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Dave Swindle

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March 13, 2012 - 6:35 am

This morning CNN published an op/ed from Sandra Fluke, a 30-year-old, professional advocate for socialized medicine posing as a feminist college student:

These attempts to silence women and the men who support them have clearly failed. I know this because I have received so many messages of support from across the country — women and men speaking out because they agree that contraception needs to be treated as a basic health care service.

Who are these supporters?

They are women with polycystic ovarian syndrome, who need contraception to prevent cysts from growing on their ovaries, which if unaddressed can lead to infertility and deadly ovarian cancer. They are sexual assault victims, who need contraception to prevent unwanted pregnancy.

They are Catholic women, who see no conflict between their social justice -based faith and family planning. They are new moms, whose doctors fear that another pregnancy too soon could jeopardize the mother’s health and the potential child’s health too. They are mothers and grandmothers who remember all too well what it was like to be called names decades ago, when they were fighting for a job, for health care benefits, for equality.

A “social justice-based faith” seeks to achieve heaven on earth through remaking America’s political, religious, and cultural institutions. Fluke and the president rely on this political theology to inspire them in the fight to force Catholic employers to subsidize birth control.

This differs from a “God-based faith” which seeks to inch the individual closer to heaven through mystical practice, ethical monotheism, and the emotional support of a spiritual community.

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Related: Kathy Shaidle at PJ Lifestyle today on radical gay activists pushing Los Angeles to mandate straight pornography performers wear condoms on location shoots:

And “social justice” is the stubborn application of unworkable solutions to imaginary problems.

Also related, David Brooks’ column “The Fertility Implosion” at the New York Times today articulates the theme of Spengler’s How Civilizations Die: (And Why Islam Is Dying Too) and reveals social justice in action:

When you look at pictures from the Arab spring, you see these gigantic crowds of young men, and it confirms the impression that the Muslim Middle East has a gigantic youth bulge — hundreds of millions of young people with little to do. But that view is becoming obsolete. As Nicholas Eberstadt and Apoorva Shah of the American Enterprise Institute point out, over the past three decades, the Arab world has undergone a little noticed demographic implosion. Arab adults are having many fewer kids.

The more a people focuses on creating heaven on earth the less they work to escape the hell of their own nature.

David Swindle is the associate editor of PJ Media. He writes and edits articles and blog posts on politics, news, culture, religion, and entertainment. He edits the PJ Lifestyle section and the PJ columnists. Contact him at DaveSwindlePJM @ Gmail.com and follow him on Twitter @DaveSwindle. He has worked full-time as a writer, editor, blogger, and New Media troublemaker since 2009, at PJ Media since 2011. He graduated with a degree in English (creative writing emphasis) and political science from Ball State University in 2006. Previously he's also worked as a freelance writer for The Indianapolis Star and the film critic for WTHR.com. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and their Siberian Husky puppy Maura.
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