Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Contraception and such

A lady asked me last weekend if I had posted anything on Ms Fluke and the contraception flap. I said that I had but on closer inspection I have not had much to say.

The person in question is your typical over achiever. She worked her way through college and now nursing school while dealing poker at one of the Tunica casinos while running a smooth fun game and dispensing such poker knowledge as this:

“The difference between a poker player and a puppy is this. The puppy will stop whining after you feed him.”

She’ll be gone before  long and the game will miss her. But our loss will be her patients’ gain.

But I digress. What I meant to write was this:

The difference between a Leftie and a normal American is that the American respects the Constitution and tries to follow it. The Leftie always has excuses to explain why he wants to do what he wants to do and to hell with that old document.

I thought I might examine some of the excuses.

First, let us state the Catholic Church’s (CC) religious doctrine regarding contraception. It’s simple. No artificial birth control is allowed.

Now, let’s see what the First Amendment has to say:

“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”

Now it seems clear to me that the second clause is clear: “….or prohibiting the free exercise thereof…” And that means that if the government says that the CC must provide contraception then the government is violating the First Amendment. But life isn’t simple when the Left is involved.

The first argument is that almost all Catholics use contraception. Okay, fine.  That has nothing to do with the CC’s freedom of religion.

The second argument is that it is cheaper to provide contraception because not doing so causes women to become pregnant and pregnancy and the problems that may happen cost more than contraception. I’ve have never seen a study proving the latter and women kept from becoming pregnant years and years before the “pill.” But….Okay, fine. That has nothing to do with the CC’s freedom of religion.

The third argument is that the CC church should provide contraception drugs to females who need them as medicine. To the best of my knowledge any medication that is prescribed by a Doctor to treat a disease will be paid for by the CC’s insurance. But……Okay, fine. That has nothing to do with the CC’s freedom of religion.

The fourth argument is it is okay for “church” employees to not be covered but it is not okay for employees of catholic “organizations” to not be covered. To support this argument you have to believe that a not for profit catholic hospital was not founded by catholic’s and is not managed with catholic beliefs as guidelines. So while it is part of the church it is not the church. Kinda like “if we had some ham we’d have some ham and eggs if we had some eggs.”

And, at the same time, we have people claiming that this is all moot because the government has already ruled. I guess in their minds you must blindly accept what the government says.

But thank goodness they weren’t around when abortions were illegal and segregation legal.  Wait. Their brothers and sisters in sin were, only they were evil then…..

Time and circumstance makes hypocrites out of many.

 "Unlimited tolerance must lead to the disappearance of tolerance. If we extend unlimited tolerance even to those who are intolerant, if we are not prepared to defend a tolerant society against the onslaught of the intolerant, then the tolerant will be destroyed, and tolerance with them." - Karl Popper

 “It’s the presumption that Obama knows how all these industries ought to be operating better than people who have spent their lives in those industries, and a general cockiness going back to before he was president, and the fact that he has no experience whatever in managing anything. Only someone who has never had the responsibility for managing anything could believe he could manage just about everything.” - Thomas Sowell in Reason Magazine