Posts Tagged ‘mandate’

Contraception Mandate

Posted by Troy on 13th February 2012 in Current Events

I’ve been asked to comment on the President’s contraception mandate.  As you may have heard, the Catholic church has come out steadfast against the measure.  This is particularly interesting since Catholics voted for Obama in 2008 and typically vote for Democrats.  Obama has tried to walk it back by saying that Catholic institutions don’t have to pay for contraception but the insurance companies that the  institutions contract with will pay for the contraception.  Of course, this is a meaningless shell game.  If the insurance companies are on the hook for contraception, they are going to factor that in when computing the institution’s premiums.  As such, Catholics will be paying for contraception as they are paying the insurance company that is required to provide contraception.

First, I would like to discuss how this particular issue is a good indication of how the Left views religion.  To them, religion is a fine thing for people to believe in as long as those beliefs do not interfere with their agenda.  In this, they view religion as a harmless fairy tale that some people indulge in–silly, but harmless.  It is perfectly fine to give lip service to freedom of religion, but when they speak of it, they interpret the Constitution as providing freedom FROM religion.  This is to say, under their definition of freedom of religion, you must be free from being exposed to another person’s religion regardless of the vehicle for that message.  This is shown when they will not allow a valedictorian to mention God in their speech.

The classic example of when people freak out about religion is when it comes to a sick child.  This is where my views differ vastly from the mainstream of Americans.  Most Americans believe in freedom of religion…until it offends their sensibilities.  When these cases occur, people on both sides of the political fence demand that the family subject their kids to medical treatments which are against their religion.  They don’t even consider who is to pay for this treatment.  I wonder if people would be so willing to force these treatments if the taxpayers were to bear 100% of the costs.  Of course, in the not so distant future, this will be the case under Obamacare.  People who believe that the children should be taken away and forced into these treatments will claim that children do not have the ability to choose a religion for themselves.  They are too young to make up their own minds.  However, in these things (religion, beliefs, values), we have always allowed parents to choose what is best for their children.  Here again, we are saying that people have the right to choose what values to instill in their children…as long as it does not offend our sensibilities.  Here is the question though:  These people believe that medical care is prohibited by God.  Receiving this care damns their soul to Hell.  So…what if it turns out they are right?  You have just damned their souls to Hell against their will.  Maybe it is God’s will.  Maybe the kid you save is the next Hitler, and God was taking him out of the world.  Regardless, the one truest test in someone’s belief is to face death itself.  Perhaps God is asking a sacrifice from the parents much in the way that he asked of Abraham.  Sometimes proving your faith means dying, and if you are religious, your belief in God should trump your fear of death.

The last thing I would like to point out is how this is a clear indication as to why Obamacare is unconstitutional.  The government cannot have the power to tell anybody that they have to buy any product just by virtue of being alive.  In the face of this power, it is clear that all other rights must fall to the wayside or only exists at the discretion of the ruling class.  This is called tyranny.  If you live under a king that allows you to dance, you are admitting that the king has the ability to tell you that you may not dance.  Living under the rule of a benevolent dictator is still living under the rule of a dictator.  Just because you may approve of the king’s decree doesn’t mean he is any less tyrannical.  I’m sure that there were many people in Germany that thought Hitler was doing a great job just like there were plenty in North Korea that thought King Jong Il was a fair man or that Saddam really stood up for Middle Eastern values.  They were still tyrants.

I want to give my congratulations to the Catholic Church and all Catholics who have stood their ground.  Never give up your rights.  ”Once Liberty is lost, it’s lost forever,” John Adams.

Long Live the Constitution!