Snark: to annoy or irritate

"Snark" has been in English language dictionaries since at least 1906, and Lewis Carroll used the word to describe a mythological animal in his poem, The Hunting of the Snark (1874). Most recently, the word has come to characterize snappish, sarcastic, or mean-spirited comments or actions directed at those who annoy or irritate us.

At first, this blog was just going be a place to gripe, but because it's more satisfying to take action than it is to merely complain, now most of the posts/reposts suggest ways to get involved in solving problems.

Monday, February 6, 2012

Catholic Bishops vs. Birth Control

Washington Post
A message from Feminist Majority:

The Washington Post is supporting the Catholic Bishops by repeatedly (and one-sidedly) attacking the Obama administration's decision to maintain contraception access for millions of women, without deductibles or copays, under the Affordable Care Act. The Bishops demanded that the administration, which has already exempted houses of worship, also exempt businesses owned by religious interests, such as hospitals, universities, insurance companies, and social service agencies. And the Post is backing them up.
Tell the Washington Post they got it wrong this time.
Not only has the editorial board of the Post opined that the administration should have accommodated the "deeply held views" of those institutions, but the Post has printed other editorials in support of the Bishops, while refusing to print opposing viewpoints in favor of access.
Tell the Washington Post that one-sided coverage doesn't reflect well.
If the administration had exempted every university, hospital, or business with a religious connection, it would have meant that millions of women of all faiths – students, teachers, nurses, social workers, marketing and administrative staff and other employees of those schools and businesses – would have been singled out to lose access to this important coverage, without regard to their own needs, beliefs and conscience.
The Bishops aren't letting up, and the Washington Post is helping them put pressure on the administration to reverse course. The Post wants to put the Church hierarchy ahead of the right of individual women to be free from discrimination in their health care plans. That's where the Post is just wrong.
Tell the Washington Post that women have a right to religious freedom, not just businesses or religiously affiliated institutions.
For Equality,
Ellie Smeal
Ellie Smeal

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