[Op Ed] The Moral Objection to Birth Control is Pointless
1 year ago
One man explains why the religious and political block against women's rights must end
The Church's moral objection to contraception is 'Bullsh*t!'
Wasting "seed" is not at the heart of their proscription. Rather it is fornication and adultery that the contraception ban seeks to control. It derives from men's' ancient hysteria to control blood lines; and thus, female sexuality. Since their "moral" objection is based on a fraudulent premise, it lacks moral force. The notion that God objects to contraception is simply not credible. It is a control issue, not a moral one.
Politically, the church sees a way of imposing their bid to control women's sexual conduct, to a much broader swath of the population. They hope to make contraceptives harder to get for all women, not just catholics. They have been peddling whole 'contraceptive use is sin' trope for so long that they probably have come to believe it, themselves.
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Politically, conservatives see opportunities to:
- Attack President Obama and all politicians who agree with him, as conducting a war on religious freedom. They hope no one will notice that no freedoms of any kind are being encroached. They hope no one will notice that the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). provisions are already in place in several states - for some time - without controversy.
- Take another swipe at the already shaky ACA. With repeal unlikely for now, their strategy is to dismantle it brick by brick. HHS rule is one brick that becomes more important as days pass.
- Further confuse low-information voters who are unlikely to vote for President Obama in any case.
- Tout their political dominance and the president's feckless impotence if they can get him to change his position on this issue.
- Establish as credible, the church's [and evangelicals by extension] active interference in affairs of state: A kind of reverse abuse of the of the first amendment.
- Control the public discourse, for a time, with their ersatz moral outrage; and pander to catholic voters in swing states.
- Provide a weapon for down-ticket rep. candidates in heavily catholic districts, while leaving Democratic candidates no safe rebuttal.
- Blunt support among skittish down-ticket Democrats and catholic liberal pundits, for HHS ruling and President Obama.