“When I look up at the night sky, and I know that, yes, we are part of this Universe, we are in this Universe, but perhaps more important than both of those facts is that the Universe is in us. When I reflect on that fact, I look up—many people feel small, because they’re small and the Universe is big, but I feel big, because my atoms came from those stars.”
—Neil DeGrasse Tyson (a.k.a. the guy i only knew as “that awesome dude from NOVA” for waaaay too long in my life)
a friend once told me that to be conservative meant limiting the options of others with the intention of forcing their views to eventually match your own. on the other hand, to be liberal meant allowing all viewpoints and not making decisions for others. sort of like the same sized round peg/square hole preschool trick: someone could be conservative within a liberal government (round peg into square hole) and their beliefs wouldn’t be questioned but it is damned near impossible to be liberal in a conservative government (square peg into a round hole). it just doesn’t fit.
that’s what bugs me so much about all this contraception controversy, or the gay marriage hoopla, or any other contentious, “morality” based, social debate that’s constantly being spewed out by both the left and right wing pundits. if you don’t believe in birth control, don’t take it. it’s that simple. but i do believe it in so therefore, i will take it, thank you very much. you don’t want to marry someone of the same sex? you think that’s weird? then fine. don’t do it. no one is forcing you. but maybe when i’m done being the straight girl you think all girls should be, i DO want to marry another woman, so maybe i’ll just go ahead and do that. shouldn’t bother you since you’re not a part of that equation. you don’t like to watch the big bang theory? fine, you are well within your rights not to. hell, i agree with you! that show kind of blows! but am i going to stop my neighbors from watching it? no, cuz it’s not my business. i might judge them for it but that’s between me and my god to deal with, not yours, even if they’re the same guy. jeez, i’m getting so tired of this shit.
Why does the government think it is okay to force the church to go against their core belief (right wrong or indifferent)? Their core value of preserving life hasn’t changed and anyone who wants it can get FREE birth control at their local health department. The government wants the separation of church and and state and you can’t have it both ways. Catholic hospitals are self insured and provide more charity care than all other hospitals combined. We didn’t allow the church to stop us from legalizing abortion. How can the government force them to go against their core values? Do you really think this is ok?
1. The catholic church’s core value isn’t preserving life. It’s preserving power.
2. Your statement that free birth control is available to anyone who wants it from the local health department isn’t even close to being true. That’s like saying free housing is available to anyone who wants to live in the projects, or free food is available to anyone to wants to sign up for food stamps. Only the poorest of the poor actually qualify for government safety net programs.
3. You clearly don’t understand the concept of separation of church and state. Freedom of religion also includes freedom from religion. The church doesn’t get a free pass to do whatever it wants to its employees in the name of its own belief system. Religious organizations still have to obey the law.
4. I don’t know where you’re getting your statistic on catholic hospital charity care, but even if what you’re saying is true, so what? You’re just making an irrelevant appeal to authority.
5. On American soil, the authority of the catholic church to enforce its core values does not supercede the authority of the U.S. government to enforce its laws. If you can’t handle that, by all means, brush up on your Italian and move to Vatican City.
6. Yes, I really think it’s okay for health care mandates to require church-affiliated hospitals, charities, and schools to offer birth control to its employees.
7. All you bible thumpers might want to shut the fuck up about stuff like this before the rest of us all decide it’s finally time to revoke your church’s tax-exempt status.
8. None of this is an attack on your religious freedom. Feel free to continue being an ignorant twat who believes in angels, demons, and a jealous god.
Every time I go to the mall at Century City, I make it a point to park in those pink “Expectant Mother” spaces.
Fuck that ridiculous policy — fuck any stupid rule enacted by pant-suit wearing corporate trolls, enforced by mouth-breathing mall cops, and obeyed by mini-van driving stepford wives.
If I’m lucky, on my short walk to the escalator I’ll catch a sneer from some cunty nag with a double-wide stroller. Nothing makes me happier than beaming back a curled-up smile that says, “No, I’m not the least bit expectant, and fuck you for asking.”
But today — oh, my — today was delicious. As I hopped out of my car, an angry soccer mom waddled over. She wagged a chubby little finger at me and yelled out, “That spot is for pregnant women only!”
Without missing a beat, I shot back, “My abortion isn’t until this weekend, so fuck off.”