On August 1, 2012 – conservatives came out in droves and stood in line for hours, crowding parking lots and roads around the country, to show their support for one man’s freedom of speech. They made headlines in newspapers, and one could scarcely log into Facebook without seeing some mention of Chick-Fil-A in their news feed. What you didn’t hear about was how – on that same day – the government was busy eliminating the religious freedom of many Americans through the HHS mandate.
This mandate clearly violates the freedom of those who morally object to abortion or contraception. It doesn’t matter if you are a business owner, a hospital, a charitable service organization or a college – no one is excluded from receiving a huge penalty if they don’t comply.
The President of the United states recently addressed a group of Muslim Americans, praising our country’s religious freedom, saying “It’s enshrined in the First Amendment of our Constitution – the law of the land, always and forever. It beats in our heart – in the soul of the people who know that our liberty and our equality is endowed by our Creator.”.* We all would agree with that!
However, while President Obama is giving speeches like this, his administration takes on a different tone when the HHS mandate is challenged with a lawsuit. Here is the appalling statement that confirms that President Obama is fine with our government forcing an individual who is a business owner to violate his religious convictions:
“Plaintiffs’ challenge rests largely on the theory that a for-profit, secular corporation … can claim to
exercise a religion and thereby avoid the reach of laws designed to regulate commercial activity. This
cannot be. …“[w]hen followers of a particular sect enter into commercial activity as a matter of choice,
the limits they accept on their own conduct as a matter of conscience and faith are not to be
superimposed on the statutory schemes which are binding on others in that activity.”
Plaintiffs’ free exercise claim fails at the outset because for-profit, secular employers generally do not
engage in any exercise of religion protected by the First Amendment.” **
It is frightening to think that our current government believes it is free to determine when, where and even IF we have the right to exercise our religious freedoms.
Dan Cathy never backed down amidst the threats or attacks. We conservatives came to his defense and rightly so. We need to unite behind others on the front lines. Frank Pavlone, National Director of Priests for Life has issued the battle cry. Let them know they are not alone!
We do not need to wait until November 6 to let our voices be heard. Go to Conscience Cause and Stand Up for Religious Freedom and sign the petitions NOW. Look at the resources below and educate the voters. Send a thank you note to organizations that are opposing HHS mandate like The Becket Fund and support them any possible way that you can. Let’s unite unashamedly, defend our religious freedoms and all of those who are fighting for us. Chick-Fil-A was not the end of the fight, it is only the beginning.
By: Donna Mauney
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