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.

- CNN Belief Blog

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

soundoff (1,682 Responses)
  1. Vic

    My 2 cents:

    Private Health Insurance is a prime example of "Separation Of Church and State."

    January 4, 2014 at 7:00 pm |
    • Trez

      Insurance is a government body, now? I'd agree if it were single payer.

      January 4, 2014 at 7:05 pm |
      • Vic

        Universal Health Care, whether a single payer or not, is a full fledged NON-Separation Of Church and State!

        January 4, 2014 at 7:08 pm |
        • Trez

          Health care has nothing to do with the separation of church and state.

          January 4, 2014 at 7:21 pm |
        • Vic

          It does when it is "mandatory."

          p.s. I meant to mention "Mandate" in the previous reply.

          January 4, 2014 at 7:26 pm |
        • Blessed are the Cheesemakers

          No one is forcing anyone to use contraception. Much like Pledge of Allegiance, its use is optional to the individual.

          January 4, 2014 at 7:53 pm |
        • Trez

          And how does insurance violate the separation on church and state, Vic? Are you any less able to practice your religion because you have/don't have insurance?

          January 4, 2014 at 8:16 pm |
  2. midwest rail

    Nice try, Test. Not today.

    January 4, 2014 at 6:16 pm |
  3. Bootyfunk

    so religious organizations want all their employees to have to follow their own particular religious dogma.
    the church should not be able to make medical decisions for its employees
    should not be able to force their religious views on people who just work there.
    perhaps the janitor is jewish, a non-believer or buddhist
    why should they have to adhere to catholic doctrine?

    christian scientists don't believe in blood transfusions
    if you work for them should you be denied insurance coverage if you need a blood transfusion?
    same thing.

    letting myth and fairy tale beliefs dictate medical treatment is ludicrous.

    January 4, 2014 at 5:58 pm |
    • doobzz

      I'm curious if they cover viagra. If they do, they should cover birth control.

      Birth control pills are prescribed for more than just for contraception including lowered endometriosis and cancer risk, PMS relief, and acne prevention.

      If a woman suffers from endometriosis, shouldn't she be allowed to take a medication that provides relief?

      January 4, 2014 at 6:34 pm |
      • Trez

        I agree...they seem to forget that. But then how would they control people's naughty bits?


        January 4, 2014 at 7:07 pm |
        • doobzz

          It's also about creating more little Catholics to replenish the ranks.

          January 4, 2014 at 7:44 pm |
  4. Observer

    Jesus' Beloved,

    MILLIONS of Christians are fighting to deny rights to gays based on the Bible.

    What did Jesus say about gays?

    January 4, 2014 at 4:42 pm |
    • Jesus' Beloved

      "By this will all men know that you are my disciples, when you have love for one another"

      January 4, 2014 at 4:46 pm |
      • Observer

        Jesus' Beloved,

        So MILLIONS of Christians are wrong and should CHOOSE the Golden Rule instead, right?

        January 4, 2014 at 4:49 pm |
      • truthprevails1

        That doesn't say a thing about gays...try again!

        January 4, 2014 at 4:49 pm |
      • Trez

        Jesus never said a word about gays. Ever.
        If it was so abominable, I would think it would be in the top ten of no-no's. Alas, it was not.

        January 4, 2014 at 5:30 pm |
        • Bootyfunk

          hmmm... let's see....

          long hair, great tan, six-pack abs, hung out with 12 dudes, never got with a woman...

          yeah, i'm pretty sure jesus would be VERY pro-g.ay rights.

          January 4, 2014 at 5:49 pm |
        • Bootyfunk

          jesus never condemned child molestation either...
          so does him not mentioning something mean he approves of it?

          January 4, 2014 at 5:59 pm |
        • Observer


          "jesus never condemned child molestation either... so does him not mentioning something mean he approves of it?"

          Nope. That was covered by the Golden Rule. Try again.

          January 4, 2014 at 6:20 pm |
        • Trez

          If you're going to use Jesus as the last word against sin, it'd be helpful if the man actually spoke out against it...he had plenty to say about heteros though, didn't he, Bootyfunk?

          January 4, 2014 at 7:02 pm |
    • Apple Bush

      Jesus was like, yeah man do your thing. You know?

      January 4, 2014 at 5:26 pm |
      • Bootyfunk

        except non-christians, who jesus said would go to hell for not believing in Him. ouchies!

        January 4, 2014 at 5:48 pm |
  5. Jesus' Beloved

    Jesus read from the scroll of the prophet Isaiah & fulfilled many of the prophecies written by Isaiah.
    How did He fulfill those prophecies going by this premise- " It's not a prediction when you're writing it after the event has happened."

    Because clearly the Book of Isaiah was written before the event happened.

    January 4, 2014 at 4:26 pm |
    • truthprevails1

      Did it potentially occur to you that people might have read those and worked to ensure they were fulfilled or are you just going to keep playing the gullible fool?

      January 4, 2014 at 4:28 pm |
    • doobzz

      But the book about Jesus wasn't written yet, so it was easy to write it so it "fulfilled" the "prophecies". Duh.

      January 4, 2014 at 4:29 pm |
    • truthprevails1

      These are broken down and explained as to why they failed.

      Triumph of Judah

      In Isaiah 7:1-7 God tells the king of Judah that he shall not be harmed by his enemies.

      And it came to pass in the days of Ahaz the son of Jotham, the son of Uzziah, king of Judah, that Rezin the king of Syria, and Pekah the son of Remaliah, king of Israel, went up toward Jerusalem to war against it, but could not prevail against it. And it was told the house of David, saying, Syria is confederate with Ephraim. And his heart was moved, and the heart of his people, as the trees of the wood are moved with the wind. Then said the LORD unto Isaiah, Go forth now to meet Ahaz, thou, and Shearjashub thy son, at the end of the conduit of the upper pool in the highway of the fuller's field; And say unto him, Take heed, and be quiet; fear not, neither be fainthearted for the two tails of these smoking firebrands, for the fierce anger of Rezin with Syria, and of the son of Remaliah. Because Syria, Ephraim, and the son of Remaliah, have taken evil counsel against thee, saying, Let us go up against Judah, and vex it, and let us make a breach therein for us, and set a king in the midst of it, even the son of Tabeal: Thus saith the Lord GOD, It shall not stand, neither shall it come to pass.

      Yet it did come to pass. His enemies did harm him.

      Wherefore the LORD his God delivered him into the hand of the king of Syria; and they smote him, and carried away a great multitude of them captives, and brought them to Damascus. And he was also delivered into the hand of the king of Israel, who smote him with a great slaughter. For Pekah the son of Remaliah slew in Judah an hundred and twenty thousand in one day, which were all valiant men; because they had forsaken the LORD God of their fathers.

      Isaiah predicts the Nile drying up, Sea draining

      In Isaiah 19:1-8 Isaiah tells us the Nile will dry up, ocean drains in the time of pagan Egypt.

      Isaiah 19:1 The burden of Egypt. Behold, the LORD rideth upon a swift cloud, and shall come into Egypt: and the idols of Egypt shall be moved at his presence, and the heart of Egypt shall melt in the midst of it. 2 And I will set the Egyptians against the Egyptians: and they shall fight every one against his brother, and every one against his neighbour; city against city, and kingdom against kingdom.3 And the spirit of Egypt shall fail in the midst thereof; and I will destroy the counsel thereof: and they shall seek to the idols, and to the charmers, and to them that have familiar spirits, and to the wizards.4 And the Egyptians will I give over into the hand of a cruel lord; and a fierce king shall rule over them, saith the Lord, the LORD of hosts.5 And the waters shall fail from the sea, and the river shall be wasted and dried up.6 And they shall turn the rivers far away; and the brooks of defence shall be emptied and dried up: the reeds and flags shall wither.Isaiah 19:7 The paper reeds by the brooks, by the mouth of the brooks, and every thing sown by the brooks, shall wither, be driven away, and be no more. 8 The fishermen will groan and lament, all who cast hooks into the Nile; those who throw nets on the water will pine away.

      This is an interesting prophecy because Isaiah outlines a very clear timeframe, the alleged prophet is unmistakably referring to Pagan Egypt, which ceased to exist in the 4th Century. (Isaiah 19:1-3) Since then, Egyptians have stopped using charms, wizards, and there are no statue-worshiping idolaters anymore, (Isaiah 19:3) so the reader can conclude this isn't an end times prophecy. The alleged prophet blatantly identifies the dried up river (Isaiah 19:5) with the Nile (Isaiah 19:8). And he goes even further to say one of the seas Egypt borders will drain, and this appears to coincide with the Nile River drying up. There is absolutely no hint of this prophecy being interpreted symbolically or metaphorically. Isaiah actually goes out of his way to stress the literal, physical, carnal fulfillment of this prophecy.
      [edit] Egyptians will speak the dead language of Canaan

      In Isaiah 19:18 Isaiah says Egyptians will learn the tongue of Canaanites

      Isaiah 19:18 In that day shall five cities in the land of Egypt speak the language of Canaan, and swear to the LORD of hosts; one shall be called, The city of destruction.

      Not only has the Canaanite language never been spoken by Egyptians, but it is now an extinct language. There is the very unlikely possibility Isaiah was referring to Hebrew, which is technically a Canaanite language. However, Hebrew was also never adopted by the Egyptians. And according to the context of this passage, Isaiah is specifically referring to Pagan Egypt, which ceased to exist in the 4th century. (See Above) So even if Egyptians started speaking Hebrew at this very moment, it would still be an inaccurate prediction. Also, it's worth noting that Isaiah believes the Egyptians will convert to Mosaic Judaism (a dead religion) and start offering sacrifices to the LORD shortly after this incident, (Isaiah 19:21) a practice no longer done by Jews since the Temple was destroyed and priesthood lost.

      January 4, 2014 at 4:48 pm |
      • rationalwikiwackerslacker


        January 4, 2014 at 9:03 pm |
  6. saggyroy

    So what do they want covered? Faith Healing or Trips to Lourdes?

    January 4, 2014 at 3:53 pm |
  7. Science Works

    And the RCC is trying to prevent earned benefits on morals grounds ?

    and 21 are dead on the list !

    Diocese of St. Cloud Releases List of Accused Clergy


    January 4, 2014 at 2:35 pm |
    • ME II

      What do you mean by "earned benefits"?

      January 5, 2014 at 12:04 pm |
      • Science Works

        Health Insurance is part of an earned benefit provided by the company – example is the railroad it is part of the compensation !

        January 5, 2014 at 5:17 pm |
  8. Apple Bush

    Now I am thinking about El Pollo Norteno. And beans, tortillas and salsa.

    January 4, 2014 at 12:37 pm |
    • Alias

      I'm thinking a lot of fools can be offended by what is true.

      January 4, 2014 at 1:20 pm |
  9. Apple Bush

    You know what I am thinkin' about man? A big juicy Rib-eye done Medium and two eggs over easy with some toasty bagels and cream cheese, beans, tortillas and salsa man.

    January 4, 2014 at 11:27 am |
    • Apple Bush

      To be honest I am also thinking about "contraception" which is a huge buzz kill man.

      January 4, 2014 at 11:29 am |
  10. Apple Bush

    You know what I can't believe man? I can't believe people sit around and think about this stuff man.

    January 4, 2014 at 10:50 am |
    • bostontola

      I can't believe people get concerned that I don't believe what they believe. They want to impose their beliefs on me in the form of laws and even modify science and history curricula. I don't care what anyone believes and don't want to impose my beliefs on them, but if they push theirs on me in those ways, I will actively oppose it.

      January 4, 2014 at 11:07 am |
      • Apple Bush

        Man you gotta dig the stars and shit man.

        January 4, 2014 at 11:12 am |
      • John D

        Yep. I think that is something both atheists and believers agree on.

        January 4, 2014 at 11:17 am |
        • bostontola

          Most of them. A small minority can make a lot of noise when they are highly motivated.

          January 4, 2014 at 11:21 am |
        • John D

          Right. One group. say conservative, right wing Southern Baptists, who have a reputation for opposing their views on others may find they don't like when another group, say liberal, left wing Church of Satanists oppose their views on them.
          They don't like the taste of their own medicine.

          January 4, 2014 at 11:27 am |
        • Apple Bush

          They are takin' the wrong medicine, right man? ha ha

          January 4, 2014 at 11:37 am |
  11. bostontola

    If Jesus is the son of God, why didn't this stuff happen?

    Isaiah 1:26: "And I will restore your judges as at first and your counsellors as in the beginning; afterwards you shall be called City of Righteousness, Faithful City." Some Jews[9] interpret this to mean that the Sanhedrin will be re-established."(Isaiah 1:26)
    Once he is King, leaders of other nations will look to him for guidance. (Isaiah 2:4)
    The whole world will worship the One God of Israel (Isaiah 2:11-17)
    He will be descended from King David (Isaiah 11:1) via Solomon (1 Chronicles 22:8-10, 2 Chronicles 7:18)
    The "spirit of the Lord" will be upon him, and he will have a "fear of God" (Isaiah 11:2)
    Evil and tyranny will not be able to stand before his leadership (Isaiah 11:4)
    Knowledge of God will fill the world (Isaiah 11:9)
    He will include and attract people from all cultures and nations (Isaiah 11:10)
    All Israelites will be returned to their homeland (Isaiah 11:12)
    Death will be swallowed up forever (Isaiah 25:8)
    There will be no more hunger or illness, and death will cease (Isaiah 25:8)
    All of the dead will rise again (Isaiah 26:19)
    The Jewish people will experience eternal joy and gladness (Isaiah 51:11)
    He will be a messenger of peace (Isaiah 52:7)
    Nations will recognize the wrongs they did to Israel (Isaiah 52:13-53:5)
    The peoples of the world will turn to the Jews for spiritual guidance (Zechariah 8:23)
    The ruined cities of Israel will be restored (Ezekiel 16:55)
    Weapons of war will be destroyed (Ezekiel 39:9)
    The people of Israel will have direct access to the Torah through their minds and Torah study will become the study of the wisdom of the heart (Jeremiah 31:33)[10]
    He will give you all the worthy desires of your heart (Psalms 37:4)
    He will take the barren land and make it abundant and fruitful (Isaiah 51:3, Amos 9:13-15, Ezekiel 36:29-30, Isaiah 11:6-9)

    January 4, 2014 at 10:49 am |
    • Apple Bush

      Because it is God's will.

      January 4, 2014 at 10:52 am |
      • Apple Bush


        January 4, 2014 at 10:56 am |
      • bostontola

        There are many va.gue, poetic bible verses that are difficult to understand and can be interpreted many ways. But most of these biblical criteria for the messiah are clear, unambiguous, and absolutely unfulfilled. Why do billions of people overlook that?

        January 4, 2014 at 11:02 am |
        • Apple Bush

          Cuz their standing in line at a pot store in Colorado man.

          January 4, 2014 at 11:13 am |
        • Apple Bush

          "they are" man.

          January 4, 2014 at 11:15 am |
    • Kev

      So, where does it say that it was all supposed to happen in one visit?

      January 4, 2014 at 11:15 am |
      • Penguin

        I didn't think any Christian denomination claimed that Jesus fulfilled all Jewish Messianic prophecies already. I thought the common position was that those left unfulfilled to date would be fulfilled at the Second Coming.

        January 4, 2014 at 11:18 am |
        • bostontola

          That is the Christian contrived rationalization.

          January 4, 2014 at 11:23 am |
      • bostontola

        In the Old Testament. There were many false messiahs. The bible anticipated that and defined outcomes so people could tell the true messiah from the many false ones. Other false messiahs used the same contrivances to try to convince the Jews that these outcomes would happen later. Christianity caught on anyway because of its popular, non-exclusive appeal. You can make all the excuses you want, believe what you want, rationalize all you want to square up your beliefs, I don't care.

        January 4, 2014 at 11:30 am |
      • Kev

        So Bostonola,

        Are you being critical of what Christians believe that is contrary to Christian doctrine, or are you being critical of what Christians believe being contrary to Jewish doctrine?

        January 4, 2014 at 11:36 am |
        • bostontola

          In this post I am pointing out that Christian beliefs are not consistent with the docu.ment that was to define the messiah.

          In general, Jewish doctrine is BS, and Christian doctrine is BS. But Christian doctrine is BS constructed on a foundation of BS (Jewish doctrine).

          January 4, 2014 at 11:42 am |
        • Kev

          The thing is though how does all that you posted about the Messiah not consistent with Christian beliefs? In other words where does it say in the original foretelling so about the role of the Messiah that it was all to happen in one visit or even in one particular time period?

          January 4, 2014 at 12:10 pm |
        • bostontola

          I didn't say it was inconsistent with Christian beliefs, it is Christian belief, that is my point. The messiah is the fulfillment of Old Testament prophesy. The Old Testament defined the criteria that people could recognize to tell the true messiah from false messiahs. Jesus doesn't meet the criteria. Christians look past that, contrive rationalizations to explain the look away, and go on happy. Good for them.

          January 4, 2014 at 12:24 pm |
        • Kev


          You still did not answer the question. To put it in another way. How does Jesus not meet the criteria? You still did not show where it is given that Jesus was supposed to fulfill this and fulfill that in a certain time frame?

          January 4, 2014 at 12:43 pm |
        • tallulah13

          The whole point of the prophecies is to let people recognize the true messiah. If Christ didn't fulfill all of the prophecies, then how do you know he's the real one? Perhaps you're just going with the most popular choice, not the correct one.

          January 4, 2014 at 1:10 pm |
        • bostontola

          The criteria is above, Jesus didn't meet most of those criteria. What part of that is unclear?

          The old rationalization that they haven't happened yet it contrived. If you contract for a deck outside your house and the contractor completes 10% of it and demands payment in full, you'd say no way. His Philadelphia lawyer says you agreed on the price, but you didn't say it had to be completed before payment. That is the position of the Christians that say the criteria can be completed at some unspecified time in the future (its been 2000 years already).

          No, the Old Testament told the Israelites, you will know when the messiah arrives, the above stuff will happen. It didn't happen, period.

          January 4, 2014 at 1:13 pm |
        • Vic

          John 1:10,11
          "10 He was in the world, and the world was made through Him, and the world did not know Him. 11 He came to His own, and those who were His own did not receive Him." (NASB)

          References on Prophecies Of Jesus Christ and their fulfillment:





          p.s. There is a difference between just throwing an argument and having an argument.

          January 4, 2014 at 1:33 pm |
        • Kev


          The problem with that is since no one knows when the second coming is going to happen and because of that know one knows when certain things were supposed to be fulfilled by, how do really know that the time period for all of this was supposed to happen has expired. Since the contract doesn't specify a precise date to have everything completed by how could it hold up in court that the conditions of the contract have not been met.

          January 4, 2014 at 1:33 pm |
  12. lol??

    The mob does a masterful job of moderatin', more than any mechanical word filter could ever dream of.

    January 3, 2014 at 5:25 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    midwest rail
    As do you with your multiple screen names – moderating your own posts to remove the replies you don't like.

    January 4, 2014 at 9:04 am |
    • lol??

      I have met the enemy and he is nutzo.

      Ever heard the story about the two guys dyin' of thirst and crawlin' across the desert to the only well within miles and miles?? The faster guy gets to the well first, finds a jar of water, and drinks it all down. When the second guy finally makes it there and finds out he is crushed, sayin', "You idiot!! You just killed both of us!! You idiot!!"
      Bye, bye, civilized mobsters.

      January 4, 2014 at 9:12 am |
      • midwest rail

        Everyone who posts here will know when you return under a new name.

        January 4, 2014 at 9:31 am |
      • Inconceivable

        Look in the mirror if you want to see the enemy.

        January 4, 2014 at 10:07 am |
  13. Science Works

    Hey the red hor-ny devil has to come in last maybe ?

    For human rights to flourish, religious rights have to come second


    January 4, 2014 at 7:05 am |
  14. 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 4:15 am |
    • Pharisee

      What's obvious is your name thievery. Grow the hell up, child, if you want your posts taken seriously.

      And it's "are". A R E. Idiot.

      January 4, 2014 at 11:04 am |
    • Cpt. Obvious

      The above poster is not me-the person who always uses "Cpt. Obvious." I'm not sure who stole my handle, but they're obviously a dovche who is easily offended and thinks stealing is an appropriate response.

      January 4, 2014 at 12:37 pm |
      • tallulah13

        I don't think anyone who has been on this blog for more than five minutes could believe that poorly spelled, incomprehensible diatribe was something you wrote.

        January 4, 2014 at 1:22 pm |
  15. Video from an "Atheist Church"


    Proof that atheism leads to insanity.

    January 4, 2014 at 4:11 am |
    • truthprevails1

      No, sorry I think you have Atheist mixed up with Theist...try again!

      January 4, 2014 at 7:27 am |
      • Video from an "Atheist Church"

        😉 Joking. But a lot of new agers do not believe in God, which makes them atheist.

        January 4, 2014 at 10:47 am |
  16. Dandintac

    Can we say what this is really about? This opposition to birth control in insurance plans? It’s about NASTY DIRTY FILTHY SE-X.

    Some people simply cannot bear the thought that right now–as you read this–young women are out there having NASTY DIRTY FILTHY SE-X! And they would love to do anything they can to stop or impede that. They would love to see all these young women get pregnant! Serves them right! The idea–se-x without consequences! They should be punished! Sure, God will punish them their NASTY DIRTY FILTHY SE-X in due course–but that’s not enough. These sl-uts need to be punished now!

    This is about a prudish aversion to se-x, and social control over people. These churches, and their priests and bishops, would absolutely LOVE it if SCOTUS would set a precedent giving them more social control over their employees. Who knows? It might be a wedge they might be able to build upon later.

    Contrary to the red herring that religious conservatives try to fool us with–that it is about them having to pay for something they don’t believe in–don’t believe them. Benefits like health care are part of an employee’s compensation, just like their paycheck. Giving an employer the right to dictate aspects of their secular employee’s health care coverage based on religion would be akin to giving them the right to say they can’t use their paycheck for that purpose as well. And believe me–if they could extend their control that far, they would! If they could force their employees to not use BC at all, or indeed if they could force everyone to not use BC, they would do so!

    January 4, 2014 at 12:37 am |
    • 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) (33,000 unplanned pregnancies)

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

      So where is the problem?


      Percentage of women experiencing an unintended pregnancy


      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 4, 2014 at 7:48 am |
    • Alias

      I agree so much I can't understand why so many people don't see it this way.

      January 4, 2014 at 1:17 pm |
  17. Charming Dork

    U have to eat. Have to breathe. Must consume water. Secks? Nope, unless u r a pharisee

    January 3, 2014 at 11:23 pm |
    • Inconceivable

      Your parents were Pharisees?

      January 4, 2014 at 10:08 am |
    • Dandintac

      Oh yes you do need se-x! It's a basic biological impulse. The effort by prudish old men and women to try to stop young horn-y human beings from engaging in it has always proven vain, and always will fail. They are working against billions of years of evolutionary forces. Those organisms that were not interested in se-x quickly went extinct a long time ago. Sure, we can suppress it temporarily, but not in the long run.

      The smartest thing to do is to educate and empower people, and control negative outcomes, such as unwanted pregnancies and VD.

      It's astonishing to me that we are living in the 21st century and STILL arguing over something like birth control! I would have thought we would have made more progress by now.

      January 5, 2014 at 12:26 am |
  18. cross eyed mary

    Having to have sacks is a lie from the pit which our pharisees adore. Funny how they love what isnt true and detest what is. Just like satan

    January 3, 2014 at 11:19 pm |
    • Inconceivable

      Hoe else are you going to pop out "God's Children"? Sex in a necessary step.

      January 4, 2014 at 10:05 am |
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