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Economic Morality: EQUALITY of advancement opportunity and treatment under law & social memes — EQUITABILITY of economic and social rewards & outcomes. We're responsible for the decisions we make, but we are not responsible for the options given. Thus, we should create that society we would want if we didn’t know in advance who we’d be.
“This is not a simple social convention, but rather the fundamental cell of every society. Consequently, policies which undermine the family threaten human dignity and the future of humanity itself” -Pope Benedict XVI
The pope made his strongest comments against gay marriage in a new year address to the diplomatic corps accredited to the Vatican in which he touched on some economic and social issues facing the world today.
He told diplomats from nearly 180 countries that the education of children needed proper “settings” and that “pride of place goes to the family, based on the marriage of a man and a woman.”
The Vatican and Catholic officials have protested against moves to legalize gay marriage in Europe and other developed parts of the world. Gay marriage is legal in a number of advanced civilized European countries, including Spain and the Netherlands.
One leading opponent of gay marriage in the United States is New York Archbishop Timothy Dolan, who fought against gay marriage before it became legal in New York state last June, and in September sent a letter to President Barack Obama criticizing his administration’s decision not to support a federal ban on gay marriage.
The Roman Catholic Church, which has some 1.3 billion members worldwide, teaches that while homosexual tendencies are not sinful, homosexual acts are, and that children should grow up in a traditional family with a mother and a father.
“The family unit is fundamental for the educational process and for the development both of individuals and states; hence there is a need for policies which promote the family and aid social cohesion and dialogue,” Benedict told the diplomats.
Threats To Humanity? Plentiful, but…
Listen, Pope… I’m supposed to take seriously a sheltered, celibate man who dresses in medieval garb? A dress, no less? The validity of your ideas are so far removed from reality, that it confounds why your banal utterances are even reported as news.
Truth be known, Pope, there are real threats to the future of Humanity:
-It’s the Catholic Church that is a threat to the “Future of Humanity”. Look no further than all of the sex scandals rocking the Catholic world, the young boys’ lives you’ve ruined, the deaths you have caused. It’s shameful and an embarrassment to modern civilization.
-Humanity — the quality or lack thereof — as you advocate… a threat to future of Humanity.
-Great threat to the future of Humanity: uncontrolled human breeding, which all the major religions not only accept but vigorously promote. Ergo, it’s not a stretch to say that organized religion itself is a threat to the future of humanity, based purely on its stance on birth control.
-Far more than an honest, loving “gay marriage,” it is ” Catholic intolerance” as the threat to Humanity.
– A clear example of one of the great problems of the world today: “Half” the population has entered the 21st century and the other “half” still has its head in the Dark Ages. All of this “old world” thinking is being driven by the established religions of the world… science and logical thinking be damned.
The Catholic Church. Still hundreds of years behind the times.
No church should ever be forced to recognize gay marriage, or any other kind of marriage which violates its moral standards, but that is NOT the issue at hand, here. Pope Benedict is not worried that the laws of various countries will force his church to accept gay marriages, he is worried that laws allowing gay marriage would allow other religions to recognize them. He wants our government to enforce the Catholic Church’s version of morality.
The Taliban is an evil in the world because it is intolerant, ruthless, and dictatorial… NOT because it is Muslim. Your Christian Taliban is no better.
“We establish no religion in this country, we command no worship, we mandate no belief, nor will we ever. Church and state are, and must remain, separate.” – Ronald Reagan
Over the weekend, a New York Times editorial properly accused the GOP of waging a “War on Women.” The editors call a spate of bills that would limit funding for abortion, contraceptives, and maternal health initiatives “an assault on women’s health and freedom” and warn that “this is just the beginning” — which, of course, is true.
But at the staunchly conservative National Review, Kathryn Jean Lopez — entrapped by her own familial/cultural history and the confines of her dictatorial Catholicism — says conservatives aren’t waging a war on women, just a war on sex. She argues that most Americans are entirely too casual about copulating, and as a result…
“we’ve let Planned Parenthood step in as a mainstream band-aid, applying contraception and even abortion to problems that require much more fundamental solutions.”
While most likely a great deal of stress and potential, harmful sexual “acting-out” have been alleviated by movement toward wonderfully enjoyable consensual sex, Lopez would have us believe that because casual sex is inherently harmful… the best solution, then: to defund the organizations that make so much consequence-free hanky-panky possible.
Truth, though, is simply that many Planned Parenthood clients are married women trying to conserve the family’s resources for the children they already have. Conservatives love the unborn and love lots of procreation, but their interest wanes rapidly as the conditions of lives degrade by their own policies.
“I do want to turn back the clock,” she says. “To a time when we valued love and marriage and didn’t expect, support, and even encourage promiscuity.”
Oh my! Lions and tigers and bear! Get real!
The American Taliban Party contradiction: Interestingly, it seems to be Right-wing conservatives including Newt Gingrich, John McCain, and Guilianni who have had serial marriages, mistresses, and even discarded sick wives for hotter models, and yet are considered by conservatives to be presidential material.
This conservatism — this American Social Taliban — is inherently pathological… a disease of the mind and spirit… wielding tools of democracy destructively.
The truth of the matter, though, is that bills limiting funding for abortion, contraceptives, and maternal health initiatives are injurious to women. It is absolutely reprehensible that in our modern age we must revisit the conversation of maturing and progressing as a functional society:
John Stuart Mill — noted late-nineteenth-century British philosopher and author — argued correctly that inequality of women was a relic from the past, but it had no place in the modern world. Mill saw this subjugation of women as a hindrance to human development, since effectively half the human race were unable to contribute to society outside of the home confines.
It might seem hyperbolic to say that Republicans have declared a war on propriety.
Unfortunately, it is not.
Let’s look at only 10 shocking, crazy proposals advanced by Republicans in recent weeks:
1) Republicans not only want to reduce women’s access to abortion care, they’re actually trying to redefine rape. After a major backlash, they promised to stop. But they haven’t.
2) A state legislator in Georgia wants to change the legal term for victims of rape, stalking, and domestic violence to “accuser.” But victims of other less gendered crimes, like burglary, would remain “victims.”
3) In South Dakota, Republicans proposed a bill that could make it legal to murder a doctor who provides abortion care. (Yep, for real.)
4) Republicans want to cut nearly a billion dollars of food and other aid to low-income pregnant women, mothers, babies, and kids.
5) In Congress, Republicans have proposed a bill that would let hospitals allow a woman to die rather than perform an abortion necessary to save her life.
6) Maryland Republicans ended all county money for a low-income kids’ preschool program. Why? No need, they said. Women should really be home with the kids, not out working.
7) And at the federal level, Republicans want to cut that same program, Head Start, by $1 billion. That means over 200,000 kids could lose their spots in preschool.
8 ) Two-thirds of the elderly poor are women, and Republicans are taking aim at them too. A spending bill would cut funding for employment services, meals, and housing for senior citizens.
9) Congress voted yesterday on a Republican amendment to cut all federal funding from Planned Parenthood health centers, one of the most trusted providers of basic health care and family planning in our country.
10) And if that wasn’t enough, Republicans are pushing to eliminate all funds for the only federal family planning program. (For humans. But Republican Dan Burton has a bill to provide contraception for wild horses. You can’t make this stuff up)
According to a new study published in the New England Journal of Medicine, having an abortion does not increase a woman’s risk of having mental health problems, but actually giving birth and keeping a baby does.
The study, conducted by Danish researchers, based on the medical records of 265,550 Danish women who did not have a history of mental health problems before getting pregnant, “further debunks the notion that terminating a pregnancy can trigger mental illness and shows postpartum depression to be much more of a factor.”
The study’s lead researcher concluded, “A woman should know that her risk of having a psychiatric episode is not increased,” after aborting.
Jezebel isn’t surprised (“having an abortion is essentially the end of the event, whereas having a baby is a 24/7 experience, fraught with both physical and emotional stresses”), and the folks at LifeNews are horrified (“there is plenty of evidence suggesting that the negative effects of abortion may not surface for several years”).