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The war against religion is an election year false flag operation with religious privilege being disguised as religious freedom.

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In December 2000, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ruled that companies that provided prescription drugs to their employees but didn't provide birth control were in violation of Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, which prevents discrimination on the basis of sex. That opinion, which the George W. Bush administration did nothing to alter or withdraw when it took office the next month, is still in effect today—and because it relies on Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, it applies to all employers with 15 or more employees. Employers that don't offer prescription coverage or don't offer insurance at all are exempt, because they treat men and women equally—but under the EEOC's interpretation of the law, you can't offer other preventative care coverage without offering birth control coverage, too.

Not even religious employers were exempt from the impact of the EEOC decision. Although Title VII allows religious institutions to discriminate on religious grounds, it doesn't allow them to discriminate on the basis of sex—the kind of discrimination at issue in the EEOC ruling. DePaul University, the largest Roman Catholic university in America, added birth control coverage to its plans after receiving an EEOC complaint several years ago.

"We have used [the EEOC ruling] many times in negotiating with various employers," says Judy Waxman, the vice president for health and reproductive rights at the National Women's Law Center. "It has been in active use all this time. [President Obama's] policy is only new in the sense that it covers employers with less than 15 employees and with no copay for the individual. The basic rule has been in place since 2000."
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  •  Tip Jar (4+ / 0-)

    Deal With It When You Die Steven R. Brungard 1 E Manor Ave Rear Enola, PA, 17025 US 717 732 7222 steve@religion-of-one.org

    by stevenb on Wed Feb 15, 2012 at 07:02:17 AM PST

  •  "The One" campaign didn't work in (0+ / 0-)

    2008, but they seem to be hauling it out again. Sarah Palin on FOX this morning was trying to argue that it is necessary to resist the dictates of "the one" to obey him.

    The whole thing is bogus, but Republican political operatives' task is to see what story line works with their flock.  Why they thought then and think now that referring to Barack Obama as "The One" is meaningful, I have no clue.

    People to Wall Street: "LET OUR MONEY GO"

    by hannah on Wed Feb 15, 2012 at 07:34:05 AM PST

    •  It's not Democrats who think (1+ / 0-)
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      that Obama is a great savior. It's conservatives who run with that narrative, and then turn around and claim, "How's that working out for ya?"

      I don't know the psychology behind it.

      "A cynical, mercenary, demagogic press will produce in time a people as base as itself." - Joseph Pulitzer

      by CFAmick on Wed Feb 15, 2012 at 09:03:58 AM PST

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