Mind and Destiny

“I make no pretension to patriotism. So long as my voice can be heard ... I will hold up America to the lightning scorn of moral indignation. In doing this, I shall feel myself discharging the duty of a true patriot; for he is a lover of his country who rebukes and does not excuse its sins. It is righteousness that exalteth a nation while sin is a reproach to any people.”- Frederick Douglass

Location: Delhi, N.Y., United States

The author and his webmaster, summer of 1965.

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Religious Ideology

House Speaker, Paul Ryan insists that the GOP will repeal the Affordable Care Act "definitely within these first 100 days" of Trump's presidency.

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act specifies that contraception, must be covered by private insurance plans without co-pays or deductibles. 

In 2012, Sandra Fluke explained: "We're talking about national legislation.  Legislation has to reflect reality, not ideology and I don't think that we can actually expect that American women are going to stop engaging in healthy sexual behaviors.  Women aren’t going to be silenced about the issue.  They're going to speak up for health care needs and what this means to them and I'm certainly not going to be silenced.” 

She had been called a “slut” by Rush Limbaugh for her position on contraceptives.  Contraception is central to women’s health and their ability to be part of our economy.

In 2012, the Blunt amendment would have allowed employers to opt out of providing health care coverage on moral or religious grounds.  Men would continue to dominate the political process, at a time when we should have been discussing solutions, such as women’s rights, economic justice and more opportunities for advancement.

Senate Minority Leader, Mitch McConnell insisted: “Before we can move ahead with this jobs bill the Blunt Amendment must be passed."  

Senate Majority Leader, Reid argued that the proposal wasn’t germane to the legislation, because that amendment would have allowed any employer to refuse to cover any kind of health care service by citing “moral reasons.”

Democratic Senator Patty Murray argued: “It would simply give every boss in America the right to make health care decisions for their workers and their families.” 

Moderate Republican Senator Olympia Snowe voted with the Democratic majority.  The amendment to a jobs bill was supported by every other Senate Republican. 


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