Your Religious Freedom is Being Threatened, Folks
While eating lunch today, I turned the TV to EWTN and viewed a very interesting program. It was a discussion panel on the HHS Mandate and what its impact would be on us. I never realized the enormity of the consequences for so many people.
This mandate “requires almost all private health plans to cover contraception, sterilization and abortion-inducing drugs. The federal government will force religious institutions to fund and facilitate coverage of a drug or procedure contrary to their moral teaching, and try to define which religious institutions are “religious enough” to merit an exemption. This is a matter of whether religious people and institutions can be forced by the government to provide such coverage even when it violates our consciences.” (From: Intersection, the Church, the state, and me)
Many religious charities will have to cease to exist under the new government mandates in health care. They will be fined if they do not comply…$100. a day for each employee for not complying. If there were 100 employees, that would cost the organization $1,000. a day. Many of these charities that do such good work and help so many people would have to close; they could not afford these fees or TAXES as they are called. This also threatens nurses and doctors jobs, too. If they have to be forced to commit what they feel is a crime, many would chose to leave their jobs instead or be fired. Churches, religious schools, some hospitals would also be affected by this.
A book, Catholics in the Public Square, by Rev. Thomas Olmstead would be good to look into on this matter.
The separation of Church and State was intended to keep government from interfering in faith…not the other way around.
A crisis in faith affects our government today. God was even omitted from the Democratic Platform, but immediately reinserted when it looked like that would be a problem for them.
This is a crisis folks! People stand up for your Religious Rights! And be informed before you vote in November.