Thought Separation of Church and State Was a Two-Way Street
by Bill Sardi: How
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How much of
a charade was the Sandra Fluke "affair?" To refresh a
current controversy, a 30-year-old Georgetown University law student
became infamous for 15 minutes when radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh
called her a "slut" for demanding a Catholic university
provide free birth control to poor women. But was that the bigger
many charades going on when Sandra Fluke came into the public limelight.
First we had
a Democratic Party committee meeting that was made up to look like
a Congressional hearing.
Then we had
a radio talk show host whose popularity is waning who wanted to
put himself at the center of a political argument. He was reveling
at the height of the imaginary controversy.
Then we had
a Georgetown University student who is really a political activist
who appears to have been planted at that university to undermine
the Catholic churchís moral teachings by creating the false argument
that poor women attending school there (how can you be poor and
pay that tuition?) have to pay as much as $3000 during their college
years for contraception (actually $9/month birth control pills are
widely available and I think Planned Parenthood offers them at no
charge for poor women).
Then we have
a President who somehow catches wind of all this, and in between
World War III breaking out in Iran, the world economies collapsing,
starting with a failed bailout of Greece, and $5 gasoline prices,
he has time to call Sandra Fluke and offer his support.
So what was
really going on here in this parade of charades?
Timothy Dolan brought up the bigger issue Ė that people in government
(Democrat Party) conspired to denigrate and undermine Catholic moral
teachings. Politicians threw a dart directly at the church. The
President of the United States mocked the Catholic Church. The great
god of government should predominate over archaic and anti-feminist
teachings of the church. Womenís freedom to participate in casual
sex should predominate. However, that line of thinking is at odds
with the Constitutional freedom to practice religion in America.
gentlemen, under the guise of separation of church and state, under
the confusion that the Constitution dictates freedom from religion
rather than freedom of religion, modern America has thrown prayer
out of schools, wants to erase "in god we trust" from
currency, removed the ten commandments from government buildings,
and sanitized school history books to measure recorded history as
BCE (before the common era) rather than BC (before Christ). But
now the godless are thrusting their agenda inside the doors of the
church. That is certainly over the line that was drawn in the sand
by the signers of the Constitution.
So if politicians
openly promote forced violation of the moral tenets of the Catholic
Church via mandated provision of birth control, sterilization, and
abortion in health insurance plans provided by church-run schools
and institutions, just exactly who will prosecute these violators
of the law of the land when they are the very rule-makers who oversee
the affairs of government? Just what would the penalty be for such
a violation? Recognize the top man in government participated in
this Constitutional defilement.
Americans canít focus on this breach of Constitutional freedoms
because the news media are more interested in side shows, particularly
reveling in Mr. Limbaughís humbling apology offered to that Georgetown
student over disparaging language he chose to describe her. However,
if this isnít an example of violation of the Constitution, what
some surveys Catholic women are more likely to have an abortion
than non-Catholic women. So the White House, which has chosen to
pick an open fight with the Catholic Church, is taking advantage
of a situation where religiously-aligned women arenít principled
in their churchís teachings. Iím not sure Catholic women recognize
their desire for sexual freedom is about to undo the most closely-held
teachings of their church.
The White House
knows all this really amounts to is a small bunch of robed Catholic
bishops fighting it out with the White House. Mr. Obama loses only
a few votes, the number of Catholic bishops in the U.S.
The White House
is betting liberated American Catholic women will side with Mr.
Obama at the voting booth in November. But regardless of votes gained
or lost, politicians have chosen to over-step the Constitutional
limitations regarding freedom of religion and separation of state
What we see
in modern America is a citizenry that does what is expedient and
serves its own interests and Presidents who do the same. Which recent
President actually took the Constitution to heart? Arenít all Presidential
Executive Orders outside the boundaries of the Constitution? (President
Obama wrote 111 EOs; GW Bush 291; Bill Clinton 366; Ronald Reagan
380). Hasnít every recent declared or undeclared war been called
outside of Constitutional law? When police in New Orleans confiscated
guns in the aftermath of the Katrina hurricane, why didnít the President
step in as chief enforcer of Constitution and order the guns be
returned to their rightful owners under the Constitutional right
to bear arms? When bills are passed in Congress that havenít even
be read by Congressional leaders, isnít that an implicit violation
of Constitution? If Americans have been schooled in the Constitution,
they donít act like it. In practice, America has a pick-and-choose
President of the United States essentially says the Constitution
is out outmoded document. He runs over Catholic bishops because
he can. "Hey, the people are with me, not those fuddy-duddy
men in robes" you can hear the President saying in his mind.
But the Constitution was supposed to be about what is principled
not what is popular. And just who wants to stand in the way of a
sexually liberated female law school student? Dare to be ridiculed
if you do. Someone once said if a dozen men were in a room with
one woman. the men would be outnumbered. I wonít go there either.
But just remember, under the banner of sexual freedom, freedom of
religion has been trampled.
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