Today's must-read: Elizabeth Scalia on the Obama administration's contraceptive mandate:
Free is as affordable as it gets; for an accountability-spurning culture, it’s just the right price, indeed. Let us pay nothing in order to beget nothing and, says this government, let us force those interfering “churchy” institutions—who keep insisting that there is something worth contemplating beyond ourselves—to pick up the tab, for good measure.Wow. Read the rest, in which the Anchoress makes the point that Obama's mad intrusion into religious freedom has achieved the impossible: he has united Catholics who have been "divided for decades on issues ranging from felt-banners to dress to dogma." Yes indeed; I am amazed to find myself on the same page as Cardinal Mahoney. May the bishops somehow, by the grace of God, hold the line. Three, so far, say they will defy the mandate. Oremus.
There is an odd “we are nothing” philosophy behind this HHS decision and the Secretary who made it, and the President who supports it—a chilling promise of emptiness where tomorrow should be. Humanity, cajoled away from fertility and trained in sterility, is being weaned from those thoughts that travel beyond the present moment; we are self-interested beyond reason, and thus profoundly bored; condom-strangled, tube-snipped, and detached from the essential materials of reproduction either through artificial means or artificial equivalencies, our vision of the future is as limited as a pay-telescope’s viewer: tick, tick, tick and then a resolute click!, and it is gone.
(For the record, I'm still opposed to those felt banners.)
Linked at MichelleMalkin.com -- many thanks.
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