Catholics are still in an uproar that President Obama's administration (Kathleen Sebelius, to be exact) announced that nonprofit religious institutions must follow the healthcare law and cover contraceptives as part of their healthcare insurance. These misguided people see the mandate as a direct attack on their faith - that somehow they are being forced to violate some cosmic law because their religious institution's insurance has to cover the cost of birth control if a woman (yes, a Catholic woman) chooses to have her prescription filled. Some Catholics are even pulling the, "Christian persecution" card by saying that Obama is waging a war on Catholics...
What planet do these "outraged" people live on? First of all, if Catholics were really that concerned with the moral implications of contraception, then 98% of Catholic women wouldn't be using some form of birth control. That's correct - the vast majority of these poor outraged Catholic women are the ones that are using the very technology that is banned by their church! And even if a Catholic man or woman is genuinely concerned with being immoral in the eyes of their church, they could still fall back to the most blatantly obvious choice in this matter - DON'T USE CONTRACEPTION. It's just that simple.
Now let's get to the heart of the matter here; this mandate has nothing at all to do with the religious beliefs of Catholics and everything to do with making sure that every person is covered by the law. It doesn't matter what perverted and antiquated belief your religion decides to inflict upon its followers, it cannot trump the laws in this country. The same applies to religions that believe animal sacrifices are necessary, or Sharia Law should be followed, or any other barbaric ideals many religions still cling to. There can be no exceptions to the law of the United States.
Next thing you know, some Catholic pharmacist will be refusing to fill his Catholic friend's birth control pill prescription because his church assigns him the moral responsibility to imbue himself into his patient's life. And in that instant, another human being's rights will be taken away in the blink of an eye. All in the name of the Catholic church.
But I suppose that's just crazy talk from an angry atheist, and it'll never get to that point, right?