The current flap over a requirement that faith-based organizations be required to offer birth control as other organizations are required to do should be a wake up call for all of us.
I am a taxpayer who helps pay religious organizations to perform public services. I support the Federal Government’s policies on insurance coverage to employees. I’m one of those who wants religious organizations to either reject the federal money or conform to its requirements.
Military service might be an example of how things work. When there was a draft, it was possible for someone who had a religious aversion to war, to opt out of certain kinds of service. When serving in the military became voluntary, that option was mostly gone.
I heard the Catholic Church takes in something like 2 billion dollars in government money. There is a way it can receive federal money and none of its employees using birth control. Just persuade them not to use it. Good luck with that.
Some of us think over populating our planet is a moral issue. It takes away opportunities for future citizens. Withholding birth control from health benefits violates this moral principle.
The Constitution guarantees freedom of religion. Everyone can worship at the church of their choice. It does not require every public contract include religious accommodation.
Religious organizations that push their own view of morality at the expense of the views of others should not be accommodated.