On February 19, WashingtonPost.com's On Faith section published a guest column by Glenn Beck in which the former Fox News host attacked President Obama for his announcement that under health care reform, women will have access to health care plans that cover contraception at no additional cost and declared, "we are all Catholics now."
WashingtonPost.com's decision to grant Beck a platform as part of their "conversation on Religion and Politics" comes in spite of Beck's repeated condemnation by Jewish groups for offensive comments, as well as his history of violent rhetoric.
On Friday, Fox host Chris Wallace acknowledged that Beck had gone "over the line in some of the things he said" during his tenure at that network.
In his piece, Beck stated:
This is why Americans are offended by the ruling from the White House that would force church-run institutions to pay for birth control and morning-after pills, which are tantamount to abortion. The so-called compromise is no compromise - under government-approved health insurance plans that the church pays for, abortifacients would be covered. Sin by proxy - that's the compromise.
In fact, Obama's birth control policy has broad support from Catholic hospitals, colleges, and charities, and recent polls show a majority of Catholics think employers should be required to provide health care plans that cover contraception at no additional cost.