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Thu Mar 22, 2012, 02:26 PM

Religious Freedom and Birth Control Debate: Religion's Death Wish?

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/robert-v-taylor/religions-freedom-birth-control-debate_b_1355420.html

Robert V. Taylor

Speaker, writer, activist for social justice

Posted: 03/20/2012 2:06 pm

The Luddite approach is not a winning one for religion. Denial of access to contraception and the right of religion to freely discriminate strutting under the guise of religious liberty is no liberty at all. It is a churlish death wish competing against a more generous spirituality of freedom rooted in kindness and compassion.

Choosing to define yourself by what you hate, abhor and rail against might play well to a core group but it is not a recipe for attracting those looking for a spirituality of purpose and meaning amidst the more hued complexities of being human. Exclusionary religion may explain why the Pew Research Organization reports that 25 percent of those under 30 now describe themselves as religiously unaffiliated.

In the age of internet access to wisdom on demand the prelates and leaders who proclaim that social norms and arrangements are immutable create a caricature of themselves similar to the nineteenth century Luddites who resisted all of the seismic changes of the Industrial Revolution.

The debate over whether religiously affiliated institutions have to provide access to contraception is presented by some as a desperate defense of religious liberty. Cardinal Dolan of New York bolsters that position by asserting that the bishops are the only ones who "speak for the truths of the faith." Beyond questions of religious polity, his assertion attempts to silence the divergent voices of faithful lay people and Catholic institutions alike. The liberty being defended is revealed to be no liberty at all unless you agree with him.

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pinto Mar 2012 #1

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Thu Mar 22, 2012, 02:52 PM

1. "Choosing to define yourself by what you hate, abhor and rail against..."

That's one good definition that servitude to hate is the antithesis of freedom.

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