Supreme Court Must Reject “Ludicrous” Exemptions to Contraceptive Coverage, Says Center for Inquiry

Feb 19, 2016

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By CFI

Signing a paper to claim a religious exemption is not in itself a violation of one’s religious liberty, argues the Center for Inquiry in a brief filed with the Supreme Court in the case of Zubik v. Burwell. Calling the lawsuit “ludicrous,” CFI, joined in their brief by American Atheists, urges the court to stop the snowballing of religious privilege by rejecting the unconstitutional claims of employers attempting to impose their religious beliefs on the lives of their employees.

Already granted an exemption from having to provide contraceptive coverage as guaranteed by the Affordable Care Act, a group of religious nonprofits now claims that the mere act of requesting that exemption constitutes a violation of their religious liberty, making them somehow “complicit” in what they perceive to be a sin. Under the auspices of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA), they effectively seek to ensure that their employees are denied any contraceptive coverage whatsoever.

The plaintiffs have already been granted an overly generous way to avoid participating in a democratically enacted social program, CFI says in its brief. It points out that never before has the Supreme Court held that a requirement to seek a religious exemption constitutes a burden on religion, saying that such broad veto power over generally applicable laws sets a terrible precedent.


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3 comments on “Supreme Court Must Reject “Ludicrous” Exemptions to Contraceptive Coverage, Says Center for Inquiry

  • The banners carry the appropriate message, but I’m not sure if religions can “do” minding their own business!
    . . . . . Especially not business related to the sexual activity with which they seem obsessed!



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    NearlyNakedApe says:

    @OP

    Under the auspices of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA), they effectively seek to ensure that their employees are denied any contraceptive coverage whatsoever.

    Oh the irony of the name of that organization: RFRA. This reflects one of the worst trends in America’s ultra right-wing conservative groups: pusposefully giving themselves a name that sounds deceivingly liberal and positive but is actually the exact opposite of what they truly believe in and seek to accomplish. The unmitigated gall and disingenuousness of these theocrats is as staggering as it is unfuriating.

    True religious freedom is the last thing these people want.



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  • The whole idea of the Catholic Church is to make us feel guilty about our sexual feelings. They want to control our lives as they want to impose their “moral authority” on us so we feel the need to come to their churches and “confess” or “sins.” A sin is nothing more than what the RCC says it is. When they make people feel guilty, they will fill their tithings with much money and genuflect more often. They get this idea in part from Augustine of Hippo:

    Augustine of Hippo (354–430) taught that Adam’s sin is transmitted
    by concupiscence, or “hurtful desire”, resulting in humanity
    becoming a massa damnata (mass of perdition, condemned crowd), with
    much enfeebled, though not destroyed, freedom of will.

    (From Wikipedia)

    Concupiscence is primarily “lust” or sex drive. Everyone has that because that is what keeps the human species going. Now when someone wants to use contraceptives, why would anyone want to do THAT??? Of course for most of us we only want to prevent unwanted pregnancy AND because we want to enjoy the pleasures of sex. OH how horrible! It is one of those 7 dead “sins.” That philosophy is NOT the word of some delusionary “god.” It comes from contorted ideas of men who want to control lives and behavior of people (“moral authority” again). It is a clever argument but it is sick to the core. They don’t have a deep seated desire to get you to heaven, they only want to control your behavior and lives…..that is all it is: CONTROL.



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