Take a good look at this picture. These are the representatives of a global organization that is dictating the terms by which a woman’s uterus will operate.
These guys, and they are ALL guys, have been in business for 1600 years. Well, longer than that when you consider that what really happened was that the Roman emperor Constantine conducted a merger of the polytheistic religious hierarchy with Christianity. Yep, one day all of the pontiffs were worshipping Jupiter, the next Jesus Christ. Constantine did it for pragmatic reasons. No one’s certain that he gave up pagan ways entirely. I’d be curious about the priests who suddenly had to make a choice. Do they continue to read entrails at the Pantheon and believe Minerva emerged from the head of her father and the head god shows up to empregnate beautiful young mortal women as a shower of gold or do they embrace a new religion based on “The belief that a cosmic Jewish Zombie who was his own father can make you live forever if you symbolically eat his flesh and telepathically tell him you accept him as your master, so he can remove an evil force from your soul that is present in humanity because a rib-woman was convinced by a talking snake to eat from a magical tree.”? (That last definition of Christianity is courtesy of the Urban Dictionary)
We know the answer to this question. The priests switched sides but kept much of their old corporate culture. For example, there are no women in their executive offices. Nope. Not one. In 1600 years and counting, there has never been so much as female intern in their ranks. I’ve heard unofficial stories of female popes but they were disguised as men so it doesn’t count. They cornered the market on book learnin’ but tended to revere tradition, naturally. So when Galileo Galilei showed that the earth went around the sun and mocked them for ignoring the evidence, they made him pay. He was forced to eat those words (sort of). The Roman Catholic Church did a “talk to the hand” on the subject of Galileo and his heliocentric theory. Eventually, the church “softened”. One hundred years after stuffing a sock in Galileo’s mouth, it quietly allowed publication of his astronomical works. It has never formally apologized but it has expressed “regret” over the whole unfortunate incident. It only took until 1992. No one can accuse the Church of being hasty.
It must be nice to wear the same uniform every day and pronounce the rules by which others will live. That would include the lives of women who don’t even believe in your religion. Those women have, what?, 80 years on earth to make their mark and make a difference in their lives and the lives of others? They have to get educated and get jobs, they get married or not. They are in most “civilized” countries, complete, independent, PERSONS, with unalienable rights endowed by their Creator, whoever that may be. But according to these stick in the mud throwbacks from the 4th century, they have no right to decide when and under what circumstances they will be parents. It is the Church’s bishops that call the shots here in the US. They have the right to overturn the personhood of every woman in America whether those women give a $#@% about their exclusive boy’s club or not.
I would love to hear Ben Nelson and Bart Stupak explain why the women of this country are having their personhood stripped from them by a bunch of color coordinated old guys from the smallest country in the world. And can someone please tell me if Ben Nelson, Bart Stupak, and Marcy Kaptur (fergawdsakes, Marcy!) even believe that women are persons? Aren’t they entitled to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness? Are women allowed to have their own belief systems? Are they allowed to follow the religion of their choice or is there one overarching religion that applies solely to women? Men can follow whatever creed they wish. Women are subject to The Church. Poor women are doubly subject but are middle class women to join their ranks? And does the amount of money you have affect the kind of liberty you are entitled to?
Are women persons? If you are in Congress and you don’t move heaven and earth to get rid of the Stupak Amendment, then you don’t believe they are. You don’t believe we women will move heaven and earth to get rid of you. Maybe you even believe that the sun goes round the earth.
You may come to “regret” that and a lot sooner than 350 years.