The United States government must not undertake to run the Churches. When an individual, in the Church or out of it, becomes dangerous to the public interest he must be checked.
~ Abraham Lincoln
If we allow the Obama administration to intrude on freedom of religion, what freedom will he go after next? The Bishops of the Catholic Church are locked in battle with Obama and Sebellius over being forced to give away contraceptions, including abortifacients, at their private universities, hospitals, and charities even though it is counter to their beliefs and doctrines.
I am not expressing an opinion here about their beliefs but I am strongly supportive of their right to freedom of religion in their own religious facilities. Evangelical and Jewish leaders stand in solidarity with the Catholic Church.
When the Catholic Bishops asked for a waiver (Belmont Abbey), they were told by HHS that the orders to enforce the mandate in their institutions came straight from the White House. They have been granted a one year waiver. They either give up all their institutions, violate the law as Obama has dictated it, or violate their religious beliefs.
Evangelical and Jewish leaders are supporting the Catholic Church’s opposition to proposed federal rules requiring contraception and sterilization coverage in most new health care plans. Muslims should consider joining with them as it could be unifying and they do not believe in abortion.
In a letter to President Obama, the Christian and Jewish leaders made it clear that Catholics are not the only groups opposed to the rule.
“Most press reports on the controversy concerning the contraceptives mandate portray the opposition as coming only from the Catholic Church and Catholic organizations,” they noted.
“But this is wrong. It is emphatically not only Catholics who deeply object to the requirement that health plans they purchase must provide coverage of contraceptives that include some that are abortifacients.”
It is unusual for Catholic Bishops to come out strongly on an issue. You should also know the Catholic Church are supporters of universal healthcare and Catholics came out strongly for Obama in 2008.
Here is the Bishops letter –
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ:
I write to you concerning an alarming and serious matter that negatively impacts the Church in the United States directly, and that strikes at the fundamental right to religious liberty for all citizens of any faith. The federal government, which claims to be “of, by, and for the people,” has just been dealt a heavy blow to almost a quarter of those people — the Catholic population — and to the millions more who are served by the Catholic faithful.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced last week that almost all employers,
including Catholic employers, will be forced to offer their employees’ health coverage that includes sterilization, abortion-inducing drugs, and contraception. Almost all health insurers will be forced to include those “services” in the health policies they write. And almost all individuals will be forced to buy that coverage as a part of their policies.
In so ruling, the Obama Administration has cast aside the First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States, denying to Catholics our Nation’s first and most fundamental freedom, that of religious liberty. And as a result, unless the rule is overturned, we Catholics will be compelled to either violate our consciences, or to drop health coverage for our employees (and suffer the penalties for doing so). The Obama Administration’s sole concession was to give our institutions one year to comply.
We cannot—we will not—comply with this unjust law. People of faith cannot be made second class citizens. We are already joined by our brothers and sisters of all faiths and many others of good will in this important effort to regain our religious freedom. Our parents and grandparents did not come to these shores to help build America’s cities and towns, its infrastructure and institutions, its enterprise and culture,only to have their posterity stripped of their God given rights. In generations past, the Church has always been able to count on the faithful to stand up and protect her sacred rights and duties. I hope and trust she can count on this generation of Catholics to do the same. Our children and grandchildren deserve nothing less.
And therefore, I would ask of you two things. First, as a community of faith we must commit ourselves to prayer and fasting that wisdom and justice may prevail, and religious liberty may be restored. Without God, we can do nothing; with God, nothing is impossible. Second, I would also recommend visiting www.usccb.org/conscience,to learn more about this severe assault on religious liberty, and how to contact Congress in support of legislation that would reverse the Obama Administration’s decision.
Sincerely yours in Christ,
+Alexander K. Sample
Most Reverend Alexander K. Sample
Bishop of Marquette
Recently, and fortunately, the EEOC lost in a Supreme Court case against Presbyterians. The EEOC attempted to mandate churches’ hiring rights. What I want to know is why this was even a case. Read here: LA Times: SCOTUS got it right on upholding church rights
An interesting aside, Obama, as chairman of the Health and Human Services Committee in the State Senate in 2003, he led efforts to defeat a bill called the Born Alive Infants Protection Act. In effect, he was the only Senator who supported the lack of care and comfort to an aborted baby born alive even though a federal bill supported by Democrats was passed. Read more: American Thinker: Obama’s Fight Against the Born Alive Protecion Act
When Obama spoke at the University of Notre Dame, this 90 year old priest, who was protesting abortion, was cuffed and arrested. This is Obama.
What I want to know after listening to the following video is if Obama is going to inflict his mandate on Muslim institutions. In this video, he is quick to say we are one of the largest Muslim countries in the world.
CONSIDER DONATING TO THIS CASE AS IT PROCEEDS TO THE SUPREME COURT: THE BECKET FUND FOR RELIGIOUS LIBERTY
Read more: Obama’s Assault on Freedom and Abolish Freedom of Religion and Obamacare abolishes freedom of religion under the guise of women’s choice and Evangelicals & Jewish Leaders Join With the Catholic Bishops