Religious Rights & The Culture of Death

The Obama administration wanted to compel Catholic religious institutions to join the culture of death, by forcing them to provide insurance coverage for their employees for contraception, sterilization and drugs that cause abortions. The President is now reportedly willing to compromise and will require the insurance companies of those institutions to provide the controversial services. The religious institution would still have to pay for it–in higher premiums.

In its initial “mandate” this ultra-liberal administration violated not only the conscience rights of practicing Catholics, but also the conscience rights of millions of “separated brethren,” Protestants like us, who rely on Catholic health care to uphold the sanctity of life.

This unprecedented overreach by the federal government was not just out of step with conservatives and Republicans, it is completely out of line with the best traditions of President Obama’s own Democratic party. All Americans have a stake in this conflict. It is not a question of methods of birth control or even abortion itself. If the Catholic Church’s conscience rights can be rejected, our rights will not be respected long. If the government can “mandate” an individual or group to violate one’s “sacred” conscience, then there is no limit to governmental power. All of our cherished constitutional rights would be subject to the whims of the federal government and those in power. One religious group’s beliefs are being trampled today; another’s might be tomorrow.

This menacing mentality must be resisted by all Americans who value our God-given rights of conscience. Call or write your representatives in Congress now—before it is too late! And then, register and prayerfully vote—for those who will boldly protect your precious religious rights! It is your Biblical responsibility!

About Along The Way with Gary Curtis

Gary Curtis served for 27 years, as part of the pastoral staff of The Church on The Way, the First Foursquare Church of Van Nuys, California. In October 2015, Gary retired from leadership of the church’s not-for-profit media outreach, Life On The Way Communications, Inc. He continues to blog at worshipontheway.wordpress.com. Gary and his wife, Alisa, live in southern California. They have two married daughters and five grandchildren.
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