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So for the last few days, I’m sure most folks here have seen all the various Beltway Village Idiots pundits and politicians going on about how President Obama’s Birth Control Rule “infringes” on Catholic religious freedom. Today, we had the spectacle of the House Oversight Committee holding a hearing based on this claim, with of course, a member of the USCCB US Pedophile Enablers leading the way.
James Downie at the Washington Post had this blog post on how the media needs to ‘call out” Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich for their “cafeteria Catholicism”:
Last week, the uproar over the Obama administration’s new contraception mandate earned typically strident rebukes from conservatives, especially the president’s potential opponents, which include two Catholics, Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich. While issues of religious liberty played a large role in their positions on this occasion, both candidates have hardly shied away from pushing an expanded role for religion in public policy.
Problem is, when it comes to many other Catholic teachings, Santorum, Gingrich and other Catholic conservatives completely ignore the church. Among others, Juan Cole has compiled an excellent list of the “Top Ten Catholic Teachings Santorum Rejects While Obsessing about Birth Control.” Conservative Catholics would be quick to point out that not all 10 teachings Cole lists are as central as the one on birth control, because the latter’s authority lies in the papal encyclical Humanae Vitae, issued in 1968 by Pope Paul VI. But even a cursory survey of papal encyclicals finds numerous holdings that Santorum, Gingrich and other conservative Catholics disagree with.
Here’s the Juan Cole post Downie is referring to.
Now, I happen to be one who does believe that the fact that someone somewhere might be having sex for fun drives a lot of this opposition. It may be couched in different words of course, but it sure seems like a lot of the efforts go towards making sure that anyone anywhere, especially a woman, will be punished for having sex. The same individuals who oppose abortion line up against contraception. It is what drives legislation such as that passed the other day in the Virginia House of Delegates requiring a woman wishing to have an abortion to first undergo a “Trans-Vaginal Ultrasound.” While it may be a bit of hyperbole, I think RH Reality Check is on the correct track by calling it state sanctioned rape. While I know this would never be passed as it would affect men, I would like to propose that all male members of the Virginia House of Delegates (and from other state legislatures sponsoring this type of legislation) be forced to have a full on prostate exam before they can buy condoms or go have a beer after their work day ends, whichever occurs more frequently.
Out of all the craziness and reporting on these issues the last few days, the thing I do find most remarkable is the outrage coming from the same people clamoring most loudly about how the government needs to get out of people’s lives. And they don’t see the disconnect between that statement and their insistence on being inside the wombs of women. I do wish our elected officials at least would join us in the 21st Century rather than maintaining their foothold in the 15th century – BCE.
And the video is because I can.