If Forced to Choose, I Think I’ll Entrust My Prospects for Freedom to a Secular Government

The Opinion section of a recent Wall Street Journal (March 31-April 1, 2012) described at length Archbishop Timothy Dolan’s grievances against the Obama Administration’s guidelines for the Affordable Health Care Act. James Taranto’s intervew, When the Archbishop Met the President, was rich in irony. The Archbishop, a high official of an institution with a history of burning alive those who disagreed with its mandates in this life and burning them again for eternity in a hellish afterlife, spoke as if his church were entitled to stand as a credible arbiter of morality and freedom. The appalling gall of this attempt seems both mind boggling and gobsmackering.

The U.S. Conference of Bishops opposes the birth-control mandate because, well, basically because the Catholic Church does not like sex. As a former Catholic who spent twelve years in Catholic gulags (schools), I know whereof I write. The church will permit a modicum of sex in instances where sexual union in approved forms might add to the membership rolls of their cult, but that’s about it.

The Catholic leadership today, as in the past, is given to labeling opposition to their dogma as morally toxic. In fact, that phrase better applies to the nature of a superstition that restricts liberty, joy, exuberance and choice in favor of sin, fear, guilt and shame. The Catholic Church is unequalled today in its capacity for Orwellian doublespeak.

In Mr. Dolan’s interview, a mantra of deceit is seen in references to the church as a defender of the rights of conscience, infringments on religious liberty and moral imperatives.

Orwell would love it, no doubt.

Mr. Dolan asserts that the president and ideologues… favor an ever-more-powerful secular government. Well, as opposed to what – a weaker secular government relative to the forces of theocracy, such as the U.S. Conference of Bishops?

In 1960, presidential candidate John F. Kennedy promised a gathering of ministers in Houston – and the nation, my Catholic faith will not inspire my decisions in the White House. What does Dolan think of that? That’s worrisome, he stated.

Well, at least he did not throw up. Rather, the archbishop and the writer of the WSJ article take comfort from the fact that devout Catholic Rick Santorum is running on the promise that his faith will inform his decisions and that the U.S. Supreme Court… has had a Catholic majority since 2006.

I suspect more than a few readers of even the WSJ take little comfort in the candidacy of Mr. Santorum or the composition and many rulings of the Catholic dominated Supreme Court.

Let freedom – and a more powerful secular government, ring. And prevail.

5 thoughts on “If Forced to Choose, I Think I’ll Entrust My Prospects for Freedom to a Secular Government

  1. If forced to choose, I’ll choose those with a clear moral compass. Thank God, for us, author is a ‘former’ Catholic. Happy Easter.

    • Which god’s “clear moral compass” shall we embrace? How ’bout Vishnu? Oooh, I know: Venus! I’m guessing you are forced to choose those with a “clear moral compass,” because you think you lack one of your own. I hope for the sake of humanity you’re wrong about that, but I cannot take any chances. So how ’bout you stay away from me and mine. I don’t want to be around anyone whose only constraint for not murdering me is fear of hell. Mmkay?

      By the way, it’s spelled “Oestre” – google some pagan history before boring us with yet another “Sun God” rising every Spring.

      Off to masturbate with a chocolate bunny. Ta-ta!

  2. they would sooner close their doors than cover birth cntrool, which they liken to abortion in some cases.’What war and disease could not do to the congregation, the government of the United States will do,’ Nashville’s Dominican congregation said. ;It will shut them down.’HOMEARCHIVED ARTICLESEDITORIALCWR BLOGWEB EXCLUSIVESVIDEOABOUT USNEWS BRIEFS / RSSADVERTISEThe CWR BlogAbp. Dolan: the president is saying we have a year to figure out how to violate our consciences.”January 20, 2012 06:37 ESTBy Carl E. OlsonDo you think it is a coincidence that this is happening immediately prior to the anniversary of Roe v. Wade? As reported by TheHill.com:Most healthcare plans will be required to cover birth cntrool without charging co-pays or deductibles starting Aug. 1, the Obama administration announced Friday.The final regulation retains the approach federal health officials proposed last summer, despite the deluge of complaints from religious groups and congressional Republicans that has poured in since then. Churches, synagogues and other houses of worship are exempt from the requirement, but religious-affiliated hospitals and universities only get a one-year delay and must comply by Aug. 1, 2013.“This decision was made after very careful consideration, including the important concerns some have raised about religious liberty,” Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said in a statement. “I believe this proposal strikes the appropriate balance between respecting religious freedom and increasing access to important preventive services. The balance being along the lines of Heads we win, tails you lose ? The provision has attracted more than 200,000 comments, HHS said — most of them in favor of access to birth cntrool, which the vast majority of healthcare plans already cover. Some religious institutions, however, said they would sooner close their doors than cover birth cntrool, which they liken to abortion in some cases. What war and disease could not do to the congregation, the government of the United States will do, Nashville’s Dominican congregation said. It will shut them down.

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