A Quaker answers Christian objections to contraception coverage

JISHOU, HUNAN — Members of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) have a long history of conscientious objection and non-violent resistance to laws they feel contradict divine law. Notable examples have included slavery from the early 1700s to 1865 in the USA, war since the 17th century. and conscription in the 20th. Since the passing of the Affordable Care Act, some conservative Christian employers have objected to the ACA’s mandate that company health care plans should cover contraception and abortions for those employees needing them. Hobby Lobby’s owners, in particular, have taken their objections to the US Supreme Court, saying they should be allowed to essentially be “conscientious objectors” and refuse such coverage. Seems reasonable, right? Well, not quite. As blogger Annalee Flower Horne explains, a CO should not expect life to be so easy. As a Quaker, I believe in Conscience Protection. I believe people should have the right to refuse work that violates their principles. If a draft were called tomorrow, I would wholeheartedly support people’s right not to serve. But if someone serving in the military came to me and said they wanted me to defend their right to refuse military service, but that they also wanted ...

They have no shame: Calif. GOP makes fake healthcare website

JISHOU, HUNAN — Taking a page from the Kim Jong-Il Manual of Public and Media Manipulation, Republican members of the California Assembly created pamphlets and an entire website to mislead people about the Affordable Care Act and health insurance. As reported at Crooks and Liars, the assembly members sent “helpful” mailings to their constituents offering advice about signing up for health insurance, with just one little problem. ..[T]hey don’t direct those people to CoveredCA.com to sign up. Instead, they send them to their own astroturf version at the URL CoveringHealthCareCA.com. Visitors to the fake website are then misled about their options under the ACA (also known as Obamacare), told only about the penalties in not signing up and not about the benefits — basically, a pack of lies. What is it about these Republicans? They are sore losers who never had a decent hand and are now trying to stack the deck — and they’re not even dealing the cards! Congress passed the ACA, President Barack Obama signed, and it became law. The insurance exchanges are in operation in many states (except in those states controlled by Republicans dead set on destroying the system from the inside) and hundreds of ...
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