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Thursday, 15 March 2012

the bible tells me so

Scarlett Letter Barbie (from: Clergy Family Confidential)

"[...] House Bill 2625, which the [Arizona] state House of Representatives passed earlier this month and the Senate Judiciary Committee endorsed on Monday, repeals that law and allows any employer to refuse to cover contraception that will be used 'for contraceptive, abortifacient, abortion or sterilization purposes.' If a woman wants the cost of her contraception covered, she has to 'submit a claim' to her employer providing evidence of a medical condition, such as endometriosis or polycystic ovarian syndrome, that can be treated with birth control.
     Moreover, according to the American Civil Liberties Union, the law would give Arizona employers the green light to fire a woman upon finding out that she took birth control for the purpose of preventing pregnancy."
— Laura Bassett, Huffington Post

"Now that the Arizona House of Representatives has passed (and the Arizona Senate Judiciary Committee has endorsed) [House Bill 2625] making it easier to fire employees who use birth control for dirty, dirty sex rather than other medical reasons, it seems germane to ask if the fine lawmakers in Arizona might be missing other great ideas to increase the religious liberty of their job creator class.
     After all, starting with contraception is a strange choice considering that it doesn't appear anywhere in the Bible. There are other things that do, however. The rights of employers to ensure that their employees follow religious moral codes should not be infringed in any way. [...]
     Further, if any employee wishes their health insurance to cover any sort of facial laceration, the employer must have the right to be assured that the injury was in no way associated with shaving, as Leviticus 19:27 clearly proscribes trimming even the edges of beards. Insurance covering tattoo removal is definitely out, as Leviticus 19:28 forbids them in the first place. Any employee with a secret and unnoticed tattoo should be subject to no-fault firing the first time the employer sees it."
— David Atkins, Hullabaloo

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