Religious Right: Hypocritical or Politically Motivated
It must be election time
While the religious sector of Americans are usually trying to sway how we should live; they are fairly quiet about it, that is until election time. Then they get behind their party, their candidate and shout from the roof tops to sway the vote; all the while getting tax breaks and violating separation of church and state by using that little known clause as "freedom of speech" to side step the law.
If birth control users are anti-religion, then why are religious people using it?
Much has been made mention of the fact that 98% of Catholic women, who are sexually active and between the age of 15-45; have used birth control at one time or another. After many erroneous articles pointing to the fact that politifact and the White House had given miss information, it was proven that in fact, politifact was correct; forcing others to retract or update their articles. However, the fact remains.
While the figures and facts are true, the original questions stands. Why the outcry? During election time every religious sect is trying to amend and create laws to control a woman's ability to use birth control and make decisions pertaining to her own person.
Many religious individuals use methods of birth control because they know that they can't afford to raise twenty children and that be "fruitful and multiply" doesn't exactly fit in when you are paying a mortgage, insurance, vehicle payments, etc. So, why raise such a stink?
Why attack the woman?
It seems that whenever a law about birth control comes into play, it goes after the woman and her decisions. As they say, it takes two to tango, so why not go after the male partner. If government wants to control a women's rights in contraception, should they not do the same for a man; after all, it's a man who uses a condom or has a vasectomy. Two male forms of birth control.Why don't the religious right argue for laws that would do away with condoms or outlaw a vasectomy, after all, there are many potential swimmers in the pool that could create life and are being eradicated to prevent births?
Why not outlaw Viagra and other drugs to help a male's sex drive, so that it cuts down on the chances of impregnating a women?
Catholics in seven states have filed lawsuits against the Obama administrations new birth control regulations, be it organizations or individuals alone. All in the name of "religious freedom".
The regulation called for charities, hospitals and universities with religious affiliations, but NOT CHURCHES to provide birth control coverage to female employees, just like other providers do for the average female in the working force who purchases insurance. After much political pressure from these groups, the President compromised on the regulation and instead shifted the burden on to the insurance companies. Now, an employee can request it and it has to be provided "for free", although everyone knows that nothing in the world is free. Rates for everyone will have to go up to compensate for the costs.
Virginia went one step further, trying to make it illegal to have an abortion and when that didn't pass, they decided to try to pass a law that would require a women to have a vaginal ultrasound before they could have one. These are they same individuals that complain about the airport security invading their privacy and yet they have no problem invading the womb of a woman.
Hypothetically, the Religious Right wins
For the sake of argument, let us say that the Religious Right wins and all contraception and abortions are outlawed. Who will take all those unwanted children that are brought in to this world? Who will feed and clothe them? Who will care for them when they are sick and provide medical care for them? Who will put a roof over their heads?
The number of unwanted children in America is astounding. These are the same children that end up in orphanages, juvenile detention halls and even prisons. Where were the Religious Right? Why weren't they there meeting their needs?
It's easy to preach to others what they should do, it's harder to live by the same rules. It leads us to believe in the saying, "Do as I say, not as I do." So, instead of throwing stones at glass houses, these highly "moral" individuals should look within themselves and take care of their needs. If everyone stayed out of everyone's moral or religious business, we'd need less government regulation and less tax spending.
Next time someone talks about life from conception, they should pick up the phone and see if they can adopted a child from an orphanage or foster a child whose parents are unfit to care for them and they are now in the foster system. Don't just talk the talk, walk the walk. Make that phone call.
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