The Constitution ends where the Wild Thing begins, or something.
Who knew the pill could cause such a ruckus? I’d be a little shocked at where we are in this debate, if it weren’t so typical. For those of you that have been living under a rock for the past several days, Barry has decided to pick a fight with the Catholic Church. Specifically, he thinks compelling Catholic employers, such as Catholic hospitals, to pay for contraceptives for their employees is in keeping with his promise to be the awesomest president EVER. This wouldn’t be a problem, other than for the fact that the Catholic Church considers the use of contraceptives a sin, and therefore, is disgruntled by the feds forcing Catholics to pay for such items. Commence public outrage.
Disclaimer: I am not a Catholic. I don’t have any problem with people using contraceptives, and I don’t think an abortion is the best way to make sure Debbie can fit into her prom dress (too far?). But I did watch part of a documentary on PBS about the constitution once, and I’m pretty sure the government can’t force you to do something that violates your religion. Well, that’s assuming your religion doesn’t consist of smoking pot in your mom’s basement, but I digress. In fact, “freedom of religion” is right up front, in the first amendment. It’s even more important than being able to use your gun against that neighbor who never cleans up after his dog (you know the guy).
So why is this even an issue? Why are my Youtubes all clogged up with sob stories from some law school student about how embarrassing it was to get to the counter and find out she actually had to pay for those pills? Oh, that’s right. The issue consists of sex, free stuff, and “crazy religious folk (who must be white. and old. and men.).” In other words, it’s right in a liberal’s sweet spot.
Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.) asked Issa before walking out of the hearing after the first panel. ‘I look at this panel, and I don’t see one single individual representing the tens of millions of women across the country who want and need insurance coverage for basic preventative health care services, including family planning. Where are the women?’
This statement was made yesterday, after a congressional hearing on contraceptives (must have been a slow day in Congress). Ms. Maloney’s statement is convenient because it highlights the spin that the left is offering to disguise the aforementioned tomfoolery. “This isn’t about religious liberty, it’s about a woman’s right to keep her uterus as dusty as possible, for as long as possible. And this can only happen with Catholic-provided contraceptives.” FYI: That’s a quote I made up while driving in my automobile. Thus, you can attribute its hilarity to me.
As you’ve figured out by now, this isn’t about contraception. It isn’t about women’s rights. It isn’t even about feminism, or sexism, or some other “ism.” It’s about the federal government compelling a religion to do something that is against its religion. And no, it doesn’t matter that 98% of female Catholics use contraceptives. All that means is 98% of female Catholics feel like ignoring the teachings of their church.
Barry’s effort to force Catholic employers to provide birth control to their employees is a blatant violation of the First Amendment. And it’s not even close. I’ll be interested to see who folds on this. Does the Catholic Church have the courage of its convictions? Or will our president create another constitutional crisis? In other words, pass the popcorn.