Colbert Takes On His Church's Demands For Exemptions From Health Care Law

Colbert’s remark about Bishop Bucks struck me as eerily like a comment on Camels With Hammers from someone named Lyra the week before:

This argument that the Catholic Church should be able to deny its employees insurance that includes birth control infuriates me.

It’s my fucking insurance, not theirs. If Catholics don’t want to use birth control, they can have fun with that; they can CHOOSE it. They do not get to CHOOSE for me. They idea that making them give me insurance that includes birth control is a violation of their religious freedom is absurd; is it a violation of their religious freedom to mandate that they pay in money that can be used to go buy condoms at the local grocery store? Or are we going to create special CathlicBucks(TM) that are restricted in their usage? No, because that would be freaking stupid. They should no more get to forcibly dictate that birth control is kept off my insurance than they can forcibly dictate that I don’t take money out of my wallet and use it to buy condoms. My money (and my health insurance) may be something they give to me, but once they have given it to me, it’s MINE, not theirs. They have no right to control how I use it.

Coincidence? I hope not!

In case you missed any Camels With Hammers the last two weeks, this story had my attention quite a bit. First I debated a Catholic theology student for three posts:

About Daniel Fincke

Dr. Daniel Fincke  has his PhD in philosophy from Fordham University and spent 11 years teaching in college classrooms. He wrote his dissertation on Ethics and the philosophy of Friedrich Nietzsche. On Camels With Hammers, the careful philosophy blog he writes for a popular audience, Dan argues for atheism and develops a humanistic ethical theory he calls “Empowerment Ethics”. Dan also teaches affordable, non-matriculated, video-conferencing philosophy classes on ethics, Nietzsche, historical philosophy, and philosophy for atheists that anyone around the world can sign up for. (You can learn more about Dan’s online classes here.) Dan is an APPA  (American Philosophical Practitioners Association) certified philosophical counselor who offers philosophical advice services to help people work through the philosophical aspects of their practical problems or to work out their views on philosophical issues. (You can read examples of Dan’s advice here.) Through his blogging, his online teaching, and his philosophical advice services each, Dan specializes in helping people who have recently left a religious tradition work out their constructive answers to questions of ethics, metaphysics, the meaning of life, etc. as part of their process of radical worldview change.

  • http://anythingbuttheist.blogspot.com Bret

    At some point, we need to acknowledge we as Americans have a basic right to be free from all religion, not just Islam. I don’t get why there’s so much opposition to Sharia from the same folks pushing Christianity on us… okay, no, I do get why, but it’s not a very consistent stance.

  • Ace of Sevens

    I wonder if his priest ever gives him flack for this sort of thing, or he found one of those parishes that isn’t hardline.


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