Friday, February 3, 2012

Obamacare vs. the First Amendment

Obama's Secretary of Health and Human Services, Kathleen Sibelius, recently announced that Obamacare would require nearly all employers, including the Catholic Church, to offer, free of charge, insurance coverage for  "preventive services," which her department has defined to include contraception, abortion drugs, and sterilization services.  As Red State explains, the problem, at least in part, is that:

Catholics are bound by the Law of Moses expressed in The Decalogue not to commit murder. The Catholic Church considers an unborn child a fully-corporate, living human being. Abortion, kinetic or chemical, terminates this life and hence violates the Sixth Commandment of the Ten. Paying for this act to take place (by buying insurance or paying the penalty fee for not providing the insurance) would make the Church morally culpable for every one of these murders that occurred under the auspices of an ObamaCare-approved employer insurance plan. Sec. Sibelius has just ordered the Catholic Church to directly violate a fundamental precept of their faith.
 And so violated the First Amendment, which provides that "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religioin, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof . . . ."  Sadly, the Catholic Church has itself to blame to the extent that it puts its trust Obama and previously supported Obamacare.

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