God Does Not Want You to Use Birth Control

At least that is the view of the Catholic Church and some conservative branches of Protestantism.  They want to put it into law for some people.

In the Affordable Health Care Act is a requirement that employer’s health care policies for employees include coverage for certain kinds of contraception.  The Department of Health and Human Services is proposing an exception for institutions whose tenets teach that contraception is a sin.

To opt out, an institution needs to be one which centers on teaching the faith, employs primarily people of the faith, serves primarily people of the faith and is non profit.  This seems reasonable.

But what about branches of the faith who want to fit into the secular world, or, maybe make a lot of nonprofit money?  Well, they would not qualitfy for the exemption.

The most prominent scene of the battle is Catholic.  That would be Notre Dame and Catholic hospitals.  These institutions want to be seen as sources of knowledge and service competing with the finest in the country.

To compete, they must employ the finest people they can find, irregardless of the employee’s religion.  But, they also want to put their stamp on the personal lives of secular employees, regardless of a national consensus to the contrary.

The Catholic Church, and others, need to make up their minds.  Do they want to be a part of secular society, or, stay in the monastary on top of the hill?

 

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12 Responses to God Does Not Want You to Use Birth Control

  1. Bob Jorgenson says:

    My wife says all the guys who don’t want women to have easy access to birth control, for example over the counter at Walmart and Grocery Stores, should voluntarily have their balls removed.

    • Avatar of Jon Lindgren Jon Lindgren says:

      Bob 12:10 “My wife says…” She is exactly right. If not ball surgery, maybe a few nights in jail, or, even some community service like people convicted do? Of course, this ain’t gonna happen. The Bible was written by men, for the benefit of men. The central figures in the anti abortion politics are men. Really, they don’t like women.

      • Henry says:

        “The Bible was written by men, for the benefit of men.”

        Really? The woman at the precipice of being stoned was not benefited by the Bible? I would dare say she was.

        Contrast the Bible with the organization of atheists in which in modern times was described as “really smart white men”.

  2. Bob Jorgenson says:

    My wife says even some women don’t like women, including themselves. I think Abrahamic books cause this mysogeny, and keep it going despite that times have been changing for so long.
    The ironic thing is, I’ve read before that cultures that didn’t have enough women, and were mostly men, turn into ugly cultures. There’s something about women that make men behave better. I’ve heard on NPR (I don’t believe everything on that station) but its been said that the old American wild west wasn’t very pleasant because there were very few women there.
    So its like men need women, despite that so many men don’t like women.
    My question is: Do women really need men, other than sperm, which now they can get at a sperm bank relatively easy and cheaply? I’m afraid to ask my wife.

  3. Bob Jorgenson says:

    “The Catholic Church, and others, need to make up their minds. Do they want to be a part of secular society, or, stay in the monastary on top of the hill?” Jon

    From everything I’ve read and seen in the media, Catholics prefer to stay in the monastary on the hill as long as they have a plentiful supply of little boys to bugger.

  4. Dan says:

    What government has the right to dictate whether a private or non-private company has to offer anything? This is unconstitutional. The unafforadable health care act will fail in the Supreme court anyway so this shouldn’t even be an issue.

    • entech says:

      Would a natural corollary to this be that Government has no right to prevent the sale of birth control products at Walmart et.al.

  5. Bob Jorgenson says:

    Dan 10:21 I agree government shouldn’t have the right to control who a private organization hires, or doesn’t hire, unless that organization gets any, any kind of tax break, or tax payer money of any kind. Then its over, that organization has to listen to what the tax payer funded government wants them to do, hopefully for the good of those tax payers. So Catholic institutions should get NO TAX PAYER MONIES of ANYKIND, EVER. That’s only just constitutional.

    entech 10:49 Yeah, businesses like grocery stores, Target, Walmart, drug stores should be able to sell birth control/day after pills over the counter.
    But ignorant religions won’t let them. There’d be less abortions by far if these businesses could sell birth control/day after pill over the counter, same as you can buy bandages, or tums.

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