Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Would U.S. bishops know Religious Liberty if it bit them in the ass?

The U.S. bishops have formed a committee in response to perceived attacks by the Obama administration. The bishops' Ad Hoc Committee for Religious Liberty claims to be persecuted by the US State Department when it attempts to stem the spread of Aids and sexually transmitted diseases around the world. This committee is concerned also concerned about the government requiring Migration and Refugee Services to provide service to migrants and their children. Of course those services include the full range of health care which the bishops just cannot stand. If you violate the precepts of the bishops, then you violate their religious liberty to kill millions of people world-wide through denial of condoms that can protect against STDs.

What I can't understand is if the stated morality is one where monogamous heterosexual couples should not prevent procreation, then why do the bishops object to the rest of the sinners using rubbers to prevent diseases? Guess it doen't matter since they just do.

Meanwhile, the bishops object to the Department of Justice anti-discrimination position of refusing to enforce the Defense of Marriage of Act. The bishops are really upset when it is suggested that those against homosexuals are bigoted and hateful. Even though the bishops are bigoted and hateful against homosexuals and demand that they not only be treated as second class citizens, but also should be removed from Christian society.

The bishops also object to the Justice Department's rejection of the "ministerial exception" in a case just taken up by the Supreme Court this term. This so-called exception states that the government has no place in employment law when it comes to churches. Therefore, a teacher fired for her disability cannot go to court to sue for disability discrimination. Wonder why a church is even guilty of disability discrimination? Oh yea, the ADA can cost a company plenty of money to be in compliance.

Let's see, they also dislike the enforcement of regulations that mandate health insurance plans provide contraceptives. There is a provision that the bishops (or as they say it, "the parish housekeeper") are exempt, but they want everyone who claims to be Catholic to also be exempt.

Finally, the bishops are upset about New York passing a law "redefining marriage, with only a very narrow religious exemption."

Anyone can see the real problem here. The American Catholic Church is declaring that the government of the United States cannot pass laws or regulations that impede the religious discrimination and hateful bigotry of the church and makes life better for all or any Americans. Gays and Lesbians are not to be afforded the same rights of a state marriage afforded to all heterosexuals. The state cannot interfere with any church that wishes to discriminate against Americans. We are not a united people under one flag. We are a divided nation under different houses of worship and none. The government cannot even use secular resources to stop the spread of diseases throughout the world, because some old men say it is wrong to use protection that also prevents procreation. So everyone should just die, because the church and its bishops say so. I really don't think so.

And the right to discriminate, the right to hate and spread bigotry, the right to compel pregnancies, the right to stop the use of protection from diseases and stop the deaths of millions, These are the rights of religious liberty to be cherished by the Ad Hoc Committee for Religious Liberty. Once again God, protect us from your followers!

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