So now they’re backing down, just an inch. Maybe an inch and a quarter.
But at this point, all one can see is smoke and mirrors.
About an hour ago, the White House announced that it had made an “accommodation” to the new federal mandate that would require all employers –including Catholic hosptitals and social service agencies — to provide insurance coverage for birth control and abortions. White House spokespeople stressed that this was a mere “accomodation,” and definitely NOT a “compromise.”
God forbid they ever compromise. As they see it, no compromise is possible with idiots who are not only stupid but evil.
And that’s the crux of the matter. This policy was set in place because the Obama administration is guided by a certain logic, and according to that logic, anyone who disagrees with their take on anything is not only a moron but mean-spirited, selfish, bigoted, mysoginistic, and perhaps even a crypto-Nazi.
It’s the logic of the left. Each and every one of the tenets they hold dear is not an opinion, but actually a fact, verifiable through empirical science. Disagreeing with their facts is the same as insisting that the earth is flat or that two plus two equals seven and a half. You have to be either really dumb or extremely perverse to insist. Maybe even insane. Or maybe all three, rolled into one nasty package.
It’s the logic of the extremist, whether to the far left or the far right. If I think this way, so must everyone else.
This is why Newsweek could have a banner headline that asks “Why Are Obama’s Critics So Dumb?”
In this case, the logic that was applied to Catholic moral teachings on the sanctity of life is simple enough: anyone opposed to birth control and abortion on religious grounds is no different from an Amish farmer who refuses to put a reflective triangle on the back of his horse-drawn buggy. In both of these cases, a very “peculiar,” “archaic,” or “ridiculous” belief gets in the way of what is eminently reasonable and of benefit to individuals and the community as a whole.
Of course, that kind of logic seems sound. Amish buggies without a reflecting triangle cause highway accidents in which both Amish and non-Amish citizens are hurt.
But the logic does not apply to the case of the recent health care mandate. It’s a category mistake, or in layman’s term, a mixing of apples and oranges. There is one hell of a big difference between an inanimate plastic triangle and a human fetus. And there is also a huge difference between asking someone to comply with the rules of the road when they decide to use the road and forcing someone to pay for something that they consider sinful or wrong.
The left continually denounces all “hegemonic discourse” as evil. To the left, anything imposed by the strong and powerful is an act of violence. This is why “hate speech” is a crime, and why the world we live in needs to be described as “post-colonial.” Our own time is to be defined by the fact that the “hegemony” of white people is not only defunct, but officially identified as a very evil thing. Unfortunately, the left’s “hegemony” is only a one-way street. When they are the ones with all the power, their speech is never “hegemonic” – it’s just the opposite: it’s all about diversity and respect for the dignity of the individual. There is something very Orwellian in this power play: an attempt to foreclose discussion or disagreement through the use of coded language. Newspeak is used for control in many different ways, but no matter how it’s used, it’s always the same. It’s a verbal weapon of mass oppression. Those of us who lived in Castrolandia know all about this, first hand.
So, there you have it: forcing Catholic institutions to pay for abortions is not wrong at all, and neither is it a violation of religious liberty. It’s all about “basic fairness,” as president Obama explained today.
Go tell that to the fetus in the garbage can, or to the faithful Catholic who believes that the fetus, no matter how small, is a human being.