- Obama administration refuses to change contraception mandate
- HHS Rejects Compromise, Embraces Abortion Lobby
- Conscience, Denied
- Health plans ordered to cover birth control without co-pays
- Obama admin: birth control mandate is final; bishops vow to fight
This comes on the heels of the Hosanna-Tabor decision by the Supreme Court where, against the wishes of the Obama administration, the court upheld the ministerial exemption to anti-discrimination laws. This allows church the freedom to decide who they hire to teach their faith. The Obama administration appeared that they were ready to use anti-discrimination laws as a backdoor to influence who churches hire as ministers and priests.
The disgusting behavior of the Obama Administration in both these cases should outrage all Christians and especially Catholics. Never in the history of our country has our religious freedoms been attacked as they are today. It is unbridled arrogance and thirst for power on the part of our elected officials that allow them to slowly erode our religious liberties to benefit their own personal agendas. It doesn't seem so far fetched to imagine a United States where religion is under the thumb of the state much like we see in communist countries today. This is the path were we are headed if we don't take a stand today. This attack on our faith has become so obvious that our Bishops and the Pope have been increasingly vocal in their concerns:
Pope: America is “increasingly hostile to Christianity”
If you think I may be exaggerating in my statements above, read what our Holy Father said recently concerning these attacks:
The Pope was emphatic in insisting that the threat posed by current trends threatens not only Christianity but “humanity itself.” He said: “To the extent that some current cultural trends contain elements that would curtail the proclamation of these truths, whether constricting it within the limits of a merely scientific rationality, or suppressing it in the name of political power or majority rule, they represent a threat not just to Christian faith, but also to humanity itself and to the deepest truth about our being and ultimate vocation, our relationship to God.”This goes beyond the actions of the current President and his administration. For some time now we have seen similar attacks on religious freedoms from homosexual activists and sympathetic judges. The recent case of a Methodist Church in New Jersey forced by the courts to violate its belief against gay marriage is another classic example.
Judge Rules Christian facility cannot ban same-sex civil union ceremony on its own premises
The following statement from the judge in the above case is a chilling reminder of where our religious liberites are heading:
But Judge Metzger said church doctrine was irrelevant. “As to ‘free exercise’ [of religion], the state Law Against Discrimination is a neutral law of general application designed to uncover and eradicate discrimination; it is not focused on or hostile to religion,” he wrote. The free exercise clause did not factor into his ruling, he stated, but “a much lower standard that tolerates some intrusion into religious freedom to balance other important societal goals.”Yes, you read that right. A judge is advocating intruding in religious rights to achieve other goals, which is also the mindset of the Obama regime. History has shown the disastrous effects of the state deciding what rights can be suppressed to achieve "societal goals". These disasters are called the Communist and Nazi regimes. Our nation and society are headed down a very dark and dangerous path where secular desires and relativism are replacing the moral absolutes and truths given to us by God. In this election year, we now have the opportunity to send a very loud message to our elected leaders and the world by choosing a leader who believes in the dignity of all human life and the importance of traditional families to our society. The first stand we can all take is with our vote in November. We can also take a stand by publicly supporting our Pope and our Bishops in this battle and to get involved at the parish and diocesan levels with groups and activities that promote life and family. We can also contact our elected leaders and send the clear message that any intrusion in our faith will not be tolerated.
I have included below a video message from Cardinal-designate Timothy Dolan of the Archdiocese of New York and president of the USCCB regarding the decision of the HHS. Please pray for our country and our Church and may God bless us and be with us in these difficult times.
Cardinal-designate Timothy Dolan on HHS Conscience Regulation from Rocco Palmo on Vimeo.