It’s hard for me to feel bad for those who have been denied communion by Catholic priests. It’s a silly ritual to begin with, taking a bite of Jesus, but if you’re someone who doesn’t follow or accept Catholic teachings in a certain area, then not receiving communion ought to be the least of your worries. It’s embarrassing when the denial happens publicly, but it ultimately has the same effect of parents telling children that their imaginary friends can’t come out and play unless they eat their broccoli.
It’s easy to look at the results of a survey and shout them from the rooftops if they confirm your narrative… without ever looking at what group was polled.
So if you wanted to show Muslims are all horrible, you might point to a survey from the Pew Research Center showing the percentage of people who think stoning is an appropriate punishment for adultery:
But that would be unfair. That survey, if you read the fine print, says very clearly that these percentages are only “Among Muslims who say sharia should be the law of the land.” So, yes, among the people who want Sharia law, a whole bunch of them want extreme sharia punishments. But among all Muslims, you’d see very different results.
David Barton, the Christian pseudo-historian, made the same mistake this week on Glenn Beck‘s online show.
In a world where Congress is trying to defund the largest provider of women’s healthcare in the nation over debunked propaganda, and restrictions on access to reproductive healthcare are reaching perilous highs, it’s always nice to see a group standing up for a woman’s right to choose, even if that support is coming from unlikely corners.
How unlikely? Well, how about a group of religious leaders in Ohio?
On his late night show, Seth Meyers gave a great rundown of the farcical Congressional hearing on Planned Parenthood that was nothing more than a bunch of ignorant politicians talking down to the head of one of the larger health care providers in the country, just because they also happen to provide abortion services:
Over the past several years, Planned Parenthood has increased the raw number of abortions it provides. In 2006, they performed 289,750 abortions. By 2013, the number had gone up to 327,000. It’s possible the increase is, in part, due to the lack of alternative locations for women to get the procedure done.
Over that same time period, the number of anti-cancer services dropped from 2,007,371 to 935,573. Why the drop? Because for some services, like pap smears, there were “changing medical standards about who should be screened and how often.”
If you’re a pro-life politician who wants to use that information to make Planned Parenthood look evil, what do you do? Easy. You just have to assume your base isn’t intelligent enough to look into the details of whatever you show them. It worked with the recent anti-Planned Parenthood videos, after all.
So yesterday, during a congressional hearing, Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) showed Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards this chart documenting those numbers: