Yes, let’s attack nuns for not wanting birth control
Over at The Week, Ed Morrissey has exercised some righteous outrage over the National Organization for Women’s (NOW) decision to attack Catholic nuns. The fallout from the Supreme Court’s decision in the Hobby Lobby case has revealed just how low the left will go to defend their ideology in the face of facts and reality. Clearly, cooler heads will not prevail. At least, not anytime soon.
As part of its full-throated defense of ObamaCare’s contraception mandate, NOW has a list of what it calls  “The Dirty 100”  — entities that have sued the Department of Health and Human Services and demanded exemptions on the basis of their First Amendment right to religious expression and the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA). Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood Specialties, the two firms that won the Hobby Lobby case last week, occupy two spots on the list, as does Wheaton College, which won a controversial injunction against HHS later in the week.
Almost square in the middle of the list, though, are the Little Sisters of the Poor.
That’s right, America. Even nuns, who devote their lives to charity and self-sacrifice, are not immune to the wrath NOW feels over those who believe that not everyone should have to pay for every kind of contraceptive. But who cares about nuns when we’re talking birth control!
We could go on, but we’ll leave Morrissey to dissect every inch of the foolishness that is NOW’s Dirty 100 list. If the outrage is about women rights and lack of choice, and that is what NOW and others claim it to be about, why not give female nuns the choice of opting out of products that violate their religious teachings?
The problem is that at a fundamental level, this isn’t about choice. It’s about ideology. NOW, NARAL, and Planned Parenthood only care about choice if the outcome fits with their worldview; in this case, free birth control. What Morrissey gets wrong is that he calls the NOW list a “new low” for liberals. Sadly, this kind of demagoguery from the left is something we’ve seen before and frankly, it’s getting old.
- 1- Morrissey, Edward. A new low for liberals: Attacking Catholic nuns over Hobby Lobby. http://theweek.com 8 July 2014. http://theweek.com/article/index/264341/a-new-low-for-liberals-attacking-catholic-nuns-over-hobby-lobby
- 2- Birth Control Mandate Lawsuits. http://now.org 2014. http://now.org/resource/birth-control-mandate-lawsuits/
- 3- Stand Against the Dirty 100. http://now.org 2014. http://action.now.org/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=9378