Date: January 01, 2014 02:07PM
A few random thoughts about this.
It's not enough for Catholics to have protection of the right not to use birth control. They want the right to keep the choice away from others.
Notice the particular nuns who made the request are of an order of Catholic nuns in Colorado, the Little Sisters of the Poor Home for the Aged. Nuns and aged people don't need birth control but they want to make sure they don't allow others the opportunity. (Of course I realize those nuns were part of a much larger movement that isn't just about nuns and aged.)
So, I have mixed thoughts on this..
I think this is more about the money but they are insisting it is a matter of their beliefs. I'm not buying that because Catholics themselves make it very clear they believe they can do what they want anyway.
I do understand the importance to all of us that we should not have to be forced to do things against our morals. I don't know the solution to this because we can't let everyone start imposing their various religious moral beliefs on everyone else.
All I can think of is that organizations who impose their beliefs on others, like in this case with birth control, should have some of their tax breaks removed. I don't think we should subsidize religiously run businesses and charities that are based on their beliefs but do not have to offer the same benefits as others who do not have tax breaks.
This is another case of not being content having the right to make the decisions for yourself. Rather it is about the right to impose beliefs on others based on something the religion believes others should be doing. I have conflicting thoughts about this.
So if the answer is "if you don't agree, you have the choice not to work for Catholics," just think of the implications for all the various beliefs out there. I say, fine, I won't work for Catholics but they should not get tax breaks that allow them to exclude standard benefits.
On the other hand, we all pay taxes for things we don't agree with.
This issue diminishes all the "no judgement" headway the Pope has been making as insincere. I do not understand why any Catholic woman enables this organization to keep women out of the priesthood and exclude her from reproductive control. Catholic women say they will do what they want, but the end result is an act of women's rights suppression from issues like this.
Will we end up with more religious-run businesses who only hire those of that religion who agree with the policies? Will we have more inconvenience in businesses while we find the person who will sell us birth control, pork, coffee, etc. so we can accommodate all the religious beliefs out there? Will we have to look in the yellow pages for "no waiting for us to find a clerk to assist you who doesn't agree with what you are buying."
I'm wondering if an employer should be able to ask a potential employee if his beliefs will interfere with the job. However this seems very wrong.
Or is this whole thing a tempest in a tea pot?
What are your predictions on how this will be resolved? I'm glad I'm not a judge having to sort this out.