Little Sisters of the Poor Must Violate Their Religious Beliefs


On Tuesday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the liberal 10th Circuit ruled that the Little Sisters of the Poor must follow the HHS mandate requiring them to indirectly provide abortifacients and birth control as part of any health insurance they provide.

All the Little Sisters of the Poor want to do is follow their faith and help the poor. The government has decided to what degree they are allowed to follow their faith if they help the poor.

The appellate court ruled that the accommodation would “not substantially burden their religious exercise” under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act “or infringe upon their First Amendment rights.”

The ruling says: “Having to file paperwork or otherwise register a religious objection, even if one disagrees with the ultimate aim of the law at issue, does not alone substantially burden religious exercise.” And it calls the accommodation “at least as easy as obtaining a parade permit, filing a simple tax form, or registering to vote — in other words, a routine, brief administrative task.”

Mother Loraine Marie Maguire of the Little Sisters issued a statement saying, “We simply cannot choose between our care for the elderly poor and our faith. … All we ask is to be able to continue our religious vocation free from government intrusion.”

Becket Fund senior counsel Mark Rienzi, lead attorney for the Little Sisters, said in a press release that it is “a national embarrassment that the world’s most powerful government insists … it must crush the Little Sisters’ faith and force them to participate.” The sisters are considering whether to appeal to the Supreme Court, the release said.

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Hobby Lobby and other small businesses, including those owned by Mennonites, had refused to provide 4 of the 20 drugs the government mandated because they cause abortions. The government lost that case so in an effort to circumvent the law, they gave small businesses the same accommodation the religious organizations get – they must provide it indirectly.

Women can easily get all the birth control and abortifacients they want by working elsewhere or by going to Planned Parenthood. In fact, they can abort their fully-developed babies every year if they choose. I believe this mandate isn’t about women and providing much needed healthcare, it’s about an ideology that values life less than the Little Sisters of the Poor and which wants the government in charge.

The government decides what is a religious institution and has very narrowly defined a religious institution as a church. This is a direct hit on the First Amendment’s freedom of religion. Religion is vulnerable and it will be the first to go.

They’re vulnerable because there are a lot of people who hate religion, hate specific religions, and who think religion should not be seen or heard. On the other hand, if the government gets to whittle away at part of the First Amendment, it will be the camel’s nose under the tent.

Once one Amendment goes, they all will go.

Yes, they could give up any funding and their tax exempt status but since they work with the poor and don’t charge, they won’t have the money to continue. This government will have our tax money go only for leftist causes and institutions and they will have redefined freedom of religion as we have known it. Prior to Barack Obama, religious organizations have been allowed to do their good works.

If we can free almost 90 drug dealers from prison, why can’t we free the Little Sisters of the Poor to do good works?

Get the government out of our lives.

What do you think?

Source: Religion News

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Frank S.
Frank S.
7 years ago

Here’s hoping the Becket Fund takes this to the Supreme Court. I bet they’ll win. The easily influenced by public pressure swing votes (Kennedy & Roberts) won’t want to be seen as coming down hard on a group named “Little Sisters of the Poor”. And this is ONE TIME they can actually find a legitimate CONSTITUTIONAL BASIS for their decision.