John Hoeven

Lisa Murkowski Admits She Voted To Help Catholic Church Enforce a Doctrine She Ignores

As I noted last week, every single Catholic Senator save Susan Collins who voted for the Blunt Amendment last week appears likely to have relied on the birth control their Church prohibits to limit the size of their families. Lisa Murkowski, who has just 2 kids, was among the 10 Catholics who was using her position to help the Catholic Church enforce a doctrine she herself has ignored.

And in an interview claiming she now regrets that vote, Murkowski as much as admits that’s what she did. (h/t TPM)

What Lisa Murkowski told me I already suspected. She’s a moderate. She supports abortion rights and contraception coverage. She also doesn’t line up completely with the Catholic Church when it comes to birth control. She regretted her recent vote.

[snip]

I pointed out that her support for birth control conflicts with the Catholic mandate against it.

“You know, I don’t adhere to all of the tenets of my faith.

Now, she’s still spinning her vote (and her letter opposing Obama’s rule on contraception) as one in favor of religious freedom.

She’d meant to make a statement about religious freedom, she said, but voters read it as a vote against contraception coverage for women.

But it is not “religious freedom” to craft laws to help the Church enforce mandates that almost none of its adherents–and probably few, if any, of the Catholic Senators supporting the law–abide by. It is an improper use of government to aid a religious institution.

Not to mention, rank hypocrisy.

Emptywheel Twitterverse
emptywheel Damn! Scooped! RT @Sysparatem: bit Doglas Adams isn't it? Shoe Shops take over the World
3mreplyretweetfavorite
emptywheel Think I'll write a SciFi book about country that decides only thing that counts as critical infrastructure are the movie studios. Too crazy?
4mreplyretweetfavorite
emptywheel @ColMorrisDavis To be fair, the hackers (who may not be NK at all) blew a lot more of Sony than one movie, tho Sony was pretty negligent.
5mreplyretweetfavorite
emptywheel @MaxAbrahms Part of the problem created by Bush Admin claiming Iraq had role in 9/11. Now justifiable skepticism. @dandrezner
17mreplyretweetfavorite
JimWhiteGNV RT @Sunny_In_Kabul: CIA militias: "These are people you’d call only if you’re planning a field trip with Boko Haram." http://t.co/ozxQCHaN9K
24mreplyretweetfavorite
JimWhiteGNV RT @AdamSerwer: If you think the cops are mad at de Blasio...just wait until this Obama quote about the Garner shirts gets around http://t.…
24mreplyretweetfavorite
JimWhiteGNV “@APDiploWriter: "Israeli military says #Gaza rocket hits #Israel" http://t.co/mCiyjl2f8O” Another Iron Dome failure?
35mreplyretweetfavorite
JimWhiteGNV RT @ePakistanToday: Civil,military leadership resolves to eradicate terrorism http://t.co/KLKZjDDO3w
37mreplyretweetfavorite
emptywheel @Krhawkins5 Well, sure, I have a wordpress site but no one knows it's me bc deep cover emptywheel. @ThusBloggedA
10hreplyretweetfavorite
emptywheel RT @7im: Whoever these consultants are picking the pockets of carly fiorina, dag but you admire their shamelessness
10hreplyretweetfavorite
emptywheel @pastordan Culver's in general is a dangerous thing. I mean, butterburgers? Yumyumyumyum owww my belly hurts. Even before the custard.
10hreplyretweetfavorite
emptywheel @pourmecoffee I have the perfect alibi--that i know next to nothing about modern movies.
11hreplyretweetfavorite
December 2014
S M T W T F S
« Nov    
 123456
78910111213
14151617181920
21222324252627
28293031