This is so wrong.
After the Trump administration agreed that requiring celibate nuns who care for elderly cancer patients to pay for contraception and abortifacients was ridiculous, the attorneys general of two states, California and Pennsylvania, have decided to sue the federal government to force the Little Sisters of the Poor and others who oppose the HHS mandate to pay for contraceptives and abortifacients.
Here’s the money quote from the linked article:
“Sadly Josh Shapiro and Xavier Becerra [the attorneys general of CA and PA] think attacking nuns is a way to score political points,” Becket Law’s Senior Counsel Mark Rienzi commented on the lawsuits. “These men may think their campaign donors want them to sue nuns, but our guess is most taxpayers disagree. No one needs nuns in order to get contraceptives, and no one needs these guys reigniting the last administration’s divisive and unnecessary culture war.”
One can only speculate about the motives of these men. Clearly their cause is lost. They cannot expect to win this battle in the courts. Recent rulings of the Supreme Court indicate no sympathy for forcing those who dissent on the use of contraceptives and abortifacients on religious grounds to pay for them. As well, there’s no public sympathy for making a group of nuns who care for elderly cancer patients to pay for contraceptives.
Is is personal animus? Are Shapiro and Becerra so opposed to the First Amendment protections of religious liberty that they’re willing to waste taxpayer’s money to pursue a case that has little public support and no chance of winning in the courts? Is it a deep, simmering anti-Catholicism? Were Shapiro and Becerra offended by a priest or nun in the past? Do they hate the Church’s teaching on contraception and abortion so fiercely that they’re willing to exploit the power of their positions to jump into this rabbit’s hole? What could it be?
Whatever it is, it bodes ill for the Church and religious communities when people who wield the power of the state are motivated by some bizarre hatred of religious liberty or religion itself that they are willing to abuse their power and the court system to pursue their anti-religion agendas. The governors of California and Pennsylvania ought to weigh in on these abuses and take these men to task for exploiting their office and wasting taxpayer’s money. Shame on them!
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