I wrote a post not to long ago saying that Republicans and The Religious Right have lost their minds. I was wrong. They have no minds. As long as the Republicans and the so-called Religious, Evangelical Right confine themselves to social issues in the next election they will lose. Go down in flames.
John Boehner wants a fight in the House over contraception. I say let him. This fight will be the end of the GOP, the next Komen for the Cure. They have under estimated the pure outrage on the further and continuing attacks on women’s health. This is not about religion, Catholic or otherwise. This is about healthcare, women’s healthcare.
Republican presidential candidates have all turned to Jesus. They all found God to run for office. And now they say that God, or the Catholic hierarchy will dictate U. S. healthcare policy. The republicans, the Christian Right claim that President Obama is out of touch. The truth is that the Vatican that is out of touch with Americans, including their own parishioners. There has always been a difference between American Catholics and European Catholics. The Vatican dictates and if you do not follow you can be damned. No offense to my Catholic friends. It simply is true that the old european, Roman Catholics are out of touch with their newer members, the Americans.
A 2011 Guttmmacher Institute survey finds that 98% of sexually active Catholic women have used contraceptives. A February 2012 Public Religion Research Institute poll finds Catholics, by a 58% to 37% margin, agreed with the statement, “All employers should be required to provide their employees with health care plans that cover contraception at no cost.”
This is not the only issue on which the Catholic hierarchy is out of touch. Catholics disagree with their hierarchy’s handling of sex abuse cases. They think the practice of not reporting cases to police and transferring, rather than dismissing, offenders is wrong. Not to mention a crime. I guess the Vatican is against contraception, so that women can have more children that Catholic priests can sexually abuse.
The 2010 General Social Survey finds Americans nearly evenly split on allowing abortions for any reason. But all religions, including Catholics, overwhelmingly agree women should be given that right if raped, the pregnancy threatens their health, or if the fetus has a serious genetic defect. A majority of strong Republicans agree women should be allowed to abort under those conditions.
President Kennedy vowed not to let the Vatican dictate his presidency. Neither should President Obama kowtow to the Catholic hierarchy, a hierarchy who doesn’t even listen to it own parishioners.
But all this nonsense over contraception begs the question: Where is the provision in the healthcare bill for condoms, male enhancement? If it were included would these pious men be outraged? Why are they so against anything that is for better healthcare for women?
Bonehead want a fight – any fight – that allows him to sidestep the jobs issue, for which he has no solutions, no easily demagogued line, and a fastly vanishing constituency for the hings he’s said in the past [“Rich people are job creators”].
The Republican party is dead and The Religious Right will hold the funeral.
- Catholics Defend The President (dgsma.wordpress.com)
- The Hierarchy And The Hysteria (duanegraham.wordpress.com)
- Getting on My Catholic High Horse (afeatheradrift.wordpress.com)