"It profits me but little that a vigilant authority always protects the tranquillity of my pleasures and constantly averts all dangers from my path, without my care or concern, if this same authority is the absolute master of my liberty and my life."

--Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America

Monday, January 30, 2012

Obamacare Abomination

What follows is an excerpt from a letter from the Bishop of Marquette, Michigan, which echoes letters sent out this week from hundreds of Catholic bishops across the country:

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced last week that almost all employers, including Catholic employers, will be forced to offer their employees’ health coverage that includes sterilization, abortion-inducing drugs, and contraception. Almost all health insurers will be forced to include those “services” in the health policies they write. And almost all individuals will be forced to buy that coverage as a part of their policies.

In so ruling, the Obama Administration has cast aside the First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States, denying to Catholics our Nation’s first and most fundamental freedom, that of religious liberty. And as a result, unless the rule is overturned, we Catholics will be compelled to either violate our consciences, or to drop health coverage for our employees (and suffer the penalties for doing so). The Obama Administration’s sole concession was to give our institutions one year to comply.

We cannot—we will not—comply with this unjust law. People of faith cannot be made second class citizens.

This may be the rock on which Obamacare ultimately founders.   All people of goodwill must see that forcing Catholics to participate in a government program against the most basic tenets of their faith is an abomination, both in terms of basic tolerance for different viewpoints (supposedly the hallmark of liberalism) and in terms of the most basic principles of our Constitution.

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