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BIRTH CONTROL: Religion doesn’t belong in politics or health care business

Letter by Phoenix Milligan, Tacoma on March 26, 2012 at 1:48 pm with 14 Comments »
March 26, 2012 2:51 pm

Re: “Hundreds protest contraception rule” (TNT, 3-24).

I am outraged by religious fanatics who want to impose their views on everyone else. Why can’t they wait for the afterlife for the rest of us to get our comeuppance? Why don’t they work on living up to their own principles instead of trying so hard to make everyone else abide by them?

Contraceptive and reproductive health care are services that women pay for when they buy health insurance. They shouldn’t have to pay twice just because they are women.

I would remind the religious community that churches are forbidden to meddle in politics unless they want to start paying taxes. When churches go in to business, they are businesses and need to follow the law and pay taxes like all the other businesses do.

In particular, the Catholic Church has no authority to take the “moral high ground” considering the innumerable molestation scandals and the effort the church took in covering it up and protecting pedophile priests.

Those whose moral conscious won’t allow them to dispense lawfully prescribed and medically necessary medication need to consider a field other than pharmacy. Those in a business providing insurance to employees should ensure that the insurance meets the standard of care for health coverage. If the institution’s moral code won’t allow for it, it can always go back to being a church.

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  1. old_benjamin says:

    Rehashed rehash, and it doesn’t get any better the 24th time.

  2. aislander says:

    Seems to me that a true “fanatic” wrote this letter…

  3. bobcat1a says:

    Puritans don’t care if you think as they do as long as you do as they think.

  4. Vox_clamantis_in_deserto says:

    This letter reminds me of that AT&T commercial – it’s so 30 days ago.

    On a more recent front, I heard the Japanese surrendered.

  5. Sonofwashington says:

    The letter writer is right on target with the points made and they bear repeating. The writer quite rightly points out the preposterousness of celebite Catholic priests, who operate a church in which women can not hold equivalent positions, expounding on female contraception, and even demanding the authority to deny non-Catholics access to medical coverage that they would otherwise have. Talk about standing “freedom of religion” on its head!

    All churches should stay out of politics and they should also be taxed. particularly those mega churches and “TV” churches that make mega-bucks by promising phony blessings to the gullible who send in money they can ill afford to part with.

  6. “Seems to me that a true “fanatic” wrote this letter…”

    Aislander, compared to what you and others wrote, this is the furthest thing from being ‘fanatic’.

    When you are so far out that normal, rational discussion looks ‘fanatic’, you have a serious problem.

  7. “Rehashed rehash, and it doesn’t get any better the 24th time.”

    And the right wing STILL loses!

  8. LornaDoone says:

    The right wing is none too happy that the rest of us are not letting this end with their misrepresentations.

  9. How about instead of contraceptives, we sign everyone up for “How Babies Are Made” seminars.

  10. vickistired says:

    Scottc51, as a married woman who does not have the resources to properly care for a child, and knows perfectly well “How Babies are Made”, reasonably affordable contraceptives are critical to our carefully considered and responsible decision not to have children.

    I’m beginning to think what we need here is a national call to action for women. If men don’t support insurance coverage for contraceptives -our bodies are off limits. Period. We know how babies are made; we know that you get to decide for us whether an abortion is ok or not, we know that you get to decide whether contraceptives are ok or not – I guess the one thing we can still control is whether WE think sex with you is ok or not. I think not.

  11. wildcelticrose says:

    Well written and timely, considering that the church is still ramping up their attacks on anything that does not match their world view.

  12. LornaDoone says:

    “Scottc51 says:
    March 27, 2012 at 11:15 am How about instead of contraceptives, we sign everyone up for “How Babies Are Made” seminars.”

    Maybe we could hire Bristol Palin to be the instructor

  13. Scottc, I think you might need to look out your window at the real world. Just as vickistired pointed out, most of us know exactly where babies come from. I am also a married women who had a child 6 months ago and am in no hurry to have another. I am not a bad a promiscuous person who does not know where babies come from or how to keep my legs shut. I am just a normal person who prefers to control the amount of people I bring into my family.

  14. phoenixfourleaf says:

    Why do these old guys hate sex so much? They assume that any woman who uses birth control is “sleeping around” and that women who have sex for reasons other than procreation should be controlled and punished.

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