Single-Payer System Stops Religious Freedom Challenges to Abortifacient Mandate
U.S. District Judge Jean Hamilton ruled last week that the federal government cannot force Paul and Teresa Wieland — an American mom and dad — to violate their religious beliefs by compelling them to purchase a health insurance plan that covers sterilizations, contraceptives, and abortion-inducing drugs and devices.
But in making the Obama administration’s case that the government should be able to do so, lawyers for the U.S. Justice Department made a telling claim: A single-payer health care system would effectively put a stop to such arguments in defense of religious liberty.
Now, are these folks being forced to pay for abortions and contraception? In a way, yes. If their insurance must cover these things, then a portion of their premiums must fund these procedures and medicines for others.
The Obamacare law is designed to change the basic relationship between citizens and the government. Our privacy, our responsibility and our religious freedoms are slipping away. Every week or so I see a case of state legislatures battling over “religious freedom laws” which are designed to protect the jobs of religiously faithful government employees.
Very soon, people of faith will no longer be able to serve with good conscience in certain government positions. This is not an accident. This is a plan.
For more than 56 years, the Rev. William Paul Austin has addressed the spiritual needs of others. For the last 29, that’s included celebrating Communion at the old Craggy state prison [Asheville, NC] and Mass at the New Craggy medium- and minimum-security facilities, complete with sacramental bread and wine. Until recently, says the ordained Episcopal priest, there’d never been a problem.
But on April 28, Austin explains, he was approached by two guards who wanted to inspect the box in which he keeps his chalice. They found a bottle containing 3 ounces of wine and asked Austin if he’d brought it for himself. He answered that it was for Communion at the Thursday night Episcopal Mass.
A week later, Austin received a letter from the N.C. Department of Public Safety informing him that he’d been dismissed as a community volunteer for serving alcohol to inmates in violation of departmental policy. According to the Policy & Procedure Manual, “Only the religious official leading the rite may consume alcohol. Inmates are not allowed to consume ANY alcoholic beverages while in the custody of the Department of Public Safety.”
The article goes on to say that state law is on the pastor’s side.
In April of 2014, 276 women were kidnapped in Chibok, Nigeria by Boko Haram. They were taken from a school and held as prisoners or sold as sex slaves.
In May of that same year, First Lady Michelle Obama posted online a photo of her holding a sign encouraging us to #bringbackourgirls.
Many people at the time sensed that it marked the beginning of something different in foreign policy. But what exactly? Why would the first lady of the United States need hashtag diplomacy to move a country to action when the Obama administration was in power and presumably had the ability to influence action?
Perhaps Mrs. Obama was simply trying to raise public awareness of an important issue. But the question remains: why didn’t the United States government put more action behind the appeal to #bringbackourgirls
Neither of the leading candidates in the 2016 presidential campaign has seriously addressed the issue of the persecution of Christians around the world and its impact on religious freedoms as a whole.
I’d say the entire issue of religious freedom has slipped off the political radar. I claim no special status for Christians, except to say that they are being slaughtered by this century’s monsters — ISIS. I pray for religious freedom and personal liberty for all the people of the world, regardless of their faith.
The survey found that 33 percent of Danes believe that Denmark is at war with Islam, while 56 percent disagree with that view.
The survey asked respondents whether they agreed or disagreed with the statement that “Denmark, together with the rest of the Western world, is at war with the religion of Islam and not just radicalised Muslims”.
11 percent of the 1,045 respondents answered that they did not know.
The findings were published in the wake of a string of attacks on civilian targets across Europe and the United States in recent weeks, many of which the Middle Eastern terrorist organisation Isis has taken credit for.
An equally important question would be “Is Islam at war with the west?”
As Christians, we are called to love, even our enemies. Especially our enemies. I don’t think it is correct to view this current struggle as Islam vs. Christianity. On the other hand, it may really be a struggle between Anarchy and Civilization.
The statement in the poll was very direct. A third of Danes thing the Western world is at war with the religion of Islam. How would you vote? I actually can’t say “yes” to the poll question, but I can answer “yes” to my followup question in green above.
King James Bible, Matthew 5:44: But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;
Especially when he supports policies which support the importation of wolves in sheep’s clothing.
A secular article about recent attacks in Europe questions the Pope’s attitude toward Islam:
Pope Francis, whose liberal views on Muslim migrants are well known, condemned the atrocity. But The Pope is an enormously influential personality whose opinions carry extraordinary weight and persuasive moral authority. Yet he has inexplicably chosen to adopt a viewpoint that has Europe teetering on the brink and could very well lead to its demise.
It is a virtual certainty that many of the Muslim migrants are wolves in sheep’s clothing and are members of ISIS or otherwise harbor extremist Islamist views and are just one degree of separation from full-fledged murderers. Indeed, many of the recent attacks, including last year’s Paris attacks that claimed the lives of 130, were perpetrated by individuals who claimed refugee status and sought asylum.
According to Christian Today (a British site, not the similarly titled American magazine)
Russia’s new anti-terrorism laws, which include measures imposing sweeping restrictions on Christian evangelising and teaching the faith, have officially come into force.
The ‘Yaroyava’ package, named after their sponsor in the Russian Duma, has been fiercely condemned both by Russian Christians and rights activists and internationally. It makes house churches illegal and limits religious activity to registered buildings.
Russia and the Soviet Union have poor records on human rights in general, so I don’t expect much better. What does surprise me is this:
However, while the new laws have the potential to be extremely disruptive for Protestant Christians and other religious minorities in Russia, some observers believe their implementation may be patchy. Release International chief executive Paul Robinson said: “Let’s wait and see what actually happens in terms of implementation on the ground. There is often a temptation in these situations to immediately fear the worst.”
I’m too young to have experienced anything like the Holocaust, except through movies. In every film set in 1930’s Germany there’s always that one Jewish character saying something like “It’s just a star. So, they paint on my shop windows. Don’t complain. This will pass.”