Time and time again, we see religious officials whining about so-called threats to religious freedom. We often hear their cries of “our religious freedom is under attack” in cases where businesses discriminate against same-sex couples. But we can also hear their whining in cases like the following:
A federal appeals court has reversed lower-court victories by two western Pennsylvania Catholic dioceses and a private Christian college that challenged birth control coverage mandates as part of federal health care reforms.
The 3-0 ruling Wednesday by the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals panel found that the reforms place “no substantial burden” on the religious groups and therefore don’t violate their First Amendment right to religious expression.
All three organizations are mulling whether to appeal to the entire 3rd Circuit Court or the U.S. Supreme Court.
You just know what’s coming next. You don’t need to rub my bald head to try and divine the response from religious officials:
“Such a ruling should cause deep concern for anyone who cares about any First Amendment rights, especially the right to teach and practice a religious faith,” Pittsburgh Bishop David Zubik said in a statement. “This decision says that the church is no longer free to practice what we preach.”
As I said in the comment section of the article:
Oh, get over your religious privilege.
You do not have the right to impose your religious beliefs on others, no matter how much you believe otherwise, and your religious beliefs are not under siege. You’re mad that your religious privilege is lessening and more and more people are openly questioning and in many places, challenging, your religious beliefs. That’s what happens when all ideas are on the table and not prevented from being scrutinized.
Deal with it.