But the reality of life here is that Mr. Gulbranson and many of his neighbors continue to take as much help from the government as they can get. When pressed to choose between paying more and taking less, many people interviewed here hemmed and hawed and said they could not decide. Some were reduced to tears. It is much easier to promise future restraint than to deny present needs. – Even Critics of Safety Net Increasingly Depend on It
Pres. Obama has left Republicans, the Catholic bishops and the men who support them behind. The purposeful misinformation on cable, as well as in the Wall Street Journal won’t change this fact.
Let’s also not forget that the 1st Amendment swings both ways and that individuals are as protected from religion as institutions are from the government, something that is getting lost in all this. Considering one of the primary reasons the New Americans fled England, this is rather stunning. As an Episcopalian who now practices daily meditation as my primary mode of spiritual connection, the dishonesty being used when citing the 1st Amendment during this discussion has been as telling as the purposeful misinformation.
Republicans and the Catholic bishops are on the wrong side of the future gap. “RealDem1″ explained in the comments:
One of the reasons I am no longer a practicing Catholic is because the Catholic Bishops and the Pope, more specifically Pope John Paul (the Polish one) by preaching their untenable doctrine of no contraception has consequences that are immoral and unjust. I posted this last night:
“I remember being turned off of Pope John Paul for various reasons especially re/women in the church and his refusal to even consider having women ordained as priests (even as there was a huge shortage in the priesthood) but the one that really turned me off of him and the Church’s teachings over contraception was when he would visit third world countries and preach against the use of birth control (except for the Rhythm Method – which has a high rate of failure) for impoverished women in these countries who have been “brainwashed” into blind devotion to the Church and most particularly to the Pope. So, they believed and obeyed every word he said and didn’t practice birth control. How many children could that family not afford and how many of them because of his preaching died from malnutrition or were prostituted out by their families to make ends meet? Or those women who died in childbirth from so many pregnancies? Where is the moral responsibility for those consequences?”
Until the Catholic Church changes this “man-made” doctrine of theirs (I don’t recall Jesus ever weighing in on this topic), the immoral and unjust outcome will be on their heads.
The 20th century rules for women have been smashed to smithereens. Given a choice of a church that respects personal freedoms and the difficulty in maneuvering in the modern world economically, versus any church that denies women’s needs to plan their life and protect themselves through reproductive health care policy, that church will be abandoned, if not the faith.
You cannot separate the spiritual needs to connect to something greater from the person who is navigating in the material and physical world. Women long ago rejected that they need a man as middle man between however they define God.
Too many religious institutions and the men who run them are in denial on this fact, while their male parishioners get it. Joe Scarborough said this week that he believed women should be Southern Baptist deacons. Years ago former presidents Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter split from that faith when genuflection became a demand for women through their church.
When Catholic bishops and other men also demand subservience to the physical when modern science long ago provided women with the means of liberation and control they deny the difference between freedom and bondage for women in the modern era.
Any leader or church institution that doesn’t understand this fundamental difference will continue to wane in influence, until they no longer are relevant, except to the most subservient.
The future demands all of us gear up so it can be met. Women’s freedoms are a personal, emotional and economic imperative to this goal being achieved. Liberation through free mandated reproductive health care is an equalizer for women, who are not only being asked to help fuel the new American century, but are also being given the tools to do it.
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