Editorial half-truths

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Your Nov. 23 editorial “Church and State: The Courts Must Balance Health Care Rights” was filled with half-truths.

You suggest that the Catholic Church should be supporting the Affordable Care Act, as though it is not. The church does, in fact, support the law, as Bishop David Zubik testified. The litigation does not threaten the act as a whole, but only the unconstitutional mandate that would coerce the charitable arms of the church to violate Catholic teachings about sexual morality.

You claim that the church is trying to use the litigation to impose its views on those who work for the church’s nonprofit charities. That is only half-true. Yes, the church teaches responsible, marital sexuality. Yes, the church opposes the “anything goes” sexuality of the left. But in the litigation, the church does not seek to impose anything on anyone, just to be free from fines that would devastate its charitable works.

The church did not provoke this fight; the administration did. When the offensive mandate first came out, Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius received thousands of letters protesting that the mandate would violate the First Amendment’s guarantee of free religious exercise. Nevertheless, the administration finalized the mandate anyway, without making any meaningful accommodation to freedom of religion.

The administration, and not the church, is responsible for the dozens of lawsuits against the unconstitutional mandate.

Upper St. Clair


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