Roman Catholic Church VS. Obama’s Contraception Mandates

WHY does the Roman Catholic Church attempt to take away an individual’s freedom of religion, by claiming that it is THEIR religious freedom that is being taken away? Regardless of name, these “Catholic” hospitals are run for profit, not charity. If they gave their services to the poor, instead of expecting the government or the patients to pay for them, then, and only then would they have any right to hide behind freedom of religion.

Cardinal-designate Timothy M. Dolan, archbishop of New York and president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops said

“To force American citizens to choose between violating their consciences and forgoing their healthcare is literally unconscionable. It is as much an attack on access to health care as on religious freedom. Historically this represents a challenge and a compromise of our religious liberty.”

(source = this linked article from the US Conference of Catholic bishops own website)

There are a few problems with this statement. First, no American citizen is being forced to choose between those things. Contraception is not being forced on anyone. The OPTION of contraception is being made available to those who need it. Since these “religiously-run medical facilities” are what the public must use in many areas (I just had my knee operated on in a “Catholic” hospital, paid for by a government program), all this does is make medical care appropriate to those of all faiths available to them. That one year extension is a polite concession so that those BUSINESSES that operate FOR PROFIT, that make money off the GOVERNMENT, can quit hiding behind RELIGION, and stop denying the fundamental rights of those who have no choice but to use them.

If these “Catholic hospitals” wish to operate without following government mandates, then they need to start following the teachings of Christ, and minister unto the poor, by giving of their own riches. As it is, these hospitals are businesses who rely on government payments to continue operating. As such, they must concede to the first amendment rights of all who utilize them, even those whose beliefs require a responsible approach to procreation.

Once again I find myself amazed at how far modern religion has been twisted by politics and power-grubbing.


Requiring Specific Religious Beliefs to be in the MILITARY?!?

My wife found an article in the Huffington Post called “How Much Money Could the Department of Defense Save if it Stopped Trying to Save Souls?” by Chris Rodda (one of her favorite writers). The article disturbed me on a very deep level.

I have stated on several occasions (mostly in the useless little debates that follow articles in online journals) that conservatives, to placate the “Religious Right”, are guiding our country away from democracy, and turning the USA into a theocracy. This article, and the articles it links to, detail one of the most far reaching ways that the USA is being turned in to a government-run-by-religion. The military is being changed into a religious organization, one bit at a time. As with any political takeover, having control of the military is crucial.

Religious conservatives are following, step by step, the method used by the Nazi party to take control of Germany. We can’t let them gain control of the Military. Stand up, object, Make your voice heard. Be louder than Teaparty screamers.

How Much Money Could the Department of Defense Save if it Stopped Trying to Save Souls?

Army’s “Spiritual Fitness” Test Comes Under Fire

U.S. Soldiers Punished for Not Attending Christian Concert

Soldiers Forced to See Chaplain After Failing Spiritual Fitness Test

Religious inequity in Australian schools

We are not alone. With as big as the USA is, and with all the political drama that occurs within our borders, sometimes we forget that the same fights happen elsewhere. Australia has a case in their high court due to the presence of federally funded chaplains in public schools. One religion is getting to teach their faith on the governments penny.

The USA has a similar problem. There are Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists, Atheists and Pagans who are citizens as well. So to be fair, let them have turns teaching. The Muslim Imam can teach that sing-songy prayer to all the kids, and the Wiccan High Priestess can teach them all a spell-ritual, which is part of Wiccan prayer. Kneel here, place your grain offering there. Don’t forget Ancestor religions like the Vikings!

FAIR = all religions (including atheism) get taught, or religion gets taught at home and  church!

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