Does anyone think the leaking of the Catholic Church contraception healthcare loophole closure is not coordinated to split the Republican opposition?
I have no hard facts on this but think about it for a second. How would this help the administration? Why would they want to give a bump to Santorum?
I believe they are doing it to siphon money away from Romney. I know Romney is Obama-lite but the Obama acolytes in the White House would still like to continue to live in the court of Washington so they put out this red meat for the religious Conservatives to gin up support for Santorum.
Or was this all done to divert our attention away from the bigger picture. Or is it just a play to weaken the Catholic Church which by the way has never been and still is not about freedom, by forcing them to submit to the secular authority?
I don’t know. But Government is evil so whether this is unintended or intended consequences the result is the same; Less Freedom, More Government.
I don’t think the Catholic Church will back down. The Catholic Church relies on force to compel submission just like the Government does. It uses the threat of spiritual death to compel submission while the Government uses the threat of physical death to gain submission.
This all rests not on religious freedom, but upon the overarching concept of individual freedom. That is the only kind of freedom. Religion is thought, speech originates with thought, economic freedom rests on freedom of thought. Personal freedom to think and act as one chooses is the only freedom, whether it means I defend myself with an Abrams tank (if I can afford it) or worship as a Druid and dance naked in a corn field around some granite slabs. It’s about freedom from Government so I can live my life and do as I please as Long as I don’t infringe upon the rights of others to do the same.
Or like Rand said I can do whatever I want as long as I don’t initiate force against another.
Freedom is not divisible. At least with the Catholic Church which for most of its existence used the force of government to compel submission is now more or less a voluntary institution.
But let us not canonize the Catholic Church as a beacon of individual freedom who all of a sudden has figured out the Government is trying to tell people how to live.
Where has the Catholic Church been about what the Government does with the stolen parishioner tax money? Where was the outrage when that tax money was used to buy bombs and bullets which killed thousands of women and children around the world. Where was the outrage when the Governmet began openly assasinating people and detaining them without trial? I hate selective outrage. Just because this hits them in their money maker the Catholic Church is up in arms.
Taxes are theft. The Church can’t come out against it because people might just see how tithing and taxation are a lot alike. Both support huge unproductive bureaucracies and come with a stiff penalty if they aren’t paid.
I don’t care what people believe. Like Thomas Jefferson wrote “as long as they don’t pick my pocket or break my leg ” people can do what they want.
The individual right to choose how to live is the ultimate freedom and encompasses everything from Religion to Economics. They are the same. So when anyone complains about a specific violation of Natural Rights that infringes on their power base let us be careful and not give into the small narrow debate the elites like to trap us in. If we are constantly focused on the minutia of an isolated instance of Government destruction of liberty, this allows them free rein to print trillions of dollars out of thin air, bail out their friends on Wall Street, destroy community banking in America, destroy innovation with regulations, kill anyone anywhere in the world, declare the U.S. a battlefield and give the president the ability to detain without trial anyone he deems a terrorist.
So let the outrage on this be tempered. The bigger issue is individual Freedom and the evil of Government not the evil of Contraception.
I may be hard on the Catholic church but I hate the hierarchy and the smugness and the arrogance of anyone which tells anyone how to live, especially when the priests don’t deal with any of the mess of emotions normal people do.
I feel the same way about monks. I think it’s a cop-out to live cloistered. The real test of “faith” of oneself or of ones world view is in by interacting with other people in the world.
I don’t want to tell anyone how to live. I don’t want anyone to believe anything I write . All I hope to do is to get folks to think and find out for themselves what is the truth.
Government of any kind is the problem whether it’s clothed in Secular or Religious traditions. It always seeks power to control the individual. Live your life. Listen to yourself. Trust yourself.
I like to live by the golden rule. I don’t always. But that is my standard.
What is the Government’s standard it lives by? Steal and kill and lie all you can for if you don’t someone else will and then they will have the power. Isn’t odd that when the Devil tempted Jesus he offered him the “Kingdoms” of the world. He offered him control of the governments of the world. He didn’t say the world but the “kingdoms” of the world. Jesus refused to take the reigns of Government to control people. That is a powerful statement especially in regards to the context when that was written. The Roman Empire was expanding across the known world. Like the U.S. today.
How amazing is that? How many politicians if given that opportunity would not jump to take over the “kingdoms” of the world? I know they are all positioning themselves to do it. Religion and Government have been in league for millenia. Only when The U.S. got started did it become separated and it was always the Government and Church in league that was the problem. By the way if you missed it I believe Government is evil. Anyway back to the Catholic Contraception Conundrum.
I don’t think it was by accident that this was made newsworthy when it happened. The Santorum campaign is unorganized it lacks funding and a nationwide presence. Obama and his minions are trying to give him a push so money is funneled into his campaign and away from Romeny.There are not unlimited funds every dollar the Republican losers spend is one less dollar Romney will have in his Campaign war Chest.
I don’t know. Maybe there is just so much Collectivist bull…t in the Health Care bill we are going to see more and more of this coming out. But it’s not just about Obama Care its about the very nature of Government. I think we should reject the very notion that we need any type of Government just as Jesus rejected the offer by the Devil.