Lately, there have been a lot of backwards thoughts in government. I am referring to the Blunt Amendment and the Rush Limbaugh and Sandra Fluke story. I first heard about the Blunt Amendment on “The Daily Show.” Had it passed, this law would have allowed employers to dictate whether or not to provide their workers with contraception or “any health service required by the 2010 health-care law.” Unfortunately, this amendment was very close to passing. The Rush Limbaugh and Sandra Fluke story also reminded me of backwards thinking. At first I thought that Limbaugh was just misquoted and the press was trying to exaggerate what was said. When I read his actual statements, however, I was mortified.
“What does it say about the college co-ed Susan Fluke [sic] who goes before a congressional committee and essentially says that she must be paid to have sex — what does that make her? It makes her a slut, right? It makes her a prostitute. She wants to be paid to have sex. She’s having so much sex she can’t afford the contraception. She wants you and me and the taxpayers to pay her to have sex.”
I am embarrassed to be represented by this man who can say such idiotic things and be heard, yet millions of women are being silenced over these bills that directly affect them. Fluke is not “essentially” saying she must be paid to have sex in the slightest. She is defending the right of women to have contraception easily accessible and affordable.
It is 2012 already. By now I thought America would be leading the world with open minded thinking. By now I thought religion would be eliminated from government. It is disappointing that we still have people in power who think like Limbaugh. The Blunt Amendment was only lost by three votes. Americans are advanced in so many things and are still one of the more powerful countries, yet how do we claim we are open and accepting of everyone? The idea to to go over the president’s head and tweek his health care plan so there are less rights for the people is barbaric. -290
I can understand the other view of this. Conservatives feel like religious employers shouldn’t have to pay for contraception since it goes against their beliefs. While I understand this, I also can clearly see that any employer will be able to claim a religious affiliation just to get out of paying more. While this law would be benefiting religious employers it would also disadvantage millions of others. There is a difficult and blurry line when it comes to religion and government.