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The Right’s Push to Deny Birth Control Is All About Controlling Women

Religion, particularly the Judeo-Christian religions, is now, and has always been about controlling human beings under the guise of worshipping a deity. If it was not about controlling the masses, why in dog’s name do those religion’s deity and holy books include death sentences for failure to worship an unseen deity imposed on all humanity? Pain of death, either immediate or in the bizarre concept of afterlife, is a powerful motivator and although there is not yet a threat of mass extermination of non-believers like in the Christian bible’s Old Testament, fundamentalist Christians still insist on imposing negative consequences for failure to comply with their edicts.

The idea that certain actions fundamentalist Christians oppose on religious grounds warrant immediate and life-long consequences is the driving force behind the religious right’s opposition to both abortion and contraceptive use. On the day the Supreme Court ruling in Hobby Lobby was announced, a Christian extremist, Erick Erickson, gleefully announced that now, “My religion trumps your (women) right to sex without consequences.” A similar concept drove the opposition to including contraception coverage in the Affordable Care Act that House Republicans believed warranted an all-male panel of clergy to testify that yes, women having sexual relations without lifelong consequences was an abomination their Puritanical sensibilities would not comport.

The inspiration for Hobby Lobby, and 71 other “religious” corporations, to sue for a religious exemption of the contraception mandate is not about abortion, but about controlling women and inflicting consequences for not adhering to their Puritanical belief that women in their employ, can not, and will not, have sexual relations without paying a heavy price. In fact, the idea of forcing women, on pain of harsh consequences, to adhere to strict religious and moral behavior defined by sententious and severe piety is why fundamentalist Christianity is every bit as harsh as Islamic Sharia Law’s control over women.

Controlling women’s morality was not always the Christian Right’s cause célèbre, but as is always the case, they did seek to control a large segment of the population and enforce another form of biblical purity. Prior to imposing their Puritanical morality on women, the “moral majority’s primary mission” was fighting for Aryan racial purity according to, like the Mormon Church, the biblical edict that “black skinned” people were accursed by god. The religious right shifted their outrage and fight against racial segregation to abortion and contraception when the Supreme Court decision in Green v. Kennedy in 1970 stripped the tax-exempt status from private Christian schools known as “segregation academies” that openly barred black students continued unabated despite the Brown v. Board of Education ruling.

It did not take long for the religious right to shift from enforcing biblical racial purity to imposing Puritanical moral purity targeting American women. Before shifting to control women’s sexuality, the Christian Right followed their god of the Old Testament’s issuance that there is NO living being until it breathes air. In fact, the official position of the religious right was that a woman’s choice to use contraception or abortion was a personal decision between a woman and her physician; the “pro-choice” position the religious right now opposes vehemently.

The concept of controlling women and imposing lifelong consequences for having sex was apparently settled in 1965 when Planned Parenthood of Connecticut won a U.S. Supreme Court victory, Griswold v. Connecticut, that finally and completely rolled back state and local laws that had outlawed the use of contraception by married couples. Indeed, the same Puritanical mindset that drives the religious right’s attempt to control women, and their sexuality, today erupted immediately after dependably effective birth control pills were made available. The argument that religion “trumps” a woman’s right to have sexual relations without consequence embraced by the conservative Christian Supreme Court and religious right today was rampant until Griswald, and then Green v. Kennedy, when the moral majority found abortion as a new means of political power. The election of an African American man as President, gave the racist moral majority an assist in marshaling racial animus against Obama to their cause to control women and the Court’s ruling is having a profound effect.

The High Court’s ruling on Monday is already inciting Christian organizations to exert their newfound control over the population as reported here when Catholic and Christian “faith leaders” issued a letter to President Obama demanding religious exemption to discriminate against gays. The faith leaders insisted that Hobby Lobby informs the President that he must now give “deference to Christian prerogatives” in any future Presidential action. On Thursday, yet another conservative Christian High Court birth control order sided with a religiously “affiliated” non-profit group after it appealed, and won, an exemption to provide contraception coverage in health insurance prescription plans. The former acting solicitor general in the Clinton administration said of the Hobby Lobby and most recent attack on women that “After today, it is clear that women’s access to contraception is by no means guaranteed given the administrative complexities the court has now imposed.” The High Court’s newest emergency ruling ceding control over women, their sexuality, and reproductive health to Christians and is a portent of the pain the Republican religious right is about to unleash in their indisputable and Puritanical war on women.

The idea of anti-contraception being an integral part of the Christian right agenda was implied in Justice Alito’s writing for the Hobby Lobby decision. And to no-one’s surprise, Justice Scalia’s wife is a “hardline anti-choice activist” that certainly influenced his vote to authorize Christian corporations to withhold contraceptive coverage from prescription drug plans. At the Right to Life conference, a featured speaker, Joy Pinto, mercilessly attacked contraceptives as “the real war on women” she claimed was “coming from the pit of Hell” comparing birth control to “when Eve bit the apple.” A preeminent Christian anti-choice website, Life News, could barely contain its glee at the prospect of Christians legally depriving women of contraception and stated, “Fertility is a natural condition of a woman” and that “stifling ovulation with birth control” is an abomination to god. However, the Christian opposition to birth control is not about fertility, but about controlling women’s sexuality by imposing harsh consequences unless they intend to give birth.

It is important for all women, even hardcore conservatives, Catholics, and so-called “good” Christians, to remember that the Puritanical religious right makes no distinction in their war on women who use contraception. Their goal is simply to exert their control and force every woman in America to either become celibate or perpetual birth machines; the consequence of having sexual relations without contraceptives. American women should never delude themselves that imposing their Puritanical morality is reserved for single women, because there was no special dispensation in the Court’s ruling to protect married women’s access to contraceptives. The Christian Right, including the United States Council of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), makes no secret that their goal is ultimate control over all women, married and single alike.

Over the past five years, the preponderance of opinions among liberals was that religion cannot exert its will over the government or the people because “it is unconstitutional,” or they just did not care about religion, or that recent victories for gay rights proved the religious right was in decline and impotent. Well, now it is constitutional, and the recent victories for gay rights are being challenged on the grounds of the High Court’s Hobby Lobby ruling. It has not been four days since the decision was announced and religious “affiliated” groups quickly sought, and won, the right to withhold contraceptives from women’s prescription plans and the White House has been warned to give deference to “Christian prerogatives” in any Presidential action.

If anyone thinks this is not a monumental escalation in the religious war against Americans, particularly women, then why are men not being denied prescription coverage for penis pumps, erection-inducing pills, or over-the-counter condoms? This is a religious assault on women, and gays, that the religious right will expand according to Christian Dominionism to seize control over all aspects of American society. At a time when many Americans are expressing patriotic fervor, they should temper that patriotism with the reality that there is a powerful and constitutionally backed group expressing what is arguably the most dangerous threat to America; religious fervor. History shows when religious zeal is expressed by fundamentalist Christians, it is an existential threat that the Court just gave its blessing and constitutional authority to proceed with extreme prejudice. This is not going to end well for any American woman.

 

 

 

 

 

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  • This ruling doesn't just affect women.

    IT AFFECTS EVERYONE.

    This ruling was FOR corporations, not for individuals. It wasn't for the owners of Hobby Lobby as individuals either. Their COMPANY won more religious freedom that they, you, or me enjoy.

    That's right...as individuals, even the owners of Hobby Lobby lost this decision.

    Of course, they don't realize it...and unfortunately, too many others don't either.

  • 30 years in the making...

    Wake up Dems... The Christian version of Sharia is coming to your workplace..
    Was it worth it to stay home and not vote

    • A lot of the "stay at home and not vote" people are those who've bought the media lies, like the stories talking about how "Congress is a do-nothing," and "it's both parties' fault." Anyone who takes 10 minutes to do a little research can find out just what percentage of each party is obstructing Congress from doing its job---and the overwhelming majority are Republicans (usually of the Tea Party variety).

      Every time I hear someone say "Oh, they're all corrupt, there's nothing to choose between them" I just want to slap the person, because they've bought the lemming pie and chowed down, and I know their lazy ass *won't* be going to the polls to vote to change things and get the Tea Party OUT of offices across the nation, at federal *and* at state levels. These people complain, but never *do* anything, because they think there IS nothing they can do. We've never had a clearer difference between sanity and insanity in politics... yet they insist it's all the same...

  • I find a couple of things really strange with the fundies wanting to outlaw abortion and restrict contraceptives. They complain that we are 47% of the population that want free things from the government. We're takers. So if they get their wish for no contraception or abortion then it only stands to reason that that 47% is going to expand. Pretty soon we would be 60% or more. All voting for more free stuff, as they say.

    Secondly, their reasoning of making women pay a price for sexual relations is absurd. Who do they think these women are having sex with to get pregnant? MEN! They constantly complain that men and women don't pay child support when they split up or divorce. Well more children isn't going to solve that problem.

    They constantly want to throw the 10 commandments in you face. I wonder how many of them abide by them. Certainly a lot of them have been found to be adulterers. They make me sick.

    • It has been my experience that those who scream the loudest for puritanical values are the most perverse people on this planet.

    • They are persecuting women for their sexual behavior. The thinking is that contraceptive gives women a pass to have sex without any consequences. I take issue with the term, "consequences." A consequence of any behavior is usually thought to be something negative. What does that say about pregnancy and having babies, which they are so gung ho about?When Mary Magdalene was caught in adultery, the narrative infers that she was with a married man. Yet, she was the one who was to be stoned. There is no mention of her partner in that adultery. So what does that say about the religious right? They don't want women to have any contraception, yet they'll pay for all the ED tools that men need in order to have sex, whether they're married or not.

      • I don't think they stoned Mary Magdalene. Her adultery was tied to her being a prostitute according to the interpretation of the gospels. Had she been stoned she would not have been there to witness Jesus crucified and then the rising of Christ from the dead. After Mary the Mother of God, Mary Magdalene was probably the second most important woman in the scriptures.

        Bob

      • I agree with your post except for the Mary Mageline. She was not the woman caught in adultry,that woman was unnamed, nor was she ever a prostitute. That came about through Roman Catholic teaching with no basis in the Bible. The Catholic church didn't like how powerful she was becoming in history so they knocked her down a few pegs.

        What we do know about Mary is that supposedly Jesus expelled several demons from her. She was independently wealth as she financed His ministry. She obviously had no close male relative and either was a wealthy widow or inherited as only child a good deal of money. Women back then both Jewish and Gentile were completely controlled and if she had a father,son,husband,uncle alive she would have been forbidden from traveling like she did.

        Oh, the Catholic church came out in 1964 and admitted they basically lied about her but still teach these lies today and the Protestant churches seem for the most part to follow suit.

    • was thinking along the same line Huck. only with just a little more of a Women's point of view.
      These so called anti-contraception people want all contraception done and finished. Say this happens, what's going to happen in house holds that have four or five children already, even two or three. In this economy, jobs hard to find, homes way too expensive, and the Women who have sex with Husband's just say NO!! Women can not have sex by themselves boys. Do you really want to hear NO? repeatedly?

  • Ultimately you could say the goal is to plunge people in poverty. The more children people produce, the less money they have. The upper 1 percent have no use for a Middle Class which came about after the labor unions and contraception. Ultimately they intend to control us all. One more thing is that Christianity and Islam spawned from Judaism. So it is the intention of all three religions to impose moral standards on women.

  • "The Right’s Push to Deny Birth Control Is All About Controlling Women" REALLY? I DIDN'T KNOW THAT. FOR PEOPLE WHO DO NOT GET SARCASM, I'M KIDDING. I'm really starting to not like conservative people who vote GOP. The GOP want's small government but NOT IN WOMEN'S UTERUSES!

  • Religions don't pay income taxes. Corporations are religious entities. This is about taxes. "Woman is the ----- of the world." (John Lennon) You can do anything you want through the guise of controlling women.

    • Think it is long overdue that Churches/religious organizations -- all of them lose tax exempt status. Many churches have become involved in politics and tell their congregations how to vote. Oklahoma is not the only one as I heard it when we lived in TX and OH. These white males don't even believe women should have the right to vote -- they want total dominance and control. As a long time former GOP had it said to my face that women should continue to have children even in the face of a doctor saying it is too dangerous. Was having 3rd C-section -- doctor said no more children so I signed paperwork for a tubal ligation during C-Section -- got a visit from a priest at home -- wasn't Catholic but married one -- priest told me that if went forward I was not welcome in his Church. I told him I didn't care what he or the Church said because I was not Catholic-- had two young children and a 3rd about to be born who needed their Mom. Still infuriates me today!

  • The GOP just want to go back to the good old days, when women were uneducated, and chained to the bedroom, kitchen, and nursery. The five conservatives on the SCOTUS are going to let the republicans get their wish also, UNLESS you vote out of elected office all over this country every, single republican. If its ( one ) thing the GOP hates more that anything else, its an educated uppity female in elected office, with or without children telling them ( the GOP ) NO.

  • The Hobby Lobby decision isn't about religious freedom-it's slut shaming. Just read the quotes from Republicans talking about sex with no consequences. That's funny, because I used birth control as a married woman who thought ahead about how many children I wanted & could afford to bring into the world. This is a rejection of women’s rights across the board. This is an attempt to turn back the clock on women just like they are doing to voting rights.

  • It's 2014 & thanks to the sharp right turn of the Tea Party & the Koch influence on the SCOTUS woman are still fighting for our right to have access to preventive healthcare. Yet Hobby Lobby continues to cover Viagra and vasectomies.
    The entire premise of Hobby Lobby's lawsuit is built a lie. That the forms of contraception they object to cause abortions. They are medically proven not to be abortifacients.

  • What's really galling is Hobby Lobby's hypocrisy. 'Made in China" labels are all over the shelves at Hobby Lobby. Chinese factories have a reputation for using child labor, a labor rights violations & slave wages. Then there's China's abortion controversy. There's been over 330 million abortions in China since their one-child policy passed 40 yrs ago.
    Hobby Lobby has no problem overlooking those abortions when placing bulk orders for cheap crap.

    • The hypocrisy goes even deeper. In addition to importing and selling goods produced in a country that has forced abortions and sterilization, they also have a sh*t ton of 401(k) money invested in the companies that make the medications they are so "morally" opposed to.

      Plus, never forget that Hobby Lobby (or Holy Roly as I now call it) used to provide contraceptive coverage for years prior to it being mandated through the ACA.

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