Fox News has been unabashedly supportive of the American Catholic bishops in their opposition to the Obama administration's birth control mandate which the bishops claim is really about their right to "religious freedom." Fox News has promoted this meme about religious liberty at every opportunity in what seems to be an effort to ensure that aggrieved Catholics vote GOP. Fox's only clergy religion contributor, Fr. Jonathan Morris, has spoken about this supposed violation of religious freedom. He has also discussed the the "non-negotiable" items which Catholic are supposed to use as the basis for voting. Yesterday, during his weekly homily, Morris combined these two issues in a discussion about why southern Democrats are deserting the party. While he tried to be non-partisan, the message was clear. Even the video title, which seemed to be culled straight from an article from the Catholic News Agency, framed the agitprop: "Democrats Leaving Party Over" - you guessed it - "Religious Freedom?"
Fox & Friends back bencher and all around Renaissance woman, Juliette Huddy (whose skirt elevation was, hopefully, not an "occasion of sin" for Fr. Morris!) immediately framed the issue by asking if Democrats are leaving the party "over marriage and religious freedom concerns." The message is that if you're a good Catholic, who is on board with the bishops' concern about "religious freedom," you might want to rethink your party affiliation. She cited statistics which show that the number of Mississippi Democrats have declined by 5% between 2008 and 2011 and asked what's "driving" the numbers. (Uh, the election of Barack Obama?) She introduced the cute, little padre who very dramatically intoned that it's all about the party platform of the Democratic Party. He enthused that, regardless of party affiliation, it's good a thing because when a platform of a party "begins to take on issues that are non-negotiable for yourself, its good that you say that this party no longer represents my core values."
In order to look like he was singling out Democrats, he noted that the GOP should also "be on guard" because when a party becomes a "club," rather than a political force that represents your values," the power of the system is lost. He said that, for many party stalwarts, "all of a sudden the platform switches and I find myself going against my core beliefs." He warned parties not to believe that they can hold people because historically they have them. As with many Morris' homilies, he offered what appeared to be a "fair & balanced" approach in warning that if Republicans take on a hard line anti-immigration stance, many values voters could flee the party. It's worth noting that Catholic "non-negotiable" issues do not include immigration. They are all about abortion, gay marriage, and embryonic stem cell research.
While the article that Fox appeared to have sourced was quite straightforward in its account of how Mississippi and other Southern Democrats switched parties over abortion and gay marriage, Morris was more nuanced. (Maybe he didn't read the article?) But his references to party "platform" seemed to be a dog whistle for Catholics as the Democratic party platform supports a woman's right to an abortion while the GOP platform is anti-choice. The "non-negotiables" are also another convenient Catholic strategy for instructing their flock on how to vote without actually endorsing candidates - wink, wink.
So? That doesn’t mean that the employer gets to make the ultimate decision about how the insurance company distributes the money. And it would be stupid for an insurance company to let that happen.
I tell lies all day long, and dream up new lies in my sleep. That’s why I support Cardinal Dolan when he sez no alter boys were harmed under his watch. Besides, boys can’t get pregnant so who’s to say anything really went on?
I just run across this.
Candace Conti Awarded $28M In Jehovah’s Witness Sex Abuse Case
Do we know if the Fox gNOpig Propaganda has mentioned it?
You said it, hon. I’m not gonna argue that point with you.
But here’s the facts…
Religious entities that are against contraceptives are exempt from the mandate. They don’t have to pay for contraceptives. They aren’t being forced to pay for contraceptives. Instead, the insurance companies have happily agreed to pay. It’s cheaper for them than insuring a pregnancy. Do you understand that, Josh? Religious entities are not being forced to do anything.
Now let me straighten you out on another thing. Condoms aren’t the issue here. This may come as a surprise to you, condoms are not the only form of contraceptive. They’re just the tip of the penis, if you will. Did you know that many women who have issues such as ovarian cysts, certain forms of ovarian and uterine cancers, uterine fibroid tumors, endometriosis, painful periods and a host of other issues rely on oral contraceptives to counter those issues? You see, Josh, contrary to what Lardass Limpdick oinks, contraceptives aren’t always used to stop pregnancy, and women who use contraceptives are not sluts.
Most people who have health insurance pay a monthly premium. It more than likely is deducted from their paycheck. So, nobody is asking for free contraceptives. What they’re asking for is that contraceptives be fully covered by the insurance company that they’re paying a premium to. And why not? Insurance companies fully cover erectile dysfunction medication, so why shouldn’t they fully cover contraceptives for women?
And no, it wouldn’t kinda be like forcing a Muslim school to serve pork because nobody is forcing religious entities to pay for contraceptives, and nobody is forcing Catholic women to take contraceptives.
There you go, Josh. Now you’re a little less ignorant.
Damn, I really didn’t know that hell-hole was in play!
Much ado about nothing, Father Spanky!
It’s kinda like forcing a Muslim school to serve pork once a week because its part of a well rounded diet.
The Nuns on the Bus tour left Monday for Ames. It is scheduled to finish in Washington on July 2.
The nuns will visit Catholic-sponsored social service agencies and the offices of Republican members of Congress, including Rep. Steve King’s office in Ames, House Speaker John Boehner’s office in Chester, Ohio, and Rep. Eric Cantor’s office in Richmond, Va.
Organizer Sister Simone Campbell and three other nuns received a send-off from about 20 local Catholic nuns, parishioners and the priest from a Des Moines church. Network, a Catholic social justice lobby is sponsoring the tour.
Is the decline in Catholic Church membership caused by the parishoners’ revulsion to pedophile priests and the bishops/cardinals who protect them? Just asking.
Note to the sexy little padre:
You’re not as influential or important as you’ve led yourself to believe. And the majority of the mindless FoxGOPTV sheep are non-Catholics who have been brainwashed to believe that Catholicism is as much a cult as Mormonism. Get over yourself.