Common Ground

by digby

This contraceptive thing is turning into the first hissy fit of the New Year and back in pre-post-partisan times, I'm sure we'd be seeing condom denouncements in speeches on the senate floor within days. But now that we've declared the culture war over and reached common ground with the social conservatives on the issue of "reducing unwanted pregnancies," I'm sure we can count on our new conservative allies to step up now and defend government spending for contraceptives.

But they'd better hurry. Some of their friends don't seem to have gotten the memo:

Pelosi's Decision Bigoted, Racist, Elitist and Anti-Child says Christian Defense Coalition
WASHINGTON, January 26 /Christian Newswire/ --

Christian Defense Coalition calls Speaker Pelosi's decision to add contraceptives to the economic stimulus package bigoted, racist, elitist and anti-child.

It is unthinkable that the Speaker of House would try to stimulate the economy by seeking to reduce the number of children.

Our political leaders should do all within their power to protect, support and encourage America's children, not crush and destroy them.

This policy would lay the foundation for racism and eugenics because it would seek to reduce the number of children to the nation's poorest economic groups, which tend to be persons of color and other minorities.

It is now becoming clear that the Democratic leadership intends to use the economic crisis to push forward a radical anti-family social agenda.

The Christian Defense Coalition will do all within its power to see that hundreds of millions of dollars are not used for contraceptives.

Speaker Pelosi's actions are even more troubling and hypocritical when one realizes she herself has five children. Perhaps she thinks they have more value because they are white European children.

Rev. Patrick J. Mahoney, Director of the Christian Defense Coalition, states, "I was stunned to learn that on a national news program Speaker Pelosi defended a move to make contraceptives a part of the economic stimulus package. This is one of the most bigoted and anti-child policies I have ever seen embraced by a public official.

"It is hard to believe that this kind of legislation is coming out of America. One would expect it more from China or other oppressive governments.

"Speaker Pelosi shows a clear lack of compassion and understanding of social justice by laying the groundwork for racist and eugenic social policies. Clearly the focus of the distribution of these contraceptives would center on minority communities which tend to be poorer and more economically challenged.

"This situation is even more troubling when one realizes that Speaker Pelosi has five children herself. Does she believe that children born to white parents deserve the right to live more than other children?

"I would challenge the Speaker to put those millions of dollars to foster job creation and help Americans keep their homes rather than crushing families and children.

"The Christian Defense Coalition will do all within its power to see this money is not used for contraceptives and that the new Democratic leadership does not use the economic crisis to push through a radical, anti-family social agenda."

This must be making the rounds. Chris Matthews parroted the "China one child policy" line on his show earlier.

For those who are disappointed that this truce in the culture wars was so short-lived, fear not. I'm sure it will be back on the minute the Democrats capitulate and agree to ensure that no federal money be spent to help women prevent pregnancies, which I fully expect they will do. That is how right wing hissy fits work and I see no reason to believe anything's changed on that count.

Update: As Atrios says ... as predictable as the rising sun.