Santorum and birth control

I might as well talk about Rick Santorum while I’ve got a chance.  I don’t think he’s going to be hanging around the national stage for very long.  So, I saw this article in Salon that said he favored outlawing birth control.  I assumed that this was Salon just being over the top.  Sure, as  a very devout and very conservative Catholic, he surely opposes birth control, but I didn’t think he would actually be in favor of outlawing it, but… Yep– pretty much:

Speaking to ABC News’ Jake Tapper, Santorum recently reaffirmed his opposition to Griswold v. Connecticut, the 1965 Supreme Court decision that struck down a ban on discussing or providing contraception tomarried couples, and established a right to privacy that would later be integral to Roe v. Wade and Lawrence v. Texas. (It is generally better-known how Santorum feels about gay people.) That would be the case where the majority asked, “Would we allow the police to search the sacred precincts of marital bedrooms for telltale signs of the use of contraceptives? The very idea is repulsive to the notions of privacy surrounding the marriage relationship.” Rick Santorum disagrees. Hethinks, using the currently popular states’ rights parlance, that “the state has a right to do that, I have never questioned that the state has a right to do that. It is not a constitutional right, the state has the right to pass whatever statues they have.” This is a view Santorum has held at least since 2003.

In all fairness, he’s not saying he’d ban birth control, just saying he has no problems with states doing so.  Still, not exactly a position to win him many friends with the 90+% of people who have actually used birth control.

On an quasi-related note, this bit in David Brooks’ recent column about the GOP and the white working class caught me as somewhat interesting:

Santorum does not have a secular worldview. This is not just a matter of going to church and home-schooling his children. When his baby Gabriel died at childbirth, he and his wife, a neonatal nurse, spent the night in a hospital bed with the body and then took it home — praying over it and welcoming it, with their other kids, into the family. This story tends to be deeply creepy to many secular people but inspiring to many of the more devout.

Despite being a regular church-goer, it’s fair to say I have a fairly secular mindset, so yes, I do find this very creepy.  Is this really such a secular thing to find this creepy, though?  No matter how much you love Jesus, do you really want to do this with a dead body?  Then again, I’m a big fan of the closed casket.  Not because I’m particularly uncomfortable with death (I don’t think I am), but because I think a dead body is just an empty shell and the person that you love/knew/liked/etc., is just gone.  Maybe in Heaven or elsewhere, but not in that body.

My, I got far afield from birth control.

Goal of the day

Instead of a photo, I’m going with this amazing video of the US National Team’s goalkeeper, Tim Howard, scorinng a goal for his club team, Everton.  Truly amazing.

Vodpod videos no longer available.

Who’s smiling

Pretty cool little site from the BBC on fake vs. real smiles.  There’s 20 short videos of people smiling and you need to say whether each smile was real or fake.  So, I know that a real smile is all about the eyes, so that’s where I focused my attention.  Nonetheless, I only got 12/20– basically chance.  It was actually much harder than I thought it would be.  Or, maybe I’m just not so good at reading people.  How’d you do?

Disgusting, disgraceful, and indefensible

And surely several other very negative adjectives as well to describe the behavior of the NC Republican House legislators in the wee hours of the morning.   With only 90 minutes warning, the Republicans called an extra 12:30am session to try and take advantage of the fact that several Democrats were missing due to illness and deaths in the family thereby giving them the necessary override percentage.  How low can you go?  Seriously?  As it was, they only ended up with the votes for a single over-ride– a punitive action against NC’s teacher’s union.  (And the two Democrats who joined with them on this should be beyond ashamed of themselves).  There is just no way that business should be conducted like this in a democracy.  The justification of House Speaker Thom Tillis was offensive in its lameness:

Tillis defended the post-midnight session. “Some people that probably don’t like the fact we’re here tonight. But the fact of the matter is we got it done, we’re out of here, we’re saving money and going back home.”

Who needs fair play and respect for the basic rules of the system in a democracy when you can save money by having a 12:30am session?  I’d love to see somebody try and defend this [yes, I am looking at you EG].

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