with an UPDATE below:
I haven't had a good rant in a while, but this whole birth control/religious freedom thing makes me crazy. I think it's bullshit.
What's wrong with this photo?
That's the first panel of witnesses, all religious leaders, that House Oversight Committee Chairman Republican Rep. Darrel Issa of California, called to a hearing where he also denied a female witness, claiming As the hearing is not about reproductive rights and contraception but instead about the Administration’s actions as they relate to freedom of religion and conscience, he believes that Ms. Fluke is not an appropriate witness. You can read more about it here.
What's wrong with that picture is that each man sitting there is a representative of some of the most conservative Christian churches and Jewish orthodox temples in this country. Here's the list. I know I'm supposed to respect a diversity of views, but frankly, they make me sick.
Let's face it, ladies: the conservative establishment, in whatever guise you want to call it, has been slowly and inexorably working backward to dismantle reproductive freedom and a woman's right to choose for decades. They're making progress. Those same figures decry the lack of human rights in countries like Afghanistan, but I tell you what. They're really not too far from living in caves themselves. They're just dressed in suits and collars instead of robes, and their wives, if they're allowed to have one, in pearls and cardigans instead of burkhas.
UPDATE: Less of a rant and more measured -- Read HERE.