Contraception Objections

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I can’t believe this contraception nonsense lasted for another week. The GOP is seriously alienating women and dudes who like sex more than babies, so that pretty much covers anyone whose parts haven’t atrophied with age.

And a couple hours before I posted this, Oklahoma marched closer towards becoming first in the nation to recognize zygote-personhood. This is even more ridiculous than embryonic personhood because a zygote is just a fertilized egg. An embryo requires at least that single-celled byproduct of fucking to divide on its own.

Hopefully the news cycle shifts from contraception soon, because I’m getting tired of commenting on this shit. It’s not the fifties, you know.

Religious Exemptions for Piety & Profit*

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Even though the contraception mandate has been established and validated in the courts for years, a bunch of loud-mouthed bishops bitched about it, and the bored news media decided to run with the wedge issue football all last week. And naturally Obama caved, offering up some cockamamie compromise where the insurance companies cover the contraception obligations instead of the religious employers. If we had single-payer healthcare, instead of the byzantine employer-funded health insurance system we’re stuck with, this wouldn’t even be an issue, and everyone would be happy.*

The point’s been made everywhere, but in case you missed it, when churches function as employers to the general public, not just those of their faith, they should abide by the same obligations as any employer. I say “should” because last month the Supreme Court blasted a unanimous loophole through employee rights with the ministerial exception.

*Not literally. Insurance industry toadies, and the perpetually miserable would still be sad.