I feel I must start with a disclaimer. I am not a Catholic and don’t agree with policies and procedures of Catholicism. I am Jewish, and the Jewish and Catholics have been at odd many times through history. But, on Sunday, 29 January, the Catholic Church did something with which I whole-heartedly agree.
That Sunday morning, priests, bishops and cardinals across the country read a letter to their congregants speaking out against the US Department of Health and Human Services order that all employers must offer employees health care coverage that includes sterilization, abortion-inducing drugs and contraception. The letter states, “In so ruling, The Obama Administration has cast aside the First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States, denying the Catholics our Nation’s first and most fundamental freedom, that of religious liberty.” They go on to proclaim they will not comply with this unjust law.
Now, I consider myself to be pro-life and think that life begins at conception. That being said, for that reason, I applaud the Catholic Church in its stand against this law. Any law that places abortion and contraception together is just immoral. What would be next; the mandatory contribution to Planned Parenthood?
However, the phrase that really caught my attention in the letter follows: “People of faith cannot be made second class citizens.” I absolutely agree with this statement! There has been a concentrated assault on those with Judeo-Christian beliefs for years and those on the left have tried to marginalize and ridicule people of faith. The Constitution of the United States guarantees Freedom of Religion, but, more and more often, liberal judges adjudicate freedom from religion. Recently, a local city council was sued by the state branch of the ACLU for opening its meetings with a prayer. Even athletes get ridiculed for showing reverence. What exactly is wrong with Tim Tebow thanking God for his abilities?
A recent survey asked Americans, “Do you believe in God?” The results came back that 86% DO believe in God. If that’s true, why is faith being mocked, ridiculed and persecuted? The left has been dumbing-down America for a while. Haven’t they also been lowering the morality bar as well? The only way they succeed is to remove faith from everyday life. The only way they can win is if the people of faith stay silent!
So, while I support the Catholic Church in their fight against the Obama administration on the question of forcing abortions and birth control, I say the battle goes much further than that. In the battle to save faith in America, I welcome the Catholic Church and ask, “What took you so long?”