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Tim Thomas opposes US birth control rule

Two weeks after making waves by skipping a team visit to the White House, Bruins goalie Tim Thomas expressed his opposition on Facebook yesterday to a federal mandate requiring faith-based organizations to pay for contraception for their female employees.

“I Stand with the Catholics in the fight for Religious Freedom,’’ Thomas wrote on his Facebook page.

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Below that sentence, he posted a version of a famous quotation from Martin Niemöller, a Protestant clergyman who was imprisoned in Nazi concentration camps. Niemöller, who died in 1984, spoke in the oft-cited remarks about those who did not speak up against Nazi purges of Jews and others because they were not among their ranks.

“Then they came for me, and by that time no one was left to speak up,’’ Niemöller said, according to the version Thomas posted yesterday.

His statement about religious freedom was a reference to the opposition from many Catholic leaders and people of other faiths to the mandate, which requires religious-affiliated organizations to offer health insurance plans that cover the cost of contraception for female employees.

Churches and houses of worship are exempt from the requirement, which is part of the 2010 health care law.

A Bruins spokesman declined to comment on Thomas’s posting last night.

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