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Religious freedom means you are not free to choose, apparently

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The brouhaha over allowing women access to birth control pills, whether for general medical reasons or specifically for birth control, continues apace despite the logical acrobatics necessary to cast “having a choice” as “removing freedom of choice”. For example, on the second page of Ann Gerhart’s article in the Washington Post, she quotes a letter from Dianne Schramm that appeared in the Detroit Free Press:

“It is a sad day in America when you have to compromise your religious rights. This disagreement has nothing to do with birth control, sterilization or abortion; it is the right given to us in the First Amendment, separation of church and state.

“Our freedoms of choice are slowly disappearing. The government is telling us what light bulbs to use, what kind of cars to drive, what to eat and what kind of health care is required.”

It seems as if she is saying that, by offering to all women the option to obtain birth control pills as part of their healthcare, the government is removing a freedom of choice. Hello? NOT offering free access to birth control is depriving people of a choice? This staggers the mind, but is consistent with the “black is white” logic of the GOP in recent years: War is Peace, warrantless surveillance and searches are a sign that you are free, locking people up for years simply on suspicion is a sign of true freedom.

Offering women a choice is NOT depriving them of a choice. That would be a stupid thing to say or write. Women who accept that birth control is a sin are by no means forced to use it. The Bishops are the ones who want to deny people choice, to deny people the freedom to practice their religion and their lives as they wish. The Bishops want control, and they want control of you.

Written by LeisureGuy

21 February 2012 at 7:53 am

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  1. You don’t understand. They’re taking away the Catholic bishops freedom to interfere with the choices of others.


    21 February 2012 at 9:32 am

  2. While offering women a choice is not depriving them of a choice, forcing a religious institution to fund something they deem immoral is depriving them of religious freedom. When religious organazations try to outlaw abortion because it contradicts their beliefs, is is not the same thing from the other side of the coin? Using one right to nullify another might be skating on rather thin ice.


    21 February 2012 at 4:12 pm

  3. It simply strikes me as ironic that the complaint from those who would forbid access to contraception is that they are not being given a choice when their choice (were they given it) would be to forbid giving others the choice—and indeed when the Catholic church can, it has made contraceptives illegal. I can parse it many ways, but basically that’s it. And for the church to base their complaint on not being given a choice: that, to me, is chutzpah.


    21 February 2012 at 5:03 pm

  4. Religious freedom does not exclude anyone from obeying US labor law. The end. The fact that they were even offered any kind of “compromise” is a mere courtesy.


    21 February 2012 at 5:49 pm

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