Darrell Issa Brings Back Middle Ages

Here is Darrell Issa’s Panel to discuss the contraception and health care issue. Notice something? They are all old clergy men. Not a single woman.

Starting in the early days after the formation of  the church and lasting through possibly the nineteenth century, the male power establishment, especially the churches, held on to health care. People with any training in matters of healthcare were usually clerics. They were the doctors of the middle ages. Their primitive methods in medicine resulted in things like “bleeding” of people to extract disease. Midwives were banned at best and sometimes burned at the stake as witches. They were intruding into a power structure that kept money flowing into the church, and more importantly, that kept the populace stupid, uneducated and therefore perfect subjects to the male clergy. Rampant abuse of their power, starting with sexual abuse of women and going all the way to outright torture and killing by the church, was the practice of the day that lasted centuries – CENTURIES.

I believe that had it not been for the Catholic Church, mankind would have landed on the moon in the year 1500.

I have actually met Issa many years ago. Here is a congressman worth $450 million dollars, one of the richest men in politics, with wealth exclusively accumulated through a successful technology business. And he parades a panel of religious zealots, old white men with the exception of the token black to “mix up the panel” to tell us about what to do with our bodies and what rights our women have? Why didn’t he add a representative of the Taliban?

I recognize this is not about healthcare or contraception, but rather religious freedom for the religious organizations. So the panel may actually be technically appropriate. But it does not look good, and it sends a message:

The churches are still scared of the female womb. Keep us stupid, keep us reproducing. Keep us tithing. Slow down progress. Keep us in the middle ages.

9 thoughts on “Darrell Issa Brings Back Middle Ages

  1. As a professional medievalist, this is a drastically flawed analysis of the middle ages 😉 There were medical universities and the Church was the head of medical research (however primitive it might be). ALSO, witches were rarely burned in the middle ages — primarily later in the Renaissance and later (Protestantism is the MAIN force behind witch burnings — just think, Salem)…. Yes, the Arabs were MUCH more sophisticated when it came to medicine the Church was hardly against medicine — they endorsed the FIRST dissections at the University of Bologna for medical research in the 14th century.

  2. *I mention witches because later on midwives were often burned as witches…. But yes, read a book of medieval witchcraft and you’ll discover that few were burned — it really is a later phenomenon in most protestant lands (and not, I’m not Catholic — it’s the historical view). The catholics were much more interested in burning heretics (after 1000, the first burnings, that is).

  3. And you’re under some strange opinion that the Church was all powerful — hardly, it might desire to be powerful but secular branches of government were indeed powerful…. AND, secular authorities were just as greedy for money. But yes, medical universities were invented in the medieval period (and the students/teachers were clerics — not monks) — the University of Salerno is the first, the University of Montpellier is very important, and Bologna… So yeah, the church INVENTED the university — they are some of the prime proponents for education and propagation of Galen, Avicenna, etc and other medical texts.

    This of course doesn’t diminish the rather primitive medicine they practices 😉

    OH, and women weren’t involved in the medical field in any numbers until the 18th century — it’s hardly medieval….

      1. Haha, my blog is for science fiction — how I divert myself from my career (PhD student — studying for my medieval history PhD qualifying exams at the moment — 100 books to go!).

  4. Haha, I’ve read your blog before and I’ve commented….. The controversy wasn’t the reason I responded — just the Middle Ages bit — I agree completely with your assessment of pathetic nature of having a panel on birth control dominated by men (and clergy at that!!)…

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