Cowardly Americans Tremble In Fear While A Courageous Nun Defends Women

Sister Joan Chittister

It is getting frustrating to see yet another abominable Republican attack on women’s reproductive rights without any acknowledgment that it is a concerted religious effort to dominate and control American women and nothing else. It is true that it is a uniquely American unwritten cardinal sin to utter one negative word about Christian extremists imposing their “religious liberty” on Americans, but for dog’s sake the time to stand up for women and against theocratic assaults on their rights is long past. There are, allegedly, “good Christians’ in the population and they certainly outnumber the fanatical evangelical control freaks, but except for one Catholic nun, they are silent cowards.

For the record, again, there is nothing in the U.S. Constitution regarding enforcing religious edicts for the sake of a religion, and yet Republicans are wasting more taxpayer time and money forcing religion down the throats of Americans with no pushback against theocracy.  Republicans, the Koch brothers, and the evangelical movement claim that taking control of women, and their reproductive health, is a moral issue their god has given them unquestioned moral authority to enforce, but according to a Catholic Benedictine nun, Sister Joan Chittister, O.S.B., there is nothing ‘moral’ about pro-life Republicans.

Sister Joan said, “I do not believe that just because you’re opposed to abortion, that that makes you pro-life. In fact, I think in many cases, your morality is deeply lacking if all you want is a child born but not a child fed, not a child educated, not a child housed. And why would I think that you don’t? Because you don’t want any money to go there. That’s not pro-life. That’s pro-birth. We need a much broader conversation on what the morality of pro-life is.”

Although the Sister is spot on that so-called pro-life Republicans are only ‘pro-birth,’ she failed to elucidate what their real motivation is in opposing any form of birth control; abject male control and subjugation of women. Sister Chittister is right about one thing though, pro-life Republicans, the Koch brothers, and so-called pro-life Christians lack any sense of morality whatsoever, and worse, Americans are silent as they waste taxpayer time and money attempting to legislate religion according to a bastardized form of Christianity instead of doing the job they are paid for. As a reminder to Republicans, Congress is tasked with “The Power To lay and collect Taxes, Duties, Imposts and Excises, to pay the Debts and provide for the general Welfare of the United States.” As an aside, when Founding Father George Washington was asked exactly whose “general welfare” taxes, duties, imposts, and excises were to provide for, he said “the people’s welfare.”

Republicans oppose, out of hand, the idea of laying and collecting taxes under any circumstance, but they are particularly opposed to providing for the general welfare of anyone except corporations, the filthy rich, and especially the extremely religious. It is not enough to force taxpayers to fund religion to the tune of over $85 billion annually, Republicans in Congress and state legislatures across the nation regularly use taxpayer money to decimate women’s reproductive rights with exceptional urgency. This is particularly true since they took control of, first the House in 2011, and then the entire Congress in 2015. That is the price women have had to pay for Americans allowing the Koch brothers to fund anti-choice organizations as a means of buying Congress.

In fact, the latest threat from Republicans is to shut down the federal government unless they are allowed to use their ‘religion’ to destroy Planned Parenthood in its entirety. Even though doing so will punish men who depend on the organization for all manner of cancer screenings, family planning, and contraception, but religion is the motivation and evangelical patriarchs and misogynists will accept men as collateral damage in their crusade to control and dominate women. In that sense they are no different than Islamic extremists in the dreaded ISIS and every bit as vicious.

It is stunning that while Republican lawmakers and anti-choice extremists continue introducing and passing misogynistic laws restricting woman’s reproductive rights, there is never any outrage that they are legislating religious edicts. Republicans in states and Congress work tirelessly to close women’s health clinics as well as Planned Parenthood using taxpayer dollars, but there are no lawsuits challenging their blatant “establishment of religion” with taxpayer dollars for the sole purpose of controlling over half the population. However, the so-called pro-life godly and moral Republicans do spend inordinate amounts of taxpayer dollars to slash programs providing school lunches for children, cutting food assistance, and heath care aid to families with newborn babies.

America is allegedly the “land of the free and home of the brave,” but according to the silence of millions of men, and so-called good Christians, the idea of bravery to protect free American women’s rights vanishes when the aggressors are religious, and predominately Republican men. The people of this country have a world of things to be ashamed of; gun proliferation, blatant racism, a quarter of the children going to bed hungry, a decrepit infrastructure, and an out-of-control and predatory law enforcement system. Add to that, a population of a liberal democracy that is so terrified of speaking out against Republicans violating the Constitution by establishing religious laws to control over half the population and it is beyond humiliating; it is an abomination. It is particularly shameful that while the majority of the population quivers and quakes in fear of speaking out against religious and immoral Republicans ramming evangelical religion down the population’s throat, that a Catholic nun is the sole voice of courage against the immoral attack on American women.

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33 Replies to “Cowardly Americans Tremble In Fear While A Courageous Nun Defends Women”

  1. And, where are the courageous Democrats pointing out the Republicans’ misogyny and their legislative/religious edicts? Why isn’t the so-called mainstream media highlighting what the Republicans have been doing (along with the complicit Democrats) to women and the middle class, people of color the past 35 years? Why are so many Americans asleep to what is happening to them? What is wrong with us?

  2. In fact, for decades it was “uncool”, even for leftists and for women, to care too much about women’s rights. The well-being of women was seen strictly as a trickle-down affair from the rights of real people (men of various ethnicities and classes, and children seen as potentially male). We’re not far from it. Look at how Patricia Arquette got ripped up for suggesting that the rights of women might be a priority in themselves, before bowing to all the “intersectionalities”! Yet the disenfranchisement of women is probably the oldest continuing form of disenfranchisement on the planet, and likely a template for all those that followed.

  3. @Judy, if you’re waiting on the media to do the right thing and expose republicans for their hypocrisy, you’ll be waiting! the RIGHT WINGERS OWN american media! CLEAR CHANNEL- COMCAST! american media is a JOKE! the RIGHT WINGERS and blue dog democrats have allowed big business to consolidate the media! Now for Sister Joan Chittister, I LOVE YOU!! thank you for telling the truth! Jesus Christ, it’s so refreshing to FINALLY hear someone who says they’re a CHRISTIAN and actually ACT like one! the catholic church for CENTURIES has been one of the most destructive forces on EARTH! just read the history! what they did to just SOUTH AMERICA was UNHOLY!! Anyway, it’s wonderful seeing the TRUE people of faith, finally speaking up!! the GOP has using LOW information americans who actually believe THEY’RE CHRISTIAN for support and VOTES! BUT now Pope Francis is changing the WORLD! CLIMATE CHANGE- SOCIAL & ECONOMIC JUSTICE! God bless you Francis! and God bless you Sister Joan.

  4. Social conservatives have a curious take on the politics and ethics of contraception and pregnancy:

    Step 1) Slut-shame any female who chooses to use birth control, make it unavailable to minors, and decry the lack of morals when an unplanned pregnancy occurs.

    Step 2) Force said pregnant females to give birth, but once the baby is born … f*ck ’em both — they’re on their own!

  5. …for a LOOONG time now I’ve said the Republican Potty ain’t the Party of Christ; they are the Party of Mammon…
    …now the word is starting to spread…

  6. But even the Catholics detest those who boink for fun.

    I support Sister Joan, but she avoids the elephant in the room: The Pro-birthers, are also anti-sex.

  7. Absolutely correct. In fact, pro-lifers are, in many cases, pro-child abuse, pro-crime, pro-hunger, pro-misery, and pro-poor schools. They would never say that, but that is the probable outcome of making abortions tough to obtain. There is NO ONE in the U.S. who is pro-abortion. Abortion is a difficult solution to an even more difficult problem. No one says, “I think I’ll get pregnant so I can have an abortion.” If we made pro-lifers sign up to fully support an unwanted child for 18 years, how many pro-lifers would there be? My guess…none. It’s cheap talk from the pro-life cult.

  8. How many PRO-BIRTHERS reject a same-sex married couple a child to adopt?
    This is now illegal, since marriage equality was upheald by SCOTUS.

  9. Gay couples can and are still discriminated against.

    It’s going to take a lot more legislation to get equality. And a lot more effort.

    All because some religious wackos feel it’s their religious right to discriminate.

  10. If my mom was alive, she’d probably be voting for Hillary
    Why would my mom more than likely be voting for Hillary Clinton? Because my mom was a Delta. For those of you who have no clue what that means, Deltas are not an airline—it is the short name for a member of Delta Sigma Theta sorority, the second oldest, and the largest, black female Greek letter organization in the world, with over 900 chapters worldwide, and over 250,000 members.
    Read More
    http://www.dailykos.com/story/2015/08/02/1401964/-If-my-mom-was-alive-she-d-probably-be-voting-for-Hillary?showAll=yes

  11. I like to read Sister Joan when I am not in the yellow dog democrat research mode. I think you will enjoy reading her also. She is an awesome writer.

    Do a google and start reading. [WINK]

  12. Rod, I fully concur. I have been saying the same thing for years.

    When I was in high school and college, long before Roe v Wade, there were so many girls that either died or were ruined for life by “hanger” abortion.

  13. Actually, there are quite a few of us Christians that actually follow the teachings of Jesus, who speak out consistently against these false Christians. There’s an organization called “The Christian Left” out there that’s speaking firmly about it, and I suspect a thousand ministers, such as I who also speak against these clowns.

    The problem is that the media doesn’t consider us to be “newsworthy” enough to mention us. We aren’t extreme enough or insane enough to get the “clicks” they want. It really doesn’t help that all the mainstream media in this country, is owned by a couple corporations that aren’t exactly known for their philanthropy, and the corporations choose what stories get broadcast.

    What we really need is for the Christians left to actually build organizations that might have the numbers to stand up against these extreme fundamentalist pseudo-Christians. Maybe we could make OUR voices heard loudly enough to counter the hatred they’re preaching from the pulpit….

  14. They’re also pro-war, pro-capital punishment, And in favor of a privatized prison system that has corrupted our courts and legal system in order to ensure that they make a profit from the misery of others.

    They are also anti some things as well. They’re anti-living wage, they’re anti-equality, and they’ve proved to be anti-compassion as well.

    The one thing they definitely are, is Anti CHOICE. They want to ensure that babies are born, but don’t really indicate that they care if they die two days later.

    They most assuredly aren’t “pro-life”…

  15. Thank you Rmuse for a great article! I have already thanked Sister Joan on facebook several times. She is my new Shero, just like the Nuns on the Bus. I greatly admire Pope Francis, too. He is taking the heat from the reich-wing for actually “being” a Christian, not just talking about being one. Similar to Presidents Carter and Obama. The reich-wing “hates” anyone who actually IS what they claim to be. Women have always been treated like a minority, which in fact, we are not. What is happening in America is a deliberate takeover of the government by facist corporations and the 1%. They reeled in religious leaders to provide “cover” for their hateful agenda after the Great Depression. Now, just what do you imagine is going to happen to all these good little so-called christians when the takeover is complete?

  16. If we are self-absorbed, it is in our own survival against this whacked economy that we are still struggling in. Workers in larger cities might be feeling more relief, but rural towns and farms are still just squeaking by. Sadly, many of the right wingnuts are in these places, but we really don’t hear them speaking out until someone riles them up, like the pundits whose life motto is, “If you don’t look like me, live like me, or are someone I’d consider having as a sexmate, then you should not even exist.”
    Too self-absorbed? Depends on the view, whether it be from the bottom or the top.

  17. I love the smell of modernism in the morning, Relativism at noon and culturally in sync in the evening. I think that is the good sisters liturgy of the hours. And she does it well. Must make her order so proud.

  18. Theocracies are a nightmare.
    Case in point, Iran. When will religious reactionaries start being “true” Christians? Never I fear.
    These kooks are the greatest threat to democracy as we know it.
    Religion and politics do not mix, they are not synonymous. I’m tired of having “freedom of religion” thrown in my face on a daily basis. I’m much more interested in “freedom FROM religion”.

  19. Republicans own most of the mainstream and cable media. On occasion, someone might comment on Dem issues, but then get shut down…like on the Sunday shows which I will now skip in order to not get my own panties in a wad!

  20. So is sister Joan’s moral code – if you can’t care for a person, such baby, elderly or handicapped, it’s better off that they be dead?

  21. I read more than one poster in this thread complain about coverage from the MSM. Why did ownership of America’s MSM drop from about 80 owners to precisely 4 corporate units? That would be because Bill Clinton agreed to allow media consolidation. For 35 years this country has been evolving into a fascist state where both Dems and Repubs have been purchased by the oligarchy. Our only hope is a political revolution led by Bernie Sanders. A vote for Hillary is a vote for the oligarchy that supports her, and a vote for the end of internet freedom.

  22. I think, perhaps in your zeal to post the first thought that popped into your head, you missed what she actually said because what she said and what you THINK she said are miles and miles apart.

  23. Right, Rod. It’s a perpetuating spiral of destitution, desperation, low education level, low opportunity that the right wingers really want to see the currently poor remain in.

  24. Where is the outrage from women? At half of the population and at half of the voters, half of the voices should be women. Their silence if deafening.
    I’ll support women’s reproductive health care because it is wrong not too. Their reproductive systems is must more complicated than men’s ‘aim and shoot’ reproductive system.
    If it is not important to a majority of women, which appears to be the case, then it is not important.

  25. What a load of horseshit.

    I shouldn’t be surprised. You Republicans will do anything to keep Hillary from getting voted in.

    Every time you fools spout your B.S., it just makes me more determined to vote for her.

    We went from so many MSM to so few because REPUBLICANS wanted it and made it so. It’s the classic Trust that needs busting.

  26. The voices of the repressed females, are in the same place as the repressed males of this society.

    Their voices are buried under the daily struggle for survival, carrying their daily burden, with no time to think re-charge or grow. The weight of their physical, economical and spiritual poverty
    overwhelming their senses.

    Do not blame the victims of the unfair system, for not scaping of burdens that they do not recognize, just as the deer in the middle of the hwy.

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