Scientology opposes mandated employer insurance coverage for abortion, birth control

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  1. CommunicatorIC

    CommunicatorIC @IndieScieNews on Twitter

    Scientology opposes mandated employer insurance coverage for abortion, birth control and reproductive health.

    The Congressional Record shows that on April 30, 2015, the United States House of Representatives (controlled by the Republican Party) considered a proposed "joint resolution (H.J. Res. 43) disapproving the action of the District of Columbia Council in approving the Reproductive Health Non-Discrimination Amendment Act of 2014."

    https://www.congress.gov/congressional-record/2015/4/30/house-section/article/H2727-1

    Attached to the Congressional Record is the following letter:

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    Hon. Phil Mendelson,
    Council of the District of Columbia,
    Washington, DC.

    Dear Chairman Mendelson: We represent the city's broad and diverse faith community. We may believe and practice our faith differently. We may have divergent positions on important issues. However we all agree that faith communities have a right to freely exercise their religion and a responsibility to promote and protect this important freedom. We believe religious freedom is not only our priority, but also a priority in our society.

    We come together then to oppose the Reproductive Health Non-Discrimination Amendment Act of 2014. We believe it would infringe upon religious employers' freedom to make employment decisions when necessary to preserve their religious mission and identity. In doing so, the legislation would allow for unjust and unnecessary government interference into religious employers' governance and operations.

    While religious employers do not police employees' or dependents' private reproductive health decisions, these employers must have the freedom to respond to employees' public behavior repudiating their religious mission and identity.

    We believe that the legislation would in fact discriminate against religious employers in a manner prohibited by the significant constitutional and legal protections provided to religious organizations in the U.S. Constitution's First Amendment and the Religious Freedom Restoration Act.

    We respectfully request that you oppose the Reproductive Health Non-Discrimination Amendment Act. We pray that you will be fair and reasonable in your considerations of our sincere concerns. We will follow up with you with regard to these priority concerns.

    Sincerely,

    Reverend Patrick Walker, President, Baptist Convention of D.C. and Vicinity; Reverend Susan Taylor, National Public Affairs Director, Church of Scientology National Affairs Office; Talib M. Shareef, CMSgt, USAF-Retired, Imam/President, The Nation's Mosque, Masjid Muhammad; Reverend Kendrick E. Curry, Pastor, Pennsylvania Avenue Baptist Church--DuPont Park; Reverend Dr. George C. Gilbert, Pastor, Holy Trinity United Baptist Church--Hillbrook; Reverend A.C. Durant, Pastor, Tenth Street Baptist Church--Shaw; Reverend Sylvia Stanard, Minister, Church of Scientology; Reverend Lee Holzinger, Minister, Church of Scientology; Reverend Monsignor Robert Panke, Rector, Saint John Paul II Seminary--Brookland; Reverend William Byrne, Secretary of Pastoral Ministry and Social Concerns, Archdiocese of Washington.

    Michael Scott, Director, D.C. Catholic Conference; Reverend Frederick Close, Pastor, St. Anthony Catholic Church--Brookland; Reverend Adam Y. Park, Pastor, Epiphany Catholic Church--Georgetown; Reverend Michael Briese, Pastor, Holy Name Catholic Church--Capitol Hill North; Reverend Monsignor Godfrey T. Mosley, Pastor, St. Ann Catholic Church--Tenleytown; Reverend Mark R. Ivany, Pastor, Assumption Catholic Church--Congress Heights; Reverend Michael J. Kelley, Pastor, St. Martin Catholic Church--Bloomingdale; Monsignor Raymond G. East, Pastor, St. Teresa of Avila Catholic Church--Anacostia; Reverend William Gurnee, Director of Spiritual Formation, Saint John Paul II Seminary--Brookland.

    Monsignor John Enzler, President and CEO, Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Washington; Reverend Henry A. Gaston, Pastor, Johnson Memorial Baptist Church; Reverend Beth Akiyama, Minister, Church of Scientology; Reverend Kay Holzinger, Minister, Church of Scientology; Reverend Mario E. Dorsonville, Vice President of Mission and Immigration Outreach, Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Washington; Reverend Avelino A. Gonzalez, Director, Ecumenical and Inter-Faith Affairs Archdiocese of Washington; Reverend Monsignor Ronald W. Jameson, Rector, Cathedral of Saint Matthew the Apostle--DuPont Circle; Reverend Monsignor James D. Watkins, Pastor, Immaculate Conception Catholic Church--Shaw; Reverend Monsignor Paul Langsfeld, Pastor, St. Joseph's Catholic Church on Capitol Hill.

    Reverend Gregory Schommer, O.P., Pastor, St. Dominic Catholic Church--Southwest Waterfront; Reverend Andrew F. Royals; Reverend Mark R. Ivany, Pastor, St. Benedict the Moor Catholic Church--Kingman Park; Reverend Ron Potts, Pastor, Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament--Chevy Chase; Reverend Thomas Franks, S.S.J., Pastor, Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church--Buena Vista; Reverend Cornelius Kelechi Ejiogu, S.S.J., Pastor, St. Luke Catholic Church--Marshall Heights; Reverend Alfred J. Harris, Pastor, St Mary Mother of God Catholic Church--Chinatown; Reverend Evelio Menjivar, Pastor, Our Lady Queen of the Americas--Kalorama; Reverend Richard Mullins, Pastor, St. Thomas Apostle Catholic Church--Woodley Park; Reverend Raymond M. Moore, Pastor, St. Thomas More Catholic Church--Washington Highlands; Monsignor Charles Pope, Pastor, Holy Comforter-Saint Cyprian Catholic Church--Capitol Hill.


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    Thereafter, on April 30, 2015, the Washington Posted noted that the House of Representatives had voted to strike down the Washington, D.C. law banning reproductive discrimination.

    Even leaving aside issues concerning mandated employer health insurance under Obamacare, abortion, birth control, and reproductive health, this is very important for a nuumber of additional reasons.

    It shows that the Church of Scientology has allied with the religous right, and particularly the Christian right, to push the issue of "religious liberty" -- i.e., religious exemptions from secular laws (e.g., concerning abortion, birth control, gay rights, etc. -- or, for Scientology, mandated employer health insurnace coverage for pssychiatric, psychological or other mental health care) under the Supreme Court's Hobby Lobby decision.

    Perhaps redundantly -- but it bears repeating -- the Church of Scientology has allied with the religous right, and particularly the Christian right.

    The Church of Scientology National Affairs Office is perhaps not the joke some thought it was.

    The Church of Scientology may be playing a deeper game than many supsected. I don't believe the Church of Scientology really cares about the issues of abortion or birth control. This was about builidng alliances and the larger issue of "religious liberty" as discussed above.
     
  2. freethinker

    freethinker Sponsor

    Re: Scientology opposes mandated employer insurance coverage for abortion, birth cont

    It really is to be expected, paying $10 a week to staff for 80 hours is already too much "benefit" from their viewpoint.
     
  3. CommunicatorIC

    CommunicatorIC @IndieScieNews on Twitter

    Re: Scientology opposes mandated employer insurance coverage for abortion, birth cont

    In what I suspect may be an exercise in alliance building (unless there is something in these bills and actions I am not aware of), in the past year the Church of Scientology National Affairs Office has also expressed support for:

    The Grassley-Whitehouse Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act Reauthorization Act of 2015;

    the Sentencing Reform Act of 2015; and

    an end the practice of family detention in the area of immigration enforcement.tion

    The Church of Scientology National Affairs Office also for obvious reasons expressed support for the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) Reauthorization Act of 2015.
     
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  4. CommunicatorIC

    CommunicatorIC @IndieScieNews on Twitter

    Re: Scientology opposes mandated employer insurance coverage for abortion, birth cont

    I just did a search for "Church of Scientology National Affairs Office" with a limit of one year, but unlike above not limited to .gov websites.

    My impression is that the Church of Scientology National Affairs Office has been building goodwill and alliances with religious and civil rights organizations by supporting their efforts in areas that do not appear to be of concern to Scientology. For example, in addition to the above, supporting criminal sentencing reform (e.g., against mandatory minimums), juvenile justice reform, refugees, the end of family detention in the context of immigration enforcement, the release of Coptic Christian Mohamed Hegazy in Egypt, and the release of the China 18.

    I suspect such efforts will be beneficial to the Church of Scientology.
     
  5. Chris Shelton

    Chris Shelton Patron with Honors

    Re: Scientology opposes mandated employer insurance coverage for abortion, birth cont

    The Church of Scientology, read OSA, have put together a program to publicly support programs and government initiatives which would show they support things that are the opposite of what they actually have been doing for decades. For example, they violate human rights daily, yet publicly they point to legislation they support or help finance which supports human rights. Here they have been publicly and repeatedly accused of enforcing abortions, so now they support legislation that states it is a religious freedom to not enforce employers to pay for or support abortion. This is also coalition building with other powerful religious groups, especially in Washington. It's obvious what OSA does and why to anyone who understands Scientology. Unfortunately it's not so obvious so these other religious and government officials, especially when Scientology whips out its checkbook.
     
  6. JustSheila

    JustSheila Crusader

    Re: Scientology opposes mandated employer insurance coverage for abortion, birth cont

    Another Scientological PR statement loaded with double meaning.

    Years ago, I thought the references in Dianetics would be enough to stop the church / cult of Scientology from abusing the staff's human rights and coercing and forcing them to have abortions through its threats and intimidation tactics. I was so wrong. There is no limit to how low the cult will go to squeeze every last bit of production from its staff. Long ago it proved that it considered children a waste of resources and unnecessary burden with its abusive, appalling, neglectful treatment of SO children. :angry:

    Mandated health insurance through Obamacare means Scn SO and other staff would be required to have health insurance. Eligibility for the reduced rates of Obamacare is through a Federal government website. This is simply a cult of Scientology effort at subterfuge.

    Those Scientology staff coerced or forced to have an abortion who were on Obamacare would leave a record of this with the U.S. Government. COS does not want its dirty secrets and human rights abuses documented and known.