Tuesday, February 07, 2012
The Catholic Vote
Posted by Sean Braisted
This is utterly and fantastically absurd. Yes, there are some Catholics who might otherwise vote for Democrats but for social issues...but those are already either voting Republican or not voting at all. It would take the exceptional person in the electorate to have this odd cognitive dissonance wherein they are fine voting for a candidate who supports a woman's right to an abortion, but oh God, if a catholic affiliated corporation, who competes within a secular workforce, isn't allowed to proactively tell insurance companies what their employees can do with their insurance...well, that is just going too far.
And, really, besides the Talkerazzi, who the hell is complaining about this? That clown Bill Donohue and his organization The Catholic League? The self-appointed slander policeman who goes after any perceived slight against Catholicism, no matter how convoluted? Like he was on the verge of backing the President? Or some right-wing Bishop or Cardinal somewhere who has almost zero connection or influence to the Catholic laity?
Now I'm not saying I have a great deep insight into the mind of the Catholic voter. Yes, I was baptized by a Catholic priest and I am preferable to the Catholic tradition over those wannabe hippies who go around playing acoustic guitars and singing about how much they want to make love to Jesus...but all the same, it seems like a pretty simple logical argument to make, that few people who make their voting choices on the basis of reproductive rights are going to be swayed in one way or another on the basis of this policy. Perhaps if this ruling were that Catholic churches would have to set a bowl of Plan B next to the holy water...then I could see this being an issue, but otherwise, this is just thugs like Donohue trying to use their status to intimidate the White House into rolling back rights for the religiously affiliated, but ultimately secular, workforce.
at 12:16 PM