The heated debate over the January 20th HHS Contraceptive coverage mandate goes on. The "compromise" offered by the Obama administration last Friday (which invokes some of the cloudiest thinking I've encountered in a long, long time) doesn't seem to be satisfying anyone. Our Catholic Bishops have renewed their opposition to what they still see as a violation of constitutionally protected religious liberty. And in an interesting piece on NPR this morning, it seems that even the insurance industry is feeling a bit put out by this most recent policy adjustment.
As I tried to highlight on Sunday, what's at stake here is much, much more than who's going to pay for a few pills and prophylactics used in the privacy of one's bedroom. (Of course, I can't help but question just what sickness contraceptives--as essential "health care"--are prescribed to cure. When did fertility become a disease?) The working definition of "religion" behind these policies wants to limit it's sphere of influence to what happens within the cozy confines of four church walls. That, however, is not at all how I read the Gospels.
A petition has been posted on the White House website, asking that the mandate be rescinded. (An earlier one drew nearly 30,000 signatures--more than another which supported the opposing view.) Send a message to President Obama and sign it. (I'm #1,338.) And if you haven't already, be sure to contact your representatives in Congress, too. Make your voice heard!
The Caesars of old believed themselves divine, and thus deserving of unquestioning allegiance. The first Christians gave their lives because they saw things differently. Might history be repeating itself?