cicerone imposter wrote:
It's not about religious freedom. People have the right to choose whether to use contraceptives or not, but the "church" is trying to restrict/limit its use to "everybody," not just church members.
That's not about religious freedom; it's about imposing their religious foolishness on all Americans.
Each individual can choose whether to use condoms or not. Many Catholics already use them; that's religious freedom.
How is the Catholic Church trying to impose its opposition to contraception on everyone? Yours is a pretty outlandish claim.
Clearly you do not understand freedom of religion
as addressed by The Constitution, and I have to seriously question whether or not you understand the whole of the Constitution.
The First Amendment in citing freedom of religion as an unalienable right is not addressing whether or not a citizen must follow the proclamations and tenets of a given religion, it is proscribing the government from intefering with citizens and their chosen religions.
The Constitution lays out the rights of the citzenry and sets limits around the actions of the government. Liberal insist that the Constitution is fluid so that they can accomodate their inate desire and need to coerce the citizenry in accordance with what they have determined is best for them.
Whether or not Catholics choose to ignore the teachings of their church is up to them, but because some, or even many, do has no bearing on those teachings unless the Church, not the government, decides they do.
The government (and most definately the Executive Branch) doesn't get to say "Church XYZ, a lot of your followers don't agree with your teachings and so they don't come under the protection of the First Amendment."
The Catholic Church does not have the power of The Government. It cannot prevent its members from obtaining contraception if they so choose. The fact that it does not want to, in anyway, fund a practice it morally opposes is not the same as prohibition.
This is not an issue of conflicting rights.
I would argue that there is no Constitutionally protected right to contraception, but even if there is, the position of the Catholic Church is not violating that right. There is certainly no Constitutionally protected right to have someone else pay for the contraception you want.