Friday, May 14, 2004


So, we have the latest round in the Catholic Church's attempt to get rid of its tax-exempt status.

The bishop of Colorado's second-largest Roman Catholic diocese has issued a pastoral letter saying Catholics cannot receive Communion if they vote for politicians who support abortion rights, stem-cell research, euthanasia or gay marriage.

Only after citizens reverse their positions and repent for their sins in the confessional would access to the central ritual of the church be restored, Colorado Springs Bishop Michael Sheridan instructed 125,000 Catholics in his charge.

But, I'll leave aside that issue for a moment. One of my pet peeves is the fact that the religious Right is obsessed with stem cell research and abortion, but they don't give a flying fuck about IVF. In IVF, multiple embryos are created with full knowledge and expectation that most of them won't ever come to term or even be implanted.