I’ve decided to stay in touch with my sexually-obsessed inner Puritan. Mormon texts, Mormon shmexts, what about birth control? More to the point, what about religious freedom?
California law requires employers to pay for contraception through health plans. Catholics think contraception is wrong, so Catholic charities and Catholic hospitals resisted the rule. Now the California Supreme Court has ruled that the Catholics must comply. Apparently, it mattered to the Court that the charities and hospitals employed non-Catholics and treated non-Catholics. Segregation marches on.
Religious belief is no longer allowed to influence legislation, post-Lawrence. In California, it is no longer allowed to enterprises and businesses that aren’t completely inward-looking. The day comes when religion will only be a matter of private, unrespectable belief. Go ye out from Babylon . . .
You can find the text of the decision at www.courtinfo.ca.gov/opinions/
Richard Garnett, a Catholic professor at Notre Dame, has a long commentary.
Here’s the view from David Bernstein, a Volokh Conspirator with the typical libertarian and professional qualifications.