I thought I had seen everything until yesterday when Nancy Pelosi, that well-known Catholic theologian, held hearings regarding how much of a financial burden that securing contraceptives for this nation's college co-eds represents. A young female witness from Georgetown University, testified that it was putting undue financial strains on her because her contraceptives were not free. She bemoaned how unfair this was and that it made life really difficult. Of course, Ms. Pelosi, bemoaned right along with her. Obviously, the congresswoman and the co-ed agreed with the assessment that this was pure discrimination against women. A co-ed does have the right to sleep with anyone she pleases at any time she pleases and we need to pay for her birth control so we don't have more abortions because, as everyone knows, we don't want that!
How much more do we have to sit through such bilge? How much more are we expected to lend a sympathetic ear to America's co-eds who experience financial hardships because their budgets are stretched by the need to purchase birth control? Since when was contraception a right? Since when are we supposed to pay for birth control for someone else so they can participate in carnal delights as often as they like without one shred of responsibility? How about abstinence? Has anyone considered that as the only 100% foolproof way of avoiding the conception of that unwanted human being?
It is time that we stand up and call out the fools of our leadership and society. What a woman does in the privacy of her own home or dorm room is strictly up to her. But don't invite us into the room with forcing us to pay for her birth control. We have to put a stop to this entitlement thinking. Birth control is not a right and don't even try to tell me that I can say this because I am a man and don't have to worry about the consequences! That argument simply does not wash.
The sad thing is that the way things are going what with Obama and his administration forcing religious institutions to pay for the provision of contraceptives, we will one day soon have to supply them free to anyone and everyone. Of course, they are not free. We, the people, are the ones who will paying for them. What if I don't agree with the morals of any college student-male or female-who chooses to sleep with whomever and whenever? Should I still be forced to pay for their birth control? I think not! These views may be seen as old fashioned and judgemental. My response to that is, "So what!" There is something to be said about old fashioned values and adhering to some sort of moral standard that retains the dignity of the human being. Maybe our college students should worry more about the next paper due or the next presentation that needs further preparation than where their next free batch of contraception will come from!
Sunday, February 5, 2012
When President Obama asserted that Jesus Christ would back him on his push to tax the wealthy more by quoting Luke 12: 48, he reached a new low in the mixing of religion and politics. The verse reads, "Of everyone to whom much is given, much will be required."
Here, Jesus is speaking of the individual. All of us have been given gifts and talents that we are to use for the betterment of mankind and for the bringing of the Kingdom of Heaven closer to us. Christ was not speaking about governments. He was not saying that the government has the right to take more from those who are more privileged monetarily speaking. That is absurd. That notion, that the wealthy owe it to the rest who have less and, in many cases, far less, is simply not just. It is not fair for the government to take more money away from the individual who has worked very hard all their life and has achieved a measure of success and give it to those who have not had the same good fortunes. Jesus would not approve of such a thing because this action is not just and it was justice that Christ came to renew.
Obama and his administration always remind us about the separation of church and state. Where is that idea here, Mr. President? Are you now claiming that God has given the green light to tax those whom He has greatly blessed just because it, in your mind it is fair? And how did this president, a chief executive who has seldom been to church during the course of his administration, come to hear the word of God and interpret it this way to suit his own agenda?
It also seems strange that the president would make an appearance at a prayer breakfast only days after the Catholic bishops of the United States began standing up against the administration's policy regarding contraceptive services. How stupid does this man think we are? Is it not clearly evident that the president is politicizing the Word of God? I know he is far from the first politician to do so. This practice has a long and not so proud history. But this president, especially, seems to have crossed the line into absurdity with this assertion. If you believe that the tax hike on the rich is fair and just and the right thing to do, Mr. President, then just say so and let it be at that. Don't claim the Redeemer would approve of this based on a verse from the Gospel, a verse that has no application to the government confiscating more money from the private sector to give to the government to spend in ways that no one really knows. I guess the president is in favor of separation of church and state only when it benefits him but is more than in favor when he can make a pronouncement of colossal ignorance such as this!