An Archbishop, a Rabbi, and a lay Minister railed out in the Wall Street Journal on Friday against the Obama Administration’s original decision requiring that contraception be covered in the healthcare package given to employees of religious institutions, even if doing so contravenes their religious principles. Their challenge clearly emanates from their conservative political views as much as from their conservative religious positions.
An attorney friend made the following observations and challenges to these religious leaders which are only the tip of the iceberg of the questions which could be asked:
1. Religious leaders and their institutions (for example schools or hospitals) enjoy the tax benefits and subsidies that the State provides them, but question the right of their employees to equal protection under the law?
2. Will parochial schools cover an abortion pill for a teacher who is raped?
3. Are these conservative leaders as committed and concerned about First Amendment rights when it comes to Muslims and Sharia law?
Politically conservative clergy ought to be more honest with their parishioners as well as with public.