Leaders of the Catholic Church are feeling betrayed and bewildered by the Obama Administration. The problem, as they see it, are new federal rules released last week that require employers to provide all forms of contraception that have been approved by the Food and Drug Administration without co-payments or deductibles for health insurance policy holders. This, of course, flies in the face of their religious beliefs.
Timothy Dolan, the Archbishop of New York and the president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, has called the rule “a literally unconscionable attack on religious freedom,” as reported in The Wall Street Journal
You need not look hard to find examples of this at play. Saturday Night Live recently aired a skit mocking the Denver Broncos evangelist quarterback Tim Tebow. In the skit, Jesus, played by Jason Sudeikis, appears in the football team’s locker room and explains to the team how he takes time off from his celestial duties to help them win. Cartoons and depictions of the Islamic prophet Muhammad drew huge outcries after they appeared in a Danish newspaper. Religious leaders all over the world stood in line to say that type of depiction was beyond uncouth. There was not a peep about the Saturday Night Live skit.
I believe that the Obama administration, in its crafting of PPACA, did not feel the need to exempt religious organizations as it did religious groups because they felt that offending this branch of the Catholic church would not be as devastating as forcing Muslim organizations to build credit because the Catholic organizations are expected to have thicker skin. This is not only inconsistent, it is wrong.