You know, we are going to need to cook up a new term for what we've been calling "chutzpah." It's served well, until recently. But now it doesn't even come close to capturing the gut-wrenching cognitive dissonance flowing daily like out of a fire hose from that fountain of arrogance and prideful ignorance on the American Right.
Whew. Sorry, but I needed to get that off my chest before going on. While I explain what got me going today, try to come up with an upgraded version of "chutzpah." Chutzpah 2.0, or something. Because, man we need it. ("Genius may have its limitations, but stupidity is not thus handicapped." -- Elbert Hubbard)
So, have you been watching the slow boil that's just now beginning to rattle the lid on the health insurance/birth control ruling issued by the HHS? It requires any organization or company that provides health insurance to its members/employees to cover birth control as well. Yes, that includes Catholic hospitals and other Catholic institutions as well.
So last Sunday Catholic priests and bishops condemned the ruling before their congregations. I heard part of a sermon by an LA bishop in which he complained, "We must provide access to services we find morally objectionable," he whined adding with emphasis - "...but no sign of irony that they had to provide those services, "without choice!"
See, that's where the chutzpah-deficit rears its head.
Choice... really? The Catholic Church has had no problem working day and night to deny women choice when it comes to ending unwanted pregnancies. The same church now whining about lack of choice has been in the forefront of every law proposed that would outlaw abortions. But now, with the shoe on the other foot, they demand choice for themselves.
That's because the Church, which furiously maintains its bridge to the 12th Century, considers unnatural forms of birth control "a sin," and "morally objectionable." (Uh oh, another chutzpah 2.0 alert!) This from the very same organization that, for decades, probably centuries, could easily be described as the largest and most ferocious pedophile protection racket in the history of mankind.
Now it's this same pack of pious, paternal hypocrites standing up against being required to include standard, every day 21st century woman's health care to their employees. Because, apparently, when it comes to morality, THAT's where Father Happy-Pants draws the line.
Memo to The Catholic Church: Your members will still have choice, even if their insurance policy covers birth control. They have the choice of availing themselves of such services, or not. How they decide that issue depends, not on their insurance coverage, but on whatever moral authority the Church has over them. In other words, your congregations either believe and follow their Shepherd, or they pretend to, while giggling behind your back and going their own ways. If they giggle behind your back, whose fault it that? Certainly not HHS's fault.
"A full 98 percent of sexually active Catholic women have used contraceptives - for evangelicals, it's nearly 100 percent." (Full story)
Maybe it's all that Catholic female "giggling" that's got the Church so worried about the HHS ruling. It was Gloria Steinem who observed that, "If men could get pregnant, abortion would be a sacrament." I believe so. Hell, I KNOW so... and so do you.
The moribund American Catholic Church is not the sole problem here. Already American Christian evangelicals are whipping up their usual "Obama's war on religion" nonsense. Further proof, I suspect, that he's a secret Muslim.. right? Once stupid gets a taste of something it likes, it's crack cocaine to them.
The Right is going to gin up the HHS birth control ruling into a full-fledged "government's war on religion" epic. Maybe someone should ask them though if they don't themselves believe it's the American government's responsibility to wage war on religion? You know, like those American Muslims who want "to impose Sharia Law in America. They want that war on religion. You betchya they do.
So there, you see why I say we need a new superlative that captures the utter, breathtaking, dumbfounding (insert replacement term here) of this kind of stuff.
(Editing courtesy of Robert Duffey)