Via washingtontimes.com (emphasis is mine):
KUHNER: Obama threatens religious liberty
Mandating contraception coverage violates the Christian conscience
Like many leftists, President Obama has deep contempt for Christianity and democracy. This is why his administration has declared war on the Catholic Church and religious liberty.
Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius recently went ahead and approved last year’s decision to mandate that many religious organizations provide health insurance plans to their employees that include contraception, abortion-inducing drugs and sterilization coverage – and this must be done without charging a co-pay. In other words, Mr. Obama has done something that is ominous and unprecedented: compelling religious groups to embrace and subsidize free birth control. Catholic universities, hospitals and charities must either betray their fundamental social teachings or drop insurance coverage for their employees, thereby triggering massive financial penalties under Obamacare. The choice is simple: Abandon Catholic doctrine or go out of business.
The ruling will not simply devastate the Catholic heath care system and elaborate social network, which includes soup kitchens, adoption centers, immigrant services and parochial schools. It directly assaults and violates the conscience rights of Catholics. The church teaches that contraception is a sin, an immoral attempt to obstruct God’s will of when and whether human life should be created. It is the ultimate embodiment of pride: man trying to act as God. That is why opposition to birth control is at the heart of the Catholic faith.
The church teaches that the primary purpose of sexual activity within the sacred bonds of marriage is procreation – to perpetuate humanity from one generation to the next. For nearly 1,500 years, such thinking underpinned the Christian West. That was then; this is now. Since the 1960s, modern society is obsessed with contraception, abortion and sexual hedonism. The results have been declining birth rates and shrinking native populations. Literally, the West is dying. As the late Pope John Paul II put it, we are in the grips of “a culture of death.” Birth control is a key pillar. It is a seminal aspect of the socialist drive to establish a secular utopia – smash the traditional family by relentlessly advancing the sexual revolution. The pill and the condom are the hammer and sickle of cultural Marxism. Decades ago, the Vatican warned that birth control eventually would lead to the West’s demise. A civilization unable – and unwilling – to reproduce itself is doomed.
Yet even if one does not care a scintilla about the church’s stance on contraception, the ruling should frighten everybody – Christian and non-Christian. America was founded upon one key principle: religious freedom. The Pilgrims fled religious persecution. Our Founding Fathers deliberately created a republic banning an established church, such as England’s Anglican Church, and championed a nation where different religious denominations could exist – and flourish – without government harassment. Religious liberty lies at the core of American freedom. In fact, the Founders considered it so important that it comes before all other rights enshrined in the First Amendment. James Madison, the primary author of the Constitution, said, “Conscience is the most sacred of all property.” The Obama administration is telling Catholics that their conscience rights can be trampled with impunity. The state has the power to coerce people to support and pay for practices they find morally repugnant and contravene their fundamental religious beliefs. This is tyranny.
You will find the rest of Jeff Kuhner’s article at this link.
I know I seem to be rather fixated on Germany and the inter-war years today, but as each day passes the striking similarities between then and what is now happening in this country are becoming much too real to ignore.
This is exactly the same way it started for the German and ultimately occupied European Jews during that period, as by the time the ovens got cranked up in earnest, the people living in nearby towns had become so acclimated to the persecution of the Jews they were completely numb to it, even though there is no way they were unaware of what was happening in those nearby camps – and these were civilized people.
And let us not forget that it was not just Jews that were rounded up and packed off to the Hitlerite hotels, six million of which ultimately perished, but three million Christians died right along side them.
This is no time for Christians in America to “turn the other cheek,” because as history has repeatedly demonstrated, this sort of persecution will only get worse if it is not effectively resisted early and often. The time to nip this nonsense in the bud is now.
All freedom-loving Americans need to stand up and speak out, because it is not just Christians this rogue government is looking to intimidate and harass, but just about anyone who runs afoul of the whims of this increasingly tyrannical and out-of-control administration.
First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out —
Because I was not a Socialist.
Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out —
Because I was not a Trade Unionist.
Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out —
Because I was not a Jew.
Then they came for me — and there was no one left to speak for me.
-Pastor Martin Niemöller
-And Pastor Niemöller would know, as he spent seven years in NAZI concentration camps.
(h/t: Jeffry T. Kuhner)