Liz and I attended our kids’ Homeschool Basketball League games last night in Harrod, Ohio. Both Sarah and Joseph’s games were quite spirited. Afterward one of the other parents approached me and wanted to talk politics out in the hall. He said he was torn about who to back in the Republican Primaries. I said I was torn too. (Just kidding.) He said he, like many others, wondered if any of these candidates could beat President Obama. I said the whole thing, it seemed to me, was getting way too polarized. For instance no matter what President Obama does, the Republican knee-jerk response seems to be that it’s “all wrong.” I mean, is there an “adult in the room”? Common sense says he’s done some good things and some not so good things, and there’s been all sorts of complex shades of grey inbetween. Just like with any of us. For instance, the spirit of his healthcare plan seems to be helping get healthcare insurance to those on the lower end of the socio-economic spectrum. And I believe that sentiment is good (although I disagree with the type of approach). However a decidedly ‘not so good thing’ in the shades of grey in Obamacare, I believe, is that the L.A. Times today reported that Catholic hospitals, universities and other religious institutions are “mandated” to offer health plans that provide contraception benefits at no cost to their members. The Times said the American Catholic Bishops were infuriated and this was a direct attack on religion and First Amendment rights. I’d have to agree. No matter what one feels about artificial contraception, the Catholic Church teaches it is counter to God’s Natural Law, and a “serious sin.” Thus, it’s my belief the “conscience clause” should, indeed, be applied here.