Religion Gets A Pass. Again

Once again, religion in the U.S. gets a free pass.  As you probably know, the Obama administration recently required all employers to offer free contraceptives as part of their employee health plans.  This included religious employers who employe people who are not of that particular faith or are non-religious.  This created a firestorm of protest from churches across the country, Catholic and Protestant.   After weeks of outrage and complaints, the President announced that he will seek to allow religious employers to pass on the responsibility, and the cost, of providing contraceptives onto the insurance companies.

Now, I’m no economist, but it seems pretty obvious that the insurance companies aren’t going to like this very much.  The result will probably be higher premiums, which religious employers will likely pass onto their employees.  This means that people who are employed by religious organizations will be forced to pay more for “free” contraceptives.  This despite the fact that religious organizations and churches are already allowed to operate tax free, even if they don’t use their money for charitable purposes, unlike other non-profits.  Now they get to avoid the responsibility for the cost of contraceptives, unlike every other employer in the country.

The religious organizations claim that the rule to provide free contraceptives are an infringement of their constitutional right to religious freedom.  This is blatantly bullshit.  What it is in reality is an infringement upon their centuries old privileges.  What if a white supremacist church, who believe that the Bible condones discrimination agains blacks and Jews, claimed that they didn’t have to provide health insurance for black and Jewish employees (assuming that they would employ them in the first place)?  This would never be allowed, as it is blatantly discriminatory and against the law.  Yet we allow churches to subtly discriminate against women who want, or sometimes even need, contraceptives.  Not only do we them to discriminate against their employees (mostly women), but we allow them to pass on the cost of providing them as well.

The whole compromise it just a thin sheen of slime that allows religious groups to pretend that they aren’t providing contraceptives.  Everyone is praising this sham as a great compromise that protects religious freedom, when what it really does is violate the rights of employees of theses organizations to equal access under the law.

I sincerely hope that someone brings a legal challenge to this and see how it plays out in the courts.  Even if unsuccessful it will at least, hopefully, publicly shame these religious groups who continue to bend the law to allow them to perpetuate their immoral patriarchal privileges.

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4 thoughts on “Religion Gets A Pass. Again

  1. Everyone is praising this sham as a great compromise that protects religious freedom, when what it really does is violate the rights of employees of theses organizations to equal access under the law.

    Answer: if you don’t like it don’t work there. get a job somewhere else that give you the benefits you are looking for.

    you have equal access, we are not saying you cannot have these services. Just we are not going to pay for them. Go get them yourself.

    You are in error saying these are employee rights….they are benefits, not rights

    The revised declaration of Independance

    We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, and the right for free contraception and to murder at your convienance unborn children.

  2. “With me abortion is not a problem of religion, its a problem of the Constitution. I believe that until and unless someone can establish that an unborn child is not a living human being, then that child is already protected by the Constitution, which guarantees life liberty and the pursuit of happiness to all of us.”
    Ronald Reagan

    This about sums it up. when science can without a doubt determine this, then we can have dialogue, until then it is murder!!!!

  3. You said:
    This despite the fact that religious organizations and churches are already allowed to operate tax free, even if they don’t use their money for charitable purposes, unlike other non-profits.

    This is a lie. Churches are not allowed to operate tax free. This is a misconception. As a matter of fact…other non profit 8013c organizations like “Acorn” although they have the same status as a religious organization, are allowed certain privelidges that churches are not. 1. Churches cannot endorse a political candidate (free speech violation?)
    2. Acorn can and does
    3. Curches are not allowed to make political contributions
    4. Acorn and Unions do all the time ( with other people’s money)
    funny how a church cannot use the money that is FREELY given by its members (not by force) for politics, but Unions that take money by force from thier members and Acorn that takes TAX PAYER money have that luxury.

    I believe the solution here is for ALL corporations, Unions, Charitable organizations, and community Organizations to be dssallowed from any political contributions or lobbying. They are not people they are organizations! one person one vote!

    You also said:

    Now they get to avoid the responsibility for the cost of contraceptives, unlike every other employer in the country.

    This is not my responsibility to pay for you to have sex. Neither should it be the responsibility of ANY employer in the country. It should be up to the employer to decide what benefit package will entice the best employees to work there.

    Keep government out of this!!! Everything they touch they mess up!!! Try instead of being a misnomer “freethinker” you use your brain and become an “Independant Thinker”

    • Kerry,

      You’ve made a number of interesting comments here. I’m not ignoring them, I’ve just been very busy and I need some time to really read and think about what you had to say. I will be replying to your comments, either here within the comments section, or in a blog post.

      Cheers!

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