Freedom of religion is held as a pillar of freedom here in the home of the brave. So important in fact the first of the Bill of Rights begins like this, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.”
So what is all this dissension over between the Catholic Church and defenders of the Obama administration’s federal health insurance mandate that includes birth control coverage?
It’s simple logic really.
Because every United States citizen will be required by law to purchase health insurance from a private provider, citizens will have to indirectly pay for birth control for others.
Now, if the Catholic faith condemns artificial birth control, would forcing Catholics to buy into a system that funds others for that very product which their religion specifically tells them not to support be illegal? Doesn’t that make them do something that is against their religion?
Simple logic says yes.
“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion” should be ringing in your ears.
It reminds me of the largely unpopular breach of civil rights in France nearly two years ago with President Nicolas Sarkozy’s ban on Muslim women’s wearing of veils in public places, even though their religion mandated them to do so, for the sake of national security.
Could you imagine the uproar if this happened here? Sure you would have some conservatives claiming it’s for security purposes, and then some liberals saying it’s facist.
We are known as the land of the free because we allow people to practice their religions. Yes, people are prejudiced, but at least the Constitution is on the side of the victim.
This mandate is a clear violation of the Bill of Rights. There is no going around it.
I’m not arguing about the mandate being a violation of states’ rights or it being a growth of the federal government.
I am simply saying it is a violation of religious freedom to force someone to pay for birth control if their religion condemns it.
It calls into question the worth of the Constitution as the governing document of the U.S.
The argument is not whether you are for or against the use of birth control, but the forcing of someone to do something against their religion.
There are some truly good things about the mandate that could fix some very significant problems in the country.
Even having birth control covered by the provider would be beneficial to some. Almost 40 percent of all births in the U.S. are out of wedlock.
However it’s simple logic to see that the mandate forces people to go against their religion and help pay for something that they are religiously obliged not to partake in.
All this does is set a new standard of what it means to have “freedom of religion.”
We’ve always been a country that has supported the separation of church and state. Whether you’re liberal or conservative, Jewish or Muslim, or even Catholic, it is clear to see the logic in this argument.