Because there’s just not enough madness in the world today…
The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals this week told the ‘Little Sisters of the Poor’ that they must comply with the contraception mandate in Obamacare. Seemingly a mindless decision from Colorado’s controversial court, the 10th Circuit ruled:
The government can force the Little Sisters to either violate their faith or pay massive IRS penalties. The court held that participating in the government’s contraception delivery scheme is “as easy as obtaining a parade permit, filing a simple tax for, or registering to vote” and that although the Sisters sincerely believe that participating in the scheme “make[s] them complicit in the overall delivery scheme,” the court “ultimately rejects the merits of this claim,” because the court believes the scheme relieves [the Little Sisters] from complicity.”
The Little Sisters and their attorneys are closely reviewing the court’s decision and will decide soon whether they must seek relief from the Supreme Court.
“We will keep on fighting for the Little Sisters, even if that means having to go all the way to the Supreme Court,” said Daniel Blomberg, Counsel at the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty.
The Court’s order similarly harms Christian Brothers Services and Christian Brothers Employee Benefit Trust, the Catholic ministries through which the Little Sisters obtain their health coverage.
This is more than just a violation of the Sister’s religious beliefs. It’s completely ludicrous for anyone with even a basic understanding of Catholic tradition and thought. Also, whatever happened to the leftist mantra of “stay out of my bedroom!” Or does only apply to the gay stuff and vietnamese sex hammocks? Also, in this case… there is no bedroom. Because these birds don’t even get busy.
First off, I’m not Catholic. I also don’t see any inherent moral objections to the use of birth control. That being said, many Catholics oppose a variety of contraception methods, believing they destroy human life. For these Catholics, providing contraception is absolutely nothing like “applying for a building permit”; instead, they believe doing so empowers individuals to murder innocent children. Just a tad different. Maybe a scoach.
Secondly, those who choose the life of a nun with ‘Little Sisters of the Poor’ are committing to a life of celibacy. So, uhm, why would these dames need the government to intervene to ensure that its members have access to rubbers and/or sexy-time pills?
As the Little Sisters of the Poor state on their website, “Encountering Christ in prayer and serving him in the poor with love—this is the life of a Little Sister of the Poor! By our profession of the vows of chastity, poverty and obedience we offer God our heart and affections, our personal talents and gifts, our possessions and our will—all that we are and have—for his glory and the salvation of souls. In this way we live out St. Paul’s challenge to the early Christians to offer their whole being as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God.”
Dear government, please stop being such intrusive jackasses. Regardless of your religion, ‘The Little Sisters of the Poor’ are committed to doing good and serving those in need. They don’t need your intervention. They don’t need your programs. In fact, maybe you could learn something from them. Like, how to actually help people… rather than run constantly intervene without adding significant value. There’s a thought!