Skip to comments.Contraception and the Culture War [Deepening Catholic-Evangelical Relationship]
Posted on 02/23/2012 7:22:08 AM PST by marshmallow
For a week or so in early February religion was once again at the center of media attention (this time unrelated to the lingering issue of Mitt Romneys Mormonism). Using powers given her by the Obamacare legislation, Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Health and Human services, issued a regulation concerning the requirement that all employer-provided health insurance must include free coverage of contraception for women.
The administration was aware of the fact that Catholics and perhaps other religious groups might have a problem with this. So churches, defined as institutions that provide religious services to their own members only, were exempt from the requirementbut not institutions which, though church-related, provide services to people irrespective of their faith, such as hospitals, schools or social agencies.
There is a curious paradox here: In earlier cases the federal courts have decided that public funds could go to religious institutions if they provided useful services to the general public; now these very services are treated as if they constituted a flaw. The underlying assumption is that the proper function of religion is intramural worshipa strange endorsement of the sect as the only true religious institution. There is a further paradox: In a recent case, which involved the firing of a teacher at a Lutheran school, which regarded her as being religious personnel (which she denied), the Supreme Court sided with the school. The decision maintained that the state could not dictate to a church who is or is not performing religious duties; in the matter at issue now, the state asserts the right to tell a church that a service provided by itsuch as care for the sickis unrelated to its religious mission (a proposition which would have startled Mother Teresa and generations of nursing nuns).
Be this as it may, the administration was apparently..........
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I am weary of the terms “catholic” and “evangelical” and other such tags, capitalized or not.
This is a Christian issue. Any group of believers in the divinity of Jesus Christ ought to wear the name.
If there is disagreement over details, they should still stand together under one name and let the Lord sort out the differences.
That is why you say “Christian” first, than the church title.
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Who knows, this might even be God’s plan!
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