Skip to comments.Two-Thirds Donít Want Sandra Fluke as Time Person of the Year
Posted on 12/12/2012 2:48:45 PM PST by NYer
Two-thirds of people who have voted in the polling associated with selecting Time magazine’s person of the year say they do not want Sandra Fluke chosen as its Person of the Year.
Time magazine doesn’t provide the raw voting totals but the results, so far, show 66.52 percent of those voting say “No way” to the pro-abortion birth control activist as its Person of the Year while just 33.48 percent of voters say she deserves the title.
The pro-life movement was up in arms when Fluke’s name was included among the list of those Time said had been nominated as potential Person of the Year selections. In a new article, pro-life writer Kathryn Lopez, an editor of the conservative publication National Review, explains why Fluke would be an ironic selection.
Though the online voting for the award isnt currently in her favor, Ill actually be disappointed if the Time cover features anyone but her. Let me explain.
Fluke represents a debate we ought to be having out in the open. Her Time cover status would highlight a claim that permeated the just-concluded political campaign and became for some a cultural mantra of the year: That the Republican Party and the Catholic Church leaders who oppose the Department and Health and Human Services mandate somehow are waging a war on women. The assumption behind it is that women will never be free unless they can medicate their fertility away.
As a prime-time speaker at the Democratic convention in North Carolina this summer, Fluke complained about being shut out of a hearing panel of religious leaders on religious liberty and the HHS mandate. Besides giving the erroneous impression that there were no women at the hearing because of her absence something that had been claimed for months and, I fully expect, will live on as an urban legend she spoke on the issue in terms of equality and freedom. Anyone half-paying attention to her speech might have found what she said completely unobjectionable. Listen to longer-form testimony, though, and the principled agenda of marginalizing religious liberty becomes much more clear.
But what she was advocating was to equate womens health with the full panoply of reproductive drugs and services. What she was advocating was a bureaucratic regulation that treats pregnancy as a disease, and fertility as a condition to be suppressed. What she was advocating was a coercive, punitive policy that represents a dramatic narrowing of our understanding of religious liberty.
We didnt actually have a vote on that. Media stories mentioned that contraception was involved, and that some Catholic bishops were upset. But nothing like a transparent national debate ever happened. This issue of the HHS mandate and its infringement upon religious freedom is something we need to discuss out in the open. And its imperative we do so not just as a national matter, but also up close and personal parish by parish, in our homes and communities because we probably want something better than what the HHS and the Obama administration has imposed upon us.
So, thank you, Sandra Fluke, and everyone who celebrated her activism. This was a pivotal moment in a revolution that has been ongoing. If we deny the revolution and mask its consequences, then we do so at our own peril and impoverishment.
No campaign to protect religious liberty will ever be successful without an appreciation of the fact that religious faith might offer a superior vision what it means to lead a good life, a life that is entirely within our grasp, a life filled with all the dignity and meaning that we lose whenever we pursue happiness in all the wrong places. Even fallen and frequently lost, we have the offer of redemption and the responsibility to rebuild. Its time we did so. And thats no fluke.
Who wants slut on the cover?
So the people get it on this one. Sandra Fluke is the pap smear of 2012 - not a newsmaker but an indicator of the cancerous state of our politics.
Yea, and two-thirds of the mainstream media doesn’t care what two-thirds of the people think anyway.
If they had a category for Useful Idiot of the Year I’d vote for her hands down.
It's over. The only real question is who gets dibs on the ruins.
What is it with lefties and mousy brown, fish-belly white frumps like Fluke, Lena Dunham and Rachel Maddow?
Boo Radley got more sun than these shrews.
She is what I see when I picture my country now, in 2012.
If that doesn't qualify her for person of the year, I don't know what does.
It's not an "honor" or an "award"; it's the person who had the most influence "for good or ill" on the news of the year. So yes, they have picked Hitler, Stalin and other bad people in past years.
I would have nominated the "Vanishing Timesman." If we got enough votes they'd have to write about their own demise. And then they'd finally be gone.
This year they should make it Obama’s Votomatic machines
I voted yes.
She is what I see when I picture my country now, in 2012.
If that doesn’t qualify her for person of the year, I don’t know what does.
I sense a certain repressed anger...I hope you don’t live near a clock tower.
That is all the commies really want
Land of the Free Birth Control.
What does one to say to young people thinking of joining the military? Exactly what would they be risking their lives to defend?
In the Baraqqi Depression, a lot of young folks join the military because there are no other decent job options.
So it's just another job, nothing special about it, nothing particularly admirable about it, just a bit higher risk than average -- ?
If you don’t want to borrow heavily to attend “big education” what other options are available these days for a hs grad? Become a “29er” at McDonalds or WalMart?
“She is what I see when I picture my country now, in 2012.”
Where the rubber meets the road.