Megadeth is for Rick Santorum

I was listening to the evil NPR radio affiliate and heard a discussion about how Megadeth was endorsing Rick Santorum. What? Okay, it doesn’t surprise me since I’ve known that Dave Mustaine turned Christian some years ago, but is struggling to balance that with his rocker identity. But Rick Santorum? Apparently, Dave backed off on confirming he was “endorsing” Rick, but here are his comments from The Huffington Post article:

“… You know, I think Santorum has some presidential qualities, and I’m hoping that if it does come down to it, we’ll see a Republican in the White House… and that it’s Rick Santorum.”

Does Dave also support Rick’s stance on birth control? From Rick in a 2006 interview:

“I don’t think it works. I think it’s harmful to women. I think it’s harmful to our society to have a society that says that sex outside of marriage is something that should be encouraged or tolerated, particularly among the young. And I think we’ve very, very harmful longterm consequences to our society. Birth control to me enables that, and I don’t think it’s a healthy thing for our country.”

Now unless Rick Santorum needs to qualify this statement by saying that all birth control is not bad if used in the proper context (the marriage bed) he seems to be generalizing contraceptives as a bad thing. Women need to take note, especially Republican women. Mitt Romney may not be the greatest choice since he bends with the wind, but I don’t think he’s going to be this extreme.

Part of the controversy has to do with new government requirements to provide for birth control even if you are a religious institution–in other words, healthcare  requirements violating religious morality. To compromise on this, an exception has been made and the burden of contraception will be shifted to the insurance companies who may not mind since in the long run it saves them money if women are planning for children they can afford.

Honestly, if religious institutions do not want to provide for women–which is what we’re really talking about here in terms of birth control–then so be it. As long as they’re not taking government assistance or affiliated with the government in any way and are completely private it should be their choice to stay in the dark ages. Maybe this will wake many women up as to how sexist their religion is. Or maybe, under Obama healthcare there is no option to remain completely private from Government? There will always be some government regulation. I can’t claim enough expertise to know how the new Obama healthcare laws will affect private institutions in that regard (feel free to comment if you know).

As a society, while the majority does not rule per se, birth control is no longer controversial. It’s mainstream and having to provide “faith-based” exceptions, even for the sake of private businesses, is appalling (abortion I can understand, but birth control?). It’s true, I may agree with allowing for exceptions because sometimes the free market has to allow for stupidity, but let’s call it what it is–appalling stupidity! Catholic women use birth control as well as other Christian women who find it is better to control their biology then let it run amuck. The only ones who tend not to use birth control are religious anti-abortion zealots and these are the people most mainstream religions distance themselves from.

As for Dave Mustaine, you can listen to his music for the sake of nostalgia, but his Christianity is hard to take seriously which also makes his music hard to take seriously. I would love to see him open for Santorum (who would have been on the side of the PMRC in the eighties trying to ban his music).

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