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August 13, 2013

Americans United Would Deny Health Insurance to Employees of Catholics

Thomas Monaghan, faithful Roman Catholic owner of Domino’s Pizza and pro-life activist, has sued the federal government over the contraception mandate. Americans United for Separation of Church and State is determined to force Catholic employers across the country to bow the knee to the Washington Ba’al, and apparently hasn’t given a thought to the possible consequences:

Americans United has filed a friend-of-the-court brief telling a federal appeals court that the owner of a Michigan-based office park does not have a religious liberty right to deny his employees contraception coverage.

Domino’s Farms Office Park, a secular, for-profit company that manages business space in Ann Arbor, has argued that the Affordable Care Act’s contraception mandate violates owner Thomas Monaghan’s religious freedom rights. 

Americans United and its allies say this argument is flawed. They assert that Monaghan’s individual freedom to exercise his religious beliefs is not impeded by his employees’ purchase of comprehensive, third-party insurance.

This is either a lie or gross ignorance. If Monaghan’s employees are “purchasing” health insurance out of their own income, then of course he would have no reason to complain about the mandate. AU knows full well that the issue is about Monaghan purchasing insurance on his employees’ behalf, and the government forcing him to pay for something (contraception) that he and his billion-member church believe is immoral.

“No corporation should ever be able to tell its employees that they can’t have access to contraceptive coverage simply because it offends the boss’ religious preference,” said the Rev. Barry W. Lynn, Americans United executive director.

This is simply a lie. Neither Monaghan nor any other employee that has come forward with religious objections to the mandate is seeking to deny their employees anything. They are simply claiming the right to not have their conscience be violated by being forced to pay for it.

“This is clearly one of the most important church-state conflicts now before our courts,” Lynn added. “The Constitution and common sense tell us that Americans should not be denied basic health coverage because of the bogus ‘conscience’ claims of business interests.”

Yes, well. What apparently hasn’t occurred to Lynn is that Monaghan could, if he chose, simply stop offering health insurance coverage to his employees. He can pay the Obamacare fine–but not for at least a year, and at a cost significantly lower than buying them insurance–and tell his employees that since the federal government wants to be their daddy, they can now get the insurance from Poppa Washington. That will be difficult, of course, because implementation of Obamacare is in shambles, and the state legislature in Michigan is still arguing about how to participate, much less actually rolling anything out. So the upshot is that if Barry Lynn gets his way, there may well be lots of people in Michigan–not to mention other states where chaos reigns, or where states have refused to enter the exchange system at all–who not only won’t be getting their “free” birth control,” but who won’t have any health insurance at all.

But at least those evil, medieval, Neanderthal Catholics would have learned a lesson.

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“No corporation should ever be able to tell its employees that they can’t have access to contraceptive coverage simply because it offends the boss’ religious preference,” said the Rev. Barry W. Lynn, Americans United executive director.

This abuse of language drives me nuts. Not paying for someone else’s recreational apparatus is the same as telling them they “can’t have access” ...


How can people be so stupid as to take this seriously? But they must be taking this seriously, else idiots like Lynn wouldn’t still be saying it. Civilization is doomed. It’s hopeless, isn’t it? Nice try, Locke, Jefferson, Madison. I’m sorry, but Marx, Alinsky and similar baboons have won the evolutionary struggle, kind of like the superiority of cockroaches to humans in the event of nuclear catastrophe. The trousered apes are winning.

[1] Posted by SpongJohn SquarePantheist on 8-13-2013 at 12:08 PM · [top]

I think the UCC minister is injecting his own religious preferences into the debate as his denomination appears to be all in it for Obamacare. Separate yourself rev’d!

[2] Posted by Undergroundpewster on 8-13-2013 at 12:42 PM · [top]

“Americans United” began as “Protestants and Other Americans United for Separation of Church and State.” It was a virulently anti-Catholic organization under the leadership of Paul Blanshard, author of the infamous screed, “American Freedom and Catholic Power.” At root, this organization remains fully committed to Blanshard’s conspiratorial anti-Catholicism.

[3] Posted by Jagged Edge on 8-13-2013 at 01:05 PM · [top]

You can’t claim something is a private choice and then stick someone else with the bill for it.

[4] Posted by AndrewA on 8-13-2013 at 01:06 PM · [top]

SpongJohn SquarePantheist,

Welcome to what our educational system has produced under nearly a century of the public (and horribly misnamed) progressive educational system of the U.S., and the relatively recent “core curriculum.” If this long-standing trend is not reversed in the near future, those of us who don’t expire in the next decade or two, are going to have a very uncomfortable set of “golden years.”

Pax et bonum,
Keith Töpfer

[5] Posted by Militaris Artifex on 8-13-2013 at 01:44 PM · [top]


They may be very comfortable as this crowd has us given the “injection” because we are too “old” and too “useless” to society anymore.  Euthanasia, along with abortion and deviant sexual behavior, is being taught as acceptable under the progressive educational curriculum.

[6] Posted by BillB on 8-13-2013 at 03:25 PM · [top]

Exactly right, Jagged Edge.

[7] Posted by David Fischler on 8-13-2013 at 03:44 PM · [top]

Well, some of us trained in the Occidental martial arts, might just decide, under those circumstances, that the appropriate response to the “offering” of an uninvited hypodermic needle might be to return metal for metal in a somewhat more immediately effective form, in self-defense.

Pax et bonum,
Keith Töpfer

[8] Posted by Militaris Artifex on 8-13-2013 at 05:23 PM · [top]

Over the last 3-4 months there has been a steady stream of stunning revelations about Obamacare its pending collapse.

Poll after poll shows that a clear majority of Americans hate Obamacare.

And despite all this, the absolutely pathetic Republican Party CANNOT find a way to make political hay out of this softball that is thrown to them in the sweet spot.

Only one political solution:  THIRD PARTY

[9] Posted by Capt. Father Warren on 8-14-2013 at 10:40 AM · [top]

The solution is dead simple for anyone with a modicum of courage and principles. The House of Representatives should simply refuse to appropriate any funding for any part of PPACA, and refuse to ratify any amendments to appropriate such funding by the Senate. Deadlock is better than capitulation.

Pax et bonum,
Keith Töpfer

[10] Posted by Militaris Artifex on 8-14-2013 at 02:35 PM · [top]

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