Sex Police

Some Christians say the darndest things….

Such as in this Mitchell report on MSNBC.

For those of you unaware, Foster Friess is a the millionaire businessman financially backing the ever irrelevant Rick Santorum. Friess has, with the above comment, once again made Christianity look completely out of touch with the world in which we live.

Why does this continue to irritate me, you may ask? Because the message of Christianity (the Gospel) has absolutely nothing to do with sex, but with Jesus. Unfortunately, Mr. Friess, Santorum, Gingrich, Romney, along with millions of unquestioning followers believe that it does. Thus the rush to condemn President Obama’s insistence that Catholic run public institutions that receive government monies have within their insurance plans, for employees, coverage for birth control.

This is not Obama’s war on religion, that you hear parroted by men so eager for power that they will say anything to garner a few more votes. This is about the rights of women. Period.

Why has the fundamentalist wing of the evangelical and Catholic churches spent so much time, energy and money trying to get people, not affiliated with either, to adhere to what they believe? I find it rather fascinating that those that scream the loudest about getting the government out of our personal lives, insist on trying to run the sex lives of all Americans. They have tried to limit access to birth control, outlaw some sexual practices such as anal sex (which surprisingly is practiced by more straight couples than gay couples), and infringe on the rights of some Americans to have equal rights in choosing a marriage partner.

Here is what Jesus said about sex….

Here is what Jesus said about how we relate too and treat other people…love them as you love yourself.

Lets try to follow what Jesus said for a change and stop trying to make non-Christians live morally, like Christians, when apparently we can’t even do it.

19 thoughts on “Sex Police

  1. One of the things I think people forget is that birth control is not always about preventing a pregnancy. I know of a few of my friends who need to take the pill for medical reasons. They are not sexually active or trying to keep from having a baby. They have conditions which the pill regulates and keeps them healthy and able to work. Birth control is not always about the freedom to have sex without the “consequence.” It is about health issues.

  2. Mark, that clip had exactly zero references to Christianity or Christians.

    You condemn “fundamentalist” for “trying to get people, not affiliated with either, to adhere to what they believe” yet this issue is about the *government* forcing (not even “trying” but forcing!) their views on these not-for-profit organizations. Whether you agree with the non-profits or not, the issue is one of the government imposing NEW (i.e. they weren’t there before) requirements which go against the principles of the organizations they are imposing them on. Again, whether you agree with their principles or not the issue is it’s them (the non-profits) that are being imposed upon and being robbed of their right to have, and practically live out, their principles.

    While it’s obvious these organizations would not approve of many (or maybe even all) forms of birth control – no non-profit could force an employee to refrain from using birth control. However, being forced to pay for it is an entirely different matter.

    1. Actually Mr. Freiss is a “born-again” Christian by his own admission. And his website tows the line on issues fundamentalists love to hate from Health Care reform to Climate Change. So yes, most people outside the church walls will associate his ridiculous comments with Christians.

      As far as birth control, I think Leanne stated it best that birth control is not always meant for birth control, sometimes women need it for other medical issues. And if you run a religious based public institution such as a hospital or a university AND you receive money from the government, then you need to follow the guidelines set forth by the government. President Obama is NOT waging a war on religion, he is simply making sure that all people (many of them not religious) recieve the best health care that is available. He is not forcing any church to had out birth control pills or condoms from the pulpit.

      The greater question I was addressing is this… why do some individuals on the religious far right, while pontificating about government intrusion into their our personal lives, feel that they have the right to intrude into the sex lives of all Americans?

      And another question…why do we spend so much time obsessing about the morality surrounding the sex lives of others yet are blind to our refusal to follow the command of Jesus to love others as we love ourselves?

      1. I don’t doubt that Mr. Freiss is a born again Christian and a Fundamentalist. I confess I don’t keep up on politics like maybe I should. I read your post at face value and clicked the link you provided for the clip. I never heard of Freiss and just watched the clip and read your post. Since there was no reference whatsoever to Christianity in the clip itself I wondered what the connection was between the clip and the post. I actually thought maybe it was a wrong link or there was some other video on the MSNBC site you were actually referring to that I missed clicking on.

        Perhaps others inside and outside the church would recognize Freiss and his comments and immediately tie them to Christians – I didn’t. I still don’t think the clip itself had much to do with your post.

        I get that there are other uses of birth control however, let’s be honest the “other uses” are not what this issue is about – no one is looking to deny anyone medication in the sense of meds which alleviate sickness or disease or some other “health issue”, Birth control is not about alleviating sickness, disease or any other health issue. Rather it’s primarily about preventing pregnancy.

        On your “greater question” I wonder if you believe it Is “intruding” to simply say and agree with what the Bible says about sex? Is it intruding to be active politically to promote what the Bible says about sex?

        I agree we should not be obsessing about the morality surrounding the sex lives of others. However, I don’t think that’s what the issue is here. Rather it’s about letting religious institutions keep and live by their principles – even if we may not agree with them. It’s certainly not very loving to those of the religious far right to deny them the right to hang onto and live by their beliefs is it? Oh wait…maybe we’re not supposed to love *those* people ;).

      2. No one is saying that we are denying the rights of religious people from whatever spiritual stripe to live out their lives in accordance to what they believe. That was never the intent of this regulation. This regulation is telling institutions that accept government money to include in their insurance policies for Catholics and non-Catholics working in these institutions the ability to receive birth control. That is all. If you as a Catholic do not agree with birth control, then don’t use the service. And the regulation has now been modified so that these same people can get birth control for free with no increase in cost for the institutions providing the insurance. So their moral aversion to birth control is protected.

      3. Perhaps, but I would like to know which “religious” institutions do not receive some form of government money.

        And as I had stated in a previous comment, the conpromise on the mandate was that they are not being forced to pay for anything because insurance companies will offer free birth control at NO extra cost to the employer.

        This not a war on religion that it is being made out be.

      4. Respectfully, I disagree. The “compromise” is no compromise – but just an accounting maneuver. We all know Insurance companies don’t provide anything for “free” it just gets built into the premium that will be paid by the folks who pay the premium (i.e.the same institutions). There is no provision that there will be “NO extra cost to the employer” – just none for the employee. The extra cost will be to the employer indirectly in the cost of the coverage.

        It is probably true that the administration is not purposefully thinking “let’s make war on religion!” but when they force religious groups to go against their long held principles and beliefs, the administration makes “war on religion” nonetheless.

  3. Should an employer have the right to decide what type of health care is provided for their employees? Would it be okay for a Jehovah witness employer to not pay for blood transfusions for their employees or their employees children?

    1. According to those opposed to this issue of birth control, the answer should be yes, a Jehova Witness employer should have that right.

  4. What saddens me about the Catholic Church’s issue is the fact they do not make an exception for the pill for those who have medical conditions. The church is suppose to be the place the marginalized, the sick, the over looked in human society find an advocate and find help. We are to be the place that the Justice and Peace (where each individual finds wholeness so the community can be made whole which is the meaning of shalom) of the Kingdom is to reign. If the church is willing to overlook health concerns of a group of people, we are no different or better than the world. We are not bringing the justice and the peace of the Kingdom.
    There needs to be an “exception clause” by the church at least. They need to make a statement that birth control when used to prevent a pregnancy will not be supported. But when a woman has a health condition which requires treatment by birth control we will care for her health concern and allow birth control.
    Its not a sex issue folks.

    1. Now that I have said it not about sex, I want to ask, when did the church have the authority to force its values on people outside of the church. It is not all Catholics who seek help from the Catholic hospitals. While churches hold and promote their values, at what point are they dictating their values? Churches do not believe one should lie. Churches don’t believe in gossiping, cheating. Churches believe in honoring parents and in tithing or giving to the ministry of local congregations and mission organizations. Yet we don’t eliminate the possibility of people gossiping, lying, dishonoring parents, or spending their money on themselves without tithing. At what point, is the church overstepping their bounds?

      1. The easist answer for that is when the church lays the heavy burden of Christian moral living upon the backs of non-Christians and expects them to adhere to rules and regulations that Christians themselves can’t live up too.

        Jesus never called the church to make “moralists” but to make “disciples”, and the only way to make a disciple is to have a relationship build on unconditional love. That is much harder than carrying a sign condemning the sin of the week. Much of the church has failed in doing this. And that, to its own detriment.

  5. I would like to know how many Catholic women are on the pill. Maybe the church needs to be a little more realistic.

    1. Some statistics state that 98% of Catholic women of child-bearing age use contraceptives.

  6. with overpopulation being what it is, and growing larger by the day with many unwanted children, in my opinion, jesus would in fact be a big supporter of birth control. he was mad protective of kids, and one would think a christian moral would be not to bring them into the world to have a crappy life. nuf said.

    1. thank you for your encouragement. And thank you for being you. I truly enjoy your blogging and tweeting and all the honesty contained within. Peace to you.

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