Thursday, May 24, 2012

Birth Control Thrust upon Catholics

Birth Control Thrust upon Catholics
Commentary by Sanford D. Horn
May 23, 2012

The Indianapolis Star smartly printed “Notre Dame joins suit over birth control” (May 23, 2012) written by AP’s Rachel Zoll.

With 42 other Catholic entities joining Notre Dame in a lawsuit to preserve religious freedom, this is not a local news item, but instead a national defining moment regarding the Constitutional rights not just of Catholics, but of all people of faith in the United States.

Yet, in spite of this national Constitutional issue, the national network news outlets remained virtually silent as they are deeply in the tank for the Obama administration. This story was ignored by ABC and NBC, and CBS devoted a mere 19 seconds to it according to Bill O’ Reilly on the Fox News Channel (May 23).

If birth control is thrust upon Catholic institutions counter to Church tenets, what will be next? Will ritual slaughter pertaining to the Jewish dietary laws of Kashrut be banned by the government as cruel to the animals, when it is in fact just the opposite in accordance with Jewish law?

Another sterling example of the deleterious effects the Obama mandate is already having on institutions connected to faith is a decision made by The Franciscan University, located in Steubenville, OH, to discontinue its student health care coverage. It will no longer require health insurance of fulltime undergraduate students, nor will it offer a student health insurance plan.

Franciscan’s basic cost of $600 to cover a student would double in the upcoming school year and then triple in 2013 all thanks to Obamacare. It is unconscionable to force students to purchase something they cannot afford. The university’s decision could be an important factor for potential future students when choosing a college to attend.

Currently, Franciscan students may receive “cheap basic medical care,” without insurance for $5 a visit, and are on their own for anything more, according to Beltway Confidential (May 15). The school’s current plan expires August 15, 2012.

Obamacare requires insurance coverage for contraception, sterilization and abortions, currently not covered at Franciscan. “We will not participate in a plan that requires us to violate the consistent teachings of the Catholic Church on the sacredness of human life,” according to Beltway Confidential.

Such assaults on religious freedoms bring to mind the famous quote by Martin Niemoller (1892-1984), a German Protestant pastor and outspoken foe of Hitler.

          “First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out –
           Because I was not a Socialist.
           Then they came for the trade unionists, and I did not speak out –
           Because I was not a trade unionist.
           Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out –
           Because I was not a Jew.
           Then they came for me – and there was no one left to speak for me.”

The government has no business interfering in religion in the United States – and the Constitution supports this notion. “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof…” (Amendment I).

By imposing his liberal, secular schemes on the rank and file of America, Obama is not only attempting to circumvent the Constitution, but turn this into a modern day civil rights issue as a manner in which to cajole votes from women.

Obama must be stopped, the left-wing, mainstream media must stop carrying his water on this issue and actually tell the truth, and the Constitution must be upheld by preventing this administration from forcibly destroying centuries of religious dicta.

Sanford D. Horn is a writer and educator living in Westfield, IN.

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