The so-called “contraceptive” issue recently exploded in the media when the Obama Administration brought a Georgetown law student, Sandra Fluke, to a Congressional hearing so she could explain the merits of the highly controversial HHS rule that religious institutions such as Catholic colleges must provide insurance coverage for contraceptives, sterilization and abortifacients. All of these go against church teaching and morals. Before this ruling came down, President Obama met with Cardinal Dolan of New York and I’m sure the Cardinal explained to the President that this rule would be against church teaching and the church could not follow it. Click here to hear the Cardinal explain it. Within weeks of this meeting, the administration decided to go against the church and passed the rule. All religious institutions would be forced to provide services that violated their conscience. No exceptions, no waivers. Big thanks for the 54% of Catholics who voted for President Obama in 2008.
The controversy continues to rage on. The media refers to this controversy as a fight about contraception, or “women’s health.” They accuse those who oppose this as “waging war on women.” This mischaracterization of the issue is the equivalent of speaking with a forked tongue. The real issue is not contraception or “women’s health” but religious liberty. If government can force religious institutions to do this, then government can force anyone to do anything, say, provide abortion services. This should scare the living day lights out of everyone, liberals and conservatives. If a liberal government can force you to do this, a conservative government can force you to do something that the liberal would consider abhorrent, such as not providing abortion services. Image that! What if a conservative government forced all hospitals to stop providing abortions? Wow, the left would go nuts; riots would hit the streets.
Government should not force religious institutions to violate their conscience. This is not a rule that government can make. Government must be in the business of protecting us from the abrogation of these rights that come from our creator. What government gives you, government can take away. The Manhattan Declaration was initiated just for this purpose. When government violates our God-given rights, we cannot and must not obey, for this is an unlawful law. Here is a quote from the Manhattan Declaration:
Going back to the earliest days of the church, Christians have refused to compromise their proclamation of the gospel. In Acts 4, Peter and John were ordered to stop preaching. Their answer was, “Judge for yourselves whether it is right in God’s sight to obey you rather than God. For we cannot help speaking about what we have seen and heard.” Through the centuries, Christianity has taught that civil disobedience is not only permitted, but sometimes required. There is no more eloquent defense of the rights and duties of religious conscience than the one offered by Martin Luther King, Jr., in his Letter from a Birmingham Jail. Writing from an explicitly Christian perspective, and citing Christian writers such as Augustine and Aquinas, King taught that just laws elevate and ennoble human beings because they are rooted in the moral law whose ultimate source is God Himself. Unjust laws degrade human beings. Inasmuch as they can claim no authority beyond sheer human will, they lack any power to bind in conscience. King’s willingness to go to jail, rather than comply with legal injustice, was exemplary and inspiring.
The year after the passing of Obamacare, there were over 500 waivers to Obamacare. Of these the Washington Examiner reports that 40% were granted to unions. Check out the list by clicking on this hyperlink. These same unions gave the Obama campaign over $400 million dollars in campaign contributions. I wonder if this has anything to do with them getting these waivers? Just wondering.
Last week someone sent me this audio clip from a priest in Indiana that best describes what we’re dealing with here. Click here to hear this short audio clip; it will knock your socks off and make you wish you had priest like this in your parish.