"In August 2011 the Department of Health and Human Services issued new regulations requiring coverage of sterilization and contraception, including abortifacients (drugs used to induce abortions, aka: emergency contraception), in nearly all private health insurance plans. The religious exemption will not apply to most Catholic hospitals."
by Small Paul
Religious liberty is under attack. The dignity that God gave you to decide right from wrong is being taken away by government. It is not a ‘tax money to fund abortion’ only battle now. It is about our right to have our own morality, so long as it does not cause harm to others. Unfortunately, this article reveals contradictions playing out daily in Congress, which seemingly strives to achieve population control, while minimizing the rights of its citizens, to voice opposition to their tactics in doing so. If oppression of liberty, freedom and religion does not cause harm to others, I’m not sure what does.
According to the U. S. Department of Health and Services, “Title X is the only Federal grant program dedicated solely to providing individuals with comprehensive family planning and related preventive health services.” Legislation specifically mandates Title X (Title 10) adhere to required criteria. Organizations receiving funds from Title X “must encourage family participation in the decision of minors to seek family planning services” and “no provider of services under Title X of the Public Health Service Act shall be exempt from any state law requiring notification or the reporting of child abuse, child molestation, sexual abuse, rape and incest.”
I cite the Catholic Church in a lot of these examples because year after year, it is consistently determined to be one of the leaders in charities throughout the world. The Church, in conjunction with the many Catholic organizations, groups and individuals associated with it, feeds more people, clothes more people and houses more people than all other charities combined, on a global scale. It also renders medical treatment and numerous other humanitarian services throughout the world. Stopping the Catholic Church from providing services creates a big gap in the care for people as a whole. Yet it is happening because Christian morals do not coincide with the agenda of our government and other governments in the world. Also note that the Catholic Church believes and teaches that we are to love all people and not judge them. While we have an obligation to judge behaviors as morally good or bad, that obligation does not permit us to judge the person or persons responsible for such acts. The Catholic Church teaches that while all people are capable of doing bad things, each person is made in the Image of Christ, and therefore deemed worthy of dignity and respect, regardless of their faults and weaknesses.
In August 2011 the Department of Health and Human Services issued new regulations requiring coverage of sterilization and contraception, including abortifacients (drugs used to induce abortions, aka: emergency contraception), in nearly all private health insurance plans. The religious exemption will not apply to most Catholic hospitals.
The Catholic Church may have to stop its work with human trafficking victims, because it will not provide abortion and contraceptive services. The State Department's U.S. Agency for International Development is increasingly requiring contractors to provide contraception. This threatens the churches efforts to prevent Aids in Africa and other places I the world.
The Defense of Marriage Act is under attack by the current administration. Catholic Charities in Illinois may have to stop providing foster homes because they will not place a child in a same-sex union family. Catholic adoption agencies have closed down in some states and Great Britain. The good news is that congress is trying to pass some bills that will undo some of the Obomacare plans that target religious freedom. These bills are the Protect Life Act, the Abortion Non-Discrimination Act and the Respect for Rights of Conscience Act.
In California it is now a requirement to teach homosexual history in school. That seems a little extreme. Don’t you agree? Including a sexual orientation agenda in public institutions, which are supposed to be responsible for providing children with an education, and tools to be productive adults in society, appears to be a political move, rather than an effort to help our children succeed in their adult lives. How is it that the government gets to decide that all tax payer dollars should be used to define and promote family values, according to their definition of such, without taking into account those citizens who don’t agree with their agenda?
Have I said enough to make you sick? Do you need me to talk about our tax dollars going to Planned Parenthood? We have to join with our religious leaders and fight this. We have to educate our neighbors. Do we want to wait until the government tells us what to believe?
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