Southern Baptist Leader: Birth Control is the “Sexual Misbehavior” That Led to Same-Sex Marriage December 19, 2015

Southern Baptist Leader: Birth Control is the “Sexual Misbehavior” That Led to Same-Sex Marriage

It’s pretty obvious when we examine the language of Christian “pro-life” advocates that much of their opposition to reproductive rights is fueled by a profound contempt for sexually active women.

Thus we hear conservatives dismiss concerns about birth control with comments about how “the gals” should put “aspirin between their knees”; we hear that efforts to make contraception available somehow implies that women “cannot control their libido”; etc. And if a woman wants to end a pregnancy, the pro-life community contemptuously demands that she “take responsibility” — by which they mean, of course, forced birth and no other responsible solution to pregnancy (because they see no other options).

But it doesn’t end there. Even birth control has become a target. Granted, the “pro-life” movement has largely buried this opposition from public view, overshadowed by their attacks on abortion access and framed in the language of “religious freedom.”

That doesn’t mean it’s hard to find, though. There’s presidential hopeful Rick Santorum telling us about the “dangers of contraception” (and how he, as president, would address that).

There’s the Hobby Lobby v Burwell ruling that allows an employer’s beliefs to dictate what (if any) kind of contraception an employee’s insurance can cover.

There are partisan efforts to enable employers to fire women over their reproductive choices.

There’s the claim by a now-top judge in Wisconsin that expecting a pharmacist to fill contraception prescriptions is unreasonable because it privileges “women’s convenience over pharmacists’ objections to being a party to murder.”

There’s the Missouri State Rep who sued to stop his adult daughters from accessing birth control coverage.

There’s the Ted Cruz campaign’s Virginia co-chairman who calls Plan B “baby pesticide.”

There are claims from pro-life activists that contraception is part of the “real” war on women, and is from the “pit of hell.”

There’s the thinly (and not-so-thinly) veiled opposition from prominent right-to-life groups.

Get the picture?

But just in case anyone had forgotten how frightened some religious conservatives are by the fact that women can have sex without getting pregnant these days, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary President Albert Mohler decided to remind us last week:

In an interview with the “Christian Worldview” radio program on Saturday, Mohler… chastis[ed] Christians for failing to realize that the “moral revolution” that led to marriage equality started with birth control (which evangelical women use at a higher rate than the population as a whole).

“We are clearly at a very important turning point, but you have to go back to the early 20th century when sexual revolutionaries largely funded an effort to separate sex and procreation, and that was birth control,” he said. “And most Christians seem to think today that birth control was just something that came along as something of a scientific or medical development. They fail to see that it was driven by moral revolutionaries who knew that you couldn’t have a moral revolution, you especially couldn’t have a sexual revolution, unless you could separate sex and babies.

“You know,” he said, “one kind of sexual misbehavior leads to the rationalization of another, and thus we couldn’t have the Obergefell decision that came this June, we couldn’t have the legalization of same-sex marriage, if there hadn’t been a lot of sexual revolution before we got there.”

This is an argument we’ve heard before from religious conservatives who believe that same-sex marriage is a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad thing. But as they see it, the mother of all evils, the start of it all, was… well, that fateful moment when a woman could have sex without getting pregnant. Which, of course, is also a terrible thing in their book.

(via Right Wing Watch. Image via Shutterstock)

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