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Itís About Contraception
Crisis Magazine ^ | 10/31/12 | Katie van Schaijik

Posted on 11/01/2012 7:07:01 AM PDT by marshmallow

American Catholics seem to be sleepwalking toward the edge of an abyss. It’s as if we’ve hardly begun to realize to ourselves what’s at stake in this election. We don’t like to think about it. We’re vaguely banking on the hope that whatever happens will not turn out to be a big deal.

One reason for the moral somnolence is that the Obama administration, abetted by the media, has been deliberately misleading the public with lying rhetoric about “access to birth control,” and a Republican “war on women.” Vice President Biden brazenly asserted that no Catholic institution would be required to provide birth control. The bogus “accommodation” gave supporters of Obamacare the rhetorical cover they needed to pretend that religious liberty concerns had been addressed. “The administration backed off,” is how one friend put it to me.

The calculating mendacity of the irreligious left is one of the forces we’re contending with. We can’t change it; we can only counter and parry as best we can. But the rhetoric on our side, too, is partly to blame for our too-slack resistance.

Haven’t we all heard and been urged to remember and repeat that “this is not about contraception?” Rick Santorum said it in his C-PAC speech in February. My congressman (the good and honorable Joseph Pitts) said it too, at a meeting earlier this year with local pro-life and religious leaders. Many have said it, politicians, prelates and lay activists alike. And, of course, they had an important point. Even those who don’t have objections to birth control should oppose the mandate as an outrageous violation of the “free exercise of religion” guaranteed in the Bill of Rights. In a pluralistic society, we do well to highlight that element of the injustice.

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1 posted on 11/01/2012 7:07:04 AM PDT by marshmallow
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To: marshmallow

Blame the Bishops, who have done an underwhelming job of sounding the alarm.

2 posted on 11/01/2012 9:08:45 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Buckeye McFrog; marshmallow

The Bishops didn’t create a culture in which sterile sex on demand is the highest goal. They could have done a better job in teaching and in enforcing clear teaching at lower levels, but even among those who don’t use contraception, the idea that the main goal in life is as much sterile sex as possible, and that conception is a “mistake,” is rampant.

Why do we imagine God will bless us when we’re telling Him, either actively or in our hearts, “You made us wrong!”?

3 posted on 11/01/2012 3:44:02 PM PDT by Tax-chick ("Decency requires that they be voted out of office as an act of urgent political hygiene." ~Steyn)
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