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US: Men in pink hats want business owners to be free to discriminate, exploit, enslave…

February 9, 2013

…as long as they’re operating the business ‘according to their faith and moral values’.

Translations from church-speak provided below.

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops does not support the Obama administration’s revised proposal for providing insurance coverage for contraception, saying it falls short of addressing concerns about religious freedom.

In a response to the policy update announced last week by the Department of Health and Human Services, the church leaders said the policy offers “second-class status to our first-class institutions in Catholic health care, Catholic education and Catholic charities.”…

Translation: we don’ wanna have to do the same stuff as everybody else. 

The proposed guidelines would allow religious-affiliated organizations opposing contraception to opt out of a federal mandate requiring that they provide their employees with insurance coverage for birth control.

The policy would give women at non-profit, religious-based organizations, like certain hospitals and universities, the ability to receive contraception through separate health policies at no charge.

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Translation: We’re so anal and controlling that you don’t want our employees getting free contraception…

If I had the right to operate my business ‘according to my faith and moral values’, I’d sack all the ugly employees and stop paying my creditors. If I can’t get away with that now, then why should the Church?

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2 Comments
  1. Jon permalink

    Presumably ‘the Catholics’ want to enjoy the benefits of peace, prosperity and civilisation, so they should be prepared to take on their fair share of the obligations that go with it: primarily paying taxes and obeying laws. And that goes for any other religion or ideological group, of course.

  2. The fundamental problem here is a law that requires employers pay health insurance to avoid a punitive tax. Eventually business owners will create labor companies from which many employers will contract labor, and thereby avoid the tax altogether. The labor companies needn’t be especially profitable, nor provide benefits better than law demands. Companies unhappy with a laborer needn’t hassle with more than a contract termination. Labor companies with workers unwanted by clients needn’t provide much explanation for never calling a worker for jobs. Extraordinarily wealthy people might complain about the tax, but it won’t impact them much. People opposed to the coverage required by law will pay the tax or pay for coverage according to their means. The fundamental issue, “May the US Federal government lawfully take my property and give it to another person?” has been settled for some time. It is a mistake to imply that the Feds can make me pay for something I don’t want to buy. They may only take property from me when I refuse to buy as they demand. You can’t make the Catholics or anybody else believe you are right, so you advocate we punish them for disagreeing. How is that moral?

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