Catholic business owner: HHS mandate violates our fundamental principles

“We feel that all Americans deserve the right to follow their religious freedom. All Americans, including family business owners, have … Continued

“We feel that all Americans deserve the right to follow their religious freedom. All Americans, including family business owners, have the right to live and do business according to their faith. And these fundamental principles are being denied us and taken away from us through this HHS mandate. [...] My father started this business 50years ago and he started it with everything that he supplied into this business. He did it on his own, contrary to what, maybe, our president would think. He did it on his own. I watched him implement the moral values, ethical standards, the conduct and corporate culture that we have today, that has made this business successful and profitable for 50 years. Now we are being asked to change that corporate culture.”

William Newland, Catholic family business owner, whose Colorado company won an injunction to stop the contraception mandate, said Monday, businesses should be able to reject the health-care mandate on religious freedom grounds.

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Lucian Perkins


Washington, D.C. June 28, 2012 – Crowd outside the Supreme Court after its landmark decision to upheld the health-care mandatewas announced.

  • WmarkW

    So, you’d support a business owner who’s a Jehovah’s Witness to refuse to cover surgery that involves blood transfusion?

    Religious limits on medical decision-making have to be made by patients, in consultation with their religious and medical advisors, not filtered through the economic power their employer exerts over them.

  • RireGrist

    Nobody is asking you to change anything and I could care less about your moral values.

  • jck747

    I know what a Catholic Church is, I’m Catholic, but the problem with allowing people to claim religious exemptions in everyday life outside of the church is problematic. The Supreme Court has held that when members of a church step put into society they are subject to laws of general applicability. A prime example would be traffic regulations, you can’t violate the speed limit just because your religion may say that God grants you the right to drive fast. This is obviously a slippery slope where soon every man or woman could claim to be a law unto themselves.

  • brianmark

    And if a business owner is a Scientologist, then he should be allowed to prohibit his employees from receiving medical care altogether? (Scientologists believe all illnesses are psychosomatic. They won’t even prescribe basic pills like aspirin.)

    That’s the logical conclusion to this argument. Or is Catholicism the only valid religion?

  • genennene

    The business is not making medical decision-making. The employee is. The employer is only not paying for unacceptable “services.”

  • tompoc

    Just curious, do the leaders of the Roman Catholic Church in America object to or deny coverage to their clergy for erectile disfunction drugs such as Viagra or Cialis, or to any of their male employees for that matter?

  • edallan

    So, therefore, Genennene, you feel that it would be perfectly OK for a company owned by Christian Scientists to not offer insurance for, say, appendicitis.

  • cricket44

    Shame on you, Mr. Newland, and your need to discriminate.

  • Michael Rie

    This is a good victory for the catholic church in the battle against the mandate. If we see abortion, contraceptives, etc, as a sin, then we can’t allow others who are not catholic to do so ether. Otherwise it would be like saying: “We see abortion as a sin, but because you don’t see it as a sin we would pay it for you anyway.” WE DON”T WORK THAT WAY! A stupid mandate can’t override God’s law!

  • tiredgirlie

    But, Michael. You’re in America, where your church is not our state. You don’t have to “work that way,” but you do have to work with others. The medical details of any employee’s life are no business of the employer. We have laws to ensure that remains the case.

    As part of compensation, employers provide baseline healthcare access. It is absolutely none of the employer’s business how or if that healthcare is used.

    What you personally know as the “law of God” is not the law of this land.

  • practica1

    It’s about keeping their money and their power, not about principles.

    Catholics contracept at the same rate the rest of the population does.

    Separate organized religion from political life; get a single payer system so you don;t have to be married to someone employed to be able to be alive and healthy.

    Since when does the Vatican get to vote in American elections and legislation? What’s next, Sharia?

  • practica1

    These guys think their Thomas Becket, protecting the Church from the Crown – trouble is, there’s no more Crown, only the rest of us: and we are leaving.

  • ISeeTheTruth

    the black churches run tons of businesses out of their church, why, because it’s tax free and because of religion, the goverment has a hands off approach.

  • GordonCash

    Outstanding, brianmark! It violated my principles for my tax dollars to go to fighting a war for 10 years that was started over WMDs that never existed, but we are aupposed to be a nation here, and neither Mr. Newland nor I not anyone else gets his way about everything.

  • AnthonyCavallo

    Yes, they do deny it. You need to pay for it yourself if you are an employee of the Archdiocese of Washington. It is not in keeping with their principles, so they do not offer coverage. You also pay out of pocket for contraception, abortions and sterilization services. No surprises there. And frankly, if you work for them, you accept that going in.

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