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February 16, 2012

Hypocrisy of Catholic Politicians

Filed under: Uncategorized — trp2011 @ 7:53 PM
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Catholic leaders oppose birth control on religious grounds and claim that President Obama has declared a “war on religion” by forcing them to participate in this. Both Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich are Catholics and carry the banner for the Catholic bishops who want to control women’s reproductive rights. Foster Friess, the main donor to the Super PAC backing Rick Santorum’s presidential bid, describes the candidate’s approach toward birth control: “On this contraceptive thing, my gosh, it’s so inexpensive. You know, back in my days, they used Baer Aspirin for contraceptives. The gals put it between their knees and it wasn’t that costly.”

Determined to castigate President Obama for giving free birth control to women, House Oversight Committee Chairman Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) called a hearing this morning to investigate the Obama administration’s new regulation requiring employers and insurers to provide contraception coverage to their employees. Who testified? The first panel of witnesses was composed of male religious leaders opposing the rule. Ranking committee member Elijah Cummings (D-MD) asked Issa to include a female witness at the hearing, but Issa refused because the hearing wasn’t about reproductive rights and contraception but instead how the administration’s actions relate to freedom of religion and conscience. He also refused to allow the testimony of a female college student because she lacks “the appropriate credentials” to testify before his committee. Reps. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) and Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) walked out of the hearing in protest of his decision.

Yet conservative and Catholic politicians fail to follow the Catholic Church policies in many important ways.

Preventive war: The U.S. Conference of Bishops and the Pope have denounced “preventive war,” which George W. Bush started with his attacks on Iraq and Republican presidential candidates, except Ron Paul, want to continue with an attack despite no real and present threat of an Iranian assault on the U.S. In opposition to the Catholic policy, the hawkish Santorum wants to ride the rocket down on Isfahan himself.

Israeli withdrawal: Catholic bishops demand that Israelis leave the Palestinian territories occupied in 1967; Rick Santorum denies that Palestinians exist.

Immigrant persecution: After Arizona passed its restrictive laws regarding immigrants, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops tore into the state’s position, and Cardinal Roger Mahony characterized Arizona’s S.B. 1070 as “the country’s most retrogressive, mean-spirited, and useless anti-immigrant law,” saying it is based on “totally flawed reasoning: that immigrants come to our country to rob, plunder, and consume public resources.” Santorum, however, is a believer of “anchor babies” and opposes any services to children of illegal immigrants despite the fact that these children are legal citizens according to the Constitution.

The bishops also hold the position that illegal immigrants should not be treated as criminals and that their contribution to this country be recognized. In fact, many Catholic priests provide sanctuary for these people. Santorum wants them all out of the nation.

Health care for all: The Conference of Catholic Bishops requires that health care be provided to all Americans, but Santorum opposes universal health care.

Executions: Santorum largely supports executions while the Catholic Church opposes the death penalty for criminals in most situations.

Minimum wage: Santorum has always voted against the minimum wages, but the U.S. Conference of Bishops urges an increase of the federal minimum wage for the working poor.

Welfare: The bishops also support welfare for all needy families, saying, “We reiterate our call for a minimum national welfare benefit that will permit children and their parents to live in dignity. A decent society will not balance its budget on the backs of poor children.” Santorum is a vocal opponent of welfare.

Union support: While the U.S. bishops declare that “the basic rights of workers must be respected–the right to productive work, to decent and fair wages, to the organization and joining of unions…,” Santorum has reversed his support of unions in the 1990s has turned to opposing them, starting with eliminating all public employee unions.

Conservatives do not truly believe in freedom of religion over law; they believe in Christian control of the country over all other religions and secular beliefs. This is proved by the proliferating laws against Sharia law at the same time that conservatives fight birth control, same-sex marriage and other LGBT rights, abortion, and the teaching of creationism and climate change because of  “Christian” law. Religion is the same argument preventing interracial marriage until the Supreme Court declared that one class could not be discriminated against—despite Christian beliefs.

All the candidates have made some of the following statements: No religion but Christianity will suffice. U.S. law should follow God’s law. Anything that’s immoral by religious standards should be outlawed. Courts that get in the way should be abolished. Freedom means obeying morality. In their war on women—in fact, all people—all four of the candidates oppose insurance covering birth control, breast cancer screening, coverage for maternity and newborn care, women under 26 on their parents’ insurance, and screening for diabetes. All four candidatesfavor continuing higher insurance costs for women than for men.

Under a theocracy, people in the United States will lose the rights guaranteed by the Constitution. On the other hand, with the Catholics running things, there might not be preventive wars, executions, and persecution of immigrants. People could receive welfare, if necessary, and universal health care. All workers could freely belong to unions, and the minimum wage might be increased. And the Palestinians could return to the land that they had before 1967. If only Catholic candidates actually listened to everything that their church preaches rather than just picking the political hot spots!

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  1. paleo beef
    Thank you. Generally wonderful to hear new stuff despite the fact that it might be old


    Comment by here — February 17, 2012 @ 5:43 PM | Reply

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