The Obama administration isn’t against religious freedom as long as it bows to the government when the two collide.
The new government healthcare law mandates that religious facilities provide free contraceptives/abortifacients and surgical sterilizations even though it violates their religious teachings.
Some have said that if religious institutions take federal money then they have to abide by government law. In fact, not all religious institutions, which are being forced to follow the HHS mandate, take federal funds.
Belmont Abbey is a case in point. They take NO federal funds. They were sued in 2007 by faculty members who wanted their morning after pills covered by the school’s health insurance plan.
The case was thought to be resolved by the EEOC but revived in 2009 by the Obama Administration with the claim that the college was violating federal law (pre-HHS mandate). This forced Belmont Abbey to proceed with the first lawsuit regarding the healthcare law.
Belmont Abbey is a Catholic college run by monks. Monks cannot teach doctrine which opposes morning after pills and then turn around and provide coverage for them.
Few people realize that in addition to providing drugs that often cause abortions, the college has been ordered to provide “related education and counseling” about these drugs. They not only have to provide the drugs, they have to provide instruction on them!
Coercing monks into violating their conscience is a violation of freedom of religion. The HHS mandate is NOT about women’s health. It is about government control and pushing an anti-life agenda of contraceptives, abortifacients, surgical sterilizations, and, ultimately, abortion.
The monks on the other hand are NOT telling anyone they can’t purchase these drugs. They are merely saying they themselves won’t do it.
Government is the new religion and abortion is the new normal. Radical secularists truly believe that liberty is being able to provide contraceptives and abortions for free. Not everyone agrees with that.
Forty-three dioceses and other religious entities (hospitals, agencies, schools, et cetera) have filed twelve lawsuits against the Obama administration including HHS Secretary Sebelius, Treasury Secretary Geithner, and Labor Secretary Solis.
Cardinal Dolan, President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), is among those suing.
He said in a statement –
“We have tried negotiation with the Administration and legislation with the Congress – and we’ll keep at it – but there’s still no fix.
Time is running out, and our valuable ministries and fundamental rights hang in the balance, so we have to resort to the courts now. Though the Conference is not a party to the lawsuits, we applaud this courageous action by so many individual dioceses, charities, hospitals and schools across the nation, in coordination with the law firm of Jones Day. It is also a compelling display of the unity of the Church in defense of religious liberty. It’s also a great show of the diversity of the Church’s ministries that serve the common good and that are jeopardized by the mandate – ministries to the poor, the sick, and the uneducated, to people of any faith or no faith at all.”
The case now before the court does not involve late term abortions or partial-birth abortions but that is where this is headed. Healthcare exchanges are already providing abortions with taxpayer money.
This case is about government control over peoples’ consciences and it behooves one to consider just how radical the Obama administration is.
Just as Sebelius supports late term abortions, so does Michelle Obama. In 2004, she wrote a fundraising letter that a partial birth abortion ban “is clearly unconstitutional” and “a flawed law.”
If you don’t know what a partial birth abortion is, it is defined by the government –
The definition of partial-birth abortion in H.R. 1833 is “an abortion in which the person performing the abortion partially vaginally delivers a living fetus before killing the fetus and completing the delivery.
President Obama argued for post-birth abortions on the Illinois state Senate floor.
I don’t want to make a case against abortion, but what I do want to do is show how extreme these people are and where this is all headed.
D.C. has a law that does not allow the killing of vermin. Vermin (rats, mice, et cetera), according to the law, must be relocated and their families must be kept together whenever possible. [check it out here]
What kind of society are we when it is not okay to kill vermin, but it is okay to suck a baby’s brains out after they have been partially delivered? If the government can order the Catholic church to violate their conscience, where will it end with these very extreme secularists?