1st Amendment Freedom: Under Fire

The actions of the Obama administration and HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius send a message loud and clear: the White House healthcare plan is superior to the religious freedom and freedom of conscience that is enshrined in the Constitution.

The principle found in the first few lines of the Bill of Rights  is under blatant attack:

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

Obama’s newest healthcare plan compels all organizations, including religiously affiliated organizations, to offer contraceptive coverage directly by the insurance company. The mandate only allows a narrow religious exemption for formal houses of worship. It ignores those individuals who religiously or morally object. Religious freedom is not just for churches, it is for individuals:

Religious freedom is not just for churches. For many individuals and organizations, losing the ability to abide by their religious convictions in carrying out their work imperils their religious identity. It also threatens the effectiveness of their work and the services they provide for those in need. A more comprehensive, robust conception of religion is an important anchor for vigorous, wide-ranging religious freedom—freedom not merely to believe or teach certain doctrines, but to live out one’s faith in all aspects of life. Ryan Messmore, The Heritage Foundation

The White House and Sebelius claim that this mandate is a women’s issue. It’s not, according to hundreds of women who signed on to a letter at www.womenspeakforthemselves.com. This is a religious liberty and freedom of conscience issue.