As citizens of the United States of America, we all have the chance to comment on legislation. As I hope you are all aware, there Obama administration is dilegently working to take away of Frist Amendment right to religious freedom. They have proposed a mandate as part of Obamacare which will require all religious institutions to provide free contraception coverage, sterilizations and abortion inducing drugs (morning after pills) to their employees at no cost to the employee. If you are a good Catholic (or even a bad Catholic I suppose) you know this goes against the teaching of the Catholic church.
This is not just a Catholic issue as this will open the door to other mandates like this in the future. This is not about denying women healthcare. it is not about the church imposing it’s morals on everyone, it is simply about the government going against the First Amendment of the Constitution of the United States by forcing them to something which is against their moral conscience. If this passes, it will be only the beginning.
So here is what you need to do. First go to Conscience Cause and sign their petition. Then go to Regulations.gov where you can enter your own comments on the mandate. Comments have to be in by June 18th.
I have copied some information from an email I received from the Executive Director of Conscience Cause, Christen Varley, (I hope she doesn’t mind, and yes I will tell her) on the mandate if you need ideas for your comments.
- The First Amendment to our Constitution begins “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.” Requiring religious institutions to act against their faith or face punitive penalties is unconstitutional.
- Supporters’ claims that an overwhelming majority of American women use birth control, abortifacient drugs and avail themselves of sterilization procedures simply debunks their accompanying claims that these “health care” services are difficult to access. And, when polled, a majority of Americans believe religious freedom trumps access to free contraception, abortifacient drugs and sterilization.
- The accommodations offered – but not written into law – by HHS to exempt religious institutions are wholly inadequate. The government has redefined what a religious institution is, in fact, going against 200+ years of tradition and precedent.
- Religious hospitals, schools and charities are forced to choose between violating the teachings of their faith, paying exorbitant fines or closing their doors. The many lawsuits filed (23 suits, 80 plaintiffs) demonstrate the determination of religious institutions across the country to be recognized as such.
- It is not just the Catholic church but also Christian and other faith-based universities, charitable organizations and business owners that are standing up to demand their right to religious freedom be preserved.While there is no uniform view on the procedures and services required by this mandate, there is unity in standing up for religious freedom.
- Our nation has a long-standing tradition of protecting rights of religion and conscience, generously and liberally. This mandate is a threat to the freedom of religion, our First Freedom, a freedom our Founders recognized as preeminent over all others. We are a beacon around the world to those oppressed and persecuted because of their faith.
We, as Americans, need to fight this. No matter what your religion or your political party or leanings, this is not a good thing. If you love this country, you need to do this.