Out of context, that headline might be amusing; yet, with context, it’s just sad, because the Obama administration is expected to announce today a compromise on the fight over birth control.
Apparently, as a religious organization, it’s quite irritating to be forced to offer basic healthcare services to your female employees for free. You know, as a secular organization, I find it quite annoying that some interests with vast land holdings and massive amounts of money don’t have to pay taxes, all because they got together and agreed that there’s a magical man who lives in the sky.
The compromise is modeled on Hawaiian state law, which allows employees who are not provided free contraception by their employer’s insurance plan to obtain contraception through side-benefits at little or no cost to the employee.
Personally, I had hoped that the President would ignore altogether the bleating of the well-funded religious organizations; yet, I knew it was not meant to be. I do not believe one should have to sacrifice their quality of care because they chose to work for a religious organization, yet religious organizations seem to think that it’s acceptable to force their views on employees who may not agree.
Therefore, I don’t want to hear anything about “religious freedom” again, because religious freedom would plainly include the freedom to ignore religion, and the logic of the religious organizations seems to demand this compromise.