This past week, one may have already heard the rule handed out by a few people with the Obama Administration, namely the Secretary of Health and Human Services, Kathleen Sebelius. For someone claiming to be Catholic, Secretary Sebelius is anything but that. I describe her as being “Catholic in name only.” This is the same governor who received contributions from Doctor George Tiller during both of her gubernatorial campaigns here in Kansas.
This rule mandates that all employers, even all those of a religious nature, must pay for contraceptives, abortifacients, and sterilization services. They are attempted to be required to pay for such drugs and services even if it means violating their very core values and beliefs.
This is a blatant and dangerous attack on everyone’s religious freedoms. For a President who claims to be Christian, he sure has a weird way of demonstrating his faith. This attack is just only one such example.
This attack has taken notice by various religious organizations. These organizations and media outlets include the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, EWTN Global Catholic Network, Priests for Life, the Southern Baptist Convention, and others.
This is such a serious violation of the freedom of religion as laid out in the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution that on February 9, 2012, both EWTN and Priests for Life filed lawsuits against the Obama Administration, specifically Secretary Sebelius. EWTN filed its suit in US District Court in Birmingham, Alabama. Priests for Life filed its suit in US District Court in Staten Island, New York.
Many Protestants and Jews are uniting with the Catholics in fighting this grave violation of the Constitution. We must come together to fight the tyranny that is the Obama Administration.
On Friday, President Obama tried to talk about his “compromise.” He claims that the employers won’t have to pay for it, but the insurance companies. He’s trying to force the insurance companies to pay for contraceptives even if their policies don’t cover it. He claims that contraceptives would be free. It is not free. The insurance companies would simply increase premiums, which would force employers to drop coverage, which in turn would force people to buy government plans. This clearly exceeds the Constitution on multiple fronts!
To help combat this, 172 representatives and 27 Senators have come together to cosponsor the Respect for Right of Conscience Act (HR-1179, S-1467). So far, Representatives Tim Huelskamp (KS-1), Lynn Jenkins (KS-2), Kevin Yoder (KS-3), Mike Pompeo (KS-4), along with Senators Pat Roberts and Jerry Moran are all cosponsors of this bill.
I urge you to contact your senators and representatives to cosponsor or support this very important piece of legislation. As aptly described in Mark Levin’s Ameritopia, this mandate is one of many attempts at utopia that will tear nations apart quicker than the blink of an eye.
by Paul F. Villarreal
An unsurprising yet still disturbing development occurred yesterday in New Jersey:
The protester who burned pages from the Koran outside a planned mosque near Ground Zero has been fired from NJTransit, sources and authorities said Tuesday.
Derek Fenton‘s 11-year career at the agency came to an abrupt halt Monday after photographs of him ripping pages from the Muslim holy book and setting them ablaze appeared in newspapers.
The government agency which fired Mr. Fenton attempted to defend its action:
“Mr. Fenton’s public actions violated New Jersey Transit’s code of ethics,” an agency statement said.
“NJ Transit concluded that Mr. Fenton violated his trust as a state employee and therefore [he] was dismissed.”
The question which naturally arises from NJ Transit’s decision is whether or not it is permissible for the agency to fire an employee for what appears to be the exercising of his First Amendment right to freedom of expression when he was apparently not on-duty for NJ Transit.
The reason that I characterized the New Jersey government’s decision to fire Denton as unsurprising is that it recalls the similar treatment given to 2008 Presidential Campaign figure Joe The Plumber.
After Joe Wurzelbacher — AKA Joe The Plumber — had the gall to challenge Candidate Obama regarding Obama’s statement of wanting to “spread the wealth around” in what sounded to many like a call for socialistic redistribution of wealth, Joe was set upon by both the liberal media and at least one Ohio government official.
As was the case with Joe The Plumber, Derek Fenton made the mistake of challenging Obama’s and other liberals’ wishes and ideas. And in the Obama Era, apparently, that means that Fenton had to face the same kind of reprisal which Joe The Plumber did before him.
As you might imagine, a number of people felt that Fenton’s loss of his job was out of order:
If Fenton was fired for burning the Koran while off-duty, his First Amendment rights probably were violated, Chris Dunn of the New York Civil Liberties Union said.
“The Supreme Court has recognized a constitutional right to burn the flag. As reprehensible as it may be, burning the Koran would be protected as well.”
Unfortunately, some liberals and those sympathetic to liberal causes are apparently no longer sure that Fenton’s free speech should be protected:
(Supreme Court Justice Stephen) Breyer told me (George Stephanopoulos of ABC News) on “GMA” that he’s not prepared to conclude that — in the internet age — the First Amendment condones Koran burning.
“Holmes said it doesn’t mean you can shout ‘fire’ in a crowded theater,” Breyer told me. “Well, what is it? Why? Because people will be trampled to death. And what is the crowded theater today? What is the being trampled to death?”
Last week President Obama told me that Pastor Jones could be cited for public burning – but that was “the extent of the laws that we have available to us.” Rep. John Boehner said on “GMA” that “just because you have a right to do something in America does not mean it is the right thing to do.”
For Breyer, that right is not a foregone conclusion.
“It will be answered over time in a series of cases which force people to think carefully. That’s the virtue of cases,” Breyer told me.
This is Obama’s America in 2010. Keep that in mind when you take to the polls in November.