Recently, the Obama Administration's Health and Human Services Department said employers would be forced to provide health insurance to their employees that includes coverage for contraception, sterilization and drugs that can induce abortions.
This includes Catholic and other institutions that wouldn't be able to abide by the law without violating central teachings of their church.
This alarming move has been covered in the press, albeit quite calmly. NPR, for instance, covered it by noting that some Catholic groups have no problem subsidizing things that violate church teaching. This is like saying "While some Jewish groups are fighting a ban on Kosher food, other Jews eat pork! What's the big deal?" It has nothing to do with the principle at hand, of course.
Now, the Catholic Church has announced that they will fight this. And they certainly have many grounds on which to do so. Legally speaking, I have high hopes that they will prevail and I'm glad that my church body will join with them in fighting this violation of the First Amendment's Free Exercise clause.
Apparently many/most Catholics in the country were read a letter from their bishops yesterday in Mass. I learned this from reading what an actual church-going reporter wrote after Mass yesterday. Each bishop apparently penned their own letter to be read to parishioners about the Obama Administration's efforts against Catholics. (Bishop Zubik's public remarks may have been the most colorful -- that's where the "to hell with you" language came from.) That seems like huge news, and yet I haven't seen any coverage. Other than telling us how few reporters are either Catholic or church-going, isn't this weird?
It's not just Catholics. One of the lawsuits being filed comes from a Protestant group.
Do people just not care about one of the most brazen assaults on religious liberty ever lodged from the executive branch?