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“See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the basic principles of this world rather than on Christ.” ~ Colossians 2:8
The Government has washed our nation out to a sea of debt to other nations. They have created a culture of falsely believing that all life choices should equal the same financial outcome for everyone, and that everyone who believes they are due material wealth ought to have it. Children have become an “expensive burden” we seek to avoid, but debt for personal expenditures and entitlement programs are not offensive today. The common idea is that “Children are soooo Expensive!”
In our culture, we have chosen lifestyle of debt, life-long entitlement mentality and lavish living. Frugality of past generations is largely gone. Some of the poorest people appear to be able to afford Smart Phones. Priorities are definitely skewed.
There is certainly nothing wrong with nice things, beautiful homes, etc. In fact, having ambition to succeed is inherently American. However there is something decidedly different about the last two generations of Americans. The last two generations have decided to pursue these material and temporal possessions at the expense of their children, and their eternal Christian inheritance. The other problem is that very few families can actually afford to live this lifestyle, regardless of how many children they have. Most people, right out of the gate into adulthood, begin their lives in debt. They begin either in debt themselves for college, or living a lifestyle sustained by the help or debt of their own parents.
This has left a huge societal impact, because Christian families are simply not having children anymore, because of the misguided belief that their single most important contribution to their children is what they can give to them materially speaking. With fewer Christians raising their children in an intact Christian home, fewer responsible, hard working, and freedom-loving adults are being set out into society. We can clearly see the impact on our freedoms and our government and society since the nation began forfeiting children in favor of debt.
Since this has culturally become the norm, there are several societal prerequisites to qualifying to have children. Notice none of them are of eternal benefit for others, or for ourselves. This means that what society deems of value, God has spoken and said is largely worthless..even the vast educations..etc. Again, goals and accomplishment are not worthless or evil. Parents inherently want a good future for their children, and often will sacrifice to help obtain that. However, if parents put more stock into ensuring their children have all their whims met, rather than raising solidly grounded, disciplined and responsible children, we have products of their misguided efforts abounding. The pursuit of these idols of wealth above eternal perspectives, or if they are pitted against raising any children for the Kingdom, then they limit the ability of people to raise children fully for the Lord and to stand on principle in his or her nation.
This is the sick mentality we’re dealing with, though most radical environmentalists wouldn’t dare to admit it publicly.
Well-known TV presenter and environmental activist Sir David Attenborough has a dire warning for humanity – we need to die off of our own volition or mother nature will do the job for us.
Attenborough, famous for hosting numerous nature documentaries over the span of the past six decades, told Britain’s Radio Times that humans are a plague on the earth and the only way to save the planet is to limit human population growth.“We are a plague on the earth. It’s coming home to roost over the next 50 years or so. It’s not just climate change; it’s sheer space, places to grow food for this enormous horde,” Attenborough said.
“Either we limit our population growth or the natural world will do it for us, and the natural world is doing it for us right now.”
Attenborough is best known for his “Life on Earth” series of wildlife documentaries, as well as for a previous statement extolling the virtues of saving the environment by eliminating people.
“Maybe it is time that instead of controlling the environment for the benefit of the population, we should control the population to ensure the survival of the environment,” Attenborough is widely quoted to have said in a letter to John Guillebaud, Professor of Family Planning and Reproductive Health at University College London.
Funny how none of these guys every volunteer to remove THEMSELVES from the planet in an effort to stop this “plague.” It’s OTHER people whose lives they consider disposable.
Paul Ehrlich, the doomsday biologist who coined the term “The Population Bomb” more than 40 years ago with a book of the same name, says the world now faces “dangerous trends” of global climate change and overpopulation, which threaten our extinction.
Reducing the number of people is still the answer to civilization’s woes, Ehrlich and his wife Anne wrote in anarticle published Jan. 9 by London’s Royal Society.
“To our minds, the fundamental cure, reducing the scale of the human enterprise (including the size of the population) to keep its aggregate consumption within the carrying capacity of Earth is obvious but too much neglected or denied,” Ehrlich wrote.
Ehrlich spelled out exactly what he meant in an interview with a liberal blog/news site called Raw Story.
“Giving people the right to have as many people, as many children that they want is, I think, a bad idea,” the Web site quoted Ehrlich as saying.
“Nobody, in my view, has the right to have 12 children or even three unless the second pregnancy is twins,” Ehrlich added.
How much you wanna bet this guy believes it’s a mother’s “right” to murder her unborn child….just not to give birth to him/her if he/she happens to expand your family larger than some bureaucrat with a god complex thinks it should be?
Of course, the “solutions” to these quacks’ anti-human hysteria involves confiscating more of your tax money to pay for other people’s abortions and population control schemes:
Little does it matter to people like Ehrlich and Attenborough that population control has usually been deeply rooted in eugenics, a science attempting to reduce “undesirable” populations, asDaniel Patrick Moloney has documented.
Nor does it seem to matter that attempts at population control have only resulted in outcomes such as China’s oppressive and coercive one-child policy, which, coupled with a cultural preference for boys, is not only decimating the country’s demographics, but causing the sex-selective abortion of millions of baby girls.
Fortunately, pro-life advocates succeeded yesterday in halting the Obama Administration’sattempt to include abortion in the list of rights protected by the United Nations. This week, we can hope they will continue to make progress toward protecting lives in the United States.
Christian Bale Honors Chen Guangcheng With Human Rights Award For Fighting Forced Abortions In China
It’s refreshing to see a celebrity using their influence to draw attention to REAL human rights abuses.
While Hollywood starlets are pledging allegiance to Obama and decrying the ridiculously contrived “war on women” (asking women to pay for their own birth control? Oh, the horror!), Christian Bale has been bringing attention the work of Chen Guangcheng, a blind Chinese lawyer who was brutally beaten and isolated under house arrest for defending women who were being kidnapped and forced to undergo abortions against their will – their babies ripped from their wombs and murdered.
Last year, Bale tried to visit Chen while he was in China promoting a movie. He got no further than the edge of the village before Chinese officials roughed him up with his camera crew and chased them out of the area. Chen miraculously escaped a few months later and was able to gain asylum with his wife and children in the U.S., although his mother and brother have suffered retaliatory abuses back home in China.
On Thursday actor Christian Bale presented blind forced abortion opponent Chen Guangcheng with an award at the annual gala of Human Rights First. In December 2011, while Chen was still in China under house arrest, Bale attempted to visit Chen but was roughed up by thugs, who prevented him from visiting Chen’s village. Bale said at that time, “What I really wanted to do was shake the man’s hand and say ‘thank you,’ and tell him what an inspiration he is.”
Chen dramatically escaped house arrest and arrived in the United States in May 2012. The two men met for the first time tonight, when Bale presented Chen with the award.
Bale praised Chen for his bravery and for symbolizing the hopes of the people of China to live in freedom. Significantly, Bale also highlighted Chen’s fight against forced abortion in China. Bale stated,
“He [Chen] had exposed a program of forced abortion and sterilization in Shandong. A program of forced abortion means that women are being dragged from their homes against their will. They are being forced to have abortions, sometimes late-term — imagine that — with some women reportedly dying in the process. Now this is true horror. And in this insane world, this man, Chen, who was helping these women — who was living by some of the most simple, brave and universally admired values – values that we teach our children every day, and helping our fellow man – for this, this man was imprisoned and beaten for over four years.”
Reggie Littlejohn, President of Women’s Rights Without Frontiers, stated, “Chen Guangcheng is a towering champion of human rights, who with incomparable courage, stood alone against the Chinese totalitarian regime. The women of China and the world will long remember his bravery on their behalf.”
“At the same time,” Littlejohn added, “Christian Bale has become a human rights champion in his own right. He risked his safety to visit Chen last December. His attack by Chinese thugs brought visibility to Chen’s case. This visibility greatly helped the international effort to free Chen. And Bale is brave to condemn the practice of forced abortion in China. Women’s Rights Without Frontiers salutes both men.”
Watch the touching moment when Christian presented the award to Chen here:
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And here is a clip of both Chen and Christian talking about human rights and forced abortions in China:
View at the Washington Post
H/T Jill Stanek
Is there any more fundamental human right than the right to life? How about freedom of speech and petition?
Those who consider themselves “experts” on human rights want to make it an international crime to organize, lobby or speak out for pro-life causes. That’s what they call “human rights”: suppression of free speech and political activism for causes they disagree with.
The recently re-appointed UN High Commissioner on Human Rights, Navanethem Pillay, has issued a document calling for governments to criminalise organised opposition to abortion by non-governmental groups such as pro-life lobbyists or even family members. The UN Human Rights Council published its “technical guidance” to address maternal mortality and morbidity in July, to “assist policymakers in improving women’s health and rights.”
The document starts from the abortion industry’s assertion that the best way to reduce maternal mortality is to introduce legalised abortion and reduce legal and other restrictions on abortion. Under the “rights-based” approach to women’s health care, the document says, states are “obliged” to use “maximum available resources” to “protect against interference with sexual and reproductive health rights by third parties by enforcing appropriate laws, policies, regulations and guidelines.”
“There is a strong presumption against any retrogressive measures in relation to sexual and reproductive health,” the document continues.
“States are responsible for exercising due diligence, or acting with a certain standard of care, to ensure that non-governmental actors, including private service providers, insurance and pharmaceutical companies, and manufacturers of health-related goods and equipment, as well as community and family members, comply with certain standards.”
Laws and policies that impede access to “sexual and reproductive health services” must be changed, Pillay said. These include laws “criminalizing certain services only needed by women,” laws and policies allowing “conscientious objection of a provider to hinder women’s access to a full range of services,” and “laws imposing third-party authorization for access to services by women and girls”. This list, if the advice were to be taken by the British government, would automatically erase nearly all the remaining legal restrictions on abortion such as the need for two doctors to sign a consent form.
“In other words” said Pat Buckley, Human Rights Council lobbyist for the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children, “Ms. Pillay is seeking to make effective opposition to abortion provision unlawful on the part of parents; and to criminalize health professionals, administrators and NGOs (like SPUC) who seek to oppose abortion provision – including abortion provision to children under the age of consent.”
It’s long past time to defund the embarrassing sham known as the U.N. All they’re good for anymore is providing a veneer of legitimacy for tyrannical and ant-American/anti-Israel regimes, and siphoning national sovereignty to international bureaucrats.
This is a serious procedure with lifelong consequences that should NEVER be performed on a minor without parental consent!
Thanks to an Obamacare regulation that took effect on Aug. 1, health care plans in Oregon will now be required to provide free sterilizations to 15- year-old girls even if the parents of those girls do not consent to the procedure.
Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius finalized the regulation earlier this year.
It says that all health care plans in the United States–except those provided by actual houses of worship organized under the section of the Internal Revenue Code reserved for churches per se–must provide coverage, without cost-sharing, for sterilizations and all Food and Drug Administration-approved contraceptives to “all women with reproductive capacity.”
In practical terms, “all women with reproductive capacity” means girls as young as about 12. That, according to the National Institutes of Health, is when girls usually start menstruating.
[...] HHS said nothing about restricting the provision of these free “preventive services” to women who were 18 or older, or 21 or older, or even 15 or older. The regulation simply said “all women with reproductive capacity.”
However, states have varying laws on the age of consent. CNSNews.com took a look at Oregon and its rule of consent for sterilization–one of the free services required by the Obama administration’s regulation.
In Oregon, the age of informed consent is 15, and the law and rules on sterilization are detailed in theOregon Revised Statutes (ORS) 436.205 to 436.335.
Under Oregon law, girls from 15 years of age and up are given complete control over whether to be sterilized or not. The parents or guardians of a minor girl–between 15 and 18–can neither grant nor deny consent for a sterilization.
This is the natural progression of a self-centered culture that devalues human life and treats children like a burden, a commodity to be traded, a disposable accessory to personal fulfillment, or a parasite to avoid at all costs.
No society can long survive with less than a 2.1 replacement birth rate, and the US is already below that.
No previous president ever promoted a giveaway more peculiar than Barack Obama’s mandate that all health care plans must offer free sterilizations to all women — but not all men — capable of breeding.
This mandate is Obama’s defining act as president — just as his adamant opposition to a bill that would have defined a born baby as a “person” was his defining act as an Illinois state senator.
Obama’s Department of Health and Human Services proposed the mandate last August and finalized it in January. It takes effect Aug. 1.
The mandate says health care plans must provide without cost-sharing “all Food and Drug Administration approved contraceptive methods, sterilization procedures, and patient education and counseling for all women with reproductive capacity.”
So, what does sterilization do to a woman? And why does Obama want all women “with reproductive capacity” to be offered one for free?
Specifically, sterilization mutilates part of a woman’s body so it can no longer carry out its natural and healthy function.
By analogy, if a doctor severed a woman’s optic nerve her eyes would no longer see. Here, a doctor severs a woman’s fallopian tubes so her womb can no longer conceive a child.
Obama manifestly believes offering this particular mutilation free of charge to all women — but not men — is good. But why?
Human beings often sterilize dogs and cats, presumably because they do not believe canines and felines can develop disciplined reproductive habits and they see the proliferation of puppies and kittens as bad. But when human beings fix dogs and cats, they do not focus exclusively on one gender. Male dogs and cats are at least as likely as females to get their reproductive organs short-circuited.
Does the Obama administration look at women — but not men — as creatures akin to dog and cats? Does it believe women lack the hearts and minds and souls to fully control the destiny of their own families? Do they see the proliferation of human babies as bad?
After Obama signed Obamacare, his Department of Health and Human Services commissioned a federally funded committee at the Institute of Medicine (IOM) to recommend a “preventive services” regulation for women.
In its subsequent report, this committee explained its recommendation for what became the sterilization-contraception-abortifacient mandate in an eight-page section titled, “Preventing Unintended Pregnancy and Promoting Healthy Birth Spacing.”
It takes an elitist — if not eugenic — perspective on the human race.
Chinese Officials Harass, Threaten Woman Who Was Forcibly Aborted And Her Family After International Outcry
China’s Communist Party doesn’t care about human rights or the rights of women. All they care about is how they’ve been embarrassed by their evil deeds being brought to light, and they will do everything they can get away with to punish the whistle blowers.
The family of a woman who was victimized by a shocking forced abortion at seven months of pregnancy now faces harassment and potential violence.
As LifeNews reported, Chinese officials apologized to a woman who was forced to undergo an abortion at seven months of pregnancy and reportedly suspended three family planning officials after gruesome photos of the mother and her dead unborn baby went viral on the Internet. Now, human rights campaigners say the woman and her family face more persecution.
Kat Lewis of the Chinese human rights watchdog All Girls Allowed, informed LifeNews late Monday that friends of the woman, Feng Jianmei, told her that local officials have drastically changed their tone following the apology.
“They ran her husband, Deng Jiyuan, out of the village and we haven’t yet been able to reach him. They’ve also labeled Ms. Feng a “traitor,” and posted signs outside her home in warning,” Lewis explained. “In the photo right, some men in the village are carrying banners that urge others to “beat the traitor mercilessly” and ‘drive them out of the village.”
“Sometimes it’s hard to believe this is happening—and just as hard to believe that officials have largely succeeded in keeping it quiet,” she said.
There is no more barbaric violation of human rights than to rip a child from his/her mother’s womb.
This is what happens when the state puts itself in the place of God, usurping the role as arbiter of life and death.
This is where Socialism and Communism inevitable lead, because neither system recognizes a higher moral authority or law than the state itself.
In the wake of international coverage of the gruesome forced abortion committed on Chinese woman Feng Jianmei, another woman has stepped forward to share her story of the brutality of China’s one-child policy.
Feng Jianmei’s story burst into the international spotlight earlier this month after a photograph of her lying next to the corpse of her forcibly aborted 7-month-old unborn baby began circulating on the internet. While Chinese officials issued an “apology” to Feng for the abortion, reports since indicate that she and her family are being hounded by the government, while she has been labeled a “traitor.”
Now Zhang Wen Fang, 43, has risked retribution from the government by stepping forward to tell Chai Ling of the human rights organization All Girls Allowed about how she lost both her baby and her livelihood when officials forced her into a hospital for surgery four years ago.
According to Zhang, on May 23rd, 2008, when she was nine months pregnant, at least eleven Family Planning officials entered her home while her husband was away. Eight or nine men and three women dragged her into a van and took her to the People’s Hospital, where they induced labor despite her protests. At 8 p.m. they tried to inject an unknown chemical into her stomach, and Zhang resisted: “I pulled the needle out,” she said. “But then six men held me down so that they could give me the injection with a second needle.” Afterwards, they kept her in a room and did not let her family know where she was.
On May 25th, Zhang began to suffer contractions and then her water broke. She remembers feeling panic: “I was saying, ‘Help, help!’ but they ignored me and wouldn’t even let me out of the room.” Shortly after, she lost consciousness.
When Zhang woke up on May 26th, she was in extreme pain—and her baby was gone. “When I asked the officials and doctors what happened to the baby, if it was alive or dead, they would not tell me.” Chai Ling asked Zhang how she felt after the ordeal, and she broke down in tears. “I often have dreams about the baby,” said Zhang. “In those dreams, a child is looking at me and crying, asking, ‘Mommy, can you save me?’”
But officials did not stop there. They also removed Zhang’s uterus. The next morning, they forced Zhang’s mother to sign a form accepting that her daughter’s uterus was gone. Subsequent medical examinations revealed that the hospital had also removed her cervix, fallopian tubes, and right ovary.
Before the incident, Zhang was an entrepreneur. She began a successful trucking business and was making 1,000 RMB ($157 USD) per day. But she suffered major complications when doctors removed her uterus and is now confined to a wheelchair with severe kidney malfunction. She had to close her business because she can no longer move freely, and her marriage also broke down under the strain. “After suffering much harassment and beatings from the Family Planning Committee people, my husband left me,” said Zhang.
Zhang tried to petition the government about the incident, but Mr. Guo, the Deputy Minister of the Family Planning Committee in Hong Hu, was reportedly defiant. “I removed the uteruses of one thousand women, and no one dared to say a word to me,” Zhang reports him as saying.
This is barbaric!
Yet America’s response is tepid at best. Why? Because we owe the Chinese government BILLIONS, and our irresponsible government doesn’t want to bite the hand that supports their spending addiction!
America, this has to STOP! We need to free ourselves of our debts to China and begin speaking BOLDLY against such atrocities!
According to the China-based human rights organization 64Tianwang, a Chinese woman was forcibly aborted at seven months of pregnancy on June 3, 2012. 64Tiangwang’s report was accompanied by a graphic photograph of the alleged victim of the abortion on a hospital bed, with her dead child next to her.
The human rights group claims the woman, Feng Jianmei, was beaten and dragged into a vehicle by a group of Family Planning Officials while her husband, Deng Jiyuan, was out working.
The officials asked for RMB 40,000 in fines from Feng Jianmei’s family. When they did not receive the money, the officials forcibly aborted Feng at seven months, laying the body of her aborted baby next to her in the bed.
64Tiangwang said Feng is under medical treatment in Ankang City, Zhenpin County, Zengjia Town, Yupin village.
“This is an outrage,” said Reggie Littlejohn, president of Women’s Rights Without Frontiers. “No legitimate government would commit or tolerate such an act. Those who are responsible should be prosecuted for crimes against humanity. WRWF calls on the United States government and the leaders of the free world to strongly condemn forced abortion and all coercive family planning in China.”
Never thought I’d live to see this threat arise on our own shores.
In 1801, the Danbury Baptist Association wrote a letter to the newly elected President Thomas Jefferson to ask if he believed that religious liberty was an unalienable right granted by God that could not be revoked by government. President Jefferson declared that the Baptists need not fear because the First Amendment had created a “wall of separation” between Church and State.
The Danbury Baptists, as Bible-believing Christians, knew as well as Thomas Jefferson that Jesus had declared that there were two great commandments: “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ The second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’” The secularization of the State removed the U.S. from any jurisdiction over the first great commandment to love God and confined it strictly to addressing the second commandment dealing with how men treated one another. The U.S. demoted the State and declared theological competence to be utterly outside State expertise, thus preventing an “American Inquisition” that persecuted people for their religious convictions. Clearly, Mr. Jefferson was making clear to the Baptists that the “wall of separation” was designed to protect Religion from the State, not to protect the State from Religion.
President Obama shattered this two-century consensus. He mandated that Catholics must violate their religious convictions to pay premiums for health care plans that cover contraception, abortion-inducing drugs such as Ella, and sterilization, all of which Catholic doctrine teaches to be harmful and immoral. Those who refuse to comply will be persecuted by crippling fines. [...]
The president targeted contraception because it is the most countercultural doctrine of the Catholic Church, a pre-selected weak point in the “wall of separation” between Church and State. The president did not count on the fact that Americans of all faiths who may disagree on contraception are not willing to sit by and watch the Obama Inquisition. They know that if the “wall of separation” is breached on contraception, their own religious convictions could be next.
Bryan Fischer at Renew America calls it “Secular Sharia: Convert, Submit Or Go To Prison“:
Secular sharia, the imposition of secular fundamentalism on people of Christian faith, is now the law in what used to be the land of the free and the home of the brave.
Secular sharia has its cleric, Imam Obama, who has issued a fatwa to all Christian employees in America. (To be explicitly clear, I am not implying that the president is a Muslim. I’m talking here about a secular agenda with striking similarities to Muslim sharia.) And the fatwa is eerily similar to Islamic tyranny. In Obama’s case, the three choices American Christians are given are convert, submit, or go to prison. President Obama won’t kill you, but he will send you to jail.
Choice one is to convert to secular fundamentalism and its utter disregard for the sanctity of human life.
Choice two, if choice one is unacceptable, is to submit by paying the equivalent of the jizya, the fine Commissar Sebelius will impose on you if you do not obey the diktats of the regime.
Asma Uddin, an attorney with the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, has calculated the cost to a religious organization that will not convert but meekly pays jizya.
As Ms. Uddin put it in testimony before the Judiciary Committee of the United States House of Representatives, “[A] charitable organization with 100 employees will have to pay the federal government $140,000 per year for the ‘privilege’ of not underwriting medical services it believes are immoral.”
Colorado Christian University, an interdenominational Christian college, will have to cough up $500,000 in protection money because of the size of its faculty and student body.
Choice three, if choices one and two are unacceptable for reasons of conscience and Christian principle, is prison. Pay the fine or go to jail.
This fatwa is now in effect. Christian businessmen do not get the one year reprieve explicitly Christian organizations get, so they must submit to secular sharia this very year or go to jail.
Imam Obama has issued his fatwa imposing secular sharia on America’s Christians. The moment of decision for people of conscience and Christian conviction has arrived. What will they do?
It is not the government’s place to decide if an institution is “religious” enough to qualify for an exemption from mandates which are unconstitutional in the first place. It is not the place of government to decide what is and is not proper theology or legitimate conscientious objection.
Government has no constitutional right to force ANY individual or group to buy or sell a product or service against their will – PERIOD. The rights of ALL Americans – not just the religious – are at stake in this battle!
As Congress begins moving forward on legislation to counter the Obama administration’s contraceptive and abortifacient mandate, the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee held what was essentially a protest hearing Thursday on “freedom of conscience.”
Republicans called a Catholic bishop, a rabbi, pastors, and leaders from an array of religious colleges to testify about the mandate amidst fireworks from Democrats who said Republicans were ignoring women’s voices in the debate.
“I completely loathe the partisan nature of this discussion,” said Rev. Matthew Harrison, the president of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod (LCMS), who testified against the mandate even though the LCMS is exempt because it is a church.
“Religious liberty is not a partisan political issue,” added Ben Mitchell, a professor of moral philosophy at Union University in Jackson, Tenn., and a Southern Baptist minister. [...]
“This whole conversation is utterly surreal,” Harrison told the committee. “I find it totally offensive that we are subject to accommodation and grandfather clauses. You cannot accommodate and grandfather the First Amendment.”
John Garvey, the president of the Catholic University of America in Washington, said the mandate reflects a “narrow” understanding that religion is “only when you’re in your church and on your knees.”
Most Democrats criticized the religious leaders (and less notably, their Republican colleagues) throughout the hearing, calling down “shame” on them for appearing to testify, and accusing them of wanting to criminalize contraception. [...]
Rep. Gerry Connelly, D-Va., called down “shame” on the religious leaders for coming to testify. “You are here to testify that your rights are being trampled on—an overstatement if there ever was one,” he said. “I’m very sad you’ve chosen to participate … as if people are going to jail over this. … Everyone knows this is not true.”
Harrison, for one, has said he would go to jail before violating his conscience. “We must obey God rather than men, and we will,” he said.
Representatives from the Protestant churches and colleges emphasized that they don’t have moral objections to contraception, but to covering abortifacients, Plan B, and Ella, which are Food and Drug Administration-approved contraceptives included in the mandate.
“It is ridiculous to claim that organizations like mine don’t care about women’s health,” testified Samuel Oliver, the president of East Texas Baptist University. “We already cover preventive services including contraception under our employee’s health plan. We simply object to a few drugs … that cause abortion. …We are offended that this administration says we aren’t religious enough to have our religious beliefs respected.”
The Leftist media, shrewdly looking for any excuse to take the focus off of Obama’s unconstitutional abuses of executive power and blatant assault on 1st Amendment rights, chose to focus their reporting almost entirely on the fact that no women testified at the hearing. As if men are disqualified on testifying regarding religious liberty and unconstitutional power grabs.
This contraception mandate doesn’t just affect women – it affects ALL Americans who care about the liberty and the rights of conscience!
This pretty much sums up Leftist ideology: the government’s “right” to force one citizen to pay for services for another citizen trumps the TRUE, God-given, unalienable rights recognized by the Constitution and Declaration of Independence.
Senator Boxer warned yesterday that if the HHS contraception mandate was repealed it would set a dangerous precedence of religious rights trumping the right to be insured.
On MSNBC’s Politics Nation with Al Sharpton last night, Boxer affirmed that under the proposed amendment proposed by Sen. Roy Blunt, an employer would not be forced by the government to pay for medical practices against his religion.
“I mean, are they serious? Sharpton exclaimed, “How do you make a law where an employer can decide his own religious beliefs violate your right to be insured?”
“Oh absolutely,” Boxer said, “Let’s use an example, let’s say somebody believes that medicine doesn’t cure anybody of a disease but prayer does and then they decide no medicine.
“No medicine!” she exclaimed, “Under the Blunt amendment, they could do just that.”
And that, boys and girls, is why no citizen should be forced to pay for the health care of another. Let every citizen purchase insurance or pay providers directly according to their own conscience and preferences, and nobody’s unalienable rights will be violated.
The idolization of Big Government as a solution to every problem is itself a kind of religion – one which is not the least interested in respecting others’ rights of dissent or conscience. It is a totalitarian ideology, by which individuals are devalued and their unalienable rights deemed expendable for the “collective good.”
Obama’s mask is slipping, and history teaches us that we are witnessing the early stages of a would-be dictatorship. Will America recognize the threat and stand up to it, before it’s too late?
Modern liberalism is willfulness writ large — a godless ideology that rests upon the caprice of central planners. Under it, the fluctuating and often frightening desires of corrupt men, rather than the changeless will of a caring God, form the shaky measure of “good government.” As the grim chapters of recent history show — chapters written in the blood of millions of unborn children and other “undesirables” — taking God out of “goodness” drains the term of any coherent meaning, leaving mankind at the mercy of power-seeking ideologues.
Pope Benedict XVI calls modern liberalism the “dictatorship of relativism,” a phrase that neatly summarizes the Obama administration as it moves to crush the freedom of Americans through such monstrosities as the HHS mandate.
On one level, Obama is nothing more than a glib and empty pol, who careens from focus group to pollster. But on another level, buried deep within his cold and rootless personality, he is a man of perverse tenacity, a convinced socialist and secularist who was trained long ago to run the ball into the end zone for radicalism.
For all his joshing and superficial charm, he remains the creepy child of post-Enlightenment liberalism — the infant demigod presented between sets of oversized and plastic Greek columns at the Democratic National Convention in 2008, who as the proceedings concluded crawled back into the shadows to watch mutely the adoring crowds below.
Such a deluded Democratic president was bound to overreach disastrously. Obamacare is a “big f — king deal,” Joe Biden whispered into his ear. And it is — an unconstitutional coup disguised as altruistic legislation that was rammed through Congress by reckless partisan hacks who hadn’t even read it.
But the central planners and social engineers from Planned Parenthood had pored over the bill carefully. The passage of the legislation left them giddy with excitement, as they knew its unread provisions would soon turn into nooses for their religious enemies on the right.
The future casts its shadow backwards, said the late British writer Malcolm Muggeridge. Obama, red in tooth and clause, saw the devilish flicker of those shadows in his triumph of social engineering. “Darn tooting,” he declared to his most militant supporters — pro-abortion feminists who demanded to know from him during a campaign stop last fall if he was going to make good on his promise to manhandle the Catholic Church over contraception and abortifacients.
The raffish Greg Gutfeld, who, despite his screwing around on the set, remains Fox’s deepest and most perceptive observer of politics and culture, made the valuable point on “The Five” recently that one of the sick motivations behind the HHS mandate is a form of eugenics and ironic class warfare: Obama does not want the poor to procreate.
To put the point even more directly, Obama does not want the Catholic poor to procreate. Like Planned Parenthood’s twisted foundress, Margaret Sanger, Obama is a chilly eugenicist at heart who fears a backwards America “punished” by the babies of unenlightened breeders. China boasts a one-child policy; Obama’s is more like a zero-child one. Without a universally subsidized right to sterilization, contraception, and abortion via Obamacare, his Brave New World would falter and fail to materialize.
Don’t be fooled: Obama Contraception ‘Accommodation’ Still Imposes Unconstitutional Mandates On Church, Eliminates All Exceptions
Obama’s “accommodation” still imposes unconstitutional mandates on churches and insurance companies, and eliminates all exceptions. The federal government does NOT have constitutional authority to mandate ANY group to provide goods or services against their will, or to force citizens to pay for them against their will. This unconstitutional assault on liberty and conscience MUST be challenged!
Obama is not only attacking the rights of churches to not participate in things that violate their conscience, but is actually attacking the church itself and its teachings to justify his actions.
Since when does government have a right to dictate what is or is not proper belief or practice for ANY religion? Obama is an unconstitutional tyrant and he has WAAAY overstepped this time!
The Obama administration has revised its controversial mandate that had forced religious employers to pay for health insurance coverage that includes birth control and drugs like Plan B, the morning after pill, and ella that can cause abortions.
Responding to a firestorm of opposition from pro-life organizations, Catholics groups and even some Democrats, the Obama administration has revised the mandate in a way that pro-life advocates are saying is even worse. [...]
Republican Study Committee Chairman Jim Jordan told LifeNews in response to the revised mandate that it violates the right to religious freedom guaranteed by the First Amendment to the Constitution.
“This ObamaCare rule still tramples on Americans’ First Amendment right to freedom of religion. It’s a fig leaf, not a compromise. Whether they are affiliated with a church or not, employers will still be forced to pay an insurance company for coverage that includes abortion-inducing drugs,” he said. “This is not just a problem for church-affiliated hospitals and charities. Under these rules, a small business owner with religious objections to abortion-inducing drugs and contraception must either violate his religious beliefs or violate the law.”
“The liberal Obama administration thinks its political goals trump the religious faith of American citizens. That isn’t right, fair, or constitutional,” he said.
Neil Munro at the Daily Caller reveals Obama’s smear campaign to paint the Catholic church as the evil traditionalists trying to deny health care to women, and his administration as the “progressive” saviors offering “free” contraceptives (read: voter bribes) to save the day:
White House officials are spinning the controversy as an effort by the Catholic church to deny contraceptive services to women.
That’s a campaign-trail argument, because it offers free services to young women while portraying the Catholic church as an obstacle to progressives.
However, the controversy has grown rapidly because critics say the core issue is not contraception or even abortion-related drugs, but an ambitious effort by Obama and fellow progressives to use the power of the state to subordinate religious groups to progressives’ political priorities.
Those priorities include feminists’ demands that birth-control services — including abortion-related drugs — be provided free to the employees of religious groups that oppose progressive’s priorities.
Francis Cianfrocca warns at Red State that “The Stakes in the Catholic Church-Abortion Debate Are Higher Than You May Think“:
The case of the Obama Administration vs. the Catholic Church goes far beyond the fraught question of women’s reproductive rights. It’s also the clearest defining moment that I can think of in our lifetimes, on the question of the proper role of government.
It’s glaringly obvious to many people that abortion, sterilization, and similar procedures are a strictly-required component of women’s health. These people often see the opposition of the Catholic Church to these procedures not as a core belief, but rather as a retrograde, pernicious, and even cynical attack on women.
It’s just as glaringly obvious to many other people that religious freedom in America is sacrosanct. Of all the guarantees given in the Bill of Rights, religious freedom is indeed the very first one!
In this case, the Obama Administration has ruled unilaterally that health insurance programs provided by the Catholic Church must pay for abortions. Forget about the welter of discussion about whether the Federal mandate extends beyond those of many states. That’s not the core issue here.
For the government to say, as it has, that its goals are prior to the Catholic Church’s core beliefs, is precisely to say that government power is unambiguously senior to all other claims.
This is radically counter to the doctrines of the American founding. It’s more radical than anything that even FDR said during the New Deal. It quite simply elevates government to the level of a religion.
Personally, it’s clear to me that people on the pro-abortion side of this debate simply don’t understand the stakes. (Notably, that includes Sen. Chuck Schumer, who ought to know better.) If they accept that government is prior to all other claims, they’re opening themselves to the potential for some future government to take away the things that THEY hold as non-negotiable core beliefs.
To put it another way, we’ll have become a society that forthrightly elevates the collective over the individual. Again, radically counter to the doctrines of the founding.
I will start by saying that I am a non-denominational Protestant, not a Catholic. But I support 100% the right of the Catholic church to teach and practice its faith without government coercion or interference.
The Obama administration has been caught completely off guard by the intensity and scope of the backlash against his assault on the rights of conscience. Instead of wisely backing off, their response has been to double-down, blame the Catholic church for raising a ruckus in its defense, and even attack the teachings of the church itself.
That’s right, ladies and gentlemen – it’s the Catholic church’s fault that a religious and moral belief they’ve held for 2000 years happens to conflict with a modern president’s healthcare takeover agenda.
The narrative is coordinated and fierce, as liberal spokesmen parrot the anti-Catholic talking points from every avenue. In doing so, they are actually alienating much of the Catholic base that helped Obama get elected in the first place.
A group of House Democrats chided Catholic bishops for opposing a part of the health care law that requires religious institutions to cover contraceptives in employee health insurance plans. [...]
California Democratic Rep. Xavier Becerra, a Catholic, called on the Catholic bishops to stop speaking out against the rule.
“I hope that the bishops in my church will stop telling all the parishioners who believe in the Catholic faith that this is a violation of their religious freedom,” said Becerra.
So Rep. Becerra presumes to tell religious leaders what to preach to their parishioners? Perhaps she considers lawmakers the gatekeepers of proper theology, now?
No one is telling the bishops that they cannot discriminate against women who may be selected as priests. No one is telling the bishops anything about the religious practices of the Catholic Church.
Nice touch, accusing the church of “discriminating” against women by following traditional theology regarding women and the priesthood. Here they are introducing the characters for their narrative: the Catholic church is chauvinistic and bigoted, and the heroic politicians are here to rescue women from their oppression.
What is at issue here is the bishops want the ability to impose their religious beliefs on other people, on the employees of religiously affiliated hospitals and universities and deny them, these employees who may or may not be of the same religious faith, deny them the equal access to contraception which almost everyone uses.
WRONG. This is how they’re twisting the truth in order to justify government intrusion where it doesn’t belong. It is SECULAR GOVERNMENT that is imposing its beliefs on religious groups, not the other way around.
Any woman who wants birth control is perfectly free to go get it herself. She is NOT entitled to have someone else provide it for her against their will. The bishops are not FORCING women to forgo birth control – they are simply exercising their right not to provide it against their conscience. Women are still free to disagree with the bishops and seek these products and services from another source that does not morally object to providing it – and there are plenty of competitors willing to accommodate this demand.
THIS is what universal healthcare does: by wrongly turning goods and services into “rights”, it robs one group of its true liberties in order to provide the so-called “right” to another group. A REAL unalienable right is granted by God and does not depend on others to provide it.
In a free market, this whole fiasco would not even be an issue. When people are free to voluntarily exchange goods and services without coercion, nobody’s rights are violated, and nobody has the power to force another to buy or sell controversial items such as birth control or abortion procedures.
The Huffington Post claims that Catholic university students are protesting “lack of access to birth control”:
Single, 18-year-old female, likes having control over her own body, looking for affordable birth control.
That’s Keely Monroe’s summary of her life at Fordham University, a Jesuit college in New York. “Finding contraception at Fordham was about as easy as finding a good man from a want ad,” Monroe said of her alma mater at a press conference held Thursday in Washington by Catholic Students for Women’s Health.
Waaaaah for Keely. Time to put on your big girl panties and get a clue: if you CHOOSE to attend a Catholic university, you do so with the knowledge that they are likely to frown on birth control (and premarital sex). Attending a university that disapproves of something that you want IS YOUR CHOICE. You can CHOOSE to go to another university where this isn’t an issue. Nobody is FORCING YOU to attend! Nobody is denying you “control over your own body.”
Joan Hoff at US News tells readers to “Blame the Church, Not the State“:
What is being called Obama’s attack on Christianity is really the Catholic Church’s attack on women’s full access to preventive healthcare, specifically contraception.
This is a straw man and an outright lie. The Catholic church did not “attack” anything. Obama picked this fight, and the Catholic church is playing DEFENSE. The church is not trying to ban contraception or impede women’s freedom to go out and get it. They simply are exercising their right not to provide it.
Since the church has never been a champion of women’s rights, its opposition…was expected.
This is a direct attack on the teachings of the church itself. Any theological position or practice which does not align itself with the Moral Relativist brand of Secular Feminism is automatically branded as chauvinistic and against “women’s rights” – which are defined, of course, as abortion on demand and other radical feminist positions.
In actuality, opposition to contraceptive policies is an attempt to deny separation of church and state by imposing religious views on all Americans working in and insured by what are church owned or run institutions such as hospitals, social service agencies, and colleges.
Another outright lie. Women have a CHOICE of whether or not to work for “church owned or run institutions.” Nobody is FORCING them to work there. Ladies, if you want a job that provides birth control coverage, GO GET ONE! Nobody is stopping you or “imposing” their religious views on you!
Also, health care is NOT among the areas of jurisdiction granted to the federal government by the constitution. In fact, per the 10th amendment, the issue of health care belongs entirely to the states and the people. Opposition to unconstitutional policies like contraception mandates is an issue of federalism, and in NO way attempts to “deny separation of church and state” or establish a national religion. It is downright ridiculous to make such a farcical claim.
The ACLU is chiming in on the attack, claiming that Christians are “discriminating against women,” reports the Washington Examiner:
”Anti-choice forces around the country are yelling from the rooftops about religious freedom,” wrote Laura Murphy, the ACLU’s director of the Washington Legislative office, in an email urging supporters to tell their congressional representatives to support the mandate. “But what they actually mean is the use of religion to discriminate and deny millions of women access to birth control [original emphasis].” Murphy faulted opponents of the mandate for “us[ing] religion to discriminate] against women. [...]
“If the lobbying groups get their way, a woman teaching at a Catholic university could not get coverage,” the Murphy added. “Or, a nurse working at an evangelical Christian hospital could be denied access to basic health care.”
Once again, this is a lie. Women are free to work wherever they please, to seek health care or birth control by competitors who are willing to accommodate them, and nobody in the either the Catholic or Protestant churches has the power to “impose their religion” to stop them. The Church simply chooses not to be complicit in something that violates their conscience, and that is their 1st Amendment right.
Are you starting to see a pattern here? Not only is the Left denying that the Obamacare mandate violates religious freedom, but they are actually attacking the teachings of the Catholic church itself. NO GOVERNMENT has a right to tell its citizens what is or is not acceptable religious doctrine. That abuse of power was the reason why our founders established the 1st Amendment in the first place!
Let’s not forget what is really going on here: the birth control mandate is designed to squeeze churches out of the healthcare industry altogether. Obama wants the government to take total control of healthcare and Catholic hospitals stand in their way. The mandate is largely intended to force them to sell their hospitals to secular companies who will do whatever the government demands.
The Alinskyite smear campaign that is being launched against the Catholic church right now is of the same caliber and purpose as the one that Planned Parenthood recently unleashed on Komen. The Left is determined to bully all competition and opposition into submission to its agenda, and it expects its shell-shocked victims to cower and give way in face of the ugliness of such an onslaught, unwilling to go to war over what seems to be only an inch of ground. But once that ground is gained, the Left will only be emboldened to take another inch.
That is what happened when Obamacare passed. Now that they have effectively orchestrated the government takeover of health care, they are flexing their muscles on the next piece of territory: our religious freedoms as they relate to health care.
This is what happens, ladies and gentlemen, when we allow the government to step outside of its legitimate authority and stick its nose in matters that are none of its business.