No freedom of beliefs if the Catholic Church employs you

This is an interesting twist to the religious freedom thing:

The American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU of Massachusetts challenged HHS’ distribution of funds connected to the Trafficking Victims Protection Act to the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) because the organization prohibited these funds from being used to pay for contraceptive and abortion referrals and services.

Until recently, USCCB subcontracted with organizations that aided trafficking victims, but banned them from using any federal funds to provide or refer for contraception, condoms and abortion care. Since many trafficking victims have been raped by the traffickers and forced into prostitution, these services are vital.

So, the Catholic Church does not think that the US government has any right to tell them to do things  they think are wrong, but they think they must be able to tell their subcontractors what they can do with the money they give them–money that comes from the US government. And:

The facts of the case: The Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000 allocated money to combat “a contemporary manifestation of slavery whose victims are predominantly women and children.” In November 2005, the Bush administration gave the CCB a contract to administer the bulk of the money, and allowed it to stipulate that it would not permit any subcontractor to provide “referral for abortion services or contraceptive materials.” That is, it permitted a religious organization to decide how to disburse (or not disburse) federal funds, muddling dogma with policy.

Given that the Catholic Church made their religious beliefs the policy of the US government, it’s not surprising that the court decided this was unconstitutional–it was against the separation of church and state.

I’m sure we’ll now hear all the Catholic Church crazies whine about how oppressed the Church is. It’s part of their religious freedom to deny, as the face of the US government, a sexual slavery victim contraception.

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