Obama’s Newest Shell Game
The Obamanistas are saying that the new mandate requiring all employers – including Catholic institutions – to provide free birth control insurance to every employee does not violate the religious freedom of those institutions. They claim this is so because an exemption is granted to those religious-based organizations that primarily minister to members of their own faith.
According to this standard, the only way a Catholic hospital would qualify for this exemption would be to fire all of its non-Catholic employees and replace them with Catholics. The problem is, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 specifically prohibits employment discrimination based on race, color, RELIGION, sex, or national origin.
If we assume that the Obama administration is aware of the 1964 Civil Right Act, the only rational conclusion is that they intentionally designed a scheme in which any institution that attempted to qualify for their exemption would be in violation of federal law. To carry it one step further, it could be argued that the only way a Catholic hospital would ever be eligible for this exemption is if they also had an admissions policy that only accepted Catholic patients. I also suspect that even Catholic patients would have to be turned away if they were brought into the emergency room by non-Catholic ambulance drivers.
All I can say it that you have to hand it to the Obamanistas. They may be thoroughly evil, but they are crafty.