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  • Obamacare's Many Victims

    The Supreme Court’s refusal to overturn Obamacare last week has set the stage for another legal battle over the law’s onerous, liberty-trampling provisions.

    Now, the fight for freedom turns to the 23 lawsuits filed thus far on behalf of dozens of victims of Obamacare’s disregard for religious liberty, who will be forced to comply with the mandate to provide and pay for abortion-inducing drugs, contraception, and sterilization—regardless of moral or religious objection.

    Obamacare’s anti-conscience mandate displays the Administration’s offensively constricted view of faith in public life, affording the narrowest religious exemption in federal law that effectively only applies to formal houses of worship. Schools, soup kitchens, health clinics, and countless other “Good Samaritan” groups are left completely unprotected by the exemption simply because they serve vulnerable individuals without regard to their creed or background.

    During the Fortnight for Freedom over the past two weeks, Heritage has profiled just a few of the organizations that are helping sustain civil society but whose important work is threatened by Obamacare:

    • Geneva College, a small Presbyterian school in western Pennsylvania and a plaintiff in one of mandate cases, will be forced to make difficult decisions about what resources, athletic programs, and maybe even scholarships should decrease to pay the government’s fine on faith.
    • Ave Maria University, a Catholic school in Naples, Florida, has already decided to drop student health plans for next school year because of increased costs of insurance under Obamacare and the mandate’s trampling on the school and students’ religious liberty.
    • The Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN), available in almost 150 million households around the world, exists to educate viewers on the Catholic faith. Yet, under the Obamacare anti-conscience mandate, EWTN will be forced to teach one thing and practice another as it is coerced into providing and paying for coverage of life-ending drugs and services in direct contradiction to Catholic beliefs.
    • St. Louis Catholic Charities is just one of many similar organizations connected to dioceses around the country that serve tens of thousands of people every year regardless of creed or background. But because Catholic Charities steps outside the four walls of a church to serve non-Catholics, the Obama Administration refuses to protect the organization’s religious freedom to work in accordance with the Catholic faith.
    • Members of the Newland family, which owns an HVAC company in Denver, are just some of many for-profit, non-religious business owners who will be forced to violate their conscience by providing and paying for coverage of the mandated services against their personal moral or religious beliefs.

    As Dr. Ken Smith, president of Geneva College, explained: “The issue that we have with the entire law is that the Obama Administration has tried to define religion as being that which what churches do. We believe that religion takes us into the marketplace. There is both an internal community of faith responsibility of religion, but there is also an external service to community. That is religion.”

    Policymakers and national leaders should understand the primacy of religious freedom in the American constitutional order and work to protect that freedom, not undermine it. A robust conception of religion is an important anchor for religious freedom—freedom not merely to believe or teach certain doctrines but to live out one’s faith in all aspects of life.

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    16 Responses to Obamacare's Many Victims

    1. Bobbie says:

      What the HECK YOU GUYS??! Where did America go? There's a man and his many living in her house disrespecting her worth, directly destroying her. Governing intolerances (never before expected to see the blatant disrespects from people in American leadership) shows collective personal weakness for no reason but pure jealousy. Look at them go out of their way like bullies to flaunt their authority because government can't accept Christ's followers who are no harm in anyway caused by them, to anyone. How totally unAmerican and embarrassing to humankind. Is anyone the wiser to hear Obama the liar he is and see the Christian he's not? Hope so.

      There's no legitimacy to cause such dramatic, financial impositions on the country for 30 million people the president makes understood, are the ones going to pay for it. Please stop this treasonous act and dictatorship! We want America changed for the better of her peoples independence, not government control/ruler/ dictatorship.

      God Bless America and her day of independence and all that have and continue to defend her/our keep!

    2. Aronson says:

      All very good points, and analysis. Providing much information to keep an eye on; regarding insurance.

    3. I am interested in learning more about Long Term Care and how the new changes will effect my current insurance policy.

    4. CPAK says:

      Religion that does not go outside the walls of the Church is not Christianity. If I am not a Christian everywhere, I am not a Christian. If my faith does not cover every aspect of my life, than I am not covered under my faith.

    5. Robert J. Fallon says:

      One learns, one's moral and ethical values based on one's religious teachings within the four walls but then has a responsibility to stand-up, speak-up, defend and practice them in the public square. Anything less is hipocracy and cowardness.

    6. What Is Not Seen says:

      The entire leftist siege engine always has been about "coming out" of the closet for perversity masquerading as diversity, license masquerading as liberty, sick masquerading as normal, and forcing all that's Christian and traditional INTO the closet.

    7. Abraham says:

      How wonderful that we live in a country where we all have freedom of choice.

      • Bobbie says:

        unless you're Christian. then your choices are manipulated and infringed upon…

        • Colin says:

          This could be the stupidest argument I've ever heard. Have Christians been called for 'radicalization' hearings' like the Muslims have? Do they have completely negative connotations assumed to their religions like Jews do? No? They haven't? Oh, 78% of Americans are Christian? What's that? EVERY SINGLE President has had a Christian affiliation?

          There's nothing worse than the Christians who act like they are being disenfranchised in a place where they basically hold all the cards.

          • Bobbie says:

            What are you saying? this is punishment for Christians because they didn't do anything to be called on radicalization hearings? Do you know what "radicalization" means? What Christians show the radicalizations Muslims show in this country, around the world, historically and currently? What Christians believe God honors the human killing of God's human creation for any reason but in defense of His human creation and their personal freedom of choice? What Christians condone ruling over man? Raping women? Torturous punishment especially to the weaker of the genders!

            Do you know what "disenfranchise" means? If the government is going to call attention where any role of government has no role to force compromise on the beliefs of a faith the government has no tolerance for but by abuse of government authority anyway, says the government holds all the cards until they're stopped.

            There's nothing worse than those that play dumb. An ignorant dangerous dumb or a tool…

    8. David says:

      Anti-Christ ?? Obama ?? Check out one of his biggest supporters George Soros ! IN GOD I TRUST !! Wake up America ???????????????? This is not a game, this is our Country's & our children's Country's future !!! Enough is enough. I am a veteran and fought for the freedoms we have !! God bless America !!! " I'm mad as hell and I'm not going to accept this anymore ????????????????

    9. MaryGL says:

      this is not the America I grew up in –wake up, everyone, before it's too late….

    10. BravoBilly says:

      Just because there is a persecuted church in the rest of the world does not mean that will not begin to happen in this country. We will be persecuted differently than blood perhaps, but persecution it will be. And the Blood of the Martyrs will keep flowing and finally flow here in this country to wake up those who are sleeping.

    11. Al M. Redman says:

      The truth is, Americans have been sleeping and let the fox into the hen house. In order to have a change in America, we need to get the fox out of the White House and replace it with an American who loves this country enough to set it right whatever the cost. The comming Republican Conviention should elect a candidate who will do the job and not the Whimp who is making the run for the president of the United States just a farce. In love with the good old USA. AMR

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