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Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Church-State Watchdog Group Blasts Phony ‘Religious Freedom’ Claims Of Catholic Hierarchy May 22, 2012 The Roman Catholic hierarchy’s claim that its religious freedom is being violated by new health-care regulations is bogus, says Americans United for Separation of Church and State. The bishops yesterday orchestrated a slew of lawsuits to attack an Obama administration regulation requiring health insurance companies to provide no-copay birth control to employees who want it. Houses of worship are exempt from the mandate, but the bishops are trying to deny birth control coverage for employees at Catholic-affiliated institutions such as hospitals and colleges as well. They even want an exemption to cover secular businesses owned by Catholics. “It’s important to expose these lawsuits for what they are: an outrageous assault on safe, effective and affordable birth control,” said the Rev. Barry W. Lynn, executive director of Americans United. “To the bishops, ‘religious freedom’ means the right to force their dogma on the unwilling.” Read the rest of this press release at » Like AU Press Release: Bishops’ Lawsuits Seek To Impose Birth Control Ban Through Health-Care Policy on Facebook

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