The HHS mandate forcing Catholic facilities to provide free contraceptives/abortifacients is about Obamacare, which forces everyone to pay for everyone else’s every healthcare need. It will take away our individual right to make choices about that which is most precious to us – our health.
This mandate is about more than freedom of religion – it is about freedom. It is the sneak preview of what is to come when a government dictates our health choices.
Why are we giving free contraceptives to every woman? Why is that now a shared responsibility? Because the government dictated it.
If you live in the alternative universe of the secularist, you know that everything concerning religion will be twisted into an issue about infringement by religion. In the latest debate about religious freedom, women’s health is the straw man.
On February 16th, Democratic Representatives Eleanor Holmes Norton of the District of Columbia and Carolyn Maloney of New York walked out of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee meeting about religious freedom because they were not allowed to present an unqualified witness with a compelling personal story who was not planning to present any factual evidence.
Norton and Maloney walked out because they hoped to use the witness as a means of transforming the meeting from one of religious liberty to one of women’s health.
The witness who was denied is a young student from Georgetown who wanted to talk about a friend who lost an ovary possibly because she did not use contraceptive devices which were allegedly unaffordable for her.
The speaker had no particular qualifications and was set to speak with well-qualifed religious spokespersons. She was there to present a story that would play well in the press afterwards. The professional that the Democrats had scheduled was cancelled by the Democrats, not Issa, at the last minute.
The media repeated the story afterwards to misportray Issa, saying he would not allow any women or chosen speakers. Some headlines read, “no women allowed at contraception hearing.”
It was the usual contrivance that I am very tired of seeing played out. It was a straw man – blatant propaganda.
On January 19th, Pope Benedict had his say about the loss of freedoms in the United States –
Speaking to U.S. Bishops visiting the Vatican, Pope Benedict expressed concerns about the dangers facing Christianity and Judeo-Christian teaching in an “increasingly hostile” environment. He emphasized the ‘grave threats’ to the Church’s core presented by the radical secularism in the U.S political and cultural spheres. He spoke about an individualism so radical that it detaches freedom from moral truth.
He alluded to Obamacare and conscientious objection to abortion and contraception with regard to cooperation in intrinsically evil practices. The separation of the church and state does not mean the church will remain silent on certain issues.
Pope Benedict expressed particular concern over certain attempts to limit that most cherished of American freedoms, the freedom of religion. Pope Benedict said, “Many of you have pointed out that concerted efforts have been made to deny the right of conscientious objection on the part of Catholic individuals and institutions with regard to cooperation in intrinsically evil practices. Others have spoken to me of a worrying tendency to reduce religious freedom to mere freedom of worship without guarantees of respect for freedom of conscience.” Read the text of the Pope’s speech here: Energy Publisher
Today, Family Research Council President Tony Perkins spoke about the mandate during his address to the annual National Religious Broadcasters convention. He stated that more than 2,500 pastors and evangelical leaders have signed a letter to Obama urging him to reconsider the mandate.
The letter begins (complete letter: here) –
This mandate was not necessary, nor warranted under the provision of “preventive care services for women” contained in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Worse still is the fact that the mandate essentially ignores the conscience rights of many Catholic and Protestant Americans. Our country was founded on certain freedoms, the first of which is the freedom of religion. The ability of a religious person to follow their conscience without fearing government intervention has long been a protected right for Americans. It is unfathomable to picture a country that would deny religious freedoms…
Why did Obama choose this battle? Is Obama’s message that Obamacare – the government – will dictate all healthcare choices regardless of constitutionally guaranteed personal liberties?