    You are correct that one of the reasons the sect died out was because sex was forbidden. Before the Civil War the Shaker communities were quite prosperous from the sales of Shaker innovations; the Shakers invented a number of labor-saving devices including the washing machine. That prosperity attracted large numbers of converts.

    After the Civil War the rise of the industrial age produced conditions with which the Shakers could no longer be as competitive. Converts fell off steeply until today when there are only a few Shakers left at their Sabbath Day Lake community in Maine.

    An argument could certainly be made for New Hampshire as the Shaker state, since their largest and most prosperous community was there. An argument could also be made for New York in that the sect’s first American settlement was there. Of course, since the remaining true Shaker community is today in Maine, it could be argued that Maine is the only remaining Shaker state.

  5. Newenglandah commented on Gasoline Alley 5 days ago

    Love the oil barrel labeled “Shaker State”.

    The Shakers were a religious communal sect largely based in New England, with communities as far west as Ohio and as far south as Kentucky. There is one active community remaining today in Maine, though the large community in Canterbury New Hampshire functions as a museum.

    So if Pennsylvania is the “Quaker State”, I am wondering what would be the “Shaker State”.

  6. Newenglandah commented on Tim Eagan 7 days ago

    Irrelevant. The reality is that this ruling could be used by fundamentalist Christians, Moslems, Christian Scientists, or other sects to avoid providing necessary health care.

  7. Newenglandah commented on Walt Handelsman 7 days ago

    “The only thing the ruling said was Hobby Lobby didn’t have to pay for abortion inducing drugs”

    Wrong. As reported today in “the Nation” magazine, “In light of its ruling on Hobby Lobby and a related suit, the Supreme Court ordered three appeals courts to reconsider cases in which they had rejected challenges from corporations that object to providing insurance that covers any contraceptive services at all. The plaintiffs in all three cases are Catholics who own businesses in the Midwest, including Michigan-based organic food company Eden Foods”.

  8. Newenglandah commented on Tim Eagan 7 days ago

    How long before a “closely held” company owned by Jehovah’s Witnesses refuses to cover blood transfusions? Or fundamentalist Christians refuse to hire gays? We already have had Moslem cab drivers refusing to give rides to passengers carrying alcohol.

  9. Newenglandah commented on Glenn McCoy 9 days ago

    Were you this upset when G. W. Bush issued his 290 executive orders (as opposed to President Obama’s 171)?

  10. Newenglandah commented on Glenn McCoy 9 days ago

    No one was preventing the owners of Hobby Lobby from practicing their religion. They are free to attend any church they wish. Until the five ultra-conservatives re-wrote the constitution, however, they did not have the right to force their religion on their employees.