2/10: Health care and religious institutions

Moderated by Tom Sabulis
The new federal rule requiring religious schools and hospitals to include birth control and other reproductive services in their health care coverage continues to draw headlines.

Today,  Atlanta’s Catholic archbishop writes about the government’s “dangerous interference” with religious groups, while a local  Baptist pastor says the law is “essential” and fundamentally fair.

What do you think?

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February 10th, 2012
11:28 am

Get religion out of my government!


February 10th, 2012
10:09 am

Georgia is dead last in financial security
By Craig Schneider

Georgians live closer to the financial edge than anyone else in the nation, and the danger extends beyond the poor to the middle class, according to a newly published in-depth analysis.

The study by the Washington-based Corporation for Enterprise Development ranked Georgia dead last in terms of the financial security of its residents, based on factors such as their high debt load, lack of savings and assets, and the prevalence of personal bankruptcies.

“This is not just people with a low-end job or people on unemployment,” said Kasey Wiedrich, a senior researcher for the nonprofit educational organization, which promotes economic opportunities for people with low incomes. “A lot of these families make a decent living, but they don’t have savings and they’re just getting by.”

The report reflected the devastating blows that have struck a state where unemployment exceeds the national average and major economic engines — real estate, banking and home construction — aren’t firing on all cylinders. The state ranked in the bottom fifth of states in several categories: poverty-level income (42nd in the country), bankruptcies (50th), poor credit (48th), overdue debt (48th), and households with neither a savings nor a checking account (49th).

Hey, who cares, as long as we have our mega churches and Eddie Longs and politicians trying to out faith each other- right?


February 10th, 2012
9:57 am

I am so happy that our government considers a pregnancy a disease, what a smart bunch they are… NOT!

Road Scholar

February 10th, 2012
9:41 am

Is the Catholic Church against the death penalty? Torture? Corporal punishment? (had my knuckles rapped by a nun as a child!)

How about child molestation and abuse? I think we know where they stand on that!

I wonder if an employee of a Catholic run organization would be fired for taking birth control? I mean , how could they work with “that” person?


February 10th, 2012
9:16 am

The Catholic church is so out of touch on this issue. 98% of Catholic women use birth control. Why should they have to pay for it when others don’t. This is total BS.


February 10th, 2012
8:51 am

Anything the Catholic Church officially says about the morality of, say, people using birth control carries zero moral authority until they clean up the appalling moral mess in their own house.

J.R. Cash

February 10th, 2012
8:50 am

This issue is much bigger than contraceptives — this is a First Amendment issue. Can the government mandate that a Religious Institution provide services fundamentally at odds with its value system? If so, then religious freedom begins to bleed in the United States. As a Protestant, I am in solidarity with the Roman Catholic Church even though I have no moral qualms with the underlying issue of contraceptives (”First they came for the trade unionists, etc . . .”). We may be in for a future where Priests and Pastors go to jail as prisoners of conscience . . .


February 10th, 2012
8:42 am

Why do millions of women allow old celibate child rapists to tell them what to do about birth control? Are they that truly mindless?


February 10th, 2012
8:35 am

This is a case of idiology trumping the practicality. People…do what you want. Use contraception or don’t. No one is forcing those who want or don;t to use it or not to. It’s contraception – it’s NOT that controversial a subject. Everybody has an ideological viewpoint (and all sides are reinforced by today’s divisive politics for the sake of vote-getting and ad revenues), but let’s be practical. It’s not necesary to force your ideological viewpoint on others in order to be free to choose whats right for you. Who CARES if churches have to offer this option or if they are free not to. With world population at 7 billion people, a little contraception is a good idea even for those who are willing to place utterly blind faith before their own species long term survival.


February 10th, 2012
8:30 am

I once said seasons greetings to a coworker only to have her look at me as if I had just committed murder. Later another coworker pulled me aside and said the person is a Jehovah’s Witness. Do you see where I’m going with this? Why in the hell do we who are governed by secular laws have to walk on eggs shells to keep from offending someone’s religious consicience? Beleieve what you want, but do not force me to treat you special because of your precious beliefs.