“All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing,”
What the Obama administration is doing with its mandate that religious organizations must provide their employees with contraceptives in general and abortifacients in specific is, pure and simple, un-American, not only on a local level but also a Constitutional level.
Take the local case for starters. If the Obama edict sticks, anything Catholic, from the East Valley Catholic parishes to local Catholic hospitals and charities, will be forced to sacrifice their long-standing, deeply held religious beliefs on Obama’s altar of national health care.
But it’s not just the Catholic church that’s in the cross hairs. It’s any and all religions because we’re talking about freedom of religion.
And this gets us to the heart of the matter because Obama’s mandate runs roughshod over the “free exercise” clause of the First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States: Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof. And it’s really not hard to see why.
Despite the fact that the Catholic church has long vehemently opposed contraceptives and abortifacients, the Obama administration is now telling the Catholic church it must provide its employees with FDA-approved contraceptives, including abortifacients (those contraceptives which abort the unborn child in its earliest stages of development).
But it’s worse than this because in responding the deafening uproar of the Catholic church, the Obama administration has proffered a duplicitous compromise: the Catholic church won’t have to pay for the contraceptives and abortifacients; the insurer who covers their employees will provide these things free of charge.
If you believe that, I have a bridge to nowhere that I’d like to sell you.
Get real. No insurer will eat that type of cost; they’ll just jack up the premiums, which, of course, the Catholic church will then have to pay. And this gets us full circle because, in the process, the Catholic church will be forced to pay for that which is an anathema to the teachings of the Catholic church.
And so we get to the heart of the matter. What the Obama administration is doing, pure and simple, is religious discrimination of the worst type. The Catholic church will never stand for it, nor would our Founding Fathers stand for it.
The last time I checked, the very reason that folks fled England for Plymouth Rock and the like was to have freedom of religion.
Therefore, my point in all of this: Obama is waging war against the very principle upon which this country was founded. And then he has the unmitigated gall, dare I say hubris, to lie to the American public that what he’s doing isn’t about religious freedom at all, but rather about health care for women. That’s as un-American as it gets.
The America I grew up in, and my parents and grandparents before me, was a city on a hill, a proverbial beacon of light and hope to the beleaguered and repressed world around her. America was synonymous with freedom.
That’s the America that I grew up in. That’s the America I love.
America is now at the crossroads. Either we take back our country, or we sacrifice freedom on the altar of Obama’s progressivism.
Now is the time for Americans of all races, creeds, and religions to rise up and defend the very freedom upon which our Founding Fathers founded this greatest of nations.
To do anything less is un-American.
• Philip Moon is a physics teacher at Mountain Pointe High School in Ahwatukee Foothills.