I’ll begin this post by quoting Martin Niemoller, a German pastor in the 1930’s who was sent to the death camps by the Nazi’s…
“They came for the Communists, and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Communist. Then they came for the trade unionists, and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a trade unionist. Then they came for the Jews, and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Jew. Then they came for me and by that time there was no one left to speak up.”
Lest you think this is only about Catholics…or the Catholic Church, think again!
The Federal Government, for the first time in U.S. History, has mandated through the Dept. of Health and Human Services that virtually all employers, including the Catholic Church, will be forced to provide health insurance coverage that includes sterilization, abortion-inducing drugs, and contraception. The “religious exemption” is so narrow that almost no-one and no organization will qualify. For Catholic Hospitals to be exempt, for example, all of its employees must be Catholic and it must serve ONLY Catholics. There is not a Catholic hospital in the United States that I know of that meets this narrow qualification. Not even the Good Lord Himself and His apostles would have qualified.
Enough about the Catholic Church. What this law is really about is your First Ammendment Rights under the Constitution of the United States. If the Federal Government is allowed to force a church–any church–to engage in, support, and pay for activities which that church deems morally wrong, then it is embarking upon a path towards totalitarianism the likes of which this country has never seen.
Do you think this an exaggeration? Then consider this: regardless of whether you are for or against abortion…or for or against sterilization, do you think Communist China’s forced abortion and sterilization policies are just? No, I didn’t think so. Do you think it would be right to force a doctor to perform abortions and sterilizations against his conscience? Me neither. But what this HHS mandate does is force the Catholic Church to either provide contraceptives, abortifacient drugs, and sterilization against her moral conscience–or close the doors of her hospitals, schools, charitable institutions and face legal penalties.
“So what?” you might say. Maybe you’re not Catholic. Maybe you don’t agree with the Catholic Church’s teachings. Maybe you don’t even like the Catholic Church. So maybe you don’t care what happens to the Catholic Church.
It doesn’t matter. This isn’t about the Catholic Church. This is about the freedom of religion guaranteed in the First Ammendment. If the Federal Government is allowed to shred the Constitution and trample upon the Bill of Rights in this instance, what’s to stop it from doing the same when the target of its grasp for power is something you do care about?
The time to stop this overreaching is now. Visit www.stopHHS.com, or contact your government representatives.
I ask again: If they come for the Catholics, what will you do?
Stop them now…before they come for you!