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Pope Francis on Sept. 23, 2015 made an unscheduled stop to a convent of nuns to show his support for their lawsuit against President Barack Obama's health care law. Photo courtesy of The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty

Pope Francis on Sept. 23, 2015 made an unscheduled stop to a convent of nuns to show his support for their lawsuit against President Barack Obama's health care law. Photo courtesy of The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty

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(Reuters) The pope made an unscheduled stop Wednesday to visit the Little Sisters of the Poor and show his support for the nuns' lawsuit against President Obama's health care law.

  • “Under a compromise crafted under the healthcare law, religious groups can opt-out of paying for the services…”

    What a nuisance.
    Pope Francis says he cares about religious freedom – yet, like many religious people he and the nuns appear to have no idea what religious freedom is.

    Should I exercise my religious freedom and BLOCK THE ROADS so Christians can’t go to church? Of course not!

    “Selfishness is not living your life as you wish,
    it is asking others to live their lives as you wish.”
    – Oscar Wilde

    May this stuffy religious nonsense fade away quietly and be replaced with decency, free inquiry, science, unconditional love, freedom, democracy, music, literature and culture.

  • Wallace F

    Insurance is a benefit, and it isn’t the employer’s business to interfere with what the employees get from it, any more than it’s their business to interfere with what I buy with the wages they pay me. Companies need to keep their noses out of what legal goods and services their employees receive. It’s legal, therefore it’s not your place to interfere.

  • Greg1

    The Little Sisters have offered healthcare long before Obama mandated that they must also offer life ending contraception. That is exactly what the pope meant when he said, “a just and wisely ordered society respect their deepest concerns and their right to religious liberty.” (Pope to the Congress). Obama pursuing these nuns on this is despicable.

  • @Greg,

    “The Little Sisters have offered healthcare long before Obama…”

    ‘Christian healthcare’ involved burning witches and black cats to prevent the spread of the plague! This is a case of Christian over-reaching.
    Such Christian privilege is exactly why Atheists like myself have stopped being silent on religious matters.

    Religion needs to be seen for what it is – like booze and smoking – it is a public nuisance which should be gently discouraged and at least mildly ridiculed.

    “Zombies walked for Christ to raise awareness” – (Matthew 27:52)
    Ridiculous.

  • larry

    Get your goddamn facts straight here! The nuns aren’t even offering the contraception or even the insurance providing contraception here. They are letting a 3rd party, whom they are giving no money to, provide the coverage the employees are seeking. There is no religious liberty issue here. The nun’s faith is not cause to deny people access to benefits they seek on their own. The nuns want to control the lives of their employees in a way they have no business doing.

    Religious freedom is not license to force people to abide by your faith. Quite the opposite. These nuns are either despicable people or ignorant shills.

  • dmj76

    Larry

    Watch the cursing or the site editors will nuke you, thus making the fundies that much stronger.

    best wishes

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