Where the Rubbers Meet the Road to Rome: Rick Warren Willing to Go to Jail in Support of Catholic Stance on Obama Mandate

Rick Warren took a break from humblebragging on his Twitter page last week to say he would go to jail before caving to President Barack Obama's mandate that employers with religious affiliations -- such as Catholic hospitals -- cover contraceptives in their health insurance plans.
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We're not sure where Jehovah mentions government health care requirements in Scripture, but give credit to Rick for pulling a Bible verse out of context to support his politics. The verse he cites is where Saint Peter and the apostles tell opposing religious leaders that they would rather obey God than men.

They had been preaching the Christian gospel under the real threat of getting killed -- a far cry from disagreeing over American health care policy. After they finished preaching, the religious leaders beat the crap out of Peter and his fellow apostles.

Then there's this: 

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Christian conspiracy theorists who believe in a future one-world religion just creamed their choir robes.

Obama backed off his mandate after Catholics and conservatives blasted the policy as an assault on the First Amendment. Religious employers won't have to pay for or provide coverage for birth control, but instead, insurance companies apparently will be required to offer the coverage directly to the employees. 

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Hbpatriotmom
Hbpatriotmom

Obama backed off his mandate after Catholics and conservatives blasted the policy as an assault on the First Amendment. Religious employers won't have to pay for or provide coverage for birth control, but instead, insurance companies apparently will be required to offer the coverage directly to the employees. The above statement does not apply to many religious organizations such as the archdiocese of Washington D.C. who employ so many people that they are self-insured which means they are the insurer and therefore are directly paying for and providing the services that go against their faith. Also, where do you think most of the money comes from to pay for the medical care of employees of religious organizations but from Catholics themselves.   So, Obama did not back off in the least. 

FishWithoutBicycle
FishWithoutBicycle

They'll ditch providing birth control options but I bet they wouldn't think of touching any services/medications that treat erectile dysfunction. If a pregnancy is supposed to be the will of God wouldn't an erection be too, then?

909Jeff
909Jeff

"We're not sure where Jehovah mentions government health care requirements in Scripture."

Likewise I'm not sure where it says "government healthcare requirements" in the Constitution or Bill of rights...

And nice we got 2 Chucks and one Warren in one day from Dulaney...

909Jeff
909Jeff

well there in lies the problem Fish... With or without contraception you cant tango if there aint no lead in that pencil! 

But youre probably right...

20ftJesus
20ftJesus

 You know the old saying, if men could get pregnant...

The same applies to contraceptives.  As a fiscal conservative, I think this policy makes the most economic sense. 

FishWithoutBicycle
FishWithoutBicycle

It's just one of many many problems I have with faith-based organizations being in charge of medical facilities...the administrators allow their religious dogma to compromise patient care by purposely by forbidding open dialogue between doctor and patient because some of those choices available might go against their religious beliefs. My mom remembers being at St. Joseph's in Orange awaiting a c-section and her ob-gyn had to ask her in hushed tones if she wanted her tubes tied because it was a Catholic hospital and they frowned upon doctors even suggesting it...to grown women who had the right to choose their reproductive destiny!

909Jeff
909Jeff

Hey my HC plan pays for my wifes BC...  BUT this is a classic example of the overreach of government. 

I think health insurance needs to go back to being what it was.... A benefit used by employers to attract quality employees.

FishWithoutBicycle
FishWithoutBicycle

Well, it seems their hearts are in the right place, baby. ;-)  And who could blame them for trying to keep McDonald's out of their fair city...although some will shudder at the idea of preventing free enterprise. =:-O

909Jeff
909Jeff

Well some times you have to deal with it to get good care... Look at Loma Linda University... One of the best Cardiac and Pediatric trauma units in the country, its run by the seventh day adventists.

Who are currently trying to keep McDonalds out of Loma Linda!

FishWithoutBicycle
FishWithoutBicycle

My sister was the c-section at St. Joseph's...it's a good hospital, albeit a little archaic about family planning. ;-)

I was born in Los Alamitos hospital...I still drive past the building on Katella! :-)

909Jeff
909Jeff

Thats where I was born! 

And my mom

And her mom

And her mom

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