Monday, March 19, 2012

An Open Letter

Well, I know this is lazy of me, but I can't come up with anything more clever or cogent than what Marc has written at the Bad Catholic blog. Some excerpts (although please read the whole thing here - it is well worth a few minutes:
Catholicism, an antiquated, dying religion without many members — oh, snap, wait, I meant the largest form of Christianity in America and the largest religion in the world — teaches that the use of artificial contraception and sterilization is wrong, and thus does not allow its institutions to provide it. Here’s where everyone flips out and loses sight of the argument, so let me be absolutely clear: I am not arguing that the use of artificial contraception is wrong. I do believe this, and firmly, but this is neither the time nor place to argue the point.

In fact, it would be best for all of us — Catholics included — to think of this particular Catholic teaching as silly, overbearing, and unfit for the modern mind to contain. Think of this teaching as you might think of the Jewish prohibition on pork, or the Hindu’s holding of the cow as sacred. Why? Because prohibiting the free exercise of religion does not become allowed in cases in which you happen to disagree with the religion, no matter how vehemently, unless that religion is directly violating an individual’s rights.
Marc then goes on (with big steaming chunks of wit and wisdom) to demolish the "reasoning" that is usually used to defend the indefensible.

Really, read it. What are you still looking at this for?


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