On yesterday’s “Faith and Freedom” radio program, Matt Barber and Mat Staver discussed the stay issued by Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, temporarily blocking the Affordable Care Act’s contraception mandate from applying to an order of Catholic nuns known as the Little Sisters of the Poor.
Under the contraception mandate, religious organizations simply have to fill out a form declaring that the organization objects to having to provide contraception to its employees, which then obligates the insurance provider to provide such coverage separately.
But as Barber put it, this is unacceptable because it is no different than forcing a religious group to pay to hire a hit man to murder someone:
Barber: This is illusory, this compromise, this accommodation that the Obama administration and the HHS is calling it. It’s a Chicago-style shell game. This is no different, the analogy that came to mind when I first heard about this so-called accommodation to religious organizations, it’s like telling someone to go out and shoot somebody, to kill somebody. Because that’s what we’re talking about here, abortion is homicide, it’s the taking of innocent human life. So we’re saying you have fun going out and shooting somebody and you say ‘no,no, I can’t do that, I’m not going to do that.’ And they say ‘well, what we’ll do is we’ll set up a straw man; you have to sign on the dotted line so a hit man, on your behalf, can go out and kill somebody.’ That’s what we’re talking about here.
In law, Mat, as you know, just because you hire out the murder doesn’t mean that you’re not responsible for the crime. It’s still first degree murder. This is no different than what the Obama Administration is trying to do.
Staver: Even though you’re not the one paying for the murder, but you’re the one who sets it up and authorizes it, then you’re still part of it.