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Published: Friday, June 22 2012 9:36 a.m. MDT

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Mountanman
Hayden, ID

It is very refreshing to see someone stand up for religious liberties! Otherwise we will all lose our freedom!

Tolstoy
salt lake, UT

I think on some level their complaints about insurance coverage may have some validity but the freedom of two gay people to get married and the freedom of those that see the benefits of stem cell research to engage in such research n no way violates the catholic churches freedom of religion. what they seem to want is the ability to force others to follow their dictates.

lost in DC
West Jordan, UT

Barry Lynn, executive director of Americans United for Separation of Church and State, said,
"They are asking for preferential treatment from the government,"

No, Barry, they are asking to be treated the way they were treated BEFORE BO changed the laws so that the laws then would cause them to VIOLATE their conscience, contrary to the first amendment.

Tolstoy,
I think you missed the point of the religious exemption on the gay marriage issue – no church should be forced to officiate over a gay union.

Mark B
Eureka, CA

People are free to associate with any church that does not break laws. But when those churches then hire non church memebers for non-religious duties (such as running a hospital) they can hardly base employment benefits on church beliefs. And in the case of Catholic schools and hospitals, lawyers have seen to it that actual ownership is NOT based in Rome but in some local corporate entity. You can't have it both ways.

Tolstoy
salt lake, UT

@lost
and no church has been forced to in any of the states that have gay marriage so what's your point.

K
Mchenry, IL

Yes stem cell does violate our faith. They are employers of teachers catholic and non in their school systems and provide health care. Heath care can't not involve embryonic stem cells because it destroys a human being with a soul. Belief that the soul is present at conception means its human. Adult stems are fine. No human life is destroyed in the process of collecting blood products. Catholic schools and hospitals do not restrict employment or receiving education and health care services because we don't want to discriminate. We want to serve anyone. We don't want to not employ a person who makes different decisions. People are free to accept or reject. But we don't want a hand in paying for those things contrary to basic theology. And people applying for positions or seeking health care from us should make that decision before they walk in the door.

I saw we close all the hospitals and schools. Let's see what the country says when tens of thousands show up at public school registration come fall.

worf
Mcallen, TX

The Catholic church made a mistake by taking in federal funds. Federal funds frequently come with regulations, and mandates.

Hightek
Salt Lake City, UT

@lost in DC
If the law you're referring to that Obama changed is the birth control requirement that everyone got so worked up over, that law has actually been in place for over a decade.

In December 2000, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ruled that companies that provided prescription drugs to their employees but didn't provide birth control were in violation of Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, which prevents discrimination on the basis of sex. That opinion, which the George W. Bush administration did nothing to alter or withdraw when it took office the next month, is still in effect today—and because it relies on Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, it applies to all employers with 15 or more employees

elarue
NEW YORK, NY

@K
Actually, embryonic stem cells aren't a destruction of life as we know it. The brethren have said that we don't know when the spirit enters the body, and that it may be different for each person. I would offer conjecture that it is past the stage when embryonic stem cells are created. In any case, while the church has stated prohibitions against abortion (except in certain cases), the church has also stated that there is no prohibition against the use of stem cells.

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