yesterday, after reading two posts by one miss kathryn jean lopez, i could feel myself getting really pissed off…you may be asking, ‘why would any sane person read two pieces by k-lo in one sitting?’ the answer would be because i apparently like the high that comes along with your blood pressure hitting the low 300s…i guess.
i don’t know why i did it, and lately, i’ve been pissy and life is hard enough without being a masochist…just getting through any day is enough to make you want to just say ‘fuck it’…hell, for me sometimes even getting through an hour can be a challenge…take for instance this crappy lap-top i’m forced to use…i don’t know if a slower or bulkier machine (hence it being named ‘betty behemoth’) has ever been built…i don’t power on or off any more because i can literally take a shower that includes leg-shaving in the time that it takes to fire up…and don’t even get me started on its random cursor…you just never know what it will actually click on or not, but you can bet it’s going to take a good chunk of your life while it makes up its mind…but i digress…
the first k-lo piece i read was an interview with an activist priest who wrote an entire book bitching about how government is so intrusive…which made me laff because, really? catholic church?
the second piece was about a martyr named stacy who has crohn’s disease…right now, stacy depends on her insurance to help her out with medications and procedures, which is normal…but then stacy says
“I would gladly give up my insurance coverage, despite the very real risk that would pose to my financial well-being and my health.”
why, you might ask? because of…the mandate! and why? you might ask…because some of the wimmens in this country are on…the birth control! and it gets worse..some women might take medication to abort unwanted pregnancies!
“Everyone pays for it. Being forced to use my money to help pay for contraception violates my conscience as a Catholic and is therefore a violation of my constitutionally guaranteed rights.” She adds: “What worries me the most is the violation of our ‘first freedom,’ the freedom of religion. If this freedom is taken away, others will be sure to follow.”
since my church doesn’t outlaw birth control, isn’t stacy and her church being bigstupidmeanpoopieheads to demand that they don’t have to pay for things that they don’t believe in when i do? isn’t that violating my religious freedom? i think it is…
guess what? stacy is…well we’ll let k-lo tell you
This may not surprise you, because you’ve already been introduced to her zeal, but Thomlison is also a missionary — not in some foreign land but in the heartland: Omaha, Nebraska. And her evangelism isn’t only about the drawbacks to the president’s health-care law. She is a missionary with the Fellowship of Catholic University Students, a support to students who seek to live their young lives in accord with the gospel.
“The college campus is a unique environment where students are away from home but not fully in the ‘real world’ yet,” Thomlison says. “It is a time where young people make many important decisions that will affect the rest of their lives, like choosing a career and finding a spouse. They also make important decisions about religion. Missionaries help college students to realize their faith is not something their parents believe or something they’ve been told; missionaries help students to make their faith in Jesus their own.”
Thomlison has some experience with the realities of living authentic Christianity, particularly in the face of suffering. But she says that, while Crohn’s disease has inflicted pain on her life, it has also helped her become “a better person”: “Experiencing this kind of suffering has made me more compassionate, patient, and understanding.”
The illness has also, she says, brought her closer to God. Her missionary zeal took hold of her during a pilgrimage she “tagged along” for, to the Holy Land in 2009. She says the friendships she formed there, rooted in faith, were pivotal in bringing her to where she is today.
so, stacy finds it perfectly acceptable to tell others what to do and how to live their lives according to *her* religion…but it’s okay because she’s commpassionate and and patient and understanding…but not when it comes to women taking birth control! she also gave up her nursing career for a while to follow her new calling…but she’s back, which should be a total comfort to patients as she picks and chooses what mary and jesus tell her she can and can’t in all good conscience do for her patients…
i can’t help but wonder, and this is what really has me pissed off…stacy will jeopardize her health and refuse to pay into the system because she doesn’t like or believe in what some people may or may not take for their own health care…it really, really bothers her that *her* money is going for things like that…does stacy also realize that her tax money has funded some pretty heinous and stupid wars? wars where real, live people have been killed? and that’s okay? all to save some zygotes and spermatoza?
i also can’t help but wonder if stacy has pulled her funding from the catholic church itself…because surely, someone with such a sensitive conscience would not want her money going to the salaries of priests who have raped little boys, can she?