Here we go again. There is probably no better example of the concept of immiscibility than church and science. It beats water and oil all to hell. Nonetheless, in the past few days, here in the Toledo area there was an uproar [and it continues] over a decree by the local Catholic bishop against the Susan G Komen for the Cure. This breast cancer foundation has been forbidden from visiting Catholic schools in the Diocese of Toledo. The Toledo Blade reported, “Toledo Catholic Bishop Leonard Blair has banned parishes and parochial schools from raising funds for the Susan G. Komen Foundation, citing concerns that the global anti-cancer giant may someday fund embryonic stem-cell research.”
Someday… maybe.. there is a possibility… could come to be…
The idiocy is blatant. The logic is absurd, but then, we’re dealing with the make-believe world of religion.
This ultra-conservative bishop has, since his appointment to this diocese, replaced most of the women in public ministerial roles with men. He has ordered more stringent rules about what must be included in worship and how the clergy should dress. He has disallowed the extension of service beyond retirement age to ‘liberal’ priests. In short, he’s a throw-back to the Dark Ages of the church.
Now this- one more misogynous move against a group which has no rights in the male-dominated church.
For the past several days, the bishop has been blasted by letters to the editor- letters written by brave women who find this latest dictate beyond the pale. By signing these letters, the women are ‘risking’ being drummed out of the church by the ‘authorities.’ Yet, who would want to remain in such an organization which summarily tramples on the rights of women? Seems to me that there are much better choices than the Catholic Church if one wishes to continue in the fanciful world of religious make-believe.
On another immiscible point, science and politics, yesterday our right-wing governor signed a bill restricting abortion in the state. The right-wing, male-dominated Ohio legislature sent him the bill that mandates a 20-week ‘test of fetal viability’ before an abortion can proceed. Governor Kasich told reporters that ‘he has always been pro-life.’ Of course, that opens an entirely separate debate as to just what does ‘pro-life’ entail. As Kasich continues to make draconian cuts in health and welfare services to the poor throughout the state, one could argue that his so-called pro-life stance is laughable at best. But it will get him votes in the next election by that mindless clutch of ‘pro-life voters.’
The ruse goes on, day after miserable day. The People are victimized again and again by authoritarian figures who enjoy their hierarchical position in life, while the peasants trudge on, carrying more burdens, poverty and misery.