Anonymous asked in Society & CultureReligion & Spirituality · 8 years ago

Should a religious charity be allowed to deny some health coverage to its employees?

Should a Catholic Charity be allowed to exclude contraceptives under the new national health plan?

Should a Church of Scientology Charity be allowed to exclude anti depressants?

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  • 8 years ago
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    The problem happens when a religious organization becomes so large that it needs to find workers who do not share the same religious beliefs. Information technology is a grand example. If a religious church gets big enough it will need a pretty good sized IT staff to handle billing, financial, and HR plus networking, emails, computer maintenance, and so forth. Getting a staff put together that is all of the same religious faith becomes rather hard. Plus, the company would be passing by very talented individuals because of their beliefs. So a religious organization has to admit workers who do not share the same religious beliefs. The businesses success depends on it. So, to deny them certain health coverage because it violates a religious idea is forcing religion on these workers.

    I know that someone will come back and say that the workers have a choice where to work and they chose to work at a religious organization so they should just accept the limitations. However, that is not always true. There are many people out of work in this country and any job is a blessing (no pun intended). They could be forced by circumstances to take these jobs. So preventing certain types of health coverage is wrong in those cases. Plus, there could be people of the same faith who do not share the same ideas about the health coverage.

    Also, denying any valid health coverage should always be seen as a bad idea. In the case of birth control there are couples who for medical reasons should not try to have a child. There are couples out there who for economic reasons should not have a child. There are couples out there who just should not have children anyway because they would not be good parents and they know it.

    Finally, you did strike the nail on the head by making the scientology reference. There are some religious groups with some pretty extreme views on medicine. Scientology, for instance, does not support the use of any medicine for psychological issues. There are some people who depend on certain medicine. What about banning medicine for sexually transmitted diseases? Can a church ban its people from having access to those? That is wrong, promotes suffering, increases the chances of spreading the disease, and is just not good for the community. What about some of the churches that rely heavily on faith healing? If they were large enough, could they have health plans that only allowed faith healing?

    In the end, this is not a clear cut example of the government forcing religion to abandon its religious ideas. It is about the individual freedom of choice and not a church's ability to force decisions on you and the general welfare and health.

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  • Anonymous
    8 years ago

    IMO, if a charity employs only members of its religion, then sure. Otherwise, crap no.

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  • G C
    Lv 7
    8 years ago

    Where are the rights to demand they buy or sell anything at all?

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