This post is not meant to say how great or how terrible the Affordable Care Act is or isn’t.  It is not meant to argue one way or the other for or against birth control pills.  I will leave those debates for other places and times.  This post is simply meant to at lest attempt to shine a light on how ridiculous our political climate has become.

Specifically, comparing August 1, 2012 to Pearl Harbor day or 9/11, as one lawmaker did today:

A House Republican lawmaker likened the implementation of a new mandate that insurers offer coverage for contraceptive services to Pearl Harbor and the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks against the United States.

Pennsylvania Rep. Mike Kelly (R), an ardent opponent of abortion rights, said that today’s date would live in infamy alongside those two other historic occasions. Wednesday marked the day on which a controversial new requirement by the Department of Health and Human Services, which requires health insurance companies to cover contraceptive services for women, goes into effect.

“I know in your mind you can think of times when America was attacked. One is December 7th, that’s Pearl Harbor day.  The other is September 11th, and that’s the day of the terrorist attack,” Kelly said at a press conference on Capitol Hill. “I want you to remember August the 1st, 2012, the attack on our religious freedom. That is a day that will live in infamy, along with those other dates.”

You can read the whole article here.

Maybe it is just me, but I see a very large distinction between the implementation of free contraceptive services for women and the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor and the horrific acts of September 11, 2001.

Before anybody gets into the whole “war on women” or “war on religion” thing here, let’s be honest and up-front about something.  Regardless of where you stand on the issue, contraception is not akin to war.  You might say that there is unwanted death, and while that may be true, I will say that war is just a little more destructive.  You might say that contraception goes against God’s will, and that is true, but it is also not fair to impose religious restrictions on those who do not practice religion.  To that, you may say that our country was founded on Christian principles, while forgetting that there is a clear separation of church and state in our country (read Thomas Jefferson’s letter here).

No matter what side you are on, let’s all agree that today’s actions are not a “war” on anything.



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