Aggregator • Hyscience • ID=79719
From CNSNews.com via Dave Blount over at Moonbattery, it's not just the folks running Chick-fil-A that's being punished for daring to stand up for their moral principles in the reign of Barack Obama. Here's what happens if your values and conscience don't permit you to get on board with ObamaCare:
The Justice Department last week presented the Newland family of Colorado -- who own Hercules Industries, a heating, ventilation and air-conditioning business -- with what amounted to an ultimatum: Give up your religion or your business.
ies has 'made no showing of a religious belief which requires that [it] engage in the [HVAC] business," the Justice Department said in a formal filing in the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado.The Newland family's great crime? They objected to being forced to provide contraception, sterilization, and even abortifacients for their employees, citing the First Amendment's protection of religious liberty ... a liberty and a God-given and constitutional right that means absolutely nothing to the Obama administration ... as evidenced by the Obama DOJ's disgustingly sarcastic comment in its formal filing that the Newland family had "made no showing of a religious belief which requires that [it] engage in the [HVAC] business."
As the CNSNews piece aptly points out,the Catholic Church, to which the Newlands belong, teaches that sterilization, contraception and abortion are intrinsically immoral.
Last month, the Catholic bishops of the United States unanimously adopted a statement declaring Sebelius's regulation an "unjust and illegal mandate" and a "violation of personal civil rights."However, clearly the Obama/Holder Department of 'Justice' care nothing about the Newlands' civil rights:
The Justice Department responded by arguing that if the Newlands' Roman Catholic faith prevented them from following the Obama administration's command that they provide their employees with cost-sharing-free coverage for sterilizations, contraception and abortion-inducing drugs, the Newlands could simply give up their business entirely.
erefore caused by the company's choice to enter into a commercial activity."In other words, as far as the Obama administration is concerned, through the very act of attempting to make a living, you wave your God-given and Constitutional rights.
Two thoughts come immediately to mind. One, it's perfectly clear that the Obama administration is at war against religious liberty and the our rights of conscience ... and especially at war against the Catholic Church.
Secondly, as the Moonbat piece aptly notes and as I've pointed out previously, we've now reached the point that a "Catholic Democrat" is an oxymoron (To be a practicing Catholic, one must be pro-life. Being pro-life means not supporting the legal right to abort and protecting the dignity of life). Simply put, one can't claim to be a practicing Catholic and be a Democrat ... and the era of Obama has now made this crystal clear. There's also the fact that platform of the Democratic Party supports abortion! (See The Discipline Regarding the Denial of Holy Communion to Those Obstinately Persevering in Manifest Grave Sin - Archbishop Raymond L. Burke, Bishop of St. Louis, Missouri, Canon Law journal, Periodica De Re Canonica, vol. 96 (2007)).