Commenter CWLsun put together a list of links in the Tip Line regarding the explicit plan of various law school branches of Students for Reproductive Freedom to establish secular contraceptive policies at Catholic educational institutions.
I don’t have a problem with that when it is done without using the force of government.
If Sandra Fluke had convinced Georgetown to change its policy, that would be one thing. But Georgetown rejected her multi-year effort, so she turned to Democrats in Congress to try to force her will on that Catholic institution.
Religious institutions are not immune to civil laws. But using government power to force policies on religious institutions or even private citizens which violate religious beliefs is highly problematic.
Commenter stevenwhitemd, long before anyone heard of Sandra Fluke, was on to what really was happening with the contrived contraception issue:
The contraception issue, of course, isn’t about contraception at all….
It’s not about preventing conception.
It’s about power.
In any left revolution, be it progressive, bolshevik, socialist, fascist, maoist, or bolivaran, it is necessary to knock down organized religion. The Catholic Church competes for the hearts and minds of people and does so effectively, as do the evangelical Protestant churches, etc. Further, the Church is organized and so can put out a message of opposition.
So at some point the revolution has to take the Church on, or lose.
Notice the relative quiet in the media, with the exception of Fox News (video below), as to the religious liberty angle:
“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof ….”
The media and liberal activist groups view the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment as expansive, yet act as if the Free Exercise Clause is a quaint anachronism, or as Ezra Klein might say, “old“.
Alternative post title: “Against Catholics’ Will.”