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Contraception and Campaign 2012

Posted on Feb 8, 2012

President Obama’s controversial mandate to require religious organizations to include contraception in their health care coverage has already become fodder for his conservative opponents’ campaigns as they round the bend to their final run on the White House. This clip from Wednesday’s “Democracy Now!” explores what impact the issue might have on this year’s presidential pageant.  —KA

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By Marc Schlee, February 13, 2012 at 2:22 am Link to this comment
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When either side starts beating the culture war drum it’s time to count the silverware.




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By NABNYC, February 11, 2012 at 6:04 pm Link to this comment

It is humiliating for all women in this country to have a group of men debating whether we are allowed to use birth control (99% of us do), what kind, and whether it should be included with our health insurance coverage or whether we women should be forced to pay $600/year extra for the privilege of avoiding unwanted pregnancies.  This would be offensive enough if it were not for the fact that the male leaders in this country, in every institution, already steal 21% of our paychecks every week for our entire working lives, because we’re always paid 79% of what men are paid, regardless of how much education we have, or how good we are. 

Beyond that, it is absurd to characterize this as a “religious” issue.  It isn’t.  If a religion has employees, the religion is defined in that relationship as the “employer.”  An employer has no business intruding into the medical care of employees.  If they provide insurance, that should be end of it, no discrimination between men and women, or based on race or any other suspect criteria. 

Would the Catholic Church, running McDonald’s franchises, refuse to provide insurance to homosexuals?  Is that okay because to them, homosexuals are sinners.  Do they pay for viagra?  Is that okay?  Isn’t that offensive to the Catholic concept that everything in the reproductive field must be “normal.”  If God doesn’t want men to have erections and make babies, shouldn’t that mean viagra is the devil’s product?

If Scientology owns a coffee shop, can they decide to refuse to provide psychiatric care as part of an insurance plan?  No drugs for the schizophrenic child of an employee because their “religion” doesn’t believe in drugs?  What about the religions that do not believe in blood transfusions?  Can they demand an exception to any insurance to make sure their employees will die or buy their own transfusion?

This isn’t a religious issue.  It’s a question of whether a religion running a business and hiring employees is entitled to special exemptions based upon their religious status.

It also is a significant question about the rights of labor.  Do working people simply hire out their labor, but other than that they are free to live their lives, outside of work, as they choose?  Or are working people more like servants and slaves, whose “owners” can dictate such things as whether they can have birth control? 

Another compromise by the democrats of the rights of women.  Yes, I know, supposedly it will all be okay.  But this much is certain:  the Republicans want to enslave women, and the democrats are not willing to stand up in our defense.

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By Outraged, February 10, 2012 at 7:46 pm Link to this comment

This a completely bogus issue invented by right-wingers inside the Catholic religion. There are 28 states that already require Catholics to offer contraception and they never complained before. Of those 28, EIGHT of them require even the churches themselves to offer it. So this phony baloney about “faith” is a lie. They can abide by the law like everyone else.

When 98% of Catholics use contraception, it’s glaringly obvious that the real portion of the church, it’s parishioners don’t consider it a sin. When you contrast that against the church’s complete disregard for the crimes of pedophilia it has covered up repeatedly and consistently, they expose themselves as the scammers they really are.

In Milwaukee alone the allegations are that 8000 cases were covered up by the church. From the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:

“Sealed documents filed in the Archdiocese of Milwaukee bankruptcy identify at least 8,000 instances of child sexual abuse and 100 alleged offenders - 75 of them priests - who have not previously been named by the archdiocese, a victims’ attorney said Thursday.”

So how likely is it that they have this supposed sudden crisis of conscience? Zero percent.

For them it’s all about the money, always has been and always will be. My position is not meant to indict a PERSON who happens to be Catholic but rather it’s leaders and the entity itself. But this is always the case with religion.  The people are about the faith and it’s leaders are about the money. We saw this same lack of concern for victims and the needy with the Wall Street church and OWS.  I don’t believe the Catholic Church would help anyone were it not for the taxpayer dollars they receive.

The issue is money and the Catholic Church like Wall Street just can’t keep or get enough of it, the greedy bastards could care less about its adherents nor humanity in general.  If you stir Romney into this mix, considering his religious leader status and his “concern” for workers, it almost makes Gingrich look like a “saint”. Or maybe the racist Paul’s sainthood should be forthcoming.

Nothing but callous felons, the lot of ‘em.

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By felicity, February 10, 2012 at 12:25 pm Link to this comment

People who profess to be Christians and oppose
providing free contraceptives to poor women need to
read the story of the Good Samaritan. Acts of human
kindness will always trump religious beliefs.

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By Troy Davis, February 10, 2012 at 8:33 am Link to this comment

This is pretty simple poltical stuff, people.

Clearly, the GOP [Greed Overwhelming Principle] strategy iniated by Richard Nixon in 1968, his infamous “Southern Strategy” is no longer viable because the black vote combined with the hispanic vote outnumbers the white “racist” vote in the south.

Therefore, the GOP hopes that by alleging an attack upon the Catholic “faith” by President Obama, it will be able to drive hispanic voters away from Obama in the 2012 election and achieve victory in that way.

Crass and callous and completely lacking in any character or ethics, it is precisely what one should expect from a party that puts profit GREED [Get Rich Eviscerating Everything Democratic] before people in and endless and circular destruction of democracy by capitalism.

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By PeopleOVERgreed, February 9, 2012 at 5:05 am Link to this comment

Since the pedophilia scandal and cover-up at the highest levels of the Catholic church. I believe that until the Catholic church restores its credability. The church has no business telling Americans what we can ans can not do with our own lives. Regardless of whether we work for a Catholic employer or not. Its bad enough that the Catholic church outright promotes discrimination of gay Americans and interfers with the US political process while claiming tax exempt status. A clear violation of the separation between church and state. Stay out of American politics or renounce your tax exempt status.

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By Rehmat, February 8, 2012 at 12:54 pm Link to this comment

AHA - now Ben-Obama is trying to play the part of Jewish Messiah

Israel’s Chief Rabbis Yona Metzger and Shlomo Amar have called the Israeli Jews to fight the abortion epidemic, which is delaying the arrival of the ‘Promised Jewish Messiah’.....

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