Saturday, February 25, 2012
Thursday, February 23, 2012
Prepare to laugh and then get really depressed, maybe. More "apocalyptic standup" from the master, Mark Steyn. I'd say "STEYN FOR PRESIDENT" if his material wasn't too choice to water down for a presidential campaign. Just read the whole thing. Well, OK, here are some grabber lines:
In a post-prosperity West, social solidarity — i.e., socioeconomic fictions such as “Europe” — are the first to disappear.
In effect, Nancy has rolled a giant condom over the entire American economy.
I think this is what they call handing out condoms on the Titanic.
[I]t’s cowardly, and, like so much else about the sexual revolution, very old and wrinkled.
A very effective argument whether or not you think contraception is wrong. This is why political candidates should seriously consider rarely mentioning the topic. If they do, they should immediately do as Steyn does to show the ridiculousness of the state effectively promoting infertility in the shadow of looming insolvency for social programs.
Wednesday, February 22, 2012
Thomas Jefferson said this kind of thing is "sinful and tyrannical" and we all agree.
The Family Research Council has announced that 2,500 pastors and other evangelical leaders have signed a letter condemning the Obama administration’s contraception mandate. The signatories said:
The contraceptive mandate with the requirement that there will be no co-pay to the patient means millions of Americans will incur the additional cost for these drugs and devices. Forcing religious entities to do the same, despite objections of good conscience, is a severe blow to our religious liberty. Thomas Jefferson drafted the Virginia Act for Establishing Religious Freedom in 1779, which passed in 1786, and set the stage for the First Amendment. In it, Jefferson states: "to compel a man to furnish contributions of money for the propagation of opinions which he disbelieves, is sinful and tyrannical." Consequently, we ask that you would reverse this decision and protect the conscience rights of those who have biblically-based opposition to funding or providing contraceptives and abortifacients.
“What our forefathers protected is freedom of conscience, freedom of religion. That is -- the freedom to propagate our faith, to take our faith outside the walls of our home, outside the walls of our church and to have Catholic and Baptist charities, and Catholic and Baptist hospitals, and Catholic and Baptist schools that seek to educate within a worldview that is Catholic or Baptist or Lutheran or whatever,” added Richard Land, president of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission. “And we are not going to sit by and allow our God-given rights -- which are acknowledged, recognized and protected by the Constitution -- to be atrophied and to be neutered and to be confined and restricted by the Obama administration.”