Re “Obama v. religious freedom,” Letters, Feb. 9:
Here we go again. Don’t these guys ever give up inventing nonsense with which to denounce President Obama?
This time it was citing the Supreme Court ruling on the Hosana-Tabor Evangelical Lutheran Church and School firing of one of their own, a Called Teacher with Ministerial Duties. The court judged that the teacher, Cheryl Perich, therefore was a minister and fell under the Ministerial Exception shield. Thus the First Amendment did not allow the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission any say in the hiring or firing of such.
The case has absolutely nothing to do with healthcare coverage, try as one may to invent one. The only similarity is that both cases involve religious institutions.
President Obama’s compromise healthcare plan includes available contraception for purposes of birth control for all women at no cost to them. Supplying contraception is not provided by the healthcare program carried by the religious organization for which they work, but is available if they desire, directly from the insurance company at no cost to them. No Catholic Church, school, hospital or diocese will be affected in any way.
The government will not impose its will on such institutions but neither should these institutions impose their will on the American people. Separation of church and state is applicable to all religions.
Also, it would seem counterproductive to be against abortion and contraception, which would prevent unwanted babies and which, in many cases, is the very reason for aborting; but as with most inflexible religious dogma, logic be damned.