By Taylor Hall
After watching Vice President Joe Biden and Rep. Paul Ryan square off on Oct. 11, my friend and I had a discussion about why I was voting for Mitt Romney. There are many reasons I would like to vote for President Obama. I think he would care more for the middle class; however, there is one line I cannot cross. I cannot vote for such an extreme liberal who will not allow a very simple provision that could exempt Catholic institutions from having to pay for contraception. Contraception is something that the Catholic Church finds gravely immoral.
A question that the debate poses: Is there really a problem? When Ryan accused the Obama administration of assaulting religious liberties of the Catholic Church, Biden said:
“With regard to the assault on the Catholic Church, let me make it absolutely clear. No religious institution, Catholic or otherwise, including Catholic Social Services, Georgetown Hospital, Mercy – any hospital – none has to either refer contraception. None has to pay for contraception. None has to be a vehicle to get contraception in any insurance policy they provide. That is a fact. That is a fact.”
Hall lives in Floyd. He taught English in Korea for the past two years.