Nero fiddled while Rome burned. While considered only a rumor, the acrid aroma of rosin coming from the US House of Representatives is not. While the economy burns, the Republican led House is fiddling with "birth control."

As much as some men may desire it, becoming octomom is not a goal of today's woman, nor is staying barefoot and pregnant a desired state. Watching the shameful antediluvian political display of men discussing birth control for women would be laughable if not for its absolute indifference to its blatant sexism.

Irresponsible is not a term strong enough to  describe the congressional quest to subordinate women while the country slides deeper into an economic crisis either created, assisted or ignored by the same group. Without going into detail of the fox/henhouse correlation of men discussing birth control for women, the idea of contraception as a national issue is appalling considering the current state of the nation.

Although seeming an apparent interest of government, the transparent motives of religion are generating the smokescreen in an attempt to influence Religious Right voters. Attempting to legislate morality is fraught with blind-spots and  ambiguity marked with a long record of subordinating the rights of others, stirring civil disobedience and even violence. Nevertheless, the vapid ideals of the Evangelical Right combined with their disregard for the rights of others continues.

The constant "fiddling" of religion with politics has already weakened the reputations of both, especially the former. Politicians already populate the Death Valley of public opinion, but religion is fast sliding toward the same venue because of the Evangelical Right's continuous flirtation with the flypaper of politics.

While, birth-control and contraception may generate heat and light, the fire is an illusion created by religionists and their political lackeys. Meanwhile, Rome continues to burn.

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Comment by Donald R Barbera on February 20, 2012 at 9:14am
The Civil War had much to do with evangelical religious attitudes in the US especially seeing much was based upon white supremacy in The South's particular interpretation of the Bible that although not particularly sanctioning slavery, did not place an outright ban on it and, in fact, provided a playbook for the treatment of slaves and women. With the loss of the war, patriarchial belief fell into disrepute, but the thought that the South was wronged has never ended and contributes to national discord and division.
Comment by Donald R Barbera on February 20, 2012 at 9:09am
Agreed. Life was short and often brutal. It does seem that the Bible leaned toward monogamy in singular statements, but I don't recall any outright ban on polygamy. I think during other research I stumbled on the Anabaptists and I think they practiced polygamy, or were allowed to do so. Without consulting any source, that's the best I can do, but I don't recall it being outlawed.
Comment by Donald R Barbera on February 19, 2012 at 12:33pm
Interestingly, in older parts of the world polygamy was allowed and sanctioned by the church. War was a large reason for this seeming slip up by the church, but even holy people recognized the danger of not having citizens to defend the realm. So, it was allowed for a man to have more than one wife. Of course, this was not for fun, enjoyment or anything that had to do with smiling, it was for procreational purposes only!
Comment by Donald R Barbera on February 17, 2012 at 10:25pm
I once thought this settled, but now I understand the tunnel-vision of the Religious Right and its warped desire to control others sexuality. If not illegal, I've given much thought to what people do in the bedroom and, personally, I don't want to know because people do strange things. Besides, I shouldn't know what happens in the bedroom. It's private! There coitus positions that I don't like, but nobody cares except the Evangelical Right. They should more careful picking up stones to throw.
Comment by matthew greenberg on February 17, 2012 at 3:04pm


i've posted this on it's own thread, but it's here for people interested in this discussion as well. 

Comment by Reason Being on February 17, 2012 at 2:27pm

Another tragedy of this whole debacle is the fact that it has forced people to pay attention to the views of the Christian Right, if for no other reason than to prevent them from becoming a reality, when we have so many bigger problems to deal with.  I have written a ton on the birth control issue, and that is frustrating in and of itself. I shouldn't have to do that!  Yet here we are in the 21st century, with one of the two major Parties trying desperately to move into the 14th.  ugh.  Just ugh.

Comment by Donald R Barbera on February 17, 2012 at 1:03pm
Loren certainly hit the nail as it were on the head! LOL therein lies the crux of the problem--patriarchy. I guess I've never understood it, even though I've seen it more than I care to think about. I am reminded of something Bill Cosby said in one of his routines in refer to "housewives," when he said, some like "I've seen the job, and I don't want it." I imagine self-aware women are a threat to some men.
Comment by matthew greenberg on February 17, 2012 at 12:18pm

great article.  the author knocked it out of the park. 

Comment by Loren Miller on February 17, 2012 at 11:59am

Excellent, article, Grinning Cat, and clearly related to this whole business.

For all I can see, religion and patriarchy have been joined at the hip since the beginning of time. Neither has EVER been interested in egalitarianism or empowerment of any minority other than those who held the power (men), and have resisted any change which would threaten their grasp, whether scientific (Galileo et al) or social (suffrage for women and birth control). Certainly, there are those of us of the male persuasion who are not threatened by women or their desire for self-ownership and self-control, because our interest, like theirs, is less in controlling others than it is in mastering ourselves. As for the patriarchs, what else can you say? They're misogynists, plain and simple.

There's a great quote from the movie, The Witches of Eastwick which encompasses the frightened attitude evinced by patriarchal men. I'm just sorry I can't find a clip from the movie, so that you can hear Jack Nicholson's wonderful delivery of the following:

Men are such cocksuckers aren't they? You don't have to answer that. It's true. They're scared. Their dicks get limp when confronted by a woman of obvious power and what do they do about it? Call them witches, burn them, torture them, until every woman is afraid. Afraid of herself... afraid of men... and all for what? Fear of losing their hard-on.
-- Daryl Van Horne

Comment by Grinning Cat on February 17, 2012 at 11:23am

This may be relevant:

Why Patriarchal Men Are Utterly Petrified of Birth Control -- And Why We'll Still Be Fighting About it 100 Years From Now (Sara Robinson, AlterNet)

She argues that the mass availability of nearly perfectly effective contraception, starting in the mid-20th century, was a world-shaking development that is uprooting a foundation of male privilege.

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