Saturday, 4/7/12, Public Square

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  1. I thought this image was funny, but I am sooo glad Santorum stayed in the presidential race! The War Against Women wouldn’t have been tied to the republicans as easily without him.

    Yes, the bigger explosion came when everyone went dignbat crazy over contraceptives being included as preventative care in ACA, but the war had been ongoing aggressively since the 2010 midterms. At the state level there were hundreds of pieces of legislation introduced and passed. There was plenty at the federal level but it didn’t get as much attention as some of the crazy stuff going on in the states, especially where republican governors were elected in 2010.

    Santorum allowed the spotlight to fall where it should — straight on the Republican Party. He is a great ambassador for what they don’t want people to know. They want to run on things like jobs, the economy… and then accomplish their no-good evil once elected.

  2. President Obama is right. Congress WOULD get more done if it had more women! Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) joined Sens. Olympia Snowe (R-ME) and Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX) in criticizing the GOP’s push for legislation to restrict access to contraception and other basic health care services:

    “I think what you’re sensing is a fear, a concern that women feel threatened, that a long settled issue might not be settled,” Murkowski said.

    She cited things like conservative radio commentator Rush Limbaugh’s remarks about a female Georgetown University law student, which Murkowski called “offensive, horribly offensive.”

    “To have those kind of slurs against a woman … you had candidates who want to be our president not say, ‘That’s wrong. That’s offensive.’ They did not condemn the rhetoric,” Murkowski said.

    “It makes no sense to make this attack on women,” Murkowski said. “If you don’t feel this is an attack, you need to go home and talk to your wife and your daughters.”

    Whether she is playing politics or not (And why shouldn’t she? She is a politician.) she does understand that women are aware now that if we have to fight to ensure a woman’s basic health-care needs — in 2012 in the USA — then we can’t ever let our guards down. Anything we thought was settled isn’t and we must remain vigilant. Little weak men will always want to control women and as long as there are little weak men they will keep the attacks coming.

  3. Christianity in Crisis

    Christianity has been destroyed by politics, priests, and get-rich evangelists.

    The Catholic Church’s hierarchy lost much of its authority over the American flock with the unilateral prohibition of the pill in 1968 by Pope Paul VI. But in the last decade, whatever shred of moral authority that remained has evaporated. The hierarchy was exposed as enabling, and then covering up, an international conspiracy to abuse and rape countless youths and children. I don’t know what greater indictment of a church’s authority there can be—except the refusal, even now, of the entire leadership to face their responsibility and resign. Instead, they obsess about others’ sex lives, about who is entitled to civil marriage, and about who pays for birth control in health insurance. Inequality, poverty, even the torture institutionalized by the government after 9/11: these issues attract far less of their public attention.

    For their part, the mainline Protestant churches, which long promoted religious moderation, have rapidly declined in the past 50 years. Evangelical Protestantism has stepped into the vacuum, but it has serious defects of its own. As New York Times columnist Ross Douthat explores in his unsparing new book, Bad Religion: How We Became a Nation of Heretics, many suburban evangelicals embrace a gospel of prosperity, which teaches that living a Christian life will make you successful and rich. Others defend a rigid biblical literalism, adamantly wishing away a century and a half of scholarship that has clearly shown that the canonized Gospels were written decades after Jesus’ ministry, and are copies of copies of stories told by those with fallible memory. Still others insist that the earth is merely 6,000 years old—something we now know by the light of reason and science is simply untrue. And what group of Americans have pollsters found to be most supportive of torturing terror suspects? Evangelical Christians. Something has gone very wrong.