Not long ago Alan Colmes spoke of the contraception issue as a moot point because the same mandate was in Romney’s Massachusetts bill. The translation here is that the right won’t be able to attack Obama on this issue because their man (Romney) has the plank in his own eye. Anyone else out there that still questions why the left is trying to pick him as our candidate? Is it strange to anyone else that this wasn’t let out of the bag until after the Santorum surge?
It is interesting that the President has doubled down on this issue. Catholics have been on the right side of picking our president 9 out of the last 10 times, but they are not part of the so called “religious right”. In fact, last election, the majority of Catholics voted for Obama. He also got around 40% of the Evangelical vote – hardly qualifying as a zealous group. Jews are never called part of the “religious left”, but they vote close to 80% democrat and are a religious group.
Still, Catholics are a large voting bloc, and a flip in their voting outcome could spell trouble for the President and his reelection. Further, the Evangelicals are roaring in to support their Catholic brothers. Dr. James Dobson, Pat Robertson, and others are leading various charges against this affront on church rights. Numerous Church owned hospitals across the nation have bishops, pastors, and rabbis speaking out against this mandate in one accord. “The religious right” may be a bit of a myth, but it might not be a myth for long.
The fact is that many of those who are now being painted as part of the “religious right” are Catholic individuals who supported the President AND his healthcare bill. They simply asked for broader exemptions and initially the President seemed to be willing to grant them – until his liberal base began to cry. If the President had simply granted them exemptions, then this issue probably wouldn’t have blown up the way it has so early. Fortunately, he didn’t grant the exemptions and now the religious are suddenly “on the right” because the President threw them there.
Unfortunately, this will framed as only a “church vs. state” social issue – but it is more than that; this is a freedom of speech issue. This is why it is important that our citizens understand their Constitution.
“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”
Those are all part of the same amendment because they all stem from the same philosophy. The government should not be telling anyone how to live. When a government forces individuals to pay for or provide something that has long been established as contrary to their belief system, that is an encroachment on not only their religious rights, but their right to free exercise. Further, the fine and threat of jail that comes with refusing to institute this mandate is an encroachment on their freedom of speech.
It is highly discouraging that we have so convoluted the 1st Amendment that religious speech is being stifled by its interpretation rather than protected. We’re taking down crosses off of hillsides, removing references from God in our public buildings, and forcing people who are going to give a speech to be muted. Why? Because that cross, those references, or that speech offends someone. Tell me, where does our sacred document say that we cannot offend others?
Now, somewhere there is an atheist who is siding with the President simply because he is taking a stance against the Church. Don’t be a fool brother! If ANYONE should be pro-1st Amendment, it is the Atheist. Just think, if the President politically unites the Catholics and Protestants and they go on to push tons of legislation through over the next four years (under your nightmare Santorum), then you might find yourself in the same boat as the Catholics today. Remember, a tyrant is a tyrant over all. Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego stood against Nebuchadnezzar’s command to bow to his idol – but when the three men were delivered from his punishment and prevailed, Nebuchadnezzar made a new decree; that nobody could speak ill of their God.
Tyranny isn’t just an evil when it is brought against you, but an evil for all. We need to stand against it now, just as we should if this were brought against our political, moral, or philosophical enemies.
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