The Obama administration cares nothing about the religious freedoms and rights of American citizens. They believe the socialist policies of the administration trump all religious rights guaranteed by the US Constitution and Bill of Rights.
One of the most flagrant disregards for religious rights is the contraception mandate section of Obamacare. The administration believes that free contraceptive coverage, including abortifacients and sterilization is a part of women’s rights that need to be protected at all costs. The right of a woman to murder her unborn child is more important to them than anyone’s religious faith, especially employers.
The contraception mandate forces employers to pay for and provide these coverages at no cost to their employees, regardless if doing so is a violation of their religious faith. Christians who believe that life begins at conception and that any form of abortion, including the day-after pill is murder, are being forced to provide that murderous service to their employees at the employers’ expense.
In the eyes of God, there is no difference between murdering your unborn child or murdering your 4 year old child, your spouse, your neighbor and anyone else. Being forced to pay to allow your employees to commit murder is abhorrent to business owners being forced to do so.
Starting last year, a number of businesses owned by Bible believing Christians have filed lawsuits challenging the legality of the contraception mandate. To date, over 200 plaintiffs representing schools, universities, hospitals and businesses have filed 74 lawsuits challenging the contraceptive mandate on the grounds that it violates the First Amendment and religious freedoms and rights. The Obama administration gladly uses our tax dollars to defend their anti-religious policies in every case. However, they have not always won.
Last Friday, the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia voted 2-1 in favor of the lawsuit filed by Francis and Philip Gilardi. Being staunch Roman Catholics, the Gilardis filed a lawsuit against having to comply with the contraception mandate and provide free contraception and abortifacients to all of their employees at Freshway Foods and Freshway Logistics, based in Ohio. Judge Janice Rogers Brown wrote the court’s decision, saying in part:
“The burden on religious exercise does not occur at the point of contraceptive purchase; instead, it occurs when a company’s owners fill the basket of goods and services that constitute a healthcare plan.”
Other appeal court decisions have gone both directions, for the plaintiffs and others for Obama. Two of the judges on this case disagreed with the parts of the ruling concerning the rights of religious people and whether those rights can be extended to the companies they own. Most people and organizations following the various lawsuits and rulings believe that the issue of the contraception mandate and religious business owners will eventually end up in the Supreme Court.
I don’t find that very comforting given the Supreme Court’s history of Obamacare rulings. I suspect that they will rule in favor of Obama, just like they did with the insurance mandate. When they do, that ruling will be used as a precedent to systematically strip Christians of all of their religious rights and freedoms. Before the end of Obama’s term in office, America’s Christians will be as persecuted as those in Egypt, Nigeria, Sudan and most other Muslim countries.