The media is all atwitter over employers having to pay for birth control, even if their fundamental belief systems dictate otherwise and all that. I understand why everyone's upset. I think.
A lot of people view making religious institutions pay for birth control as forcing them to do what runs contrary to their tenets, restricting the religious freedom of, say, a Catholic hospital. Of course, employees do not always share the faith of their employer. As such, a non-Catholic researcher at a Catholic hospital who is denied birth control may feel that her or his religious employer is making decisions for her or him and is thereby restricting her or his religious freedom. If legally mandated employer-provided birth control is going to be an issue, some entity, the religious institution or the individual employee, is going to feel that their religious freedom is being assaulted. Okay, that makes sense. If that sums it all up nicely, I understand why everyone's got their panties in the proverbial bunch
Also, if the above is the case, shouldn't the individual win? I'm certainly no constitutional scholar, but doesn't the great document protect the religious freedom of individuals first? And, if so, isn't the solution clear? Or is this a case of a majority religion forcing itself onto a new generation, wherein many Catholics, for instance, don't see anything wrong with birth control? Last I checked, the majority of Catholics don't have an issue with birth control, but our church fathers tell us what's okay, not our own consciences, apparently.
If you're Catholic, working at a Catholic hospital, and you disagree with the tenet about birth control being such a big deal that it's worth making a bigger stink about than good works, and then your employer decides you're not a good enough Catholic and makes the birth control decision for you, is that the worst way to assault someone's religious freedom? Or does it matter?