This is really interesting:
The Obama Administration has mandated that all food stores in the United States selling refrigerated goods, MUST sell beef!If you haven't figured it out yet, this is satire (not based on a perfect metaphor - but it gets the point across). Requiring Catholics and other Christians to violate their consciences by ordering them to pay for contraception, abortion-inducing drugs, and sterilizations is wrong. It is a clear violation of religious liberty.
There is an exemption for vegetarians who only employ, and sell their goods to, vegetarians; and, for vegans who only employ, and sell their goods to, vegans.
What are the vegetarian and vegan store business owners to do?
How long will it take for these businesses to go bankrupt if the owners refuse to violate their conscience by carrying beef in their stores? How many people from the area, meat eaters included, frequent and buy some of the excellent products sold at vegetarian/vegan owned shops? Are people forced to shop and work at these places, or is it a choice?
Elizabeth Scalia makes some good points:
You wouldn’t force a Jewish Deli to stock lobster in reserve for its gentile employees. A reasonable gentile or non-observant Jewish employee would understand who she works for and would not expect it. It would not impact her freedom to buy her own lobster.It is utterly ridiculous and a clear infringement on our rights to say we cannot follow follow our beliefs and consciences. The Bishops have made this clear.
You wouldn’t force a Muslim Madrassah to pay for an employee’s pulled-pork sandwich; a reasonable non-Muslim employee would not even think to ask it.