It has been awhile. I just sent the following to the LA Times:
In your Saturday, February 9 article regarding the controversy over the contraception mandate in the Affordable Care Act, you cite a Catholic business owner who is suing the government on the grounds that “providing such coverage would be ‘sinful and immoral.'” Catholic doctrine considers homosexuality to be sinful. Could this same business owner refuse to provide medication to a HIV positive gay employee? Could an employer who believes that obesity is a sign of moral weakness and an affront to God deny an over-wieght employee medical treatment for Type II Diabetes?
Nearly a century ago, Henry Ford required that his employees not drink, smoke or dance as a condition of employment. These activities, said Mr. Ford, were ‘sinful and immoral.’ We have seen, over the last 10-15 years, a rising income disparity rivaling that of the era of the Robber Barons. Are we returning to an era when an employer can dictate our private, legal actions as well?