Member Rara Avis
It compels Catholics as employers to fund the provision of a product which terminates human life which Catholics hold begins at conception.
As employers, John, they already do that.
They pay their employees wages, which are then taxed and used to buy guns. They buy supplies, which similarly results in taxes being levied. Their money already goes straight from the collection plate to the deserts of Iraq and Afghanistan. So long as they want to be of this world, doing more than worshiping and teaching, so long as they employ the services of people who want to do more than worship and teach, they will be of the WHOLE world, the bad right along with the good.
Catholics don't believe in contraception. Jehovah's Witnesses will routinely refuse blood and certain blood products. Christian Scientists similarly refuse vaccinations and are on official record as saying faith healing is every bit as responsible a choice as is biomedical care. Where do you want to draw the line, John? In my opinion, every faith has the right to live -- and die -- by their own beliefs. They do not, however, have the right to force those beliefs on their employees, their vendors, or anyone else simply because there has been an exchange of money.
"When you go to a Jewish deli, you are not expecting pork chops."
No, John, but when you go to work for a Jewish deli, you don't become a Jew. Nor can the owner of the deli forbid you from using your paycheck to buy all the pork chops you can eat. Likewise, when you go into a Catholic church, school or hospital, you shouldn't expect them to be handing out contraceptives. But if you go to work for anyone, be they Catholic or not, you should rest easy knowing they have no legal right to withhold payment simply because they don't agree with how you spend your money.
p.s. I'm afraid I didn't have time to follow all your links this time, John. I'll be happy to listen to your thoughts, of course, when you find the time and inclination to pen them.