Columnist Michael Gerson, in a particularly hyperbolic screed, contends that by forcing Catholic institutions to purchase health insurance policies that include contraception, President Obama has declared war on religion (TNT, 1-31).
Except for the fact that the right wing in this country has done an excellent job of vilifying the Affordable Health Care Act, the fallacies in this argument are so patently obvious that they are hardly worth discussing.
The law requires that employees be covered by health insurance that includes contraceptive services. Nowhere does it require the use of those services.
Catholic institutions hire non-Catholics for many …