…an apology. (warning, this one gets a little political)
Three years ago, when ‘universal healthcare’ became a popular thing to talk about/discuss/share opinions on, I got real frustrated with my conservative friends. Although I was not in support of Universal Healthcare because I found it to be a stretch of government, I found some of the ‘scare tactics’ of the ‘extreme right’ to be nothing less than absurd.
I criticized the ‘religious-right’ in a particular way. As some of you might know, though many would classify me as conservative, I actually don’t align myself with all popular thinking of the conservative right. So, where my liberal friends would think I was nothing less than a ‘crazy conservative’ (as being pro-life often makes you), I am often critiqued by the right for being wishy-washy. When, in reality, I try to be fair and balanced in my thoughts (like what I did there???). So, while I cannot stand the thought process of Rachel Maddow, I equally cannot stand Mr. Glen Beck’s and his friend’s version of reality. I see them as the same.
So, when my conservative friends said things like, ‘you watch, it is only a matter of time before this administration mandates that abortion/birth control be forced upon Catholic institutions’, I thought to myself, ‘you have got to be kidding, talk about an exaggeration’. When people waved flags of caution regarding ‘obamacare’, I was frustrated by a term I found to be about as far from proactivity as possible. As little as 3-4 months ago, people were posting articles about ‘Franciscan University forced to hand out birth control’…and I thought to myself, ‘there they go again, making something out of nothing, polarizing this country with their extremity’. Turns out, this time, I was DEAD WRONG.
Apparently, we do live in a country where religious conscience is threatened. Apparently, the government can force religious institutions to go against their moral code. If you would have asked me a week ago, I would’ve thought it impossible that in our country, a country that was FOUNDED on religious freedom, the Catholic Church would be put in the position that she is being put in today.
so, my conservative friends, I owe you an apology. I apologize for each time I accused you to your face or in my thoughts of extreme reactions. I apologize because as you tried to raise flags of warning, I ignored and sometimes mocked you. I apologize that I couldn’t see what you so clearly did.
And this, my friends, is why you will continue to see posts about this awful government movement in the United States of America. Because I shouldn’t have been as naïve as I was three years ago, and I won’t be as naïve again.
Which, btw, doesn’t mean I’ll start watching Glen Beck. J