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Sunday, August 5, 2012

Rant - Whose Religious Liberty? - with Updates

All health insurance plans in America must now provide contraception to women without a copay. Yes, for free. The article at the link below discusses the political efforts the Roman Catholic Bishops are making to exempt Catholic institutions from this provision of the health care law. The article in the link below is where you go to get the facts. All the rest is ranting.  So if you hate that, leave now.


It seems to me that the RCC's argument is so often the same, whatever the issue. Whenever the RCC hierarchy collectively stamps slippered feet and argues for their own viewpoint, the argument they present us with is invariably their own moral exceptionalism.
The Roman Catholic Argument:
The RCC must and should be able to ignore criminal law, aid and abet child molesters, ignore or attempt to remake civil law, and ignore the civil rights of its employees as it sees fit because the RCC is more moral than your Average Bear. The RC hierarchy are practicing nonviolent civil/religious disobedience by hiding child molesters and depriving secretaries (Catholic or otherwise) of condoms. They are foaming away and playing politics in the service of religious freedom of conscience and of "life."
This argument begs the question: Whose life and whose conscience?: the Bishop or the Secretary, Nurse, Teacher, Janitor, etc.? Who gets to decide the moral questions in one's life? I am not willing to give over that responsibility to others.

What is nonviolent civil/religious disobedience?  Gandhi's definition is the clearest in my opinion:
I have also called it love-force or soul-force. . . . I discovered in the earliest stages that pursuit of truth did not admit of violence being inflicted on one’s opponent but that he must be weaned from error by patience and compassion. For what appears to be truth to the one may appear to be error to the other. And patience means self-suffering. So the doctrine came to mean vindication of truth, not by infliction of suffering on the opponent, but on oneself.[8]

Let us examine the definition of violence:
Violence is defined by the World Health Organization as the intentional use of physical force or power, threatened or actual, against oneself, another person, or against a group or community, that either results in or has a high likelihood of resulting in injury, death, psychological harm, maldevelopment or deprivation. This definition associates intentionality with the committing of the act itself, irrespective of the outcome it produces.

A conscientious objector takes on the burden of the objection. That is the nature of nonviolent conscientious objection, religious or otherwise. Transferring the burden of one's own conscientious objection onto the Other is not conscientious objection. It is assault.

The Roman Catholic Church is engaging in the War on Women. This is not new. And it is getting very old. I am particularly distressed by the fact that the RCC has hired a media specialist to handle public relations.  The RCC is now making commercials complete with visions of hellfire that awaits you if you do not vote as you are ordered to vote.

Each woman will decide for herself how to handle her private sexual/reproductive life.  That is liberty.  The Roman Catholic Church will obey civil law now, please.  It is the Rule of Law that provides the order within which each citizen exercises liberty and free choice, religious or otherwise.

Update 1:

Catholic students in Catholic universities and their Professors think health care for citizen's with VAGINAS*  is a really good idea:



Update 2:

This organization is planning demonstrations and arrests at the White House. Why? They do not want contraception and they want to keep YOU from having any too. I am sure the group includes both Roman Catholics, Protestants and other zealots. The Catholics are not the only sexually perverted religious institution.



  1. Religion is as useful as the appendix to human life, just a holdover from an prehistoric past.

    1. Much of religion is a ball of crap designed for suckers. Some religion is beautiful and useful, like Taoism, for example. I empathize with your contempt for religion and feel pretty contemptuous myself from time to time, I just cannot go the whole way with you.