The Supreme Court—Seriously?

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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2 Responses

  1. While I admire your stance, I am a realist and the realist in me says that the great majority of those that call themselves Catholic are now and have been for decades “Liberal Democrats”. They have over the years supported every Liberal Democrat idea with the support of many in the Clergy. So asking them to now vote against the Party and the people they have supported for decades both with their vote and with their money seems a little far fetched.

    Having said that, I will continue to pray that this law, which not only robs us of our Religious Freedom, but will rob us of our very lives as more and more of “our” health care decisions will be made by government bureaucrats whose only interest will be to exert the power of life and death over us. We have only to look at England and its version of National Health Care to see the shortage of doctors, the rationing of services and the tremendous cost of an inefficient system. Our bureaucrats will not be outdone in their zeal to take a perfectly good health care system that just needed a tweak or two and completely destroy it. We are after all talking about people that cannot even pass a budget, come up with a sensible immigration law or come up with a better system then we now have at our airports where infants are put on the “no fly list” and 90 year old people in wheelchairs are subjected to strip searches. To those who have swallowed the lies of this administration and thought they were bringing about “social justice” I say:
    Galatians

    Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap.

    As I said, I will continue to pray for this nation because I firmly believe in the power of prayer. With Job I say:
    Job 5:8

    “As for me, I would seek God, and to God would I commit my cause,

  2. Deacon,
    Thank you for your insightful comment. I agree with your first paragraph. I’m also a realist and I know we have an uphill battle. When I preach on this topic I get a lot of blank stares from the faithful in the pews.

    But, we can’t stop proclaiming the truth. Hopefully, even though it may be a slow process, we’ll make Catholics understand that we’re more than a social club.

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