One day, way back in college, the Catholic chaplain heard me play the piano and offered me a position as an accompanist at his parish. I wasn't Catholic but I accepted anyway because I wanted the money. As far as jobs go, it wasn't much of one - I usually worked just one day a week and made $200 a month tops. But I was getting paid to do something I enjoyed and that was fun. Plus it was amusing in a weird sort of way watching the collection baskets get passed around at every mass and knowing that some of that money would soon make its way into my pocket.
What did I spend all that "Catholic" money on? More like what didn't I spend it on. With most of my room and board already included with tuition, I was free to buy - among other things - all sorts of alcohol, porn, satanic blackmetal (back when people actually bought music), slutty clothes, and - most memorably - an athame for my wiccan ex-girlfriend's 20th birthday (I did mention I wasn't Catholic, right?) And yes, since you all know where this is going, I bought condoms. And used them.
Of course, none of this affected my employment. Father Ron grew more dismayed every time he discovered more details of my life, and probably even regretted making the job offer in the first place. But I was polite enough not to let the rest of my life affect my appearance in church or my performance at work, and he was smart enough to realize that once the paycheck was signed, it was my money and he had no right to tell me what I could or couldn't spend it on.
Apparently this logic is lost on the Obama administration, whose Department of Health and Human Services seems hell-bent on requiring Catholic employers, over their own religious objections, to provide birth control for their employees. Supporters of the requirement say that it will keep Catholics from "forcing" their religion on anyone else. But, as my own experience demonstrates, you can work at a Catholic organization - even a church - and spend your pay on whatever degenerate lifestyle you choose, so long as it doesn't interfere with your work. In reality it's the government forcing its own secular worldview on private citizens - demanding that Catholics spend above and beyond what they're already paying their employees just to buy them free birth control.
The Catholic church has many arguments against contraception. Some of them are actually rather interesting. But contraception isn't the issue here. The government's action would be just as uncalled for if it were directed against Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Hindu, or other religious individuals or organizations and demanding (under threat) that they violate equally important tenets of their belief. And if this mandate is allowed to stand, it's only a matter of time before other faiths are threatened in the same way.
Don't let the news fool you - there has been no "compromise" on this issue. As fate would have it, I have a story for that too. A few months into my "job," a close friend shocked me with the news that he and his girlfriend had been having sex, that she was pregnant, that he wanted her to have an abortion, and that he couldn't pay for it and had come to me because I always seemed to have lots of extra cash on hand. I turned him away. I still had all sorts of conflicting views on abortion at that point in my life - but when the time came to make a decision, I knew I just couldn't support what was about to happen.
Despite the weirdness of it all, I did still think of Cam as a friend. At least I did until he called me a week later and said he was in some unspecified "trouble" and needed $450 cash before a certain date. Of course he still needed it for his girlfriend's abortion and for some reason he thought I'd be more willing to lend him the money if he didn't specify what it was for. I'm not the smartest person in the world, but I'm not that stupid.
President Obama's compromise leaves all the essentials in place and changes nothing except for how and under what guise the money will be extorted for the exact same purpose. Clearly he thinks you are that stupid.
Please continue to fight this unjust and unconstitutional assault on our religious freedoms