Letter: Religious freedom at stake

Federal Judge Wendy Beatlestone decided recently in Philadelphia that it was necessary to order a nationwide injunction halting the Trump administration’s reversal of the contraceptive mandate portion of Obamacare.

 

This Trump administration rule would return the U.S. law back to not requiring that private employers provide free contraceptives to employees of either sex, which lasted for 234 of the first 244 years of our nation.

All Christian denominations opposed the use of artificial contraceptives until the Anglican Lambeth Conference of 1930 allowed them on strict exceptions for married couples under narrow serious reasons.

Many citizens have not abandoned their bona fide religious conviction that artificial contraceptives are immoral and that they cannot be forced to provide them to their employees, including the so-called morning after pills that can cause the ending of the life of a newly conceived human.

The practice of our constitutional protections of freedom of religion surely prevents the government from dictating that we act against our moral code, yes?

Individuals, in prayerful assent to what they believe is the governing Law of their Maker, Natural Law, and 2,000 years of Christianity, are the arbiter of their moral code, certainly not a bureaucrat, lawmaker, judge or president.

Obamacare took that constitutional right away from private employers. Yet Judge Beatlestone was quoted that the power of an individual business owner to object to the Obamacare contraceptive mandate on moral grounds “conjured up a world where a government entity is empowered to impose its own version of morality on each one of us. That cannot be.”

Folks, that is precisely what she just did!

It has been years since I read George Orwell’s novel Nineteen Eighty-Four, where the Ministry of Truth dictated propaganda lies that it called Truth.

Americans must wake up to the fact that judges who can determine what official morality is will surely take more steps to dictate your other religious morality issues, regardless of where you stand on the artificial contraceptive issue. Freedom of religion was held so dear to the framers of the Constitution that it was specifically enumerated as the First Amendment to our Bill of Rights, lest some future government or appeals judge think otherwise.

Let us pray the Supreme Court will back our religious rights as it did in the 2014 Burwell v. Hobby Lobby and 2016 Little Sisters of the Poor Home for the Aged v. Burwell 2016 landmark decisions!

Mark Tribby, D.V.M.

Augusta

 

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