Mark Steyn’s Knee Jerk Ignorance As Obama Goes T’Pring on the GOP


Have you ever noticed that conservatives and the religious right, like nerds, are completely obsessed with sex?  Evidently they cannot get their minds out of the bedroom or the gutter.  I don’t know about you, but it is getting just a little bit old. I suspect it is time for the guys to get their heads out of the slime and grow up a little.

Mark Steyn has, for once and for all proved what a total an completely ignorant ass he is.  Sorry, but The Pink Flamingo calls ’em as I sees ’em.  Does he think we are all so dumb, or is he that abjectly ignorant when it comes to history.

On Friday, Barack Obama pulled one of the most magnificent pieces of political gamesmanship I’ve ever seen.  By “appeasing” conservatives on issues of contraceptives, at the same time, once they realize he “blinked”, they will realize they are totally screwed and Obama once again rides in on his liberal ship of state and saves the day.

This one was a thing of beauty.  The Catholic Church can “win”.  Obama, with statesmanlike precision (sarcasm here) negotiates a deal where insurance companies will “pick up the tab” for those women the Catholic Church doesn’t want to cover.

“Pick up the tab” is code for Barack Obama coming up with a way to screw the right, screw the church, and screw the American people, all at the same time.  It is a perfect triple play, a thing of beauty.  It is the most beautiful and magnificent piece of logic I’ve seen since T’Pring boxed Spock into a corner and caused him to nearly kill James T. Kirk (original).  You gotta’ give him credit.  It is one of the great political chess moves.  It could be one of the greatest I’ve ever seen.

“…The catch here is that there’s a difference between “revenue neutral” and “free.” By one report’s measure, it costs about $21.40 to add birth control, IUDs and other contraceptives to an insurance plan. Those costs may be offset by a reduction in pregnancies. But unless drug manufacturers decide to start handing out free contraceptives, the money to buy them will have to come from somewhere….”

Now, when everyone’s insurance goes up, so that women who work for the Catholic Church are “insured”, everyone who buys insurance pays for it. Who gets the blame?  Isn’t it obvious – the Catholic Church, conservatives, and the GOP!

(On the record, I find the whole thing disgusting.  A woman can have excellent contraceptives for less than $25 bucks a month.  To expect to get these for FREE from insurance, the church, government handouts is disgusting.  Just cut back a few packs of cigarettes, a few margaritas, or go out to lunch dinner one less time.  This is abjectly absurd.  A pack of 48 condoms is $15 on Amazon.  Put aside a few dollars a week and pay for it yourself, don’t expect this sort of thing for free).

Mark Steyn is now comparing this to Obama’s Henry VIII moment, ignoring the fact that the only reason we have a United States of America is because of Henry VIII.  One of the reasons the Reformation was successful was because of Henry VIII.

“… The church model the young American state wished to separate from was that of the British monarch, who remains to this day Supreme Governor of the Church of England. This convenient arrangement dates from the 1534 Act of Supremacy. The title of the law gives you the general upshot, but, just in case you’re a bit slow on the uptake, the text proclaims “the King’s Majesty justly and rightfully is and ought to be the supreme head of the Church of England.” That’s to say, the sovereign is “the only supreme head on earth of the Church” and he shall enjoy “all honors, dignities, pre-eminences, jurisdictions, privileges, authorities, immunities, profits and commodities to the said dignity,” not to mention His Majesty “shall have full power and authority from time to time to visit, repress, redress, record, order, correct, restrain and amend all such errors, heresies, abuses, offenses, contempts and enormities, whatsoever they be.”

The president of the United States has decided to go Henry VIII on the Church’s medieval ass. Whatever religious institutions might profess to believe in the matter of “women’s health,” their pre-eminences, jurisdictions, privileges, authorities and immunities are now subordinate to a one-and-only supreme head on earth determined to repress, redress, restrain and amend their heresies. One wouldn’t wish to overextend the analogy: For one thing, the Catholic Church in America has been pathetically accommodating of Beltway bigwigs’ ravenous appetite for marital annulments in a way that Pope Clement VII was disinclined to be vis-� -vis the English king and Catherine of Aragon. But where’d all the pandering get them? In essence, President Obama has embarked on the same usurpation of church authority as Henry VIII: as his Friday morning faux-compromise confirms, the continued existence of a “faith-based institution” depends on submission to the doctrinal supremacy of the state….”

Is Steyn this abjectly stupid?  Sorry, Ignorant is not the word we need here.  We need “STUPID”.  As you have read over the past few days, I don’t know how I feel about this.  On one hand, the Catholic Church has a right to stand up for what they do not believe in and thumb their nose at the Feds.  On the other hand, if we allow them to rightfully do this, we begin to slither down that slippery slope where we must allow radical Islam to do what they think is right, according to their perverse version of Islam.

We do not have an established “church” in this country.  We have no official state religion, though there are forces on the right who would want you to think we do.  Our nation was created so that no one religion would be held above the other.

While the real problem here is the fact that NO government official should ever tell anyone what insurance they must have or tell a business how they must insure their employees, it has now gone beyond that point.  This is what happens when you let liberals think that everyone must have everything.  It doesn’t work because there is no common sense in liberalism.  They don’t comprehend that people have rights NOT to do something.

Unfortunately, just like Henry’s hots for Anne, this is quickly turning into something more than the rights of an individual “business” (and that is what we are talking about here) to determine what they wish to do and not do for their employees.  It is now turning into something more.  Maybe it’s a good thing.

For once and for all, we need to establish the fact that the Feds cannot prefer one religion over another, or give one church or faith preference over another.  They should ALL be treated the same.  If one must purchase a certain type of insurance either ALL must do so or NONE must be required to do so.  That is the trap of Obamacare.  It is also the trap of Romneycare.  It is the trap of socialism.

The correct answer here is that no institution should be required to do something that is against their conscience, as long as it is legal.

“…At an absolute minimum, the Establishment Clause was intended to prohibit the federal government from declaring and financially supporting a national religion, such as existed in many other countries at the time of the nation’s founding.  It is far less clear whether the Establishment Clause was also intended to prevent the federal government from supporting Christianity in general.  Proponents of a narrow interpretation of the clause point out that the same First Congress that proposed the Bill of Rights also opened its legislative day with prayer and voted to apportion federal dollars to establish Christian missions in the Indian lands.  On the other hand, persons seeing a far broader meaning in the clause point to writings by Thomas Jefferson and James Madison suggesting the need to establish “a wall of separation” between church and state….”

The next step will be providing a prayer area for radical Islam, separate baths, and must allow them to treat women like dirt and butcher the genitalia of little girls.  It is the same thing. I am reasonable enough to understand that I must be willing to bend a bit to reason and logic in order to prevent a greater evil.  What do we do when some of those really weird voodoo witchcraft religions demand the right to sacrifice small children the way some have done in London these past few years?  Do they have a Constitutional right to defy the laws of the land?

Where does it stop?

As an Episcopalian (yea, we are evil) I don’t get the whole issue.  As a member of the Anglican Communion and a denomination created because of Henry VIII having the hots for Anne Boleyn, I find Mark Steyn’s ignorance and bias to be not only ignorant but, like I said, just plain historically stupid.

I gather he thinks what Henry did was wrong.  I don’t. I’m 90% English.  Sure, I had a few family members lose their head over the whole thing (including Sir Thomas Moor), but, looking back over the span of five centuries, I see the world Henry helped to create.

This is where Mark Steyn is such an abject fool.  I suppose we must take this step by step.

  1. Henry VIII’s marriage to Anne Boleyn produced a single child:  Elizabeth
  2. Elizabeth I became the greatest monarch in the history of the UK
  3. Because of her strength she forever defeated the power of Spain or we would be speaking Spanish
  4. Because of her desire to expand England’s influence the first English explorers went out to see the world.
  5. Elizabeth patronized an itinerant playwright propelling him into the greatest master of the English language.
  6. She encouraged the arts and sciences.
  7. She encouraged the distribution of Bibles and the revision of the Book of Common Prayer
  8. Her successor was James I – Jamestown
  9. During the reign of James I, less than 100 years after Henry’s little problem, 1620 to be exact, permission was given for a group of separatists to establish a religious colony in the New World.
  10. During the reign of James I, to get out of trouble for being exposes as a homosexual, he commissioned a “modern” English translation of the Bible, which was to be made available to everyone – The King James Version
  11. The idea of religious freedom was born.

Without Henry VIII getting the hots for Anne Boleyn, who refused to sleep with him until they were married, the United States of America exists.  Steyn likes to wax poetic about this country, but I gather he is an ignorant fool as to how we came to be.

In the end, I think Obama has blundered his way into something that is quite necessary.  Unfortunately, by acquiescing to the right, he has destroyed a little bit of our religious freedom.  The next time some radical Imam decides his religion requires all women to be covered from head to toe or be killed, well, how do you stop it?  He has a religious right to tell the Feds what to do.

It’s too bad people like Steyn aren’t capable of using what little God-given logic they possess.

The next time you get into a snit, pick your battles.  This one, for the American people is a loser, because the only real winner here will be radical religions who do not have humanity’s best interest at heart. We live in a dirty world.  In order to survive we must evolve.  The only way the Spanish were able to defeat the Moors was to constantly change their tactics, rather like Jean Luc Picard fighting the Borg.  If you can’t out think some of these nasty little sects, you die.

We are going to soon see demands for insurance to cover the circumcision of girls and exemptions to allow for the slaughter of children some weird sects consider possessed by the devil.  It can happen.  All they need is a good lawyer.

As far as woman wanting something for nothing with “free” contraceptives, it reeks of the novel, Brave New World, where women always had them handy, just in case.  After all, the worst thing was to bring a child into the Brave New World.

Tomorrow, if you are still reading The Pink Flamingo, we discuss what is really going on here.