There's a basic misconception that clouds the thinking of many social and religious conservatives. Believing that contraceptive use is a moral wrong, they desperately want to make it into a social ill. To do that, they confuse correlation with causation.
Republicans seem to think they can get away with almost anything because their Election Day hopes will be saved by a bad economy. But the people they attack know the Tea Party's history of cynical, culture-war attacks that deeply affect the lives of real people. We have our eyes wide open.
What I am not hearing anyone say loudly and clearly in this Rosen/Romney snafu is that women's ability -- not desire or choice -- to take part in the economy is based on her freedom to make reproductive decisions.
"Personhood" for zygotes cruelly subverts the very idea of a culture of life and potentially criminalizes every pregnant woman. Are you really cool with that? Even if you personally would not chose an abortion?
These are but a handful of reasons why Obama is the right man for the job of president. Obama takes good care of his women, his children, and his animals. He is a man of character -- he is a real mensch. Women can trust him... and men can trust him, too.
The Affordable Care Act would change the outlook for thousands of low-income women, including significant numbers of women of color, across the country who bear the brunt of our current health-care crisis.
Your mother's most sacred private space, her body, is even less safe from political interference than your grandmother's was. And now here you are, a tiny pink bundle of trust, and I am left with nothing to say but "I'm sorry."
We must find ways to have a civil dialogue that balances the needs and rights of women. When all sides can come together in reason, committed to caring for every person on this planet, maybe we'll make some headway on this issue.
Republicans have a consistent conservative philosophy that they dogmatically promulgate. Their objective is not merely to elect a true believer such as Santorum or Romney. The GOP objective is reverse the gains made in the sixties.
Alaska has become the latest state to fall victim to the Republican War on Women. One legislator even wants women to get a permission slip signed by the man who impregnated her before she can have an abortion.
I don't need neon spandex or a new Madonna album if it means reliving the 80s Culture Wars. But, if Doc Brown is still around, I think I'll take a spin in the Delorean to a future free from attacks on contraception, abortion, and the LGBTQ community.
I want to make a confession. (This is Lent, after all, and I'm also an Episcopal priest.) I confess my own failures to connect the dots among sexism, racism, and homophobia and my failure to act on those vital connections.
Rick Santorum, Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich and Ron Paul are not running for dog catcher. The dogs of the world will little note nor long remember who wins the presidency of the United States, let alone the GOP nomination. I am more interested to know what this election means for... people.