Friday, March 9, 2012

Sandra Fluke. The Feigned Anger Distraction

Ah, yes.  Sandra Fluke.  The woman who is distraught over the $3000 cost of birth control while attending Georgetown University Law School.  (Which, by the way, the average salary for a first year graduate from Georgetown Law School is $160k)

One has to wonder why she would even NEED birth control in the first place.

Ms. Fluke is not only a member of the Law Students for Reproductive Justice, but she is also a Chair on the board for the LGBTQ organization at Georgetown called OUTLAW.  It would lead one to assume that if someone actively participates in a gay/lesbian organization, that they, themselves, might be gay.

Chairs Frank Liao, Outreach Chair
Ramina Davidson, Publicity Chair
Robyn English, Academic Chair
Sandra Fluke, Career Chair

But, this is just a distraction from what is and has been REALLY going on.... behind the scenes.

Looking at the C-Span footage of the the hearing with Ms. Fluke, towards the end (1:06:34), you can see a person wearing a purple shirt advertising "NARAL  Pro Choice America Lobby Day".
Who is NARAL? (National Abortion and Reproductive Rights Action League)

The President of NARAL is Nancy Keenan.

She spoke on the 35th Anniversary of Roe v Wade.  You can read her remarks HERE.

Keenan made the statement that the abortion movement was started by a group of ministers.  She said,

In 1967, the Reverend Howard Moody founded what he called “a faith-based organization.” His Clergy Consultation Service on abortion eventually included 1,200 clergy members nationwide in the years leading to Roe, referring thousands of women to doctors who helped women safely terminate their pregnancies in the United States and abroad.  As Reverend Moody said, “freedom of choice is what makes us human and responsible.”

Today, what better way to push such topics as abortion or reproductive justice, than by creating "interfaith" religious groups or infiltrating existing ones while at the same time, pushing for free community healthcare?  This way, the religious groups end up being the ones recruiting individuals and families to participate in the free community healthcare programs.  Because, after all, religious groups want to help those in need.  Before you know it, these same religious institutions are pushing "benefits" such as contraception and a "quick fix" for an unwanted pregnancy.  Throw in a mandate for these services by the use of legislation and these religious institutions have no choice.  Religious liberty is lost.

In true Alinsky form....
cloak it in moral garments.....

But, this isn't the first time the left has blurred the line between religion and politics.  On June 28, 2006, then Senator Barack Obama spoke about "Faith and Politics". 

On the one hand, he said,
What I AM suggesting is that secularists are wrong when they ask believers to leave their religion at the door before entering the public square.  So to say that men and women should not inject their "morality" in the public policy debate is a practical absurdity.  Our law is a codification of our morality.  Much of which is grounded in Judeo-Christian tradition.

Then on the other hand, he said in the same speech,

While I've already laid out the work that Progressive leaders need to do on this, I want to talk about what Conservative leaders can do....truths THEY need to acknowledge...They need to understand the critical role of separation of church and state in not just preserving our democracy but the robustness of our religious practices.

And this,

Religious leadership needs to understand they don't have to accept such wisdom in councelling their flocks.  But, they should recognize this wisdom in their politics.

And then he puts out THIS in 2008.
"The Catholic Case for Obama"
Which then gives Obama the authority to do THIS.

Cardinal Dolan: White House Lectured
My USCCB (United States Conference of Catholic Bishops) Staff
On How to Interpret Catholic Teaching.

Cardinal Dolan wrote a letter to the Bishops of the Catholic church. 
 In the letter he states:

Since January 20, 2012 when the final, restrictive HHS Rule was first announced, we have become certain of two things: religious freedom is under attack, and we will not cease our struggle to protect it....We have made it clear in no uncertain terms to the government that we are not at peace with its invasive attempt to curtail the religious freedom we cherish as Catholics and Americans.  We did not ask for this fight, but we will not run from it...
We are grateful to know so many of our fellow Americans, especially our friends in the ecumenical and interreligious dialogue, stand together in this important moment in our country. They know that this is not just about sterilization, abortifacients, and chemical contraception.
 It’s about religious freedom, the sacred right of any Church
to define its own teaching and ministry.

So, how did the Catholic church find themselves in such a precarious situation? 

A grant making arm of the USCCB is the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD).  It was created during Alinsky's later years specifically to serve as a funding mechanism for the IAF.

The CCHD began in 1969 and has donated more than $280 million over the years to fund "7,800 low-income, community-based projects that strengthen families, create jobs, build affordable housing, fight crime and improve schools and neighborhoods."
It was discovered that CCHD had sent over $7.3 million to ACORN over the last 10 years and when it was exposed in 2008, it enraged parishioners who then pulled back their donations.  However, CCHD has continued to send money to Alinsky's IAF affiliates.

Barack Obama's first efforts in Chicago were funded by CCHD.

"I got my start as a community organizer working with mostly Catholic parishes on the South Side of Chicago that were struggling because the steel plants had closed.  The Campaign for Human Development helped fund the project, and so very early on, my career was intertwined with the belief in social justice that is so strong in the church."

CCHD's newsletters are all about justice.

Establishing Communities of Justice
Community Organizing Fulfills Gospel Mandate
Bold Faith Leads to Bold Justice for Floridians
(where they openly admit BOLD Justice is organized around the Direct Action and Research Training (DART) model (created by Saul Alinsky), which brings together religious congregations to work on projects of common interest.  The agenda is developed in a series of assemblies and listening sessions throughout the community)

And remember when we thought the question posed by George Stephanopoulos at the New Hampshire Republican debate seemed out of the blue and ridiculous when he asked Romney if he believes “that states have the right to ban contraception, or is that trumped by a constitutional right to privacy?"  It was strategically placed theatrics.

Progressives have learned that the subject of abortion is a difficult one to get others to rally behind.  But, changing the narrative and calling it "reproductive justice" or demanding contraception rights is much more palatable and one that will attract more support from a broader base.  Even so much as using the Catholic church to justify the mandate of free contraception by claiming that a majority of Catholics use birth control.
"Throughout my career, I've been a consistent and strong supporter of reproductive justice,
and have consistently had a 100% pro-choice rating
with Planned Parenthood and NARAL Pro-Choice America."
-Barack Obama, Statement on 35th Anniversary of Roe v. Wade Decision

Is it any wonder why President Obama chose to make a personal phone call to Ms. Fluke to support her cause and deflect the real issue by making it about Rush Limbaugh?  Especially when Mr. Obama chose to NOT call and support people like Sarah Palin, Michelle Bachmann, Michelle Malkin, SE Cupp or Laura Ingraham when they were called much MUCH worse?  

After all, we know how Obama REALLY feels. 
"I've got two daughters. 9 years old and 6 years old. I am going to teach them first of all about values and morals. But if they make a mistake, I don't want them punished with a baby."