The war on Christmas

Tell you what, man it is rough being a Christian in this country and being wished “Happy Holidays.”  What a horrible slap at my Christian faith.  Jesus sure wouldn’t stand for this!  Jon Stewart:

 

And, of course, this handy chart I included a link to in a previous quick hit:

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Photo of the day

From the National Geographic Tumblr:

A farmer buring the hoof of a horse before shoeing it in Scotland, May 1921.Photograph by William Reid, National Geographic

A farmer buring the hoof of a horse before shoeing it in Scotland, May 1921.PHOTOGRAPH BY WILLIAM REID, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC

Hobby Lobby– it’s about sex

This is a great column and I’ve been too busy to give it it’s due.  Just read it.  A snippet:

As such, the cases open a new front in an old war. I don’t mean the overblown “war on religion” that some Catholic leaders have accused the Obama administration of waging. Nor do I mean the “war on women” that was such an effective charge last year against a bevy of egregiously foot-in-mouth Republican politicians.

I mean that this is the culture war redux – a war not on religion or on women but on modernity.

All culture wars are that, of course: the old culture in a goal-line stance against a new way of organizing society, a new culture struggling to be born…

There is something deeper going on in these cases than a dispute over the line that separates a contraceptive from an “abortifacient.” What drives the anger about this regulation is that, as the opponents see it, the government is putting its thumb on the scale in favor of birth control, of sex without consequences. In a revealing article published earlier this year in the Villanova Law Review, Helen Alvaré, a law professor and longtime adviser to the National Conference of Catholic Bishops, describes the contraception mandate as the culmination of what she calls the “contraceptive project.”

Professor Alvaré writes: “The churches opposing the mandate hold, and teach women and men to maintain, an understanding of the sacredness of sexual intercourse, and its intrinsic connection with the procreating of new, vulnerable human life.” The government policy of covering contraception, she says, would have the effect in law of characterizing these teachings “as violations of women’s freedom and equality.” …

To the extent that the “contraceptive project” changes anything on the American reproductive landscape, it will be to reduce the rate of unintended pregnancy and abortion. The objection, then, has to be not to the mandate’s actual impact but to its expressive nature, its implicit endorsement of a value system that says it’s perfectly O.K. to have sex without the goal of making a baby. While most Americans surely share this view, given the personal choices they make in their own lives, many nonetheless find it uncomfortable to acknowledge.  [emphasis mine]

Yep.  That’s it in a nutshell.

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