A Sense of Condom-Nation

21 Feb

It is growingly obvious that Rick Santorum and the Christian Right (who these days are stuck together like a week old ham and cheese in a hot car in Phoenix) have no inkling, no, not the slightest beginning of a grasp, on what America is or the secret of her strength. Santorum, backed by James Dobson and the majority of Christian conservatives, wants to see the government legislate morality on Americans.  ‘Too much freedom’  is their cry. Time to usher in the birth of a nation with people who do what they are told in accordance with Christian (which has somehow mistakenly become synonymous with Catholic) principles. They want to see force. Some laws with teeth, as Benedict 16 said recently. And whether that means bombing Iran for the sake of some Christian manifest destiny or making everyone in America give up their condoms, they want the government to make it happen. Force It  to happen.

So Christianity fumbles ineptly (but more and more persistently) for the power of the state to enforce her ends.

But there are problems. And they are these  – 1.  liberty and equality make America great. Freedom of the person. Freedom of the conscience.  These are the secrets of America’s greatness –  that she cut the papal and monarchial shackles of the human mind to live equal and free in the eyes of God. Accountable to her Creator, who endowed her with certain inalienable rights.

In consequence, humanity has been permitted to blossom, if it will. Greatness has followed. You can bet Santorum knows that the biggest barrier to making America in his own image (which is just a sweatered variety of his pontifical pajama clad master) is the Constitution of the United States and the Declaration of Independence.

And – 2. the same Jesus who said through the Apostle Paul that there is ‘neither Jew nor Greek’ also said ‘My kingdom is not of this world’ and ‘the kingdom of heaven is within you.’ Santorum is trying to force Christ into people’s hearts, and if not into their hearts into their behaviour. But Christ said, ‘I stand at the door and knock.’ Santorum would follow Christ’s knock with a bull horn and an armored car if the door doesn’t open up spit spot.

Which brings me, not irreverently, to the lowly condom. Liberty and justice have many emblems, and one would hardly have picked the rubber as one of them before Santorum decided he wanted to be President and take them all away. But in my analysis of his policies I decided to start ‘down there’ and work upwards.

It’s becoming increasingly well known that Santorum is passionately against contraception, and that includes the condom. Here is his seminal quote on the subject:

“One of the things I will talk about, that no President has talked about before, is I think the dangers of contraception in this country… it’s not okay. It’s a license to do things in a sexual realm that is counter to how things are supposed to be.”

(Santorum has also stated that he believes that individual states have the right to make laws banning married couples from using contraception.)

So there’s about a hundred things wrong with Santorum’s position on condoms but we’ll try to cover the big ones…

1. Typical Disregard of the Law

We should call this one the Griswold principle, which is the Supreme Court of the United States (the same United States that Santorum wants to be President of) decision in 1964 found that the 4th Amendment grants an individual security of the person (privacy) from state interference. That means that the Supreme Court says Santorum can’t remove condoms from the nations bedrooms, even if he doesn’t want any in his own. Santorum. Did you hear that? You get to choose for your self, we get to choose for ours. That’s America. Quite trying to change the definition of ‘America’.

And there’s a reason no President talks about condoms and contraception and whether a state has the right to remove them from individuals, and that’s because the issue has already been decided. The answer is ‘no’.  But Santorum has no respect for the Constitution or the courts. If he will not leave something small like condoms, alone, he will not leave something big, and substantial, like the separation of church and state, alone. And he has said as much.

2. Hypocrisy

Santorum is a Catholic. So what, you say. But Santorum is rabidly Catholic, and an avid supporter of not-often-enough-maligned Opus Dei. He may even be a member of the weird cult-branch of the Catholic Church that is known for its secrecy, elitism, misogyny, mortification of the flesh, and emphasis on, suprise!, a close interrelation between faith and politics.

How is all this hypocritical? Just this – Catholicism, the Pope, Opus Dei and Rick Santorum all teach celibacy as a requirement for priests. You know, those guys who have been in the news a lot lately because they can’t keep their hands off of alter boys. It’s interesting to see that the Apostle Paul, speaking of seducing spirits and doctrines of devils in 1 Timothy 4:3-5 stated that some would listen to lies spoken in hypocrisy forbidding to marry. Or in other words, people who say celibacy for the ministry is required by God. The Bible calls that a lie. A hypocrisy. A doctrine of seducing spirits.

If condoms “are a license to do things in a sexual realm that is counter to how things are supposed to be” what Rick, do you call the priesthood? Thousands, nay, millions of men, worldwide, with access to high speed internet and waaayyy too much time on their hands, and no wives? No women. That would be bad. But Tom, John, Peter, Paul, Timothy, Josef and Harry live in the next cloister over? According to some estimates, homosexuality in the Catholic clergy is as high in the United States as 53 percent and at least, at least, mind you, 33 percent. Now that’s not officially sanctioned homosexuality – I mean, the Pope says you can’t have a wife if you’re a priest, and you’re surrounded by other men without wives, not to mention those poor kids, but no, the Pope’s not saying homosexuality is OK. It’s officially wrong. But its unofficially the norm. In fact, Saint Anselem of Canterbury said that homosexuality should be punished moderately since its so common within Catholic circles. But of course, they aren’t allowed to wear a condom while they do it, so its OK. Unsurprisingly, many priests die of AIDS related illnesses due to homosexual practices. There’s plenty of info on priestly pin cushioning at the below site:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Homosexuality_and_Roman_Catholic_priests

I wonder if the Catholic Church ever read about John B. Calhoun’s experiments with rats, and homosexuality resulting from a lack of personal space. In fact, that’s what monasteries are – they are homosexuality hothouses.

3. Protection of People

You may have heard that song ‘People Are Still Having Sex’ from the 90’s. Well, they are. And they will until the end of this planet. Because of this imperfect and flawed world, with sin all around, not all of them are married. Lots of them, maybe even most of them, are not monogomous. There are plenty of Catholic men, right now, even as you read this, driving up to a young woman on a street corner to pay for sex, with a wife at home. Even Italy, the country right next door to His Holeiness Benedict 16, is an absolute hot bed of marital infidelity. Stark naked illicit passion. And with it comes disease, in all shapes and debilitating forms. Diseases that destroy the immune system and cause boils and scabbies and twisted spines, incontinence, burning genitals and herpes. And whether priests are forced to be celibate and whether the Pope gets his way and has his buddy Rick take condoms off the shelf at Rite-Aid, people are still going to be having sex.

Prostitution, also, is a form of slavery all around the world, not just in Thailand. In America, too. Prostitutes are victims of this world’s cruelty, vice and lust. Rick Santorum would ensure that they get their predator’s diseases along with whatever other misery they go through.

In short, Santorum is no friend of America. When he speaks of freedom of religion he is not speaking of the same freedom of religion that the Founding Fathers believed in. What Santorum means is freedom to push the agenda of his religion – Catholicism. The Christian Right in America seem willingly to jump aboard his flagship if it will help them get rid of Obama. Thus far they are unaware they would be trading for a dragon.

Stay Tuned Next Week for Another Article on Why Santorum is the Enemy of America.

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-03-18/anti-contraception-battle-a-loser-on-policy-and-politics.html

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One Response to “A Sense of Condom-Nation”

  1. Grace February 21, 2012 at 6:53 am #

    Woot! Crazy stuff!

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