Thursday, February 9, 2012

Religious Liberty is a Fundamental American Right…

President Obama has again targeted the US Constitution in an effort I believe is at the heart of his “transforming America” agenda.

It is interesting to watch how a supposed constitutional law teacher approaches the constitution with such disregard. If Obamacare is not deemed unconstitutional in its mandates to force Americans to buy health insurance, we are in for a revolution. I believe we will see the first step in that revolution on Election Day 2012.

As part of the President’s healthcare bill he is mandating private religious institutions to provide contraception and abortion drugs as part of their “health plans” for employees. The argument is that there are non-religious employees and they deserve plans that include the morning after pill or condoms. It is a red herring argument. The true motivation is to undermine religious liberty.  These employees can choose to work at other organizations that provide such benefits or pay for those services themselves. They have a choice.

These private, Catholic hospitals are operated under the doctrines of religious beliefs that do not support contraception or abortion. These religious hospitals are being told they have to change, ignore their beliefs or be shut down by the government. This fight is not about abortion or contraception but a fundamental First Amendment fight. The First Amendment reads:

"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances."

The free exercise of religion is the reason people migrated to this country in the first place. Religious liberty is in our DNA as a country and this President is trying to “transform” this country by undermining this basic principle. His assault on Catholics is despicable and indicative of his feelings about our Judeo Christian values. He is disguising his argument by saying Catholic hospitals get federal money therefore need to fall under the general employment rules the same as other organizations. The problem with the argument is that the Catholic Hospitals provide a necessary service in many communities and it is the Federal Government that should be bending over backwards thanking them for the good work they do for so many non- Catholics.

This mandate to undermine Catholic doctrine could result in the closing of Catholic institutions which would be devastating in some communities. I wonder if the Federal Government would mandate Muslim institutions to serve pork on their menus?

This President is anti-Catholic, anti- Constitution, and anti-American.  He is a disgrace and needs to be rejected in November. Religious people of all faiths need to band together to maintain one of the most basic freedoms of American life; religious liberty. America is a beacon for all faiths to practice without the intrusion of government telling them what they must accept as doctrine. This President has declared war on Catholics and must be defeated. I believe he will be…

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