There might be some readers who might suggest that this topic is not appropriate for this blog. To them, I respectfully disagree. As stated time and time again, the purpose of this blog is to “share the view from my window“.
As I pay attention to what is going on around me, I am reminded of the pig story, found at the bottom of this post.
I hope this post makes you uncomfortable…and causes you to read past the headlines, today which read: Catholics Step up protests of ObamaCare contraceptive coverage mandate.
Once again, the Media does not get it quite right…even at Fox.
This discussion is wrongly portrayed by many outlets, resulting in a large number of the general public mis-understanding the situation, simple because they only read the headline and first paragraph. (link to complete article is below)
This is not about wanting to ban contraceptives…it is about freedom. It is the government compelling me to pay for and offer as an employer, something that I believe to be morally wrong.
Our freedom is being eroded during this era of moral relativism that seems to be so in vogue these days, (Thank you MTV and the American education system). The Catholic Church teaches that right is right and wrong is wrong. Unfortunately, there have been clergy that have capitulated to the crowds, fearful of offending those that have chosen to make bad decisions in their lives. These men, who will have to answer for their weakness, have further confused Catholics seeking guidance from their priests.
Have I always seen it this way? Absolutely not, but as I get older and think about this more often, my appreciation for right vs. wrong becomes clearer. It is about personal responsibility…assuming the responsibility to make informed decisions as to what is right and wrong and living with those decisions.
Here is the link to the story that lead off my morning reading. Below that are two, short quotes I pulled, along with editorial comments.
Catholics object to a ruling from the administration that says only churches — not Catholic schools, hospitals and charities — will be exempt from having to provide employees with coverage for the entire range of contraceptives, the use of which Catholic teaching prohibits.
Catholic institutions are being told “to provide for free contraception, abortion-inducing drugs and sterilization, even if it violates their beliefs,” says Maureen Ferguson of the Catholic Association. “So really this is a stunning attack on the First Amendment.” That sums it up for me.
“This bishops’ project isn’t about religious freedom — it’s about privilege,” the Rev. Barry Lynn, executive director of Americans United for Separation of Church and State, told the Associated Press. “They are asking for preferential treatment from the government, and if they are successful, it would undercut the rights of millions of Americans.”
Oh yea, the right to have the government to pay for your birth control and abortions? I must have missed that in the Bill of Rights.
During the debates on the adoption of the Constitution, its opponents repeatedly charged that the Constitution as drafted would open the way to tyranny by the central government. Fresh in their minds was the memory of the British violation of civil rights before and during the Revolution. They demanded a “bill of rights” that would spell out the immunities of individual citizens. Several state conventions in their formal ratification of the Constitution asked for such amendments; others ratified the Constitution with the understanding that the amendments would be offered.
The idea to come away with folks (thank you for reading this far down) is that the government is taking away our rights, one by one. A while back, I posted this, Catching Pigs If you can read that article and claim that you cannot see this happening in the United States of Anerica, please spend more time paying attention.
Let us wait and see what the Supreme Court thinks, hopefully next week, because a government that is big enough to give you everything you want is also big enough to take it away.