A Catholic-owned business that employs over 250 and which provides health insurance is being sued by the Department of Justice. Why? Because the company does not provide health insurance that provides free contraception and abortion.
They see their choice: submit to a murderous law or go out of business. They have decided to take this case to court.
I am wondering. Why not pay the “tax”? Would that put them out of business? It might not if they cancel the present coverage.
That would be choice: Obamacare leaves formerly insured workers uninsured.
“The Catholic Church teaches that abortifacient drugs, contraception and sterilization are intrinsic evils,” says the Newlands’ lawsuit.
“Consequently, the Newlands believe that it would be immoral and sinful for them to intentionally participate in, pay for, facilitate or otherwise support abortifacient drugs, contraception, sterilization, and related education and counseling as would be required by the Mandate, through their inclusion in health insurance coverage they offer at Hercules,” says the suit.
The Catholic Bishops of the United States endorse this view. At a meeting in Atlanta last month, they unanimously adopted a resolution calling the HHS regulation an “unjust and illegal mandate” and a “violation of personal civil rights.” They declared that the regulation created a class of Americans “with no conscience protection at all: individuals who, in their daily lives, strive constantly to act in accordance with their faith and moral values.
“They, too,” said the bishops, “face a government mandate to aid in providing ‘services’ contrary to those values — whether in their sponsoring of, and payment for, insurance as employers; their payment of insurance premiums as employees; or as insurers themselves — without even the semblance of an exemption.”
In a letter read during Sunday Mass in most dioceses around the country earlier this year, many of the nation’s bishops flatly said: “We cannot — we will not — comply with this unjust law.”
I agree with the bishops. The question is: Do Catholics agree with the bishops?
If they do, Obama will lose in November by a landslide. Both houses in Congress will go Republican.
Catholics don’t have to vote for Romney to achieve this result. They just have to leave the box unchecked for President. If they are really hard core, they will write in Ron Paul.
Bible-believing Protestants could do the same.
There is no sign of any such threat to Obama.
It’s not going to happen, of course. The bishops are not taken seriously by Catholics. Neither is abortion. The Catholic church has the potentially the largest voting bloc in the USA. But it does not vote as a bloc, which is why abortion is legal in the USA.
In response to the Newlands’ complaint that ordering them to violate the teachings of the Catholic Church in the way they run their business is a violation of their First Amendment right to the free exercise of religion, the Obama administration told the federal court that a private business has no protection under the First Amendment’s free exercise clause — especially if the business is incorporated.
“The First Amendment Complaint does not allege that the company is affiliated with a formally religious entity such as a church,” said the Justice Department. “Nor does it allege that the company employs persons of a particular faith. In short, Hercules Industries is plainly a for-profit, secular employer.”
“By definition,” said the Justice Department, “a secular employer does not engage in any ‘exercise of religion.'”
This is the claim of all supporters of the religion of humanism.
“It is well established that a corporation and its owners are wholly separate entities, and the Court should not permit the Newlands to eliminate that legal separation to impose their personal religious beliefs on the corporate entity or its employees,” said the Justice Department.
This is just as if the Justice Department were to tell a family owned newspaper that it must publish editorials calling for a confiscatory estate tax, basing its coercion of the newspaper on the supposition (which lawyers for the Alliance Defending Freedom argue DOJ is by analogy making) that as a for-profit secular and incorporated employer, the paper has no First Amendment right to freedom of speech.
Obamacare is about killing people. Let’s not fool ourselves. It’s about killing unborn children.
Christians could get it repealed on January 20, 2013. They could replace every abortionist in Congress in November, and boycott Obama.
They won’t. They haven’t.
They vote on this basis: politics is religiously neutral.
There have been approximately 60 million “religiously neutral” legal abortions in the USA, 1973-2012.
In answer to the question, “What would Jesus do about legalized abortion?” the vast majority of American Christians have offered this answer for 39 years: “Suck it up.”
The Newlands have said otherwise. Good for them.