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'Religious Liberty' Claims From Contraception Opponents are 'Ridiculous,' NYT Editorial States

'Religious Liberty' Claims From Contraception Opponents are 'Ridiculous,' NYT Editorial States

January 28, 2014 — The Supreme Court recently made a "disappointing" choice in barring "the Obama administration from enforcing paperwork rules against a Colorado nuns' group" that opposes the federal contraceptive coverage rules, a New York Times editorial states.

In the case, the Little Sisters of the Poor said that signing a government certification form exempting them from providing contraceptive coverage for employees violates their religious freedom, the editorial explains.

The editorial argues that the belief that this "minor paperwork requirement ... substantially burdens religious liberty is ridiculous," adding that it is "especially ridiculous in this instance, since contraceptive coverage will not be made available to the group's employees even if the group ultimately loses its case."

The editorial concludes that "the real threat to religious liberty is the unjustified effort by employers to impose their religious views on their employees" (New York Times, 1/27).