Thursday, November 17, 2011

The Catholic Church is being run by wingnuts

Check out the language of victimhood in this lede:

The nation’s Roman Catholic bishops opened a new front in their fight against abortion and same-sex marriage on Monday, recasting their opposition as a struggle for “religious liberty” against a government and a culture that are infringing on the church’s rights.

Same as the fundies. It only appeals to stupid people …

pie chart of US population showing large Christian majority, with speech balloon coming from that segment reading, 'Help! We're being oppressed!'

… and those who prey upon them.

No one is forcing the Catholic Church to perform same-sex marriages or counsel parishioners to get abortions. Do they have to adhere to some fair labor and health care standards if they want to provide public services, using government (i.e., public) money? Yes. That doesn't seem like too much to ask, because they aren't being forced to take government (i.e., our) money, either.

Meanwhile, they get a free ride on all taxes, despite their increasing political activism. And when they encounter resistance in seeking their reactionary goals in secular matters, they howl about persecution.

There are lots of good Catholics out there, in every sense of the word. It's long past time for them to get rid of their medieval leadership.

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Uncle Ebeneezer said...

Awesome post. On the upside, filling out Treasury Grant Applications (something I do routinely at work) will be so much easier now that I know the "religious freedom" trick to getting govt $ without following all the silly rules.

bjkeefe said...

Thanks, Unc.

And as far as your grifting plans go: Godspeed to you, sir.