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  • Blunt the Attacks on Religious Liberty: Repeal Obamacare

    Congress recognizes more each day that the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, known widely as the Obamacare statute, interferes unconstitutionally with the liberty of Americans.  From the Obamacare individual mandate to buy health insurance that awaits the action of the Supreme Court, to the Obamacare mandate that many religious hospitals, charities, and schools abandon the tenets of their faiths and include in their group health insurance for employees coverage of abortion-inducing drugs, contraception, and sterilization, Obamacare assaults the Constitution and American freedom.

    Fortunately, Members of Congress and the American people are waking up to the need to repeal the Obamacare statute and move instead to market-based, patient-centered health care.  Action in Congress this week to defend religious liberty continues to highlight the need to repeal the Obamacare statute.

    The Obama Administration continues to trample on religious liberty by applying the Obamacare statute to mandate that many religious institutions’ group health insurance for employees cover abortion-inducing drugs, contraceptives, and sterilization.  The Departments of Health and Human Services (HHS), the Treasury, and Labor published on February 15, 2012 final regulations that compel many religious hospitals, charities, and schools to abandon the tenets of their faiths and comply with that mandate beginning April 16, 2012, or pay fines for maintaining their religious faiths.  The final regulations did not include any changes to respect religious liberty that President Obama had led people to expect.

    Although Secretary of HHS Sebelius has said that, for one year, she will simply not perform her duty to enforce the final regulations, her decision not to enforce the regulations temporarily as a matter of grace does not eliminate the mandate’s interference with religious liberty.  Indeed, her pronouncements reflect a failure to understand that religious liberty in America is an unalienable right with which our Creator has endowed us and a right that our Constitution’s First Amendment protects.  Our religious liberty does not arise from the discretion of the Federal Government to do Americans a “favor” and tolerate their religions.  Because President Obama and his agents continue to attack the constitutionally-guaranteed right of these religious institutions to free exercise of religion, Members of Congress are stepping forward to protect the Constitution.

    Senator Roy Blunt (R-Missouri) has fought for religious liberty against the Obamacare assault.  He plans to offer this week Senate Amendment No. 1520 to S. 1813, the highway authorization bill, to protect the right to religious liberty against the Obamacare mandate.  The Blunt Amendment notes that, until the enactment of the Obamacare statute in 2010, “the Federal Government has not sought to impose specific coverage or care requirements that infringe on the rights of conscience . . . .”  The Blunt Amendment would override the Obamacare mandate that religious institutions provide coverage for abortion-inducing drugs, contraceptives, and sterilization when it is contrary to their faiths, allowing them to keep their faiths and provide health care coverage for their employees.

    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nevada) has announced his intention to keep the Senate from voting on the Blunt Amendment by making a motion to “table” — that is, to refuse to consider — the Blunt Amendment.  Senator Reid said he considered the Blunt Amendment that  protects religious liberty to be a “distracting proposal.”  Senator Reid may treat legislation to protect religious liberty as a “distraction,” but hundreds of millions of Americans hold their right to free exercise of religion to be a precious freedom.

    President Obama and Senator Reid can man the ramparts of Castle Obamacare against the people for only so long.  The American people want their liberty and they shall have it.  The Obamacare statute must go.

    Click here to watch our new video, Religious Liberty: Obamacare’s First Casualty, to learn more about this issue.

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    11 Responses to Blunt the Attacks on Religious Liberty: Repeal Obamacare

    1. jjj says:

      No, What America needs to to SEPARATE church and state and NOT have that, and other "values politics", be the center of our political system.

      • BlackinTN says:

        There is no such thing within our Constitution as separation of church and state. That is a left wing liberal lie which has been believed because most people do not take the time or have the Constitutional knowledge to look it up. This is a prime example of why we need to teach the Constitution in our History classes.

        Because of the very common usage of the "separation of church and state" phrase, most people incorrectly think the phrase is in the Constitution. The phrase "wall of separation between the church and the state" was originally coined by Thomas Jefferson in a letter to the Danbury Baptists on January 1, 1802. His purpose in this letter was to assuage the fears of the Danbury, Connecticut, Baptists, and so he told them that this wall had been erected to protect them. The metaphor was used exclusively to keep the state out of the church's business, not to keep the church out of the state's business.

        The Constitution states, "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof." Both the free exercise clause and the establishment clause place restrictions on the government concerning laws they pass that interfere with religion. No restrictions are placed on religions except perhaps that a religious denomination cannot become the national religion as the Church of England was.

        However, currently the implied common meaning is meant that the church should stay out of the state's business. The opposite meaning essentially cannot be found in the the judiciary, or in public debate and is not any part of the agenda of the ACLU, the present administration, or the judiciary. It is an example of a lie which has been told so many times people have come to accept it as truth.

        I would strongly suggest going to http://www.heritage.org and ordering their FREE pocket Constitution, and then reading it.

      • RCB says:

        "Life" is not "other values politics". This temporal, human life is only exceeded in value by spiritual life in God, and God Himself.

      • Anita Dixon says:

        Ditto, Ditto! Without separation of Church and State, the government controls the church and there is no religious freedom! I do not want to live in a country without religious freedom!! God Save America!!!

    2. Mark Anderson says:

      God is in the constitution? Oh excuse me, no, God isn't. I thought that the Heritage Foundation came up with Obama Care? Oh yeah, it's a different time.

    3. Fact Checker says:

      On mandates, Heritage haven't always been so opposed. See e.g.: http://www.heritage.org/research/commentary/2006/

      On provision of contraception etc. this goes back to a 2000 ruling so there have been 12 years when it could have been challenged but hasn't. See http://www.eeoc.gov/policy/docs/decision-contrace

      Third time of trying to post – email me if this breaches a rule.

    4. Grandpa_Dave says:

      Not to worry … The US Supreme Court will address the Constitutionality of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act later this year. By next year the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act will be “aborted”, no pun intended, and will be one for the history books … "God Save this court and the United States of America" — Grandpa

      PS: Thank goodness there are three branches to the US federal government … No dictator yet!

    5. sharon normal says:

      I'm afraid the Blunt amendment is a sucker punch. If it passes, the President will remain on the side of the angels by vetoing it as unconstitutionally vague. Then Dems in hot seats will have had a chance to vote with the bishops but see the law fail, and the President's party wins both ways. The problem here is that the law has got our government into these matters in the first place, and it must be repealed to respect personal autonomy. The same logical failing affects this whole scheme to force individual compliance with national regulations mandating inclusion of any particular service deemed "health care," from orthodontia to Swedish massage.

    6. Dr. Pete Kleff says:

      The Constitution of Texas contains the following wording in Article 1, Sect 2: "All political power is inherent in the people, and all free governments are founded on their authority, and instituted for their benefit. The faith of the people of Texas stands pledged to the preservation of a republican form of government, and, subject to this limitation only, they have at all times the inalienable right to alter, reform or abolish their government in such manner as they may think expedient.."

    7. I liked this statement made in the article "Our religious liberty does not arise from the discretion of the Federal Government to do Americans a “favor” and tolerate their religions." If we allow our Federal Government to use “discretion” then we as citizens permit the erasure of the Establishment Clause. If we lose our freedom of conscious we will become a nation in where I would fear to live. What comes next for this administration, a China like policy to regulate births? Scary thought but plausible.

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