Does the contraception mandate really kill religious freedom?

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(RNS) The Obama administration's policy requiring most employers to provide free birth control coverage in their health insurance policies takes effect on Wednesday -- a deadline that has sparked apocalyptic warnings from conservatives. By David Gibson.

  • Dan Wiswell

    It is too bad that we the people can not directly mandate political reform for politicans instead of letting them write their own laws.
    It would be nice if…
    Campaign contributions came only form living individual humans.
    A maximum amount of $1000 per election cycle. This would be like the “one man, one vote ruling”.
    Each contribution came from a legal of that state, congressional district and traceable.No slush jars or boxes, each penny must be have a name attached to it.
    Only donations from voters of that state, county and so forth could donate. No outer state or congressional district. The donation must come from only from the people in the contested area. This should make the candidate ore accountable to his/her voters.
    Even in federal contests every penny must be traceble. A current up to date account of donations and expenditures to be published every thirty days in newspapers andon the internet. Failure to do so would result in a fine equal to the donations of the missed period. Payable at time of missed report not at the end of an appeal process.

  • Ralph

    That the administration has the power to regulate the mandate, means that it is no longer a right, but a consequence of the government’s good graces. That is why it is a threat to religious freedom.

    Dan, I disagree. We have freedom of association and freedom of expression on the same amendment. That means that individuals can associate with each other and express themselves. It is not up to the government to determine how are they to associate to each other when pursuing political goals. These associations could also be corporations, or associations of shareholders. Corporations are people. I am glad the SCOTUS ruled that way with Citizens United. Now, not only rich people will have access to financing, but people who can convince rich people to finance them.

  • L. Rogers

    This article suggests that only a few unimportant religious groups and conservatives are claiming that the mandate violates religious freedom. Actually, it’s the entire Catholic hierarchy unanimously and even the liberal Catholics like Sister Carol Keehan of the Catholic Hospital Association who originally supported ObamaCare. It’s also many Protestant groups and colleges. It is not just a few people. Even if one is persuaded that the ruse of having your insurance company (which you pay for) cover the contraception and chemical abortions instead of paying directly soothes one’s conscience, this does not help organizations that are self-insured such as EWTN. And what about private individuals? Do we not care about their conscience rights? Obviously Mr. Gibson does not.

    As for the courts, at least one federal court upheld the rights of Catholic-owned Hercules Industry. Here’s the decision:

    This will go to the Supremes if it is not struck down completely by a new president and Congress.

  • Heil Gibson the Nazi

    Mr. Gibson, you are a lying commie fascist, a mass-murderer, and a traitor. May you and all your fellow baby butchers be fed feet-first to a wood chipper by the Islamists… before you go to Hell to burn forever as you are already assured you will by your Satanic worship of this totalitarian usurper government and its murderous un-American, anti-religious abortion mandate.

  • brian

    I’d add the some religious people have great moral concern about uncontrolled population growth and little concern about contraception.

  • Deacon Jim Stagg

    Oh, it’s the old “Stick your head in the sand and maybe you won’t see it coming.” argument, huh?

    Wonder how that worked out for the Jews in Nazi Germany?

  • Mr. R. L. Hails Sr. P. E.

    A little honesty would have been helpful. Constitutional rights are not the stuff of temporary injunctions, case by case waivers by some unknown bureaucrat, or safe harbors that may extend our rights until some magic date on a calendar is published on page 843 of the federal register. Honesty would have helped if, in the final vote, the President told the objecting Congressman Stupak et al, that he would never permit this. They wanted the Hyde amendment, our law for two generations, to calm the church – state conflict.

    This stinks. It will stink until the SC rules it illegal, or the sneaky law is reformed, or the bureaucrats are fired. Obama blew it badly. This is on him.

  • Maggie

    For the Roman Catholic institutions that now must provide contraception (something that they stand against) yes, it tramples their religious freedoms. For LCMS Lutherans and other Protestant organizations, who do not preach against non-abortifacient forms of contraception but since they believe that life begins and conception, being forced to provide abortifacient drugs that essentially kills the life begun and conception, this is very much a trampling of their religious freedoms. The end result with inevitably be that the organizations will simply have to decide whether to go against their stated beliefs and provide the abortifacients or stop providing healthcare all together. When one considers the effect of having the religious organizations exit the healthcare business (Catholic, Baptist, Lutheran Hospitals for example) the result of this legislation is going to have a deeply felt impact on our society. That matters not, as long as the administrations backward, intellectually bankrupt and historically disasterous policies are put into place. As for those that still support this administration due to their short-sighted intellectual laziness, I guess you have it coming.

  • snow27

    Why should I pay for someone else’s birth control as a Christian or otherwise. If you want to screw around, pay for it yourself, as I always did growing up. Enough of the freeloaders expecting the rest of us to pick up the tab and worse yet, in this case, forcing us to pick up the tab even if it goes against our beliefs. This situation is yet another demonstration of how the left at its core is a belief in control, not freedom. Leftist beliefs are fundamentally anti-freedom.