Monday, November 14, 2011

The Regime v. Christianity

One of the primary objectives of Statism is to demolish what the State sees as 'competitors,' and in every case in recent history, the demolition of religion has been Agenda Item # 1.  Hitler attempted to establish a Nazi religion and actively persecuted Catholics (and other Christians) in Germany and Poland.  Stalin was a bit more direct; he simply massacred religious opponents of The Regime.  Mao?  Same as Stalin. 

Now we see The Regime in the US moving down the same path.  Accordingly, the nation's Catholic Bishops have testified before Congress on the situation and highlighted The Regime's recent actions.

1)  In August, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued regulations to mandate the coverage of contraception (including abortifacients) and sterilization as “preventive services” in almost all private health insurance plans.

2)  In May, HHS added a new requirement to its cooperative agreements and government contracts for services to victims of human trafficking and to refugees who are unaccompanied minors, so that otherwise highly qualified service providers, such as USCCB’s Migration and Refugee Services (MRS), will be barred from participation in the program because they cannot in conscience provide the “full range” of reproductive services—namely, abortion and contraception.

3)  The State Department’s U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) is increasingly requiring contractors, such as Catholic Relief Services (CRS), to provide comprehensive HIV prevention activities
(including condom distribution), as well as full integration of its programs with reproductive health activities (including provision of artificial contraception) in a range of international relief and development programs.
Under this new requirement, of course, some of the most effective providers helping to prevent and treat AIDS in Africa and other developing nations will be excluded.

4)  The federal Department of Justice (DoJ) has ratcheted up its attack on the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) by mischaracterizing it as an act of bigotry. As you may know, in March, DoJ stopped defending DOMA against constitutional challenges, and the Conference spoke out against that decision. But in July, the Department started filing briefs actively attacking DOMA’s constitutionality, claiming that supporters of the law could only have been motivated by bias and prejudice.

5)  DoJ has also undermined religious liberty in the critically important “ministerial exception” case now pending before the Supreme Court, Hosanna Tabor v. EEOC. DoJ could have taken the position that the
“ministerial exception,” though generally providing strong protection for the right of religious groups to choose their ministers without government interference, didn’t apply in the case before the court. This would be
consistent with the uniform judgment of the federal Courts of Appeals for decades, as well the DoJ itself until now. Instead, DoJ needlessly attacked the very existence of the exception

The Bishops also mentioned State-level problems--notably in New York and Illinois.

The Bishops did not recommend that Christians buy more ammo.

But I will:


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