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Gary Varvel

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  1. Robert Morano

    Robert Morano said, over 1 year ago

    Just what are you being forced to do?

  2. cdward

    cdward said, over 1 year ago

    Utter hogwash.

  3. Michael wme

    Michael wme said, over 1 year ago

    @Robert Morano

    A number of religious groups object to having to pay 100% of the cost of contraception for women (men still have to pay if they wish to use male contraceptives, of course). Before, companies could charge a deductible and a co-pay, but that’s now illegal. And they say they’ll have to cut some other coverage to be able to pay for it.


    But if we allowed religious nutcases, we’d have to allow Fundamentalist Mormons, cannibals, and peyote users, and the courts agree that, when a religion has a weird practice that endangers all of society, that practice must be prohibited by the state.

  4. Chillbilly

    Chillbilly said, over 1 year ago

    I’ll believe this kind of garbage when an athiest can openly run for higher office. America is as theocratic as Iran — brazenly Bible-whipped by fundamentalists and their puppet politicians.

  5. Jase99

    Jase99 said, over 1 year ago

    @Michael wme

    No, they object to paying anything for contraception.

  6. Jase99

    Jase99 said, over 1 year ago

    @TimeWeaver

    Refusing to allow you to control the lives of others is not restricting your liberty, it’s preserving theirs.

    Yes, but religious fanatics don’t want others to enjoy the same freedoms they do. Religious freedom to some means you’re free to believe exactly as they do. If not, you’re a shameful sinner. Just look at the opposition to gay marriage.

  7. runar

    runar said, over 1 year ago

    “How to Determine if Your Religious Liberty Is Being Threatened in Just 10 Quick Questions.” Just pick “A” or “B” for each question.
    1. My religious liberty is at risk because:
    A) I am not allowed to go to a religious service of my own choosing. B) Others are allowed to go to religious services of their own choosing.
    2. My religious liberty is at risk because:
    A) I am not allowed to marry the person I love legally, even though my religious community blesses my marriage. B) Some states refuse to enforce my own particular religious beliefs on marriage on those two guys in line down at the courthouse.
    3. My religious liberty is at risk because:
    A) I am being forced to use birth control. B) I am unable to force others to not use birth control.
    4. My religious liberty is at risk because:
    A) I am not allowed to pray privately. B) I am not allowed to force others to pray the prayers of my faith publicly.
    5. My religious liberty is at risk because:
    A) Being a member of my faith means that I can be bullied without legal recourse. B) I am no longer allowed to use my faith to bully gay kids with impunity.
    6. My religious liberty is at risk because:
    A) I am not allowed to purchase, read or possess religious books or material. B) Others are allowed to have access books, movies and websites that I do not like.
    7. My religious liberty is at risk because:
    A) My religious group is not allowed equal protection under the establishment clause. B) My religious group is not allowed to use public funds, buildings and resources as we would like, for whatever purposes we might like.
    8. My religious liberty is at risk because:
    A) Another religious group has been declared the official faith of my country. B) My own religious group is not given status as the official faith of my country.
    9. My religious liberty is at risk because:
    A) My religious community is not allowed to build a house of worship in my community. B) A religious community I do not like wants to build a house of worship in my community.
    10. My religious liberty is at risk because:
    A) I am not allowed to teach my children the creation stories of our faith at home. B) Public school science classes are teaching science.
    Scoring key:
    If you answered “A” to any question, then perhaps your religious liberty is indeed at stake. You and your faith group have every right to now advocate for equal protection under the law. But just remember this one little, constitutional, concept: this means you can fight for your equality — not your superiority.
    If you answered “B” to any question, then not only is your religious liberty not at stake, but there is a strong chance that you are oppressing the religious liberties of others. This is the point where I would invite you to refer back to the tenets of your faith, especially the ones about your neighbors.

  8. Jimathai

    Jimathai GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago

    this again? Religious groups are exempted from the contraception mandate. so either this is something else or he is beating a dead horse… knowing Varvel Im guessing the latter.

  9. ossiningaling

    ossiningaling said, over 1 year ago

    @Jimathai

    It’s for CEOs and the like who think they are entitled to exemptions for their companies based on their own personal religious beliefs.

  10. ARodney

    ARodney said, over 1 year ago

    He’s got his undies in a bunch because Hobby Lobby can’t force their workers to pay out-of-pocket for contraception. It’s a total non-issue. If you’re a church, you can discriminate against women in leadership positions, you can force kids to work for free, you can hire nuns for below minimum wage, you can deny your workers health care coverage. A very, very generous interpretation of the first amendment. But if you’re a business, you are NOT a church, and you can’t pull those stunts. I have no problem with this.

  11. Captain Colorado

    Captain Colorado said, over 1 year ago

    What is happening to Chick-fil-A and Hobby Lobby and their owners may be the beginning of the end.

  12. Bruce4671

    Bruce4671 GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago

    @Michael wme

    I was following your argument up until you said this: “when a religion has a weird practice that endangers all of society, that practice must be prohibited by the state.”

    Now, cannibals? Yes that may indeed be a danger to the general public. But Polygamy? Or using a hallucinogen in a religious ceremony conducted with a “spirit” guide in control? Well, maybe a danger to a small segment of that unique population. Now you want to include a belief that one should not have to pay for or support the activities of other people that you consider immoral or not approved of by your particular religious doctrine as a danger to the general public? And to equate them with practicing cannibalism is a tad bit harsh. Besides wouldn’t a society that promotes the killing of the unborn be a better fit for that analogy?

    Not that I support any particular religious doctrine or dogma.

  13. Respectful Troll

    Respectful Troll said, over 1 year ago

    @runar

    Excellent contribution, Runar.
    Thank you.
    C.

  14. Harleyquinn

    Harleyquinn GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago

    @ARodney

    “because Hobby Lobby can’t force their workers to pay out-of-pocket for contraception.”
    What kind of religion makes someone buy something they do not want to buy. Seems to me that the freedom is in the act of letting a person take the money they are paid and buy what they want to buy. If I do not have a job there who is going to buy my x, y or z? Who is going to go to my bedroom and make sure we are doing it the right way in which some one else paid for.

  15. Robert Landers

    Robert Landers said, over 1 year ago

    @Harleyquinn

    As a taxpayer, I will gladly pay for the contraceptives of the very poor, as in the long run that means they will not be bringing more and more very poor children into this world to suffer and even perhaps die a miserable death!

    And contraception is NOT killing the unborn as conception never takes place!!

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