Obama’s “accommodation” still imposes unconstitutional mandates on churches and insurance companies, and eliminates all exceptions. The federal government does NOT have constitutional authority to mandate ANY group to provide goods or services against their will, or to force citizens to pay for them against their will. This unconstitutional assault on liberty and conscience MUST be challenged!
Obama is not only attacking the rights of churches to not participate in things that violate their conscience, but is actually attacking the church itself and its teachings to justify his actions.
Since when does government have a right to dictate what is or is not proper belief or practice for ANY religion? Obama is an unconstitutional tyrant and he has WAAAY overstepped this time!
The Obama administration has revised its controversial mandate that had forced religious employers to pay for health insurance coverage that includes birth control and drugs like Plan B, the morning after pill, and ella that can cause abortions.
Responding to a firestorm of opposition from pro-life organizations, Catholics groups and even some Democrats, the Obama administration has revised the mandate in a way that pro-life advocates are saying is even worse. […]
Republican Study Committee Chairman Jim Jordan told LifeNews in response to the revised mandate that it violates the right to religious freedom guaranteed by the First Amendment to the Constitution.
“This ObamaCare rule still tramples on Americans’ First Amendment right to freedom of religion. It’s a fig leaf, not a compromise. Whether they are affiliated with a church or not, employers will still be forced to pay an insurance company for coverage that includes abortion-inducing drugs,” he said. “This is not just a problem for church-affiliated hospitals and charities. Under these rules, a small business owner with religious objections to abortion-inducing drugs and contraception must either violate his religious beliefs or violate the law.”
“The liberal Obama administration thinks its political goals trump the religious faith of American citizens. That isn’t right, fair, or constitutional,” he said.
Neil Munro at the Daily Caller reveals Obama’s smear campaign to paint the Catholic church as the evil traditionalists trying to deny health care to women, and his administration as the “progressive” saviors offering “free” contraceptives (read: voter bribes) to save the day:
White House officials are spinning the controversy as an effort by the Catholic church to deny contraceptive services to women.
That’s a campaign-trail argument, because it offers free services to young women while portraying the Catholic church as an obstacle to progressives.
However, the controversy has grown rapidly because critics say the core issue is not contraception or even abortion-related drugs, but an ambitious effort by Obama and fellow progressives to use the power of the state to subordinate religious groups to progressives’ political priorities.
Those priorities include feminists’ demands that birth-control services — including abortion-related drugs — be provided free to the employees of religious groups that oppose progressive’s priorities.
Francis Cianfrocca warns at Red State that “The Stakes in the Catholic Church-Abortion Debate Are Higher Than You May Think“:
The case of the Obama Administration vs. the Catholic Church goes far beyond the fraught question of women’s reproductive rights. It’s also the clearest defining moment that I can think of in our lifetimes, on the question of the proper role of government.
It’s glaringly obvious to many people that abortion, sterilization, and similar procedures are a strictly-required component of women’s health. These people often see the opposition of the Catholic Church to these procedures not as a core belief, but rather as a retrograde, pernicious, and even cynical attack on women.
It’s just as glaringly obvious to many other people that religious freedom in America is sacrosanct. Of all the guarantees given in the Bill of Rights, religious freedom is indeed the very first one!
In this case, the Obama Administration has ruled unilaterally that health insurance programs provided by the Catholic Church must pay for abortions. Forget about the welter of discussion about whether the Federal mandate extends beyond those of many states. That’s not the core issue here.
For the government to say, as it has, that its goals are prior to the Catholic Church’s core beliefs, is precisely to say that government power is unambiguously senior to all other claims.
This is radically counter to the doctrines of the American founding. It’s more radical than anything that even FDR said during the New Deal. It quite simply elevates government to the level of a religion.
Personally, it’s clear to me that people on the pro-abortion side of this debate simply don’t understand the stakes. (Notably, that includes Sen. Chuck Schumer, who ought to know better.) If they accept that government is prior to all other claims, they’re opening themselves to the potential for some future government to take away the things that THEY hold as non-negotiable core beliefs.
To put it another way, we’ll have become a society that forthrightly elevates the collective over the individual. Again, radically counter to the doctrines of the founding.