Thursday, February 16, 2012

Bishop Lori: Absurd for someone to expect a ham sandwich in a kosher deli



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In one of the latest salvos Bishop William Lori, chairman of the Ad Hoc Committee on Religious Liberty of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), appeared before the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.

In his testimony today, he likened the imposition on Catholic institutions to include insurance coverage for contraception and sterilization to mandating that all Jewish delis should serve pork. 
People recognize, he said that "it is absurd for someone to come into a kosher deli and demand a ham sandwich." Moreover, "it is downright surreal to apply this coercive power when the customer can get the same sandwich cheaply, or even free, just a few doors down."

Source: Zenit

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1 comment:

Nick said...

That's a good comparison, but it can be countered (albeit missing the point the Cardinal is making) by looking at the difference between Jewish and Christian law.

Another comparison would be that the mandate is like forcing atheists to read the Bible. Though that, too, can be countered by looking at the difference between religion and atheism.