"Cousin Avi," who's a regular reader and commenter here and at Cesca's site, wrote a piece for his own blog yesterday that's getting a pretty good amount of traction -- and deservedly so. In it, he eviscerates the religious argument against providing co-pay free contraception to women, as laid out -- no pun intended -- in the Obama administration's Health Care Reform Act.
But that's really kind of burying the lede. In reality what he does is take on the entirety of the ridiculousness that is the Catholic church and its ongoing crusade to force humanity -- even those who don't count themselves among its ranks -- to submit to its wack-job dogma and the 2,000-year-old superstition that spawned it.
My favorite quote:
"If anyone believes the horrid, crushing ratbag of insane, morally repulsive gibberish that constitutes Catholicism, they are absolutely welcome to it. At the moment, the very instant, they demand that anyone else conduct any element of their life in accordance with that hogwash, they shall find themselves not merely opposed but crushed. There is a legal maxim that says one’s right to swing one’s arms about ends at the tip of my nose... and so it is with belief and conduct within the secular law: your right to pray ends when you order me to kneel, and your right to eschew birth control goddamn well ends when you tell me I must also abide by the restrictions you set for yourself."
It's a must-read.
Veritas Nihilum Vincet: Stupid Jesus Freaks/2.12.12