With all respect to Sarah Palin and Rush Limbaugh, the contraception mandate is not about you.
The only reason to believe something is because it’s true. You should not take positions based on emotions. Rather, you should base your positions on what the truth is. It’s time to get real about what the Left is doing to the Church and how Republicans are failing to defend the Church.
Sarah Palin tweeted an article at The American Spectator regarding the Left’s targeting of Rush Limbaugh and others, including her. This is a moral issue, specifically in the area of material cooperation. Yes, there is a lot of stuff to ponder in the article, but the point I would like to make about all of this is where the evil is and why the Left is being hypocritical. The evil is in regard to material cooperation, which is defined partly as follows:
Assisting in another’s wrongdoing without approving it. The help given assists a person to perform the sinful action, although of itself the help is not wrong.
To the Left, Rush’s advertisers are “materially cooperating in evil,” so to speak, by buying ads from his network. Rush has “sinned” in his remarks about Sandra Fluke and the contraception mandate, and so they are demanding that advertisers not “materially cooperate” with this “sin” he has committed.
The Left is being rather hypocritical in targeting advertisers who “materially cooperate” with Rush Limbaugh considering that so many of them have defended material cooperation with terrorist organizations, namely in regard to the Humanitarian Law Project. The ACLU and Jimmy Carter were among those on the Left who advocated for the “freedom” to materially cooperate with terrorist organizations like Hamas.
The hypocrisy of the Left is that they are making a big deal out of material cooperation with Rush while pushing the Catholic Church to materially cooperate in evil through the contaception mandate even as they have defended material cooperation with evil in their defense of the Humanitarian Law Project.
The GOP is completely tone deaf when it comes to the freedom of the Church and the GOP is not thinking in terms of what is moral and what is immoral. Double standards defy reason, but this is no mere double standard. It’s evil. and it needs to be called out for what it is. It should not be characterized as a “double standard” but rather as evil.
It’s not about Rush. It’s not about Sarah Palin. It’s not about anything but despoiling the Church of her institutions. How better to grow government than by taking over everything the Church does now in social service?
From Cardinal George:
If you haven’t already purchased the Archdiocesan Directory for 2012, I would suggest you get one as a souvenir. On page L-3, there is a complete list of Catholic hospitals and health care institutions in Cook and Lake counties. Each entry represents much sacrifice on the part of medical personnel, administrators and religious sponsors. Each name signifies the love of Christ to people of all classes and races and religions. Two Lents from now, unless something changes, that page will be blank.
The same holds true for our adoption agencies when it comes to “gay marriage” and all Catholic institutions that employ anyone, both in regard to same-sex marriage and contraception/abortion.
The Catholic Church says that we, the Church, cannot materially cooperate with evil by subsidizing contraception, particularly the abortifacient kind. The contraception mandate got its start in Massachusetts under Governor Mitt Romney and now has been taken up by Barack Obama through HHS and Obamacare. (Remember also that Mitt Romney is responsible for Romneycare, the blueprint for Obamacare.)
This election is not about “jobs and the economy” at all, and the attacks from the Left are not about Sarah Palin, Rush Limbaugh, or anyone else. If, heaven forbid, Palin and Limbaugh were to be lost to us, the Left would fight on against the Church with the help of “moderates” like Mitt Romney and with the help of tone-deafness from Republicans about the reality that there is no freedom without the Church.
My party is failing to defend the Church against the Left and is actively suppressing the one candidate, Rick Santorum, who is defending freedom and is able to beat Mitt Romney, who lied about the Church on this even as he was actively crushing her freedom. I cannot support either party if Romney is the nominee of the GOP. I hope and pray that the Republican Party will wake up to the importance of the “big issues” Rick Santorum has been talking about, and wake up to what the Left is REALLY ABOUT. Otherwise, the GOP will have become nothing more than a popularity contest for whomever can give the best lip service. PLEASE THINK BIG and don’t get caught up in personalities.