Two days ago, Justice Sonia Sotomayor issued a stay on enforcement of the HHS mandate for the Little Sisters of the Poor Home for the Aged. The Obama Administration had until today to respond. Despite all the exemptions they have doled out – 40% of exemptions went to unions – the Administration has repeated its demands that religious organizations not be exempted from the HHS Mandate.
The last time Obama made demands of the High Court, we ended up with Obamacare.
The Administration believes they have the right to decide who or what is a religious entity. They also believe that the complainants have no legal basis to challenge the government. The Little Sisters are apparently in no position to determine their own rights of conscience.
“Applicants have no legal basis to challenge the self certification requirement or to complain that it involves them in the process of providing contraceptive coverage,” the administration claimed.
The Little Sisters have no basis to challenge a law that requires them to violate their religious conscience but the Government has the right to tell people who and what is a religious entity and who is allowed to exercise freedom of religion and under what circumstances?
Does anyone see the absurdity in this?
The Becket Fund, which is representing the group and many similar groups such as the monks at Belmont Abbey, said: “The government demands that the Little Sisters of the Poor sign a permission slip for abortion drugs and contraceptives, or pay of millions in fines. The Sisters believe that doing that violates their faith, and that they shouldn’t be forced to divert funds from the poor elderly and dying people they’ve devoted their lives to serve,” senior counsel Mark Rienzi said in a statement.
The government wants them to sign off on someone else giving the abortifacients, contraceptives and sterilizations which is no different than providing it themselves.
It’s fairly evil to make people violate their conscience but that is the point, isn’t it? It’s a good start at making government supreme over God.
The decision will be made by Justice Sotomayor but she is a woman of the left and she has been given her marching orders.