Stephen P. Hale
February 27, 2012
Personally I think this is not an issue of religious discrimination as much as bureaucratic government. Currently about 10-15% of working adults with health insurance do not have any coverage of contraception. Obama is trying to fix that problem. Some Catholics (and some protestants) view contraception as morally wrong.
The issues about why they do so I find problematic. But that is not really the point of your post.
I do think that the issue is very similar to the fact that the Republican candidates of pretty much all complained about the war against religion in the US and at the same time (literally in the same speeches) said that Obama was inappropriate in apologizing for burning Korans.
Religious freedom, only for those that are part of the majority religion is not religious freedom.
I find that most of those people I know (and myself) who view the contraception mandate and the minimal exception as an issue would (and do) also support extending similar protections to Muslim organizations. Consider, for example, the Becket Fund's defense of Muslims in France with respect to wearing headscarves.
Also, many of those protestants (such as me) who take issue with the mandate have no particular qualms with birth control and are concerned entirely with the religious-freedom issue.
The difference is that Sharia seeks to go beyond governmental laws.
Sharia is not a strictly a religion issue. Sharia also sets the stage for a theocracy, dealing with politics, financial issues, and crime. If Sharia demands the death penalty for adultery, in a state that does not permit the death penalty, who wins?
The contraception mandate is the opposite. We want to STOP the federal government from going beyond what our Constitution demands.
Should Muslims be able to worship as they wish? Absolutely.
Should Muslims be able to set their own civil laws, and corresponding penalties? Whole different question.
"The birth-control pill was one of the most significant steps forward in human health ever, approaching the importance of the smallpox vaccine. "
Really? The pill isn't popular in Japan, we're pretty healthy, birth rate is below replacement levels and abortions are dropping.
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