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Supreme Court delays contraception mandate for two Catholic nonprofits
December 31st, 2013
06:33 PM ET

Supreme Court delays contraception mandate for two Catholic nonprofits

By Bill Mears, CNN Supreme Court Producer

Washington (CNN)–
The U.S. Supreme Court has temporarily exempted two Catholic Church-affiliated nonprofits from requirements to provide contraceptive coverage to its employees under the Affordable Care Act.

Justice Sonia Sotomayor issued a brief order late Tuesday, hours before the controversial Obama administration mandates were set to go into effect.

The Little Sisters of the Poor – a charity congregation of Roman Catholic women in Denver – and the Illinois-based Christian Brothers Services had filed a lawsuit objecting to the contraception mandate, saying it violated their religious and moral beliefs. Some religious-affiliated groups were required to comply with contraception coverage or face hefty fines.

Sotomayor said the two groups were exempted from the mandates until at least Friday, when the federal government faces a deadline to file a legal response in the case.

FULL STORY
- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Belief • Bishops • Catholic Church • Christianity • Courts • Pope Francis

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  1. sam stone

    Merely repeating the things Pharisees say about this god of theirs. He did exist. He did not exist. He was god. He was nuts. Blah blah 4ever.

    He was who he said he was

    January 6, 2014 at 4:02 am |
    • Reality # 2

      And what was that?

      January 6, 2014 at 1:14 pm |
      • Sean Lynch

        Can u read?

        January 6, 2014 at 2:18 pm |
        • Reality # 2

          Yes. So "He was who he said he was." So again who was he and what was he??

          January 6, 2014 at 5:48 pm |
        • Sean Lynch

          Go look

          January 6, 2014 at 7:03 pm |
        • Reality # 2

          I did and this what I found:

          What some of the experts (NT, historical Jesus scholars) have to say about the "Son of God/the Father" references in the NT:

          Matt 7:21
          “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father in heaven."

          Not said by the historical Jesus, but more embellishment my Matthew. http://www.faithfutures.org/JDB/jdb111.html

          Matt 9:6 Passage notes "Son of Man" not Son of God.

          http://www.faithfutures.org/JDB/jdb127.html
          Matt 10:32-33, ""Everyone therefore who acknowledges me before others, I also will acknowledge before my Father in heaven; /33/ but whoever denies me before others, I also will deny before my Father in heaven"

          "Ludemann [Jesus, 344] states " this is a prophetic admonition from the post-Easter community. For it, Jesus and the Son of man were 'identical in the future: Jesus will return in the near future as the Son of man with the clouds of heaven. In his earthly life he was not yet the Son of man, since he will come to judgment only with the clouds of heaven (Dan. 7.13f) at the end of days' (Haenchen)."

          Matt 11:27 "All things have been handed over to me by my Father; and no one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and anyone to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.

          http://www.faithfutures.org/JDB/jdb045.html

          "Lüdemann [Jesus, 330f] invokes the classic description from K. Hase of this passage as a "thunderbolt from the Johannine heavens." He notes the typically Johannine reference to mutual knowledge between Father and Son, and the absolute use of "Son" as a designation for Jesus. In dismissing the saying's authenticity, Luedemann also notes the similarity to ideas in the post-Easter commissioning scene at Matt 28:18, "All authority has been given to me ..."

          Matt 1:20- 225 (another "pretty, wingie thingie requirement)

          20/ But just when he had resolved to do this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, "Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife, for the child conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. /21/ She will bear a son, and you are to name him Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins." /22/ All this took place to fulfill what had been spoken by the Lord through the prophet: /23/ "Look, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall name him Emmanuel," which means, "God is with us." /24/ When Joseph awoke from sleep, he did as the angel of the Lord commanded him; he took her as his wife, /25/ but had no marital relations with her until she had borne a son; and he named him Jesus."

          "Bruce Chilton

          In Rabbi Jesus: An Intimate Biography (2000), Chilton develops the idea of Jesus as a mamzer; someone whose irregular birth circ-umstances result in their exclusion from full participation in the life of the community. He argues for the natural paternity of Joseph and finds no need for a miraculous conception. In his subsequent reconstruction of Jesus' life, Chilton suggests that this sustained personal experience of exclusion played a major role in Jesus' self-ident-ity, his concept of God and his spiritual quest. "

          Mark 1: 11 And a voice came from heaven, "You are my Son, the Beloved; with you I am well pleased."

          http://www.faithfutures.org/JDB/jdb058.html

          " Professor Gerd Lüdemann

          Lüdemann [Jesus, 9] affirms the historicity of Jesus being baptized by John, but does not trace the theological interpretations back beyond the post-Easter community:

          ... Jesus did not regard his baptism as appointment to be the son of God. The underlying concept derives from the community, which believed in Jesus as the son of God (cf. Gal. 2.16; 4.4) and located his appointment within his lifetime. In the earliest period, for example, the appointment of Jesus as son of God came only after his resurrection from the dead (cf. Rom. 1.4).

          "John P. Meier -Professor at Notre Dame:

          The second volume of A Marginal Jew devotes considerable space to a study of John as "mentor" to Jesus. The historicity of the baptism is addressed on pages 100-105, before considering the meaning of Jesus' baptism on pages 106-116. On the basis of the criterion of embarrassment, supported by a limited proposal for multiple attestation (relying on possible echoes of a Q version in John's Gospel and in 1 John 5:6), Meier concludes:

          We may thus take the baptism of Jesus by John as the firm historical starting point for any treatment of Jesus' public ministry. (II,105)

          Having established the historicity of the baptism event, Meier is adamant that the narrative must be seen as a Christian midrash, drawing on various OT themes to assert the primacy of Jesus over John. In particular, Meier insists that the theophany must be excluded from all attempts to understand the event, since it is a later Christian invention rather than a surviving memory of some actual spiritual experience of Jesus.

          Meier's discussion of the meaning of the baptism puts great weight on the fact that accepting baptism implied Jesus' agreement with John's apocalyptic message, and also engages at length with the question of Jesus' sinlessness."

          January 7, 2014 at 12:37 am |
        • Apple Bush

          Well, c. That wasn't hard now was it! Congratulations! Now u no

          January 7, 2014 at 2:45 am |
  2. Sam Yaza

    lets look at the presidents this allowance may cause, a company that processes a Scientology belief, will not have to provide their employees with any psychiatric coverage. or in may case as a druid i do not have to provide any western medical coverage at all.

    January 5, 2014 at 8:30 pm |
  3. Reality # 2

    Only for the new members of this blog:

    The ACA will not correct the following. Being RESPONSIBLE will:

    The reality of se-x, abortion, contraception and STD/HIV control: – from an agnostic guy who enjoys intelligent se-x-

    Note: Some words hyphenated to defeat an obvious word filter. ...

    The Brutal Effects of Stupidity:

    : The failures of the widely used birth "control" methods i.e. the Pill (8.7% actual failure rate) and male con-dom (17.4% actual failure rate) have led to the large rate of abortions and S-TDs in the USA. Men and women must either recognize their responsibilities by using the Pill or co-ndoms properly and/or use safer methods in order to reduce the epidemics of abortion and S-TDs.- Failure rate statistics provided by the Gut-tmacher Inst-itute. Unfortunately they do not give the statistics for doubling up i.e. using a combination of the Pill and a condom.

    Added information before making your next move:

    "Se-xually transmitted diseases (STDs) remain a major public health challenge in the United States. While substantial progress has been made in preventing, diagnosing, and treating certain S-TDs in recent years, CDC estimates that approximately 19 million new infections occur each year, almost half of them among young people ages 15 to 24.1 In addition to the physical and psy-ch-ological consequences of S-TDs, these diseases also exact a tremendous economic toll. Direct medical costs as-sociated with STDs in the United States are estimated at up to $14.7 billion annually in 2006 dollars."
    See also: http://www.cnn.com/2013/04/26/opinion/bolan-se-xual-health/index.html?hpt=hp_t4

    And from:
    "Adolescents don’t think or-al se-x is something to worry about (even though is becoming a major cause of throat cancer)," said Bonnie Halpern-Felsher professor of pediatrics at the University of California, San Francisco. "They view it as a way to have intimacy without having 's-ex.'" (Maybe it should be called the Bill Clinton Syndrome !!)

    Obviously, political leaders in both parties, Planned Parenthood, parents, the "stupid part of the USA" and the educational system have failed miserably on many fronts.

    The most effective forms of contraception, ranked by "Perfect use":
    – (Abstinence, 0% failure rate)
    – (Masturbation, mono or mutual, 0% failure rate)
    Followed by:
    One-month injectable and Implant (both at 0.05 percent)
    Vasectomy and IUD (Mirena) (both at 0.1 percent)
    The Pill, Three-month injectable, and the Patch (all at 0.3 percent)
    Tubal sterilization (at 0.5 percent)
    IUD (Copper-T) (0.6 percent)
    Periodic abstinence (Post-ovulation) (1.0 percent)
    Periodic abstinence (Symptothermal) and Male condom (both at 2.0 percent)
    Periodic abstinence (Ovulation method) (3.0 percent)

    Every other method ranks below these, including Withdrawal (4.0), Female condom (5.0), Diaphragm (6.0), Periodic abstinence (calendar) (9.0), the Sponge (9.0-20.0, depending on whether the woman using it has had a child in the past), Cervical cap (9.0-26.0, with the same caveat as the Sponge), and Spermicides (18.0).

    January 5, 2014 at 6:37 pm |
    • Lester

      Yer sure in love with your own words, ain'tcha? Posted this like 3 times on one page? Buy a diary.

      January 5, 2014 at 7:27 pm |
      • Reality # 2

        As a good student, you have read the reiterations of being responsible humans Therefore, the seeds have been planted in rich soil. Go therefore and preach the truth to all nations, reiterating as you go amongst the lost, bred, born and brainwashed souls as Rational Thinking makes its triumphant return all because of you!!!!

        January 5, 2014 at 10:41 pm |
      • Apple Bush

        Amen! Lol! We hang on her every word! As soon as I c her, I tremble with anticipation at the new pile of nazi propaganda she's pushing now for the 23,000 time in 6 hours

        January 7, 2014 at 2:57 am |
      • Apple Bush

        Amen! Lol! We hang on her every word! As soon as I c her, I tremble with anticipation at the new pile of nazi propaganda she's pushing now for the 23,000 time in 6 hours

        Ain't she something? Perfect pharisee. Noes all and loves to tell u all about it. (Sadly, she is so unintelligent her capacity to form rationall thoughts strains credulity.) At least she can copy and paste

        January 7, 2014 at 3:55 pm |
    • Sam Yaza

      you forgot same sex relation 0% chance of pregnancy

      January 5, 2014 at 8:26 pm |
      • Reality # 2

        That comes under "mutual masturbation" 0% failure rate"

        January 5, 2014 at 10:38 pm |
  4. Felix Sinclair

    Why does religious morality spend so much time focused on secks?

    January 5, 2014 at 6:26 pm |
    • Sam Yaza

      they cant help it, its kinda the whole reason why they have some one like me. "the fallen one"

      January 5, 2014 at 8:12 pm |
      • Sam Yaza

        basically in Abrahamic lore sex is the origin of all evil, its stupid because sex is in fact the one act that is the closes thing to what heaven fells like in the human experience.

        January 5, 2014 at 8:21 pm |
  5. Span.k Your Imam

    Universe, do not be spewing thusly voluminously without prior vigourous spanking of backside of yourself and closely adjacent imam.

    It is written, no more shall prodigious humping of imams and goats be accomplished without sanctified vestal goats present. We have ready goats present nearby in Tehran. Prepare yourself for red posteriority. If Allah is willing your soreness will eventually subside and you may get back to riding your camel and your usual monkey spanking so profusely.

    Here it is written and must be so.
    Here it is written and must be so.
    Here it is written and must be so.
    Said thricely. Pay attention even in your red blushness of present moment.

    January 5, 2014 at 3:26 pm |
  6. Universe

    Verses regarding Mary in Quran (Islamic Scripture)

    “Mention in the scripture Mary. She isolated herself from her family, into an eastern location.” [19:16]

    “While a barrier separated her from them, we sent to her our Spirit. He went to her in the form of a human being.”

    “She said, "I seek refuge in the Most Gracious, that you may be righteous."”

    “He said, "I am the messenger of your Lord, to grant you a pure son."”

    “She said, "How can I have a son, when no man has touched me; I have never been unchaste."”

    “He said, "Thus said your Lord, `It is easy for Me. We will render him a sign for the people, and mercy from us. This is a predestined matter.' "”

    “When she bore him, she isolated herself to a faraway place.”

    “The birth process came to her by the trunk of a palm tree. She said, "(I am so ashamed;) I wish I were dead before this happened, and completely forgotten."”

    “(The infant) called her from beneath her, saying, "Do not grieve. Your Lord has provided you with a stream.”

    "If you shake the trunk of this palm tree, it will drop ripe dates for you.*

    "Eat and drink, and be happy. When you see anyone, say, `I have made a vow of silence, [to the Most Gracious]*; I am not talking today to anyone.' "

    “She came to her family, carrying him. They said, "O Mary, you have committed something that is totally unexpected.”

    "O descendant of Aaron, your father was not a bad man, nor was your mother unchaste."

    “She pointed to him. They said, "How can we talk with an infant in the crib?"”

    (The infant spoke and) said, "I am a servant of God. He has given me the scripture, and has appointed me a prophet.

    "He made me blessed wherever I go, and enjoined me to observe the Contact Prayers (Salat) and the obligatory charity (Zakat) for as long as I live.

    "I am to honor my mother; He did not make me a disobedient rebel.

    "And peace be upon me the day I was born, the day I die, and the day I get resurrected."

    “That was Jesus, the son of Mary, and this is the truth of this matter, about which they continue to doubt.”

    “It does not befit God that He begets a son, be He glorified. To have anything done, He simply says to it, "Be," and it is.”

    Thanks for taking time to read my post. Please take a moment to visit whyIslam org website.

    January 5, 2014 at 2:23 pm |
    • Span.k Your Imam

      Universe, do not be spewing thusly voluminously without prior vigourous spanking of backside of yourself and closely adjacent imam.

      It is written, no more shall prodigious humping of imams and goats be accomplished without sanctified vestal goats present. We have ready goats present nearby in Tehran. Prepare yourself for red posteriority. If Allah is willing your soreness will eventually subside and you may get back to riding your camel and your usual monkey spanking so profusely.

      Here it is written and must be so.
      Here it is written and must be so.

      January 5, 2014 at 3:24 pm |
  7. christiansteve

    And jesus ain't though he was probably and maybe but he was horus or ho chi minski, at least like all the other gawds that believe in slavery and hate women!

    January 5, 2014 at 1:53 pm |
    • Marilyn

      What the...did you think this made sense when you typed this out, Steve?

      January 5, 2014 at 3:25 pm |
      • Sean Lynch

        Well then, so, y dont u tell us what pharisees believe about gawds?

        January 6, 2014 at 2:21 pm |
  8. Lionly Lamb

    Oh what a tangled web life weaves when many people practice to deceive...

    No matter what you do, your mind is always doing something else...

    Know yourself better than one knows others...

    January 5, 2014 at 10:38 am |
  9. christiansteve

    Point being, I'm so thinking, so, r u seriously even going to go there, so!

    January 5, 2014 at 9:54 am |
  10. 00 00

    this particular pharisee, 1 of the 1 or 2 pharisees posting on this dump, is a complete fraud. she has no desire to learn anything. her questions r intended to promote hatred for christ and christians. that's all. she is a liar, a hypocrite, a fool, not very bright and she doesn't work and has a huge mouth.

    January 5, 2014 at 4:10 am |
    • christiansteve

      Really reality? Lol? What a boob

      January 5, 2014 at 9:49 am |
      • christiansteve

        Dearly beloved reality, please keep up the good work! Fascinating stuff! Just try repeating all of it 27,005 more times. Really profound deep stuff that has shaken my faith

        January 5, 2014 at 9:52 am |
        • Reality # 2

          And once again for the new members of this blog:

          The reality of se-x, abortion, contraception and STD/HIV control: – from an agnostic guy who enjoys intelligent se-x-

          Note: Some words hyphenated to defeat an obvious word filter. ...

          The Brutal Effects of Stupidity:

          : The failures of the widely used birth "control" methods i.e. the Pill (8.7% actual failure rate) and male con-dom (17.4% actual failure rate) have led to the large rate of abortions and S-TDs in the USA. Men and women must either recognize their responsibilities by using the Pill or co-ndoms properly and/or use safer methods in order to reduce the epidemics of abortion and S-TDs.- Failure rate statistics provided by the Gut-tmacher Inst-itute. Unfortunately they do not give the statistics for doubling up i.e. using a combination of the Pill and a condom.

          Added information before making your next move:

          "Se-xually transmitted diseases (STDs) remain a major public health challenge in the United States. While substantial progress has been made in preventing, diagnosing, and treating certain S-TDs in recent years, CDC estimates that approximately 19 million new infections occur each year, almost half of them among young people ages 15 to 24.1 In addition to the physical and psy-ch-ological consequences of S-TDs, these diseases also exact a tremendous economic toll. Direct medical costs as-sociated with STDs in the United States are estimated at up to $14.7 billion annually in 2006 dollars."
          See also: http://www.cnn.com/2013/04/26/opinion/bolan-s-exual-health/index.html?hpt=hp_t4

          And from:
          "Adolescents don’t think or-al se-x is something to worry about (even though is becoming a major cause of throat cancer)," said Bonnie Halpern-Felsher professor of pediatrics at the University of California, San Francisco. "They view it as a way to have intimacy without having 's-ex.'" (Maybe it should be called the Bill Clinton Syndrome !!)

          Obviously, political leaders in both parties, Planned Parenthood, parents, the "stupid part of the USA" and the educational system have failed miserably on many fronts.

          The most effective forms of contraception, ranked by "Perfect use":

          – (Abstinence, 0% failure rate)
          – (Masturbation, mono or mutual, 0% failure rate)

          Followed by:

          One-month injectable and Implant (both at 0.05 percent)
          Vasectomy and IUD (Mirena) (both at 0.1 percent)
          The Pill, Three-month injectable, and the Patch (all at 0.3 percent)
          Tubal sterilization (at 0.5 percent)
          IUD (Copper-T) (0.6 percent)
          Periodic abstinence (Post-ovulation) (1.0 percent)
          Periodic abstinence (Symptothermal) and Male condom (both at 2.0 percent)
          Periodic abstinence (Ovulation method) (3.0 percent)

          Every other method ranks below these, including Withdrawal (4.0), Female condom (5.0), Diaphragm (6.0), Periodic abstinence (calendar) (9.0), the Sponge (9.0-20.0, depending on whether the woman using it has had a child in the past), Cervical cap (9.0-26.0, with the same caveat as the Sponge), and Spermicides (18.0).

          January 5, 2014 at 6:33 pm |
        • Reality # 2

          And once again for the new members of this blog:

          The reality of se-x, abortion, contraception and STD/HIV control: – from an agnostic guy who enjoys intelligent se-x-

          Note: Some words hyphenated to defeat an obvious word filter. ...

          The Brutal Effects of Stupidity:

          : The failures of the widely used birth "control" methods i.e. the Pill (8.7% actual failure rate) and male con-dom (17.4% actual failure rate) have led to the large rate of abortions and S-TDs in the USA. Men and women must either recognize their responsibilities by using the Pill or co-ndoms properly and/or use safer methods in order to reduce the epidemics of abortion and S-TDs.- Failure rate statistics provided by the Gut-tmacher Inst-itute. Unfortunately they do not give the statistics for doubling up i.e. using a combination of the Pill and a condom.

          Added information before making your next move:

          "Se-xually transmitted diseases (STDs) remain a major public health challenge in the United States. While substantial progress has been made in preventing, diagnosing, and treating certain S-TDs in recent years, CDC estimates that approximately 19 million new infections occur each year, almost half of them among young people ages 15 to 24.1 In addition to the physical and psy-ch-ological consequences of S-TDs, these diseases also exact a tremendous economic toll. Direct medical costs as-sociated with STDs in the United States are estimated at up to $14.7 billion annually in 2006 dollars."
          See also: http://www.cnn.com/2013/04/26/opinion/bolan-s-e-xual-health/index.html?hpt=hp_t4

          And from:

          "Adolescents don’t think or-al se-x is something to worry about (even though is becoming a major cause of throat cancer)," said Bonnie Halpern-Felsher professor of pediatrics at the University of California, San Francisco. "They view it as a way to have intimacy without having 's-ex.'" (Maybe it should be called the Bill Clinton Syndrome !!)

          Obviously, political leaders in both parties, Planned Parenthood, parents, the "stupid part of the USA" and the educational system have failed miserably on many fronts.

          The most effective forms of contraception, ranked by "Perfect use":

          – (Abstinence, 0% failure rate)
          – (Masturbation, mono or mutual, 0% failure rate)

          Followed by:

          One-month injectable and Implant (both at 0.05 percent)
          Vasectomy and IUD (Mirena) (both at 0.1 percent)
          The Pill, Three-month injectable, and the Patch (all at 0.3 percent)
          Tubal sterilization (at 0.5 percent)
          IUD (Copper-T) (0.6 percent)
          Periodic abstinence (Post-ovulation) (1.0 percent)
          Periodic abstinence (Symptothermal) and Male condom (both at 2.0 percent)
          Periodic abstinence (Ovulation method) (3.0 percent)

          Every other method ranks below these, including Withdrawal (4.0), Female condom (5.0), Diaphragm (6.0), Periodic abstinence (calendar) (9.0), the Sponge (9.0-20.0, depending on whether the woman using it has had a child in the past), Cervical cap (9.0-26.0, with the same caveat as the Sponge), and Spermicides (18.0).

          January 5, 2014 at 6:35 pm |
  11. Reality # 2

    And now back to the nitty-gritty of life in the 21st century:

    And why are there ~ one million abortions every year in the USA?

    The failure rate of unprotected s-ex in preventing a pregnancy? As per Guttmacher, 85%

    The most effective forms of contraception, ranked by "Perfect use":

    – (Abstinence, 0% failure rate)
    – (Masturbation, mono or mutual, 0% failure rate)

    Followed by: (the two most widely used forms of contraception)

    The Pill, at 0.3 percent failure rate) (33,000 unplanned pregnancies)

    Male condom at 2.0 percent failure rate (138,000 unplanned pregnancies)

    So where is the problem?

    ACTUAL FIRST-YEAR CONTRACEPTIVE FAILURE RATES – Guttmacher Inst-itute

    Percentage of women experiencing an unintended pregnancy

    Method……………..Typical

    Pill……… 8.7 (resulting in one million unplanned pregnancies- the Pill was not taken daily was the major reason for the high failure rate)

    Male condom ……….17.4 (resulting in one million unplanned pregnancies- the condom was available but was not used is the major reason for the high failure rate)

    All the numbers are posted on line by Guttmacher if you want to run the calculations.

    So again we see the BRUTAL EFFECTS OF STUPIDITY!!!! And the ACA will not bring an end to this INANITY. Being RESPONIBLE will !!!!
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    January 5, 2014 at 12:47 am |
    • Lois

      Why are you so interested in other people's bedroom habits? Seems a weird thing to troll on a Belief Blog.

      January 5, 2014 at 11:46 am |
      • christiansteve

        Fictional 47 is obsessed with many things. She has a wild imagination that is limited to all things antichristian and she loves secks. All things secksual she gets her kicks from. But it is a big secret

        January 5, 2014 at 1:47 pm |
        • Marilyn

          I think Reality is as much of a woman as you are, Steve.

          January 5, 2014 at 3:27 pm |
  12. Dandintac

    These old men in the picture above are scared to death some young women might be having NASTY DIRTY FILTHY SE-X. Indeed–even right this moment (shudder)–they could be having NASTY DIRTY FILTHY SE-X right this very moment!

    These gentlemen are hoping SCOTUS will set a precedent giving them more control over their employees (formerly private) se-x lives. They would love nothing better than to kick down your bedroom door, and control what goes on in there–just in case you are engaging in some NASTY DIRTY FILTHY SE-X. And it's se-x without consequences!!! Can't have that! Surely there does not exist a more urgent national issue for our attention!

    The slu-ts need to be punished! And by God, if they can't lock them in the stocks and pelt them with rotten food, or stone a few of them to death to set an example and provide an object lesson–then at least they want them to be saddled with a screaming brat all by themselves–subjecting mother and child to poverty and hardship! Besides–the poor tend to turn to the church anyway.

    And don't let anyone BS you into thinking this is just about "paying for it". That's a red herring. Employers provide health care coverage as part of a larger compensation package. That means the employee has earned it–just as they've earned their paycheck. Is anyone complaining about an employee using their paycheck for BC?

    But believe me, if these gentlemen in the picture above could keep employees from using their pay for BC, they would do so in an instant! And would do the same to the rest of us if they had that power!

    This is not about freedom of religion, it's about the freedom for prudish old men to push their religion and moral notions on the rest of us. It's about NASTY DIRTY FILTHY SE-X and control over people like you and I.

    January 5, 2014 at 12:44 am |
    • Reality # 2

      So your se-x life is now solely dependent on the SCOTUS and is on hold until said decision is made?? Give us a break !!!

      January 5, 2014 at 12:50 am |
      • Lise

        Looks like your s.ex life is defined by how often you Copypasta your tripe. Myob.

        January 5, 2014 at 12:40 pm |
        • christiansteve

          If fictional 47 is not condemning xtians and discussing secks, she's sleeping

          January 5, 2014 at 1:50 pm |
      • Dandintac

        I never said MY se-x life was on hold. Or anyone else's was "on hold"–where are you getting THAT from?

        I said that religious, prudish old geezers like the men in the picture wish to control our se-x lives, and that this is what this whole issue is really about.

        Keep up!

        January 5, 2014 at 6:22 pm |
        • Reality # 2

          Keeping up:

          These old men suffer from the Three B Syndrome, i.e. Bred, Born and Brainwashed in their religion but they are aware of what the practice of unsafe s-ex has brought to the world. And one more time with some added information:

          The most effective forms of contraception, ranked by "Perfect use":

          – (Abstinence, 0% failure rate- RCC approved)
          – (Masturbation, mono or mutual, 0% failure rate- RCC approved if in the form of a wet dream)

          Followed by:

          One-month injectable and Implant (both at 0.05 percent)
          Vasectomy and IUD (Mirena) (both at 0.1 percent)
          The Pill, Three-month injectable, and the Patch (all at 0.3 percent)
          Tubal sterilization (at 0.5 percent)
          IUD (Copper-T) (0.6 percent)
          Periodic abstinence (Post-ovulation) (1.0 percent) – RCC approved
          Periodic abstinence (Symptothermal) RCC approved and Male condom (both at 2.0 percent)-
          Periodic abstinence (Ovulation method) (3.0 percent)- RCC approved

          Every other method ranks below these, including Withdrawal (4.0), Female condom (5.0), Diaphragm (6.0), Periodic abstinence (calendar) (9.0)- RCC approved, the Sponge (9.0-20.0, depending on whether the woman using it has had a child in the past), Cervical cap (9.0-26.0, with the same caveat as the Sponge), and Spermicides (18.0).

          January 5, 2014 at 10:52 pm |
  13. MORON DM

    LOL!

    LAWRI, no response?

    AUSTIN?

    Any phoney pretending 2 b a xtian?

    now now brown cow, what is ur fear of jesus?

    January 4, 2014 at 11:47 pm |
  14. MORON DM

    LOL!

    LAWRI, no response?

    AUSTIN?

    Any phoney pretending 2 b a xtian?

    January 4, 2014 at 11:44 pm |
  15. MORON DM

    LOL!

    LAWRI, no response?

    AUSTIN?

    January 4, 2014 at 11:43 pm |
  16. DM MORON

    LOL!

    LAWRI, no response?

    January 4, 2014 at 11:42 pm |
  17. DM MORON

    LOL!

    January 4, 2014 at 11:39 pm |
  18. DM MORON

    Cpt. Obvious

    Pharisees desire to appear victorious as they try to prove christians r wrong. They r ego driven. They r not scholars or intellectuals, either, but they long to come across like they r. They do not follow logic. They stress half-truths and innuendo.

    They hold to their doctrine like cults do which makes sense because the couple of Pharisees posting clearly can't think for themselves.

    January 4, 2014 at 11:37 pm |
  19. Wionwy Wamb

    "According to a report in the Rocky Mountain News, 37 people were killed across the state on Jan. 1, the first day the drug became legal for all adults to purchase. Several more are clinging onto life in local emergency rooms and are not expected to survive."

    Whoops, I didn't see that coming.

    January 4, 2014 at 7:58 pm |
    • Trez

      Were they pot related, or NYE related?

      January 4, 2014 at 8:58 pm |
    • doobzz

      You got fooled.

      http://www.thedenverchannel.com/news/local-news/marijuana/hoax-story-claiming-marijuana-overdoses-kill-37-in-colorado-fools-some-not-all

      January 4, 2014 at 9:39 pm |
      • Marilyn

        Ha ha ha! Love The Daily Currant!!

        Sorry, Wionly.

        January 4, 2014 at 11:08 pm |
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