Today the United States Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of ObamaCare. Many of us, Catholics and nonCatholics alike, have been praying that the court would strike down the law which threatens to undermine our religious freedom. Unfortunately, it didn’t happen. But, there is a bright side here. While it looks like we’re going to be stuck with the legislation, at least for the time being, we can’t give up the fight to remove the provision that mandates the violation of our First Amendment rights.
What can we do? Well, for one thing, we must continue to pray. Bombard heaven with prayers that our elected employees in Washington DC will do the right thing. If they don’t, then come November, vote to fire them and replace them with men and women who will do the will of the people. In addition to prayers, let your employees know what you think. Email them. Call them. Confront them in person this summer as they campaign in your area.
This isn’t about health insurance. It isn’t about “women’s rights”. Cheap and even free birth control is readily available. If our employees feel the need to play God using chemicals to play havoc with His plan, fine. We’d rather they didn’t, but we can’t stop them. However, we are not going to be forced to pay for something that is so radically against what we believe. If we do, we will be opening the door to all kinds of religious discrimination, not just against Catholics, but against all people of faith.
We’re being discriminated against because of our good works, which are not limited to just our fellow Catholics. If our hospitals were to fire all their non-Catholic employees and turn away non-Catholic patients, there would be no problem. There are other medical procedures that are rejected by some other faith traditions . For example, the Jehovah’s Witnesses don’t allow blood transfusions. No one is suggesting that they pay for transfusions either for members of nonmembers. Could it be because there are no JW institutions that employ non-members. I’m pretty sure they don’t have any hospitals.
Today is a dark day, but it’s just one day. What we do in the days and weeks ahead will pay a big part in our future, and in our children’s and grandchildren’s futures. Don’t take this lying down.
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