And So It Starts – Spinning The Hobby Lobby Case

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This is a picture of yesterday's San Jose Mercury News, front page, above the fold. The headline:CONTRACEPTIVE BENEFIT TAKES HITUnderneath that it reads:COMPANIES THAT OBJECT CAN NOW AVOID COVERAGE.Well, yes, maybe; but mostly no.Fact #1: The only companies that can avoid coverage are those which family run, have strongly held religious beliefs, and are closely run by the family. Fact #2: Most companies will not even consider cutting contraceptive coverage because offering … [Read more...]

Action! – Two Quick Thoughts on the Hobby Lobby Decision.

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Yesterday's SCOTUS ruling on the Hobby Lobby case was a welcoming gesture not only towards religious freedom, but also freedom of conscience.Lots of people are commenting; so I'll offer a few quick thoughts myself. This decision doesn't mean that we rest and that the battle is over. Here are two considerations:Some states, definitely Washington state, already required businesses to offer contraception coverage before the HHS Mandate. Now that the Supreme Court has ruled clearly that … [Read more...]

The Bishops’ New Statement & Some Next Steps

Yesterday, the US Catholic Bishops issued another statement on the HHS mandate, clarifying that the Catholic Church is not backing down:We will continue our vigorous efforts at education and public advocacy on the principles of religious liberty and their application in this case (and others). We will continue to accept any invitation to dialogue with the Executive Branch to protect the religious freedom that is rightly ours. We will continue to pursue legislation to restore the same level of … [Read more...]

Funny Math + Bad Bookkeeping = Bad Business

President Obama has offered a so-called compromise on the HHS Mandate. Instead of forcing Catholic institutions to pay for insurance that covers contraceptives, insurance providers will be forced to cover contraception. Yep, same situation, just a different way of keeping books on it. Hmmm, when Enron was exposed, we called it accounting fraud, among other things. Bernie Madoff's investment practices were denounced as a Ponzi scheme. But when the funny math is proposed by the White House, … [Read more...]


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