Huckleby wrote:On the other hand, I know religous people who are extremely intelligent, positive people, and religous faith is at core of their being. Dare I say it, they are spiritual. How do you put such qualities and values into words? You can't understand these things from debate and logic, takes life experience and talking to people.
And that's fine, Huckleby. They're welcome to their beliefs. But the very nature of religion is the "leap of faith" in choosing to believe in something that is a little far-fetched (or you wouldn't need a "leap of faith" to believe in it). I know it's a tired cliche, but if I choose to believe in unicorns what special treatment should I get? What if my merry band of Unicornians and I started getting special tax treatment or even some federal funds? What if we stood in the way of healthcare legislation by claiming that our tenet that we have Unicorn blood in our veins prohibits blood transfusions? Put the whole country on hold until we figure out how to make the Unicornians happy? It's absurd.
No one is telling Catholics to get abortions, take contraceptive pills or wear condoms. If you want your insurance to qualify as "comprehensive" under the legislation, contraceptive services (other than abortion) must be covered. You don't have to use those services, you merely need to offer them to your employees who may or may not use those services. Personally, I think the whole thing is purely politics anyway. I have Dean/St Mary's coverage and not only is the pill covered, elective abortions are covered. Obviously, the Catholic Church isn't nearly as outraged as they claim or they wouldn't already be offering to pay for the abortions (though I'm certain they don't perform them).