This week begins the USCCB’s Fortnight for Freedom.
But the Fortnight for Freedom is doomed to fail.
I’m not too concerned about the HHS Mandate itself. It will likely be struck down by the Supreme Court. Let’s just say the six Catholics and three Jews on the Court frown upon government intrusions on religious freedom. I fully expect the Administration to get bench-slapped by the Supremes.
So why is the fortnight doomed to fail?
Because even though the bishops may win in the Supreme Court, they are losing in the court of public opinion. Badly.
The Bishops are frequently the butt of jokes
The bishops are being used by a cynical Administration who is quite good at playing politics and buying votes. They make an easy punching bag.
Because the public doesn’t see the debate as one over religious freedom, but one over women’s health care
and the bishops are losing.
But Wait! What about Natural Family Planning!
It teaches women about their bodies. ALL about their bodies.
But how do Catholics promote this alternative view of women’s health? With professional advertisement; prayer, fasting, and special masses; and lots of media attention?
Ehhh, not so much…
When lay Catholic women do try to promote this “revolution in women’s health“, they get a less-than-enthusiastic response.
The Project Chick says it best. (She’s passionate about NFP for a reason.)