The Issue is Religion Freedom

Well it’s obvious that the major media outlets are attempting to change reality to one that better suits their ideology; according to the media, it’s all about birth control and not freedom of religion.  Here’s just a couple of examples:

Liberal Catholics who supported Obamacare now upset over contraceptives

Boehner: Congress to overturn birth control policy if Obama does not reverse course

Of course, in the articles they point to THE ISSUE: “House Speaker John Boehner on Wednesday accused Obama from the floor of the House of attacking religious freedom by not exempting religious-affiliated organizations.”

As Cardinal designate Archbishop Timothy Dolan wrote in the Wall Street Journal a few days ago titled, “ObamaCare and Religious Freedom.”  The point here is Religious Freedom.  Our culture simply seems to struggle to understand that the Church teaches the truth through it’s bishops.  One is  free to practice what the Church teaches, or not.  Not a difficult concept.  Yet the truth is, well, the truth.  It cannot change. 

Fact is, the Obama administration, through its faux catholyc HHS Secretary Sebelius, is attempting to dictate norms to the Catholic Church in America.  That’s just today – imagine what will happen tomorrow or in the future if this is allowed to stand.  The US Government could dictate to any entity how it should think, believe, and conduct it’s business no matter its own principles.  The US Government could decide what principles are important and what are not.  Today it’s Catholics, tomorrow it’s parents, or . . .

A well-known author noted just a few days ago how the Nazi Party in Germany instituted similar dictates to its citizenry that was simply accepted without much of a fuss:

“In the beginning, it always starts really, really small.  We need to understand as Americans — if we do not see this as a bright line in the sand — if you’re not a Catholic, if you use contraception — doesn’t matter.  Because eventually, this kind of government overreach will affect you.”

The remarkable irony here is that the POTUS wouldn’t consider doing something similar to Muslims here in America, . . . at least not yet.  But if given its way, it surely will.

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2 Responses to The Issue is Religion Freedom

  1. joesix says:

    The issue is “religious” freedom, and it’s always been a freedom with limits. The government doesn’t allow human sacrifices for religion. Some sects of Mormonism can’t have multiple brides or child brides. Muslim extremists can’t kill members of their families who have brought dishonor to their families. Orthodox Jews can’t withhold medicine from their children even if it has non-Kosher ingredients. So, yes, Catholic churches have to provide birth control now (while keeping their tax-exempt status), like every other business in America. But if they’re spreading a message as persuading as they think in favor of abstinence, they won’t need to.

    • CowboyPapist says:

      Hi JoeSix, thanks very much for your comments and taking time to read Cowboy Papist. Yes, this country was founded by people of all different faiths and backgrounds, and yes, there are limits on the practice of all religions that do not allow for violating traditional lalikes you pointed out. We also don’t make people violte thier beliefs when there under state protection aka prison, (making Muslim prisoners eat pork, disallow prayers, etc.).

      As pointed out by Mark Rienzi, counsel for the Beckett Fund for Religious Liberty today in an interview, it is imperative to “remember that America has a great tradition of finding ways to work with people so as not to force them to violate their religious beliefs. The Obama administration’s refusal to do that here violates the Constitution and federal law. . . (this mandate) is a clear rejection of our long historical tradition of respecting individual religious freedom in this country. With this mandate and the incredibly narrow conscience clause, President Obama treats religious liberty as something that belongs to religious organizations alone, and even then only to religious organizations that behave the way he wants them to (i.e., refusing to serve and hire members of other faiths). He completely ignores (or worse, deliberately violates) the religious-freedom rights of many other religious organizations, and of many religious individuals who do not want to pay for these services.”

      Anyone can get birth control in this country from numerous sources at low to no cost — again, as the title of the post states, it is all about religious liberty; not keeping a tax exempt status, or forcing beliefs on anyone. Only dictatorships use laws to force religious groups to violate their long standing beliefs.

      Thanks again for your comment.

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