I wanted to go to a Stand Up for Religious Freedom rally today. However, I am miserable with a cold, and the notion of standing outside in the cold air with a pounding headache while listening to rally speeches and shouting is just a little more than I can handle right now. I'll have to have my own rally here at home, with my hot coffee and my warm blanket.
The HHS Mandate forces religious employers to pay for contraception for their female employees. For the Catholic church and many other religions, this violates a basic tenant of their faith. (Of course there are Catholics who will readily tell you that they believe in contraception and even abortion, but this is not in line with church teaching.)
Here's a well written summary of how the HHS Mandate threatens religious freedom.
I've had the "separation of church and state" argument more times recently than I can remember... even here, in a comment on my last post. This is not a matter of the church trying to force something on the general public. Remember, nobody forced these people to accept a job for a religious organization, and nobody is saying that they can't use contraception... they're just saying that their employer should not be forced to pay for something that they find morally objectionable. Women are free to work elsewhere or to pay for their own contraception.
Healthcare is a touchy issue. As the mother of two children with medical needs, I understand this as much as, if not more so, than the average voter. However, I can not stand by and watch as the government tries to tell my church what to do.
p.s. I've removed the option to be an anonymous commenter from my posts. I always welcome comments and discussions that differ from my own views, but I won't approve hateful "attack" comments from people who won't even sign their own names (you know who you are). Not all anonymous comments are hateful, but enough were that I've chosen this option. Thanks for understanding.
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