Back in the dim past at the Chicago homestead we had no cable, and the PBS show Charlie Rose seemed so relevant with guests like E.J. Dionne. NPR seemed enlightening as well back then. Now of course I see them as the Establishment tools that they are.
John Amato, founder and editor of C&L, read one of Dionne’s recent columns and had this to say:
I was really surprised at this column by E.J. I was raised Catholic too, but I’m outraged at the Church’s hostility towards contraception and I didn’t think he bought into this narrative. And let’s be honest E.J, many pro-lifers will not vote or support Obama anyway so why should this matter to him or any progressive Catholic? Why should the president do any more for them than the Democratic Party already has?
The topic is the decision by the Obama Administration to treat contraception as a basic health need (like we do for Viagra), and Dionne is playing Concern Troll. He would rather have us defer to intellectual religious sensibilities than follow the rule of law. This train of thought, like other “move to the center” clarion calls, is counterproductive at best. Amato went on to quote Digby,
Tell me again why I’m supposed to care that “progressive” Catholics are unhappy that president Obama mandated that Catholic institutions that employ people who are not members of the faith have to provide birth control coverage under the health care law? I’m hearing they feel “betrayed.”
Regardless of how Catholics (progressive, fundamentalist, or otherwise) feel about the issue, the correct decision was made. Obama would do better to do right more often.
On a related note, a Virginia state legislator proposed an amendment to a current bill requiring men who wish to use Viagra to submit to a rectal exam and cardiac stress test. From HuffPost via C&L:
To protest a bill that would require women to undergo an ultrasound before having an abortion, Virginia State Sen. Janet Howell (D-Fairfax) on Monday attached an amendment that would require men to have a rectal exam and a cardiac stress test before obtaining a prescription for erectile dysfunction medication.
“We need some gender equity here,” she told HuffPost. “The Virginia senate is about to pass a bill that will require a woman to have totally unnecessary medical procedure at their cost and inconvenience. If we’re going to do that to women, why not do that to men?”