Bishops Protest 'Unjust' Laws against Religious Freedom - Antitheist Atheist Blog

Bishops Protest 'Unjust' Laws against Religious Freedom - Antitheist Atheist Blog

Clearly the Catholic Bishops do not like government interference when it conflicts with their peculiar ideals.  The furore centres around Obama's health care mandate requiring insurance companies to provide cover for contraception, sterilization and abortion inducing drugs for employees of church run services.

In light of the fact religious advocacy groups in the US spend $390 000 000 annually lobbying to have their morals written into the law of  the state they are so separated from. Issues including contraception, abortion and bioethics. The insult with this religious interference in politics is that their huge bill is in part paid by American tax payers who are subsidizing the tax exempt status of religion. It must be time Americans stopped carrying religion.

Cardinal Timothy Dolan is quoted as saying "Never has the federal government forced individuals or organizations to go out into the marketplace and buy a product that violates their conscience."

Obama's response is quite reasonably, 
"These employers will not have to pay for or provide contraception services, but women who work at these institutions will have access to free contraceptive services just like other women."

The bishops have gone all out after meeting and discussing this, by releasing their "cherished liberty" paper.

It states "If we face today the prospect of unjust laws, then Catholics in America, in solidarity with our fellow citizens, must have the courage not to obey them. No American desires this. No Catholic welcomes it. But if it should fall upon us, we must discharge it as a duty of citizenship and an obligation of faith."

Despite many Catholics using contraception, attorney Mark Rienzi who is fighting for the Catholics, said the fact many do use contraception is no reason for the White House to breach the constitution. 

"Everyone has their religious liberty, and you don't get to say, 'Because some Catholics willingly do something I can force the rest of them to do it in violation of their rights.' It's just not the way consitutional rights work."

Again this seems staggering in face of the issues the religious advocacy groups lobby for. PEW REPORT LOBBYING FOR THE FAITHFUL.

Evangelicals and protestants have waded in with their support, including Rick Warren.

What seems an absolute disgrace is the church preventing employees of church run services having access to medical services most other Americans have access to. Church and state separation seems a complete joke at times, with the church usually protected from any government influence, whilst the same is not true conversely.


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