In the 1860s, 10,000 Korean Catholics were tortured, decapitated, and thrown over a cliff into the Han River in Seoul. Women who work for Catholic organizations will soon receive free birth control that will be given out by their health insurance company and NOT paid for by their Catholic employer. One of these things is not like the other, yet both are thrown out as examples of religious persecution by Supreme Knight Carl Anderson in the opening essay of my monthly Knights of Columbus magazine, the Korean martyrdom story as a hyperbolic anecdote to scare us into thinking that a Presbyterian secretary at Catholic Charities getting free pills violates Catholic religious liberty.*
*Even if free pills for non-Catholic women and 98% of what Bill Donohue would derisively call cafeteria Catholic women did cross the church/state line, noted Papist Antonin Scalia has already said if we make “the professed doctrines of religious belief superior to the law of the land,” it “in effect” would “permit every citizen to become a law unto himself.” Or, as I’ve already said, religious freedom can only exist with religion necessarily subservient to the rule of law.