Birth control mandate rife with hypocrisy

Published 11:14 pm Saturday, June 23, 2012

Here’s a bit of hypocrisy or, at least, incongruity.

The Civil Rights Act of 1964 says employers are bound by law in this great country of ours to “reasonably accommodate” an employee’s religious beliefs.

Enter the Obama Administration’s health care law. It appears what’s good for the goose is not necessarily good for the gander.

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Under the health care law approved by Congress last year and being tested now before the U.S. Supreme Court, new government health insurance rules will mandate that employers provide birth control coverage to employees either free or at no cost added to general health insurance coverage.

The Roman Catholic Church, forever an opponent of unnatural birth control, takes the upcoming mandate as an affront and says the government should pay for the birth control or all Roman Catholic employers — including more than 600 hospitals and hundreds of nursing homes across the country — should be exempted from the mandate.

If there’s no wiggle room for employers as they accommodate employees, should there be none for the government as it deals with employers?

Awaiting the high court’s ruling in a presidential election year, the question of hypocrisy — or at least incongruity — probably will be heard many times.