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Contraception and Religion

Posted by MacZad
Dec 10 2012

What is it about contraception that raises the hackles of the religious? The Catholic Church and many Fundamentalist Christian sects are strenuously opposed to it, but, as discussed below, their objections seem quite illogical.

Quote from an earlier post:

Rick Santorum (Speaking with CaffeinatedThoughts.com, Oct. 18, 2011) "One of the things I will talk about, that no president has talked about before, is I think the dangers of contraception in this country.... Many of the Christian faith have said, well, that's okay, contraception is okay. It's not okay. It's a license to do things in a sexual realm that is counter to how things are supposed to be."

What he is saying is that contraception is "against nature" which are the words that I have seen others use. I'll agree that this is correct, but it is illogical to pick just this one thing that is "against nature" and subject it to prohibition while passing on many other things in the same category.

A few things that are also unnatural: We are the only creatures that wear clothing, flying, caesarean section birth, plastics and much of modern medical treatment.

Why is just contraception condemned? Perhaps it's just that the illogicality of the prohibition isn't apparent to them or that there are scriptural restrictions, but it also could be that some religions quietly wage a "War on Pleasure." Despite promoting the "Life is Good" stickers seen on many cars, deep down, many religions don't want us to find things too nice here on earth lest we abandon the quest for a heavenly reward. Consistent with a "War on Pleasure" dancing and music are also sometimes condemned.

I must thank my good friend S. P. who pointed out that I was missing a very important reason: To continue the faith religions need lots of births so they have a generous supply of children to indoctrinate. This goal makes their condemnation of contraception quite logical to them. (Updated 2/7/13) However, fortunately for the world's rapidly growing population, people massively and increasingly ignore the religious dogma and use birth control if it is available to them.

When the history of the triumph of contraception is written religions will, once again, be shown to be intransigent inhibitors of progress.

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