The battle launched by Barack Hussein Obama’s administration’s insistence that Catholic institutions violate their collective consciences and church law on artificial birth control has less to do with contraception than with liberal disdain for America’s Constitution.
The ongoing uproar over contraception simply reinforces the disdain shown when our alleged “constitutional scholar” president arrogantly complained to Matt Lauer that Congress was impeding his insatiable lust for power and autocratic rule by performing checks and balances on the executive branch and by his earlier declaration that he would, unconstitutionally, bypass the legislative branch to accomplish his goals.
The president was recently joined by an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court in his public contempt for the US Constitution.
Arch-liberal Ruth Bader Ginsburg appeared on Egyptian television, praised other national constitutions, but said of ours, “I would not look to the U.S. Constitution if I were drafting a constitution in the year 2012.” As a member of SCOTUS, Ginsburg is charged with interpreting that 225 year old document yet doesn’t consider it worthy of emulation.
As a reminder to the constitutional scholar, the First Amendment reads in part, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.” Unfortunately, that amendment makes no specific reference to forbidding presidents from dictating that a religion must adhere to government mandates antithetical to its precepts or to associate justices making a mockery of their positions.
Contraception is almost tangential to the far more fundamental constitutional question. The ”rhythm method,” condoned by the Catholic church to forestall pregnancies, has been proven unreliable and 75% of Catholics have for decades used various alternative methods of birth control to prevent becoming parents of a dozen or more kids.
Thinking Catholics among the 70 million in the United States, a majority of whom voted for Obama’s hope and change in 2008, refused to use abortafacients such as the euphemistic “morning-after pill,” designed to kill pre-borns before they get the chance to be born, or to abort those innocent lives in utero.
Obama, via his surrogate, the ostensibly-Roman Catholic pro-abortion HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, told Catholics to just suck it up and accept the Obamian order to accede to HHS demands including dispensing abortafacients or face fines and lose federal funding for all Catholic institutions across the nation.
Comprising some 25% of charities, hospitals, universities, and non-profit enterprises throughout America, providing health care, education, counseling, etc., those Catholic institutions have announced they are prepared to fight to overturn the Obamacare mandate or close their doors.
That latter scenario is as unlikely as this president opening his mind but Obama would rather see every one of them cease operation in order to impose constitutionally-dubious government health care with all its attendant onerous restrictions, limitations, and requirements on every American, regardless of their faiths or lack thereof.
Non-Catholics should be reminded of the admonition concerning the Holocaust that, “First they came for the Jews . . .”
Still, there is a greater issue involved than Obama’s trampling on the rights of one religion–his trampling on the Constitution which is supposed to guarantee American rights. Barack Obama says he’s a loyal American and a Christian. However, he spent 20 years in the pews of Jeremiah “God damn America” Wright’s church which may have radically affected both his sense of loyalty and his understanding of Christianity.