No, what really torques me about this controversy are Republicans and certain Catholics using this debate in an attempt to advance their conservative ideology and demonize President Obama. This is not a new issue. Not at all.
Twenty-eight states already require organizations that offer prescription insurance to cover contraception and since 98 percent of Catholic women use birth control, many Catholic institutions offer the benefit to their employees.Catholic institutions have been providing their employees with health care that includes contraceptive measures for years, but now it's a huge deal because a Kenyan Muslim who hates America is making it part of his attempt to bring quality and comprehensive healthcare to Americans. It's an opportunity for the Republican Catholic opportunists and, man, are they making the most of it. While Democrats keep trying to improve our healthcare system, Republicans are doing everything in their power, including whipping out their religion and coupling it with over-the-top inflammatory rhetoric, to stop them.
Which brings me to my last point. Earlier this week, South Florida blog and Catholic conservative Searching for Signs decided to characterize this political kerfuffle as Obama’s Frontal Attack on Religious Freedom. An attack on religious freedom.
Until Catholics start getting thrown off planes for the clothes they wear. Until churches start being firebombed. Until a community angrily protests the construction of a chapel in their neighborhood. Until one or any of these things start happening in the United States, let me just suggest that Searching for Signs and the folks who want to characterize the Obama Administration's attempt to better health care in the USA as an "attack on religious freedom," are disingenuous and totally and utterly full of crap.