Thursday, February 16, 2012

HHS and Kosher Delis

Interesting article about the intersection between religious freedom and personal ethical standards.  In the fictional story of "The Parable of the Kosher Deli," William Lori uses a less volatile example to highlight the dilemma of the government mandating exemptions from the dictates of conscience.  His ideal conclusion:

     The government recognized that it is absurd for someone to come into a kosher deli and demand a ham sandwich; that it is beyond absurd for that private demand to be backed with the coercive power of the state; that 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. The question before the United States government — right now — is whether the story of our own church institutions that serve the public, and that are threatened by the HHS mandate, will end happily too.

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