Dear Ms. Nance, Sorry – I’m Still Not a Catholic

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Right-wing, pseudo-Christian Conservative politicians have been waging an assault on women’s reproductive rights for over a year now. They are literally churning out junk legislation for political gain and some warped sense of self-satisfaction.

This onslaught has included imposing unnecessary sonograms, requiring “counseling” by state sanctioned adoption middlemen, and attempts to circumvent doctor-patient privilege. And conservative women have been silent throughout, with the exception of those who condone giving their rights away.

This morning I came across a little gem of an editorial by Peggy Young Nance about the requirement that birth control be covered in insurance benefits. It was titled, “We Are All Catholics Now”

Her very first paragraph left me stunned (okay, just for a split second, then I laughed) anyway, here it is:

“How long would it take you to change your mind about a core conviction, something you believe in the very fiber of your being? What if it was written into law and you were forced to betray your conviction?”

For many Catholics and others, it is a reality happening this very moment.

It’s a sad day when the resounding cry among Americans is “How dare he?!”

Ms. Noonan, as you’ve probably already guessed, is affiliated with a “faith-based public policy group”, namely, Concerned Women For Republicans America. (She’s the President and CEO)

She makes the ridiculous claim that her religious based organization “does not take a definitive stance on contraception”; but as you might have guessed, you find numerous examples to the contrary on their website.

Her editorial is a bit over the top, using phrases like “unmerciful mandate”,  “tears at religious freedom”, and “threaten[s] our freedom of conscience”. That freedom of conscience by the way, only seems to apply to those who agree with her, which I’d wager number far fewer than she seems to think.

98% of Catholic women use some form of contraception, read it and weep Ms. Noonan. I would argue that the “resounding cry” among Catholic women is Halleluiah! There are most likely millions of women across this country breathing a sigh of relief because planning their private lives just became easier.

Ms. Noonan also claims,

“The serious indignation sparked by the contraception mandate is so vast that Congress has begun to intervene.”

As if Congress wouldn’t intervene on pretty much anything the President attempts to do, good or bad. Vast indignation is pushing it a little, this is nothing more than a grand-stand play for the religious base in an election year. I’m betting every Republican mistress is on some form of birth control, so I doubt they’ll push too hard. (on the birth control thing I mean)

Noonan claims,

“Americans across partisan and religious lines are infuriated by the Obama administration’s ruling, and the backlash is just beginning.”

Yeah, whatever. It might do you some good to talk to people outside your little circle of friends from time to time.

By the end of her article she must have been channeling Churchill or something; Ala the beaches of Normandy:

“We will fight it in the Halls of Congress.

We will fight it in the courts.

We will fight it in the pulpits and, if necessary, we will fight it in peaceful demonstrations on the streets of America.”

Geez, Lady, pop a Prozac or something and let me drag you into reality for a moment. Remember that little issue of fungibility? You know, the whole justification for attempts to defund Planned Parenthood? Well the same theory applies to health insurance providers, their premiums are fungible or interchangeable. As Steve Benen of Political Animal reported,

“Focus on the Family, for example, one of the nation’s largest religious right organizations and a fierce opponent of abortion rights, has health insurance for its employees through a company that covers “abortion services.” The far-right outfit, by its own standards, indirectly subsidizes abortions.

…the Republican National Committee has the same problem. Politico reported yesterday afternoon that the RNC — whose platform calls abortion “a fundamental assault on innocent human life” — gets insurance through Cigna with a plan that covers elective abortion. The Republicans’ health care package has been in place since 1991 — thanks, Lee Atwater — meaning that, by the party’s own argument, it has been indirectly subsidizing abortions for 18 years.

Complicating matters, Politico found that Cigna offers customers the opportunity to opt out of abortion coverage — “and the RNC did not choose to opt out.”

The truth is, Catholics have most likely been subsidizing birth control in one form or another for years.

By the way, in an opinion written for the Supreme Court case “Employment Division, Department of Human Resources of Oregon vs. Smith”, Justice Antonin Scalia wrote,

“The tax system could not function if denominations were allowed to challenge the tax system because tax payments were spent in a manner that violates their religious belief.”

“Laws…are made for the government of actions, and while they cannot interfere with mere religious belief and opinions, they may with practices. . . . Can a man excuse his practices to the contrary because of his religious belief? To permit this would be to make the professed doctrines of religious belief superior to the law of the land, and in effect to permit every citizen to become a law unto himself.”

And there you have it. We get it, good Catholics shouldn’t subsidize birth control. So Don’t! Go without health insurance like millions of other Americans. Let me know how that works out for you. Meanwhile, don’t count me as one of your Catholics.
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