“Birth Control Mandate Lawsuits Make Case for Systematic Disrespect toward Religion”


Religious liberty is, or should be, an American fundamental.


This is a very important topic — to which, I suspect, relatively few Americans are paying attention:






And, while we’re at it, let’s not forget the four Americans who died in Benghazi back in September:





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  • MP

    What an odd synergy, listening to an interview with you while seeing this pop up in my RSS feed….

    It really is an important issue. I had a brief exchange with a Catholic friend from college (we were the two “religious guys” in the co-op) and he seemed to not care about it. Indeed he said over 80% of Catholics in America disagree with the injunction against birth control. He also didn’t seem to mind the idea of government forcing people to act against their conscience.

    • danpeterson

      The issue, of course, isn’t whether we agree with the official Catholic position on birth control.

      I don’t.

      But that’s irrelevant. They shouldn’t be coerced by the State into violating their consciences or their doctrines in anything but the most unusual and desperate circumstances.

      This is a matter where non-Catholics should be rallying to the support of the Roman Catholic Church, and where even lapsed and lukewarm and dissenting Catholics should be circling the wagons.

      • MP

        Yes, I agree with you. I was stunned that precisely that point was missed by someone I knew because he agreed with the outcome. I’m horrified at the level of coercion happening here.

  • Phil

    I take a different perspective on this. Most (as many as 90%?) of Catholics do not follow the prohibition on contraception. So I see the Catholic hierarchy trying to enforce by fiat what they cannot get their members to do by faith (and the many non-Catholics who work at Catholic owned institutions). To me, it’s a matter of personal agency whether someone chooses to use contraception or not and the Catholic hierarchy should not control access to a physician’s care regarding contraception and the contraception itself among it’s employees (Catholic and non-Catholic). (One point: granted most persons who want to use birth control can afford their own birth control outside of a medical plan, but to others it can be a medical necessity requiring a doctor supervision and a costly financial burden.)

  • LBRussell

    Well, my perspective is that I see this as the government trying to enforce by fiat what it considers to be legitimate and moral attitudes toward both birth control and sexual behavior on the Catholic church or other like-minded religions or individuals who offer and would continue to offer health services or insurance through private companies. Isn’t it obvious that this is an attempt to oust all other players from the system and marginalize the religious? Where was there any outcry over the lack of birth control or any demand that health insurance cover it before that obvious orchestrated stunt involving Sandra Fluke and that weird out of the blue question at one of the Republican presidential debates, etc.,? Can anyone seriously believe that not paying for birth control–oh, and you’re going to conflate not funding with denying access to something, isn’t that what the government is doing by limiting MY options to associate with seriously religious institutions and individuals–was a problem at all? Even with those “legitimate” and singurlar cases where a doctor’s supervision is required go about getting treatment through another route–any description I’ve heard sounds like those health problems are not actually birth control issues. It’s such a blatant ploy…