Damn, damn, damn!

No, my week was fine, in fact excellent: TYG and I went down to FWB to see friends and hang out at a Mensa event (hence my lack of blogging the past couple of days). And while I did not get much work done, what little I did do was productive—not to mention that I picked up one new assignment (more details later) and the possibility of some more special eHow work (which is higher paying).
But while I was on vacation, I whipped up a column for my former employer The Destin Log. A local Methodist minister had written a column of his own pronouncing how horribly, horribly vile Obama’s new contraceptive-coverage policy was—why, it’s creating a “culture of contraception!” And since I think the freedom to use contraception is a good thing, I wrote a response acknowledging his First Amendment concerns but pointing out most of his other arguments were crap.
At the end of the piece, I predicted that even if Obama switched his policy to one resembling Hawaii’s (which is set up so that if your employer objects to providing contraceptive coverage, you get it covered separately, at no greater cost), a lot of critics would still denounce it because the issue is as much conservative distaste for women having sex lives as it is a defense of religious freedom.
And almost as soon as I turned the article in, Obama announces that he’s changing his policy on exactly those lines. And the response of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops? Double-down and demand that the only acceptable policy is no policy: Rather than demanding an exemption for Catholic (or otherwise) employers, the conference’s legal counsel demands Obama drop the mandate to cover birth control, not just for Catholics but for everyone. One bishop followed that up by asserting (don’t have the link, sorry) that while it’s true that some women have health problems with pregnancy, they can avoid them by just not having sex, so there’s no need to provide birth-control drugs.
Some liberal bloggers have argued this compromise is bad news: Obama has given more weight to the idea that religious employers and employees should have an exemption from any law they object to, regardless of what effect this has (the current standard for employees is, I believe, that employers should work around their religion whenever possible, but not to the point the individual can’t do his job). The counter argument is that this is a plus, as it puts conservative opposition to birth control front and center as an issue, and that’s not a winning policy. Some discussion here, here and here.
Switching to another anti-contraception theocrat, this And article of mine recaps Santorum’s recent assertion that as God gives us all our rights and our equality, we’re obligated to follow God’s law. Which he seems to consider identical to his personal religious beliefs (wow, who’d have seen that one coming).

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2 responses to “Damn, damn, damn!

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