Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Wednesday's WTF

Religious Liberty Rally

There are perfect diametrically opposed gatherings occurring in Oklahoma this Saturday and we want you to know all about them. Luckily these are neither taking place in the same city nor in one of our many small towns so it is likely that you are able to attend either one and we heartily encourage you to do so. The honest and true round of talks will be held in Tulsa as FreeOK kicks off with an all-star lineup of Hemant Mehta, Caleb Lack, David Silverman, Eddie Tabash, Teresa MacBain, Seth Andrews and Abbie Smith. Most importantly, there will be a whole load of free thinkers to mingle with and you will feel swallowed up in godlessness. Please do not miss this but if you have to skip (please donate) for any number of foolish reasons such as you can’t make the trip from Oklahoma City, there’s another place you can go. Although to be honest, unless you’re a sadist I doubt it will be as enjoyable as FreeOK because this gathering of folks has been organized by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

Yes, the Catholic Church wants to kick off a grassroots campaign (Fortnight for Freedom!) to promote religious liberty in Oklahoma (and elsewhere). Go back and read that last part again and clean off the coffee from your computer screen. I wonder, oh do I wonder, what the impetus is for this spanking new campaign for liberty? Could it be the Catholic Church’s strident care for personal liberty for this country’s citizens? If that’s the case, their views toward condom use, abortion and same sex marriage belie their true intentions. Could it be their dedication to the separation of church and state? The church’s European history does not speak positively to this notion but things change and in the U.S. as well as Europe I have no problem thinking that Catholics would want the church to remain separate from religion. But sorry, that is not their concern right now. Paying for ordinary employee healthcare coverage is what’s at stake and they are indignantly outraged! They are incredulous that the federal government is forcing the Catholic Church to play by the same rules as all other businesses. Now they want to cry "religious freedom" so that their church-owned hospitals and clinics do not have to pay for an employee's birth control.

So, you could immerse yourself in that pot of hysteria or you could run to the loving embrace of rationality in Tulsa, OK (this does not get said often).

1 comment:

  1. So, let me see if I've got this straight. One rally hopes to Free OK from the constraints of dogmatic religious thinking, while the other one hopes to free us from having to choose whether and when to get pregnant?