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RELIGION: Conservatives have launched crusade

Letter by Janet E. Wicks, University Place on June 8, 2012 at 3:00 pm with 7 Comments »
June 11, 2012 10:40 am

I’m not sure what it is, but there seems to be something missing in the debate between Catholic leaders and our government.

In a genuine attempt to provide fair and equitable health care for all of us, the Obama administration has correctly balanced the important health issues of women with those of our male counterparts. This same consideration also focuses on care for infants and children and the need for affordable family health insurance. Surely Catholic leaders and conservative evangelicals agree with this equality.

At issue then, is religious doctrine and the “protection” of religious freedom. Extending the freedom for employees to receive contraceptive insurance coverage, however, is contrary to the church mandate against prescribed birth control.

What a conundrum. Whose rights are more important?

Perhaps the “pill” is not the issue; this controversy is being used to manipulate a more divisive rhetoric to convince the public that all Christian institutions are under attack – a great way to distract and alarm people. There is no war on religion in our country, but there is an outrageous conservative crusade attempting to control the outcome of our destiny.

I have enjoyed religious freedom all my life but have never been subjected to rigid, patriarchal demands from my worship leaders. I hope I will always be able to express my freedom without demanding that everyone else conform to my privileged beliefs.

Leave a comment Comments → 7
  1. I guess the Church of Christ, Scientist is allowed to not offer any medical coverage at all.

  2. When launching a crusade the first step is to blame the war on the other side thus allowing your crusade to be a just war.

    Christian Crusade = Muslim Jihad

  3. averageJoseph says:

    LMAO… crusade. You guys sure are ramping up the hackneyed parnoid rhetoric.

    Comedy Gold, really.

  4. philichi says:

    Or perhaps the Church believes that Contraception and abortion really is evil. And, if they do, do think that they should have to provide them to their employees? And, if they were forced to provide that which is evil, and did it without a wimper, what sort of a church would they be?

  5. charliebucket says:

    I dunno phil…..a church who does not try to ram (and guilt) it’s ancient doctrine down others’ throats (it’s own followers and non catholics) or brainwash people?

    as a recovering Catholic I can honestly say I felt like I was brainwashed and the church used fear, shame and guilt to keep me in line and shape my beliefs. I see it clearly now that I have been gone from the church for a long time. No offense intended to current Catholics but that is my truth.

  6. aislander says:

    No church in this country has the coercive power of the federal government. You can belong or not belong. As CharlieBucket says, it is your choice.

    Churches ARE protected by the highest law of the land, the Constitution, and religion is guaranteed that protection in the very first of the enumerated rights, the amendments referred to as the Bill of Rights.

    Having said that, I cannot understand how the Constitution can be trumped by a health-care law that no one who voted on it even read prior to passage, and a law whose days are numbered and will be repealed either by the Supreme Court or by the next Congress and president…

  7. averageJoseph says:

    “…a health-care law that no one who voted on it even read prior to passage”


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