Church and State

In a post on Salon.com in the aftermath of the Susan G. Komen Foundation’s decision to withdraw funding from Planned Parenthood writer Irin Carmon offers illuminate us on, “Why the right hates Planned Parenthood.” (emphasis added)

The right’s hatred of Planned Parenthood requires some logical inconsistencies, to put it mildly. It means constantly accusing the nonprofit organization of greedy profiteering, even while fantasizing over how stripping Planned Parenthood of federal funding for health services might shut its doors. It means professing to hate abortions but doing everything possible to deny access to contraception — from trying to keep Planned Parenthood from getting Title X funding to opposing comprehensive coverage for contraception under the Affordable Care Act, for which Planned Parenthood was a key lobbyist.

As its important support for the expanded access to contraception underscores, Planned Parenthood’s “mission” is pretty simple: providing comprehensive healthcare to women, which it does more than anyone else in the country. No federal funding, except in extremely limited cases, goes to abortions, and not all Planned Parenthood centers provide abortions, but the fact that the organization refuses to capitulate to abortion foes and pretend that abortion care isn’t a women’s health concern is part of what rankles. It clearly drives the right crazy that an organization with this approach has the scale and resources to not only help actual women make fertility decisions, but also have some leverage with the current administration — enough to prevent the Republican House from shutting down the entire government over Planned Parenthood funding early last year.

As I posted earlier, there is love and there is law.  There is a very deep confusion in our religious conflation of the two.  Love passeth understanding; Law is very clear–no matter if you think it Just or Fair, you know what it’s doing.

Above this confusion is actually on the left and highlighted above.  Why would Carmon think that being anti-abortion and anti-contraception weren’t consistent?  People’s practices are always inconsistent and nearly never real convictions except as applied to others.  But this formulation to be against any measure that denies conception and birth is entirely consistent.

I don’t know if Carmon’s reason that it’s Planned Parenthood’s political strength that “drives the right crazy” is correct.  But I do agree that the religious and corporate right wants to do away with community care not tied to private insurance OR church charity.

You see, I’m of the mind that the politics of this is all of a piece with all of the other laws being implemented at the state level by the Religio-Corporate Patriarchy.  It is simply part of a long-term strategy that’s been in play for a few decades at least and that is coming to fruition for them.

No abortions means more children; no contraception means more children.  The care of children in a complex society that has no “local” ability (massive unemployment and no strong family or ties to local communities) to care for children still does require assistance.  If the state and federal programs must pay for this care then these programs will soon be a great burden on the public and possibly create more pressure to reduce or eliminate welfare assistance even for children.

Into this breach, the bankrupting of the commonwealth, steps (and returns) the church.  Desperation has always filled the pews.

The Church will again regain real power and the care of the common and impoverished citizen will be handed over to this hierarchical organization.  Another prong in this, at least in Indiana, is the broad school voucher program implemented.  As the Catholic Church has always had a strong indoctrination system in place via education systems they were ready, willing and able to admit the new voucher cohort into their fold.

On the other end of the spectrum, the wealthy will continue as they are with no need for religion, though they will profess it if there are still things like elections.  The Corporate masters will educate themselves and continue to manage and profit off of every aspect of our daily existence.

Control comes at little expense when the population has no strength of mind but instead has a ready ability to be blindly obedient to “first loyalties” and no practice at critical understanding.  Our entertainments have seen to that.

Planned Parenthood stands in the way of Moses being found in the bulrushes by the Pharaoh’s daughter and it’s dismantling opens the gates to a resurgence of the material and worldly alliance of church and state.

I don’t really think there’s a force to ally against this resurgent theocracy.  If only we had any like Huck among us to learn us better.

After supper she got out her book and learned me about Moses and the Bulrushers, and I was in a sweat to find out all about him; but by and by she let it out that Moses had been dead a considerable long time; so then I didn’t care no more about him, because I don’t take no stock in dead people.

 

photo credit: via Wikipedia, A painting by Konstantin Flavitsky.

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Douglas Storm is a host and producer for Interchange on Bloomington, Indiana's community radio station WFHB. "Why then do you try to 'enlarge' your mind? Subtilize it..."

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  1. Coat Hanger February 3, 2012 at 10:47 am #

    “On the other end of the spectrum, the wealthy will continue as they are with no need for religion, though they will profess it if there are still things like elections.”

    Yes, because the wealthy will still be able to run to their private OB/GYNs for abortion and birth control. They’re not anti-aborting or contraception, they’re anti access to the poor. This is just a perpetuation of the “elite” cultural bias.

    • Douglas Storm February 3, 2012 at 11:47 am #

      well, I’ll admit to believing that most folks in positions of power and wealth likely feel that the rest of us are beneath their concern and barely of a common species with themselves. So sad you’re diseased and dying but that is the lot of all animals!

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