The President’s War on Religion has Begun

President Obama has declared war against all religions with his mandate that all employers must provide contraceptives, sterilization, and abortion-inducing drugs. This includes any religious employer, such as Catholic hospitals and universities, that object to being forced to pay for services that violate its religious principles.

The Catholic Church has responded with a full-frontal assault from all quarters. Cardinal Roger Mahony from Los Angeles has put out a call to fight with “all the energies the Catholic Community can muster“. The President of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), Cardinal-Designate Timothy Dolan, has released a video calling on all Catholics to contact congress and raise their objections to this attack on religious freedom:

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2 Responses to The President’s War on Religion has Begun

  1. Pingback: Cardinal-Designate Timothy Dolan “Skeptical” Of Obama’s Word | American Freedom

  2. dougindeap says:

    Largely lost in the fuming over some supposed moral dilemma is that THE HEALTH CARE LAW DOES NOT FORCE EMPLOYERS TO ACT CONTRARY TO THEIR BELIEFS–unless one supposes the employers’ religion forbids even payment of money to the government (all of us should enjoy such a religion). In keeping with the law, those with conscientious objections to providing their employees with qualifying health plans may decline to provide any health plans and pay an assessment instead or, alternatively, provide plans that do not qualify (e.g., without provisions they dislike) and pay lower assessments.

    No moral dilemma, no need for an exemption. That the employers must at least pay an assessment is hardly justification for an exemption. In other contexts, for instance, we have relieved conscientious objectors from required military service, requiring them instead to provide alternative service in noncombatant roles or useful civilian work. In any event, paying assessment does not pose a moral dilemma, but rather a garden-variety gripe common to most taxpayers–who don’t much like paying taxes and who object to this or that action of the government. Should each of us feel free to deduct from our taxes the portion that we figure would be spent on those actions (e.g., wars, health care, teaching evolution, subsidizing churches, whatever) each of us opposes? The hue and cry for an exemption is predicated on the false claim–or, more plainly, lie–that employers otherwise are forced to act contrary to their religions.

    Questions about the government requiring or prohibiting something that conflicts with someone’s faith are entirely real, but not new. The courts have confronted such issues and have generally ruled that under the Constitution the government cannot enact laws specifically aimed at a particular religion (which would be regarded a constraint on religious liberty contrary to the First Amendment), but can enact laws generally applicable to everyone or at least broad classes of people (e.g., laws concerning pollution, contracts, fraud, crimes, discrimination, employment, etc.) and can require everyone, including those who may object on religious grounds, to abide by them. Were it otherwise and people could opt out of this or that law with the excuse that their religion requires or allows it, the government and the rule of law could hardly operate.

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