Oh oh oh. Via Mediaite.
What could represent a more intrusive government than forcing an invasive vaginal procedure on women who seek an abortion?… Now the vaginally inserted ultrasound is “optional.” [...]
What is so strikingly hypocritical about all of this, so brazenly a violation of individual freedoms, is that this same group of primarily male crusaders against reproductive choice — requiring women to comply with onerous state laws regarding their bodies — oppose the federal government merely ensuring that women can obtain birth control free as part of their insurance coverage. [...]
If it violates the religious beliefs of a woman to use birth control, she merely does not avail herself of the opportunity offered by health insurance. The choice is hers and hers alone.
So on the one hand you have health insurance coverage of contraceptives that no woman has to take – and vasectomies that no man has to undergo – and on the other hand you have a coercive state required procedure for a woman in order for her to exercise “choice.” [...]
Santorum is proof that when it comes to opposing alleged and usually non-existent intrusion into public life, while proclaiming invasive government as a key goal of his personal “faith,” having a college education doesn’t keep you from being an Ivy League class hypocrite.
Please read the whole post here.
The L.A. times has an op-ed by Jim Burkee today about the separation of church and state, as well as an editorial called “Santorum vs. JFK.” (You can find all of our Santorum posts dealing with this and other topics here)
Burkee made some good points about Santorum’s inaccuracies about JFK as well as how it would serve Christianity better to uphold the church-state wall:
Santorum was off historically by more than 150 years in his assertion that Kennedy was the first American president to advocate a wall between church and state. And his clear misreading of Kennedy’s statement also exposes a deeper misunderstanding by social conservatives of the exceptionalism of American church-state relations. [...]
Christianity does well when the state stays out of its business and allows this marketplace of ideas to thrive. Historically, it has thrived in the face of benign or even oppositional states, from Imperial Rome to modern China. And it’s strange that so many conservative Christians — people who typically defend a free marketplace and oppose government overreach — don’t get this.
When the state and religion become intertwined, religion suffers. [...]
[Churches that have nonprofit status allow] the state to place restrictions on what their pastors and priests can say. Christian colleges that accept federal aid subject themselves to similar restrictions. If you take state money, you risk federal involvement.
Burkee, an associate professor of history at Concordia University Wisconsin and the author of “Power, Politics, and the Missouri Synod: A Conflict that Changed American Christianity,” concludes that conservatives would be better off separating church from state because doing so maintains the vibrancy of American Christianity.
And isn’t that what they want? As if it’s not vibrant enough…
Taking it from there, the L.A. Times editorial suggests that Ricky Santorum should try imagining himself as Jewish, for example, or Muslim, before insisting that Americans do things his Christian way or no way. That might be asking too much from such a religious zealot who is so extreme that he declared that one of the most popular presidents in U.S. history, JFK, was the cause of his nausea:
Kennedy tried to reassure people of different faiths that their views wouldn’t be dismissed simply because they weren’t Catholic. Santorum is saying that religious people’s views shouldn’t be dismissed simply because they are religious. [...]
As a Christian, Santorum’s faith is comfortably within the American majority. But how would he feel about faith and government if he were Jewish or Muslim? Or more to the point, how would he feel about a community with a large Muslim population that elected a city council that decided to open its meetings with an Islamic blessing or adopted a few ordinances based on Sharia law? We suspect he wouldn’t be so sanguine about religion in politics in that case.
But thinking like that would take a rational, open mind, so…
For background, our post of the CBS interview with Alan Simpson is here.
…Santorum has the pedal to the metal when it comes to viewing Jesus as America’s commander in chief – and the “man on dog” driver appears to be on a Holy Spirit brand of methadone. [...]
Did we also mention that the GOP candidate who makes the Pope seem like a liberal secularist recently implied that the US under Obama’s presidency is akin to the rise of Hitler? And what about the former Pennsylvania senator telling a university audience in 2008 that “Satan has his sights on the United States of America”?
Rick, who appears obsessed with denouncing homosexuality with fire and brimstone, also appears to renounce having sex for pleasure. In fact, he is not just horrified by gays; he appears wrathful about any sex that is not for procreation [...]
Isn’t it ironic that Santorum would turn the US government into a religious police state, a theocracy similar to Iran’s, just a different religion?
Please read the whole post here.
He says this like it’s a bad thing:
Every time I hear my former employer* speak, all I can think of is Jim Ward’s impression of him.
Here’s a comment from under the video at YouTube:
Hey, lets start an atheist paradise, a haven if you will & make sure it’s a gated community who’s sacred edicts are reinforced by capital punishment, banishment, flame ,or torture.
Wait a second…
*I was hired by a production company at CBS to do some work for The Family Channel, writing hundreds of jokes for an alien character who visits, and is confused by, earth (these were to be used as bumpers for TFC). One of the things I thought would perplex him was a roll of unfurling toilet paper, so I submitted a joke to that effect.
It was rejected. Why? The words “toilet paper” were unacceptable to Pat Robertson.
Today’s Shallow Thought:
During my weekly spot on Nicole Sandler’s radio show today, we were discussing all the various news [sic] reports on Rick Santorum’s religious squawking about whether or not President Obama is really Christian, how Ricky plays the role of Super Christian, how unChristian it is to get an abortion or use contraceptives, how theologically ineptly unChristian believers in man-made climate change are, and so on and so on ad nauseam.
The national conversation has once again moved to the right, the GOP has framed it for the 1% media, and they (and everyone else) are buzzing endlessly about it.
Shiny keys! Diversion! Look over there! Ignore the president’s successes! Nobody talk about this!
Meanwhile, it would be helpful if more attention was given to: Obama pushes Congress on initiatives for middle class.
That was today’s Shallow Thought. Thank you for wading in.
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