While many were waiting in lines in support of Dan Cathy and Chick-fil-A, Congress made no progress in stopping Obama’s attack on faith.
On Wednesday, the Health and Human Services mandate, ordering health plans to cover contraceptives, abortion pills, and sterilization officially took effect. And so far, not a single vote has been scheduled to repeal it. Organizations that refuse to comply could be fined enormous amounts of money. And institutions that actually qualify for the temporary waiver (including some religious nonprofits) are only given a “grace” period of one year, presumably to rationalize and justify how they can violate their conscience to comply with Obama’s shameful demands.
In a sad irony, yesterday marked the release of the State Department’s International Religious Freedom Report for 2011. The opening paragraph states:
“To think, believe, or doubt. To speak or pray; to gather or stand apart. Such are the movements of the mind and heart, infinitives that take us beyond the finite. Freedom of religion, like all freedoms of thought and expression, are inherent. Our beliefs help define who we are and serve as a foundation for what we contribute to our societies.”
However, as the 2011 International Religious Freedom Report documents, too many people live under governments that abuse or restrict freedom of religion.
Today the United States should officially be listed as one of the nations in that report. President Obama has made it clear, by his legislation, public remarks, and his lawsuits, that he believes religion and conscience should take a back seat to his pro-abortion, sterilization, and contraception agenda.
Obama might think that violating people’s consciences isn’t a big deal, but to many of us, it’s the deepest insult of all.
You and I get to address this injustice on November 6.
***Ed Randazzo, is a nationally syndicated author. He has been a conservative activist and consultant for over 30 years and is currently the Chief News Editor of Life and Liberty Media and Co-Producer of Liberty Today, a weekly television program seen on cable systems in most of South Dakota***