Monday, February 20, 2012

War on Religious Freedom

Included in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, passed by former Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Majority Leader Harry Reid and the Democrat majority in Congress on Christmas Eve of 2009, is a mandate that requires employers to cover birth control and sterilization for their workers. Numerous organizations have petitioned the administration to be granted an exemption on religious grounds without success.

In response to President Obama’s unconstitutional attempt, through the implementation of ObamaCare, to force Catholic institutions to pay for contraceptives, sterilizations and abortion-inducing drugs, Marco Rubio (R-FL) has filed Senate Bill 2043, the Religious Freedom Restoration Act.

Rubio’s bill, if passed, would allow exemptions to religious organizations, stating “no guideline or regulation…shall require any individual or entity to offer, provide or purchase coverage for a contraceptive or sterilization service, or related education or counseling, to which that individual or entity is opposed on the basis of religious belief.”

The 1st amendment right of religious freedom specifically prohibits the making of any law that impedes the free exercise of religion. American Statesman James Madison, also known as the “Father of the Constitution, is famously quoted as saying, “Conscience is the most sacred of all property.”

Baptist Governor Mike Huckabee, speaking to the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), said, “I remember very vividly when John F. Kennedy said that ‘we are all Berliners’. Well, in many ways, thanks to President Obama, we are all Catholics now.”

Following the considerable backlash from Catholic and Christian leaders, President Obama announced that he would make an “accommodation” to the mandate, changing the details to require insurance companies to provide free services as opposed to requiring employers to pay. Eric Scheidler of the Pro-Life Action League told that the new rule amounted to a “shell game.” “At the end of the day, religious employers are still required to provide insurance plans that offer free contraceptives, sterilizations and abortion drugs in violation of their moral tenets,” he said.

Following Huckabee’s remarks, Glenn Beck has launched a new campaign called “We are all Catholics now,” an attempt to amend the transportation bill that would allow employers to decide whether or not they want to cover contraceptives.

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