We’re waiting this morning for President Obama to come out and report any modifications to the birth control requirements in health insurance that has raised an alarm with Catholics.
Some background from the NY Times:
The ruling issued by the Department of Health and Human Services, said that only religious organizations that primarily employ and serve their co-religionists would be exempt from the requirement to provide insurance that covers birth control. Churches are therefore exempt, but Catholic hospitals, service agencies and colleges are not. The White House said that 28 states already had such mandates, so this federal rule, which is part of the health care overhaul, just applies the mandate uniformly.
The bishops have found allies among conservative evangelicals, who do not share the Catholic Church’s doctrinal prohibition on contraception but are delighted to see the bishops adopt the right’s longstanding grievance that government has declared a war on religion. They have been joined by the bishops of Eastern Orthodox churches (like Greek, Russian and Ukrainian) and two Orthodox Jewish groups — small constituencies but ones that lend the cause a touch of diversity.
On the other side are religious Americans and clergy members who are unmoved by the religious liberty theme, and who regard the administration’s ruling as sensible health care policy.
Here’s what I think. The Catholic Bishops are thrilled to have this conflict broadcast on all the news stations… thrilled that it is taking up so much space in C-PAC speeches… thrilled that it takes up space in newspapers (as Craig Ferguson said: “A newspaper is a thing that people used to read. It’s like a website, but all the information is from yesterday.”)… and certainly thrilled that they have something to shout out from the pulpit.
Why? Because as long as everyone is discussing this sham Constitutional complaint, no one is talking about the relationship of the Catholic Church to child molesting priests. That is quite a relief after months of revelations and and complaints about Bishops who hid information for years.
When the Birth Control/Insurance issue is all gone, we’ll get back to pederasty by priests. I’ll bet the Bishops are looking forward to that.
- Roman Catholic Church battle over birth control coverage was well planned (mercurynews.com)
- Bishops’ Hypocrisy on Religious Freedom and Contraception. (queeringthechurch.com)
- A lay parable for Catholic Bishops to consider: The Scorpion and the Frog (erickbrockway.com)
- Enough Of The Fake Outrage Over Contraception (angrydd.wordpress.com)
- Catholic Church silent on child rape, taking to the streets over ‘intrinsically evil’ birth control (dailykos.com)
“God is not capricious. He’s given us a creation that is dynamically stable. We are not going to run out of anything.”
— Republican State Rep. Mike Beard of Minnesota on God’s infinite largesse and why it should put our minds at ease about strip mining the planet
(Thanks to Chez over at Deus Ex Malcontent.)
But retired environmental lawyer Chuck Dayton sees it another way. This from Minyanville.com:
He explains that the United Methodist Church said, “We, as stewards, have failed to live into our responsibility to care for creation,” the U.S. Catholic Bishops said that the Church’s “response to global climate change should be a sign of our respect for God’s creation,” and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America said, “We see the despoiling of the environment as nothing less than the degradation of God’s gracious gift of creation.”
“It’s just plain wrong-headed to think that divine intervention will fix everything,” Dayton says. “One could say, ‘Well, life persisted and got better [after the six mass extinctions in the Earth’s history], ’cause here we are, the pinnacle of creation, so that was all a part of God’s plan.’”
- Minnesota Rep. Says Burning Coal Is Fine; Isn’t That Why God Gave Us Coal-Fired Power Plants? (alan.com)
- Evangelical Churches Still Growing, Mainline Protestantism In Decline (huffingtonpost.com)
- Minnesota Rep. says God in on side of coal mining (mnn.com)
- Another Stupid Piece Of News About Stupid Brett Favre That’s Just So Stupid [Nfl] (deadspin.com)
- Stupidity Abounds [Greg Laden’s Blog] (scienceblogs.com)
- Stupid quote of the month (teaandpolitics.wordpress.com)