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  •  So you think that the ACA is unconstitutional (1+ / 0-)
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    because forcing a Catholic institution to offer health insurance that includes contraception violates their religious principles?

    That's why the Catholic church has filed some 40 lawsuits against the ACA.  You seem to be siding with them -- that it violates their religious principles to offer health insurance with contraception coverage, so they can't complain when their students undermine their religious principles.  

    In contrast, my view is that, as you pointed out, BC is complying with the law. I do not think that means that they have given up all rights to promote Catholic teaching on their campus.  No matter how ridiculous their religious teaching may seem, that does not mean that they have to tolerate students handing out condoms on their campus any more than they have to tolerate atheists promoting the idea that there is no God on campus, any more than they have to tolerate the people saying the Pope is evil on campus, or a whole host of other things that would undermine their religious teachings.  

    People are certainly entitled to think whatever they want about Catholic teachings.  They simply aren't allowed to use a private Catholic university to undermine those Catholic teachings unless the private Catholic university chooses to allow it.  

    •  The College, itself, admits that the law sees B.C. (0+ / 0-)

      as a non-profit institution affiliated with but separate from The Church.  As the separate institution, it does not enjoy the exemption that a Church Institution does.

      It seems curiosity has killed the cat that had my tongue.

      by Murphoney on Wed Mar 27, 2013 at 03:24:09 PM PDT

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      •  It is a private college. They can have any rules (0+ / 0-)

        they wish.  If you don't like them, you can leave or never show up to begin with.  It makes no difference if the private college is a church one or not, it is a private college.

        •  Whether the ACA is Constitutional does NOT (0+ / 0-)

          rely on colleges being "not-private."

          B.C. isn't a "Catholic Institution", it is a private institution -- a private college does NOT get to make up its own rules under the ACA law.

          It seems curiosity has killed the cat that had my tongue.

          by Murphoney on Thu Mar 28, 2013 at 03:57:18 PM PDT

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