Monday, November 9, 2009

Shocker! American Bishops Seek Conscience Exemption from Killing Babies

I'll admit that I've biased, or have some preconceived notions about health care. For example, I don't think lobotomizing annoying people is a good idea; and I am quite convinced that killing babies isn't nice, and that we shouldn't do it.

Seems that the Unites States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has this notion about killing babies, too. And, has the gall to write something about their counter-cultural belief - in what amounts to a public place! Granted, not all that many people spend time browsing through the USCCB's website, or reading their media blog - but an unsuspecting American might blunder into these shocking statements.

There's no password or warning or anything.

What the USCCB has been up to, is promoting the Stupak-Ellsworth Amendment to the House version of the 'health care reform' bill. The American bishops are pushing this because it "will keep in place current federal law on abortion funding and conscience protections in the Affordable Health Care for America Act (H.R. 3962)," as they wrote in a blog post. (November 7, 2009)

My guess is that quite a few people will think that the USCCB is out of line. I can think of some of the possible (reasons?):
  • Religion should have no place in politics
    • They're our babies, we can kill them if we want
  • It isn't "spiritual" for religious leaders to voice opinions about secular matters
    • Ideas about morals and ethics should be mentioned only in church
      • Once a week
      • On Sunday
  • Abortion is a "Catholic" issue
    • How dare those Catholics say it's wrong to kill babies
I've almost certainly left out a great deal from that list: it's not intended to be at all comprehensive.

Without that "Stupak" amendment, it's likely enough that a lot more people will be in Catherina Cenzon-DeCarlo's position: having to choose between helping to murder a baby, or losing their jobs. (July 26, 2009)

Except, of course, that in America's dominant culture, it isn't "murdering a baby," it's "terminating a pregnancy." Sounds much nicer that way.

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A tip of the hat to usccbmedia, on Twitter, for the heads-up on the Stupak matter.

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