What seems to be a health plan that saves the lives of women and children and provides a better world for mankind has turned into a controversial political and religious battle. The Catholic Church has raised its powerful political fist criticizing Gates, a Catholic, for her funding of birth control and providing good health for women such as family planning because it opposes Catholic doctrine. Responding to their objections, Gates said, “We’re not going to agree about everything, but that’s OK.” On her website she wrote, “Providing family planning information and services to millions of women and girls in the poorest countries in the world gives them the opportunity to determine their own futures, and the best future for their children. As a woman and a mother, I can’t imagine anything more important. So what’s controversial about saving human lives?” That’s a good question, but we all know the answer.
Controlling the lives of women seems to be the dogma of both Christianity and the Muslim world. The majority of men in most Muslim theocracies treat their women like their own personal servants. Most Catholic women are treated like personal property belonging to Rome. In either case, women are limited in their choice for a husband (marrying outside the church), how many children they should have (no birth control) and personal health care (family planning). Yet, Islam and Catholicism are the two largest religions in the world, and both are governed by men.
A friend of mine once told me if men could have babies, it would be the end of civilization. She was probably right. If men had more empathy, compassion, understanding and sympathy for women, the world would be a better place. Since that’s not going to happen, we need to separate discriminatory women’s rights decisions from the political dogma of power hungry religious men.
The teaching from Rome, claiming ownership of women’s souls, is to believe having children is normal and only God has the power to determine who should and shouldn’t have them. The men of Rome claim celibacy, which is unnatural, is God’s natural way to prevent childbirth for the followers of Christ and their priests. Since child abuse of young boys by priests is rampant, maybe it’s a good thing men can’t get pregnant.
The Catholic Church has always been behind the times, but followers of the church are finally catching on to the antiquated laws and deception of Catholicism. CNN reported that 1 out of every 10 Americans were once Catholic. No wonder! Five hundred years before the birth of Christ, Pythagoras realized the paradigm of a round Earth. Rome still claimed it was flat 1,000 years after the birth of Christ to frighten the laity into believing in their god.
Galileo, “the father of astronomical observation, physics and modern science,” also broke ranks with the Church. He proved there was a universe beyond our own, contrary to the superstition of Rome. His reward was not having his head cut off for heresy. Instead, he was confined to his own house for life.
Maybe more Catholics should leave the church and start worshipping a personal female god — exchanging traditional religious dogma of superstition, blood sacrifice, the suicide of martyrs, bloodshed of wars and required abnormal human behavior mandated by Catholic men for collective human common sense, humane principles, preservation of life and spiritual values, creating a philosophical standard without the guilt of sin that everyone can live by. For a start, we should all support Melinda Gates in her quest to promote world health for women, children and all of mankind.
David Farside is a Sparks resident and political activist. He can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.