On Feb. 8, Americans United Executive Director Barry W. Lynn appeared on The Diane Rehm Show to discuss the Obama administration’s decision to require most employers to include birth control in their health insurance plans. Houses of worship are exempt from the new rule, but religiously affiliated institutions such as hospitals, colleges and charities are not.
State Sen. Shirley Huntley (D-Queens), who voted in favor of the bill, said churches are just like any other group that rents school space to hold a function.
“I think the churches have every right,” she said. “As long as they’re paying their way, it’s all right with me.”
The problem is, they’re not like any other group: They are tax exempt. Secondly, they are not “paying their way”. That was one of the main problems all along.