It's an act of aggression by the state against employers that don't want to pay for that stuff. Whether you personally feel persecuted by or not doesn't matter. I don't feel personally persecuted when Obama bombs Pakistani children, but it's still an act of aggression.
Originally Posted by Gdawg007
Then the solution would be to abolish whatever subsidies you think they're getting, not to compound the aggression with more aggression. It is true that the Church hierarchy has always been too ready to flirt with the state. Now it's coming back to bite them because the state was never their friend. But aggression is aggression; two wrongs don't make a right.
Second, they argue they are consciencous objectors. But they recieve federal tax dollars for their charities. They don't pay taxes on their buildings or income. They are being subsidized in a way most of us aren't. About the only taxes they pay are sales taxes, and I bet depending on who or where they buy from, they can get those waved often times as well. So is it not hypocrisy to say it's against my morals to pay for somoene else's birth control yet accept the tax dollars of Athiest, Jews, Protestants, and others who may morally object to your teachings?
You should get to object. The wars are evil, as the Church has said. You should oppose your money being stolen from you for unjust wars, just as you should oppose it going to somebody's abortifacients.
And I'm not just picking on the Catholic Church here. I mean I paid for a war I didn't want to, but no one is giving me my contributions back. I'm paying highways and roads I will never drive on or use. I'm paying for subsidies for goods I don't buy or use. I'm paying subsidies for products I wish we didn't use. So why don't I get to object? I'll tell you why, because in a society, in ANY society, no matter whether it's as socialist as it can be or as caplitalistic as it can be, we are here because we can't accomplish the same economic state on our own. And the result is we pay for things we don't like, find gross, amoral, and think are stupid.
Aggression is always evil.