I grew up on the East Coast, so my friends from home are largely leftist numbskulls. That’s why this image popped up in a Facebook discussion of the HHS mandate:
Our enemies are intentionally intervening in the affairs of the Church in an effort to get it to subsidize morally objectionable lifestyle choices it’s been railing against for decades, if not centuries. And while doing so, they produce (literally!) God-damned lies like this, acting as if they’re the ones being victimized even as Capitol police arrest protestors simply for kneeling to pray in front of the White House in protest. What rank temerity it must take to manufacture such libelous filth.
“If you don’t like birth control, don’t use it”! As if that has anything whatsoever to do with the HHS mandate! A more appropriate phrasing of their objection would be “I don’t care if you don’t like birth control, pay for mine, anyway.”
“Religious freedom doesn’t mean you can force others to live by your own beliefs,” they say, while trying to force others not only to tolerate but actually subsidize their lifestyles.
And what “basic rights” are being denied here, hmm? Is there a “basic right” to have your enemies pay for your lifestyle choices? Where did this right come from? What endows it with the character of moral obligation? If it’s so basic, how did no one notice it existed until about five minutes ago? The answer, of course, is that there is no such “right” — it doesn’t exist, has never existed, and our enemies’ beliefs, rigorously applied, furnish no basis for the idea of rights, anyway. As usual, they are simply co-opting the popular language of premodern metaphysical systems they reject on principle in order to endow their obscene and detestable convictions with a moral normativity it didn’t earn and doesn’t deserve.
I guess it’s useful to have these occasional reminders that our enemies are either profoundly ignorant, intentionally dishonest, or some combination of the two.