Saturday, February 18, 2012

the anti-contraceptive people

The Presidential campaign is getting more stupid by the day.  As the Republican candidates try to out-conservative each other, they have become obsessed about the "evils" of birth control and family planning.  To them, the part of the Obama health care law that more or less mandates health care plans to cover birth control options shows that he is anti-religion, anti-Catholic, certainly anti-family.

Never mind that, even among Catholics, polls show that 98% of sexually active Catholic women in the U.S. have used birth control methods banned by the Catholic Church -- rules made by theoretically celibate men, of course.  And, if they are using the Genesis legend as their reason for such oppressive beliefs -- God telling Adam and Eve to "be fruitful and multiply" -- consider that there were only two people then, now there are more than 7 billion.  Maybe they were a little too fruitful.

Rick Santorum, somehow a serious candidate for President, has said that sexual intercourse should only be for the intent of procreation.  Newt Gingrich says that Obama has declared war on the Catholic Church (I wonder if any of Gingrich's mistresses ever used birth control!).  What an embarrassment for this country that such talk is not laughed off the national stage.  I  miss the days when phrases like "population explosion" and "zero population growth" were part of a more intelligent dialogue.

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