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"Birth Control, Insurance Coverage, & the Religious Right" addresses how the religious right interferes with insurance coverage for even the most common birth control. This is a succinct, needed and accessible book on the far-reaching tactics of organized religion. A.F. Alexander follows up her excellent and recommended "Religious Right: The Greatest Threat to Democracy" with a focus on an important issue. This necessary 74-page book includes the following four chapters: 1. The Citizens United of Religious Liberty, 2. Religious Right Controlling the Birth Control Argument, 3, Dangerous Precedent: Religious Exemption from Federal Law, and 4. Any Objection is More Important than a Woman's.
1. Well-written, well-argued and on topic.
2. A great topic that is rarely discussed in this succinct a fashion...so men don't have any excuses to read this as well. This is an issue that affects us whether directly or indirectly.
3. Discusses the impact of Citizens United and its implications. "The first sentence gives First Amendment coverage to employers, and the second sentence talks of a citizen's right to conduct his (or her) affairs and to live, not as they personally believe -- but as their employer requires." In other words, corporate rights trumping individual rights.
4. Some eye-opening history. "In 1873, the Comstock Law was passed, that equated birth control to pornography, and thus it became illegal to even reference birth control methods to be distributed or emailed."
5. A good discussion on the reality that the religious right want to control women. "This outrage we are witnessing is because many view the liberation of woman as a bad event."
6. The methods that the religious right use to control women. The shaming, double standards, moral dilemmas...
7. Interesting facts on the use of the birth control pill.
8. The need and in defense of family planning. "Birth control and family planning are not evil, but responsible, and exhibit good stewardship."
9. The dangerous precedent of religious exemption from federal law. "Consider the old case of Bob Jones University that refused admittance to black student applicants until 1975, and afterward only accepted those applicants who were married to a black spouse." Interesting...
10. Some good examples of religious sects defying laws and/or future strategies to defy the law based on "religious exemptions".
11. The gender double standards.
12. A great value!
1. No sources or bibliography.
2. Lacks depth but gets to the point.
In summary, this book does a wonderful job of addressing the important issue of individual rights as it pertains to birth control in a succinct, accessible manner. This is a wonderful reference to an important topic. An excellent brief book, I highly recommend it!
Further suggestions: "Religious Right: The Greatest Threat to Democracy" by A.F. Alexander, "America and the Pill: A History of Promise, Peril, and Liberation" by Elaine Tyler May, "Attack of the Theocrats! How the Religious Right Harms Us All—and What We Can Do About It" by Sean Faircloth, "American Fascists: The Christian Right and the War on America" by Chris Hedges, "Nonbeliever Nation: The Rise of Secular Americans" by David Niose, and "Why the Religious Right Is Wrong About Separation of Church and State" by Rob Boston.
This treatise is well written, short enough for anyone to get through, and does an exceptionally good job explaining the different sides to this topic. I will shortly be picking up A. F. Alexander's book as well. It is our responsibility to remain knowledgeable about our governing bodies, and this treatise will take you a step in the right direction. This is not an issue you can wait to deal with in the future. It is already affecting lives and will continue to do so if we do not take the time to check it.
Read this treatise, the American public needs to understand the real, underlying issues and motivations to this debate.
**I received this treaties from Goodreads First Reads. This in no way influenced my review.**