Judging from the cries of outrage coming from Catholic bishops, you’d think President Obama had shut down Catholic churches, sent all nuns back to Ireland, and dropped an atomic bomb on the Vatican.
Accusations of “Catholic bashing” and “infringement of religious freedom” are being heard all over the media.
But here’s the truth. All the Obama administration did was issue an order that all health insurance policies, even those for workers in Catholic institutions, had to offer birth control with no co-payment.
What’s wrong with that? Nothing.
It doesn’t require Catholic hospitals or clinics to hand out birth control pills or devices. It doesn’t force Catholics to practice contraception. It doesn’t interfere with anyone’s religion.
The fact is: Not everybody who works in a Catholic hospital is a Catholic.
Twenty-eight states have already adopted the same requirement for health insurance.
And DePaul University and Georgetown University already include contraception in their health insurance policies.
Catholic Bishops are wrong to make this such a big issue. Especially since 98 percent of Catholic practice birth control, anyway – even the Church is against it.
That’s my parting shot for today.