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On the present birth control debate: You’re wrong

February 9th, 2012

I’m tired of writing this on Facebook over and over so I’m putting up something I can copy/paste or link to.

Requiring Catholic employers to provide birth control access to their employees is absolutely a violation of their religious freedom.

Now, I say fuck ’em. Even if you’re a Biblical literalist (which I am most certainly not) “be fruitful and multiply” was handed down after the Flood (Noah and the Ark for those whose Sunday School was a long time ago or nonexistent). The world has been plenty repopulated. Fundamentalists don’t give God enough credit as far as I’m concerned.

But there’s that stupid Constitution again. It says “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion” which is so hilariously overwritten a phrase that over TWO HUNDRED YEARS later it’s still up for debate. I’m of the camp that says it only means there will be no state church of the US. I’m fairly certain the more popular interpretation is more like churches can do a lot of stuff other entities can’t. Like have special exemptions from laws and regulations that conflict with their religions.

So take someone who thinks
God can’t tell what year it is and convince them that their church should get asterisks in the rule books and you have Catholics and probably a lot of Evangelicals that are really pissed right now. That’s what this is about.

Again, let me make my position on the matter clear: Fuck ’em. I favor birth control and I find their theological underpinnings invalid.

However, to birth control advocates I also say fuck you. Your one-sided moral outrage is just as reprehensible as theirs. A LOT of Americans view moral considerations as at least equal to fiscal or legal considerations. In a democracy their view is just as important and valid (I repeat JUST AS VALID) as yours. You can’t claim to have any superiority if you automatically assume that the whole thing is a cynical Machiavellian ploy to get votes. The likelihood of bad actors in the traditional morals camp is no more than it is in the post-sexual revolution (as good a neutral name as any, right?) camp.

You can hate someone for their beliefs, really I have no problem with that, but if you’re spouting ignorance of what they believe you’re just an asshole. And that’s fine, but take off the cloak of progressive open mindedness when you do it.

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