Church displays religious freedom

Church displays religious freedom

Religious employers should be exempt from having to provide health care coverage for contraception, abortifacients and sterilization out of respect for the religious freedom protected by the First Amendment, Heritage Foundation vice president David Addington says.

“The Obama Administration should immediately exempt such religious employers from the contraception mandate,” he writes on Heritage’s blog, The Foundry. “The Administration’s trampling upon religious liberty with the contraception mandate illustrates yet again the need to repeal the Obamacare statute.”

Under Obamacare, religiously-based institutions are mandated to provide coverage for these services even if their religious beliefs forbid it.

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops is publicly declaring that this mandate forces them to comply with an “unjust law.” If the rule is not overturned, they would face the hard choice of defying their beliefs or ending their health care activities entirely.

A lawsuit was filed by the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty on behalf of an interdenominational Christian college calls this mandate “un-American, unprecedented, and flagrantly unconstitutional” since it forces them to go against their beliefs.

Addington offers further details on what the Obama administration should do:

The Department of Health and Human Services should broadly exempt religious institutions in its final regulations implementing the Obamacare contraception mandate, pending repeal of that mandate as part of the Obamacare statute repeal.  Such an exemption would allow the religious institutions both to adhere, as they must, to the tenets of their faiths and to provide group health care plans for their employees.  Absent such an exemption, many religious institutions, following their faiths, will have no alternative but to stop making group health plans available to their employees and pay any fines for failure to do so.

The First Amendment of the Constitution clearly states, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.”

But the Obama administration has glossed over this fundamental freedom and has imposed an obligation upon those institutions wishing to exercise this right.

Do you agree that religious employers should not be compelled to provide coverage for contraception, abortifacients and sterilization?

Comments (247)

Robin Steele - February 3, 2012

I think it is a frank disrespect of the constitution. They should exempt all religious employers.

Karen Fussy - February 3, 2012

I remember these horrible have to’s being pushed on oppressed people in countries taken over by dictators

Glenn Houck - February 3, 2012

How can this guy just keep on disregarding the constitution and everyone just sitting back and letting him get by with it. This is more socialism and less freedom. This guy has to be shut down!

Tim Hay - February 3, 2012

I agree with president Addington, NOT president Obama!

Tim Hay

Robert G. McCoy - February 3, 2012

This administration is trampling on our constitutional rights, and trying to grab more centralized control in all areas of our lives. People of all faiths should unite to demand that this rule be abolished.

barbara knott - February 3, 2012

Obama’s exempting business’s from Obamacare (many in Polsoi”s district). This is an attack on the 1st Amendment rights. Everything Obama does is destroying the Constitution.

Tim Heifner - February 3, 2012

Yes I agree, not only should religious employers not be compelled neither should any other one else. Government has gone to far for to long it is time to stand our ground and say no.

DEE - February 3, 2012

Religious freedom is at stake with the Obama Administration, they have no respect for individual freedom either.
Abortion terminates a human life which begins at conception, clear and simple logic is conclusive.

Rochelle - February 3, 2012

Our ancestors came to this country to escape the same kind of tyranny Obama and the democratic congress have imposed with Obama care! Where are we to go now? It is time to prepare to vote, study carefully and choose wisely.

Ron - February 3, 2012

That depends! Are the religious employers operating a business that is open to the general public? YES if so; NO if not. Simple.

Rita Jacobs - February 3, 2012

How can we let Obama keep violating our constitutional rights! He is well on his way to becoming our first dictator. He already sees himself above the will of the people; he has no respect for the constitution or the ideals of our founding fathers. This is how all dictators begin. One more term would leave us completely under his power. Protect our rights and save our country…fire Obama! Vote for ANYBODY ELSE!!

Sandra Gordon - February 3, 2012

I think we need to raise up in fury against this unjust law!
Thanks to Sen. Rubio for the Bill he is introducing. Let’s contact all our Congressional leaders to support that bill to stop this injustice!

Phil - February 3, 2012

It is unconstitutional for employees to be required to perform acts that are against their religious beliefs. It is intolerable for despotic rulers to tax people to perform acts that are against their religious believe.
The Washington Elites are destroying our Constitution. We need to regain local control (as guaranteed by the 10th Amendment) by refusing to vote for any politician who favors big government (at any level) over citizen’s rights.

Patricia Wittenbrock - February 3, 2012

You can most certainly add my name to your list of those who “strongly oppose” Obama’s mandate to require religous institutions provide birth control for their employees when their/our religous beliefs strictly prohibits it. This really crosses the line! How can we continue to let this guy get by with all these things?

Diane Winston - February 3, 2012

The Constitution has not changed and we have gotten along just fine with freedom of religion for over 200 years. Now all of a sudden we have to have the Federal government telling us we must abide by Obama’s rule instead. Something is dreadfully wrong here and we, the people must change it!!

Mr. Jackie Ray Sutton - February 3, 2012

Why is Congress not doing anything to stop this
dictator. He is out of control and Congress just
sits back working for thier own interests. They
are worse than him. They are apaththetic and
unwilling to remove Obama even though he has
continued to violate presidential powers.

Eloise C Wolfe - February 3, 2012

Obama cannot be trusted. Just listen to what he says and then watch what he does. He had already promised the Catholic Religion, that he would not sign a bill making it mandatory they hand out Contraceptives to their young people, but he turned right around and signed the bill anyway.
I agree with Addington 100%.

Marjie Scott - February 3, 2012

We must present a united stand against the tyranny of a government that exempts itself from the rule of law, and yet imposes ever-increasing unconstitutional laws on its citizens.
It’s not the governments role to control how we think!

Roberta in the Keys - February 3, 2012

The average citizen sees and hears snippets of Obama on the nightly news and other mainstream media. Tom, Dick and Harry know nothing more than a few sentences that Obama has said, and they assume these to be true. We, who keep up with the truth from people who we know to be trustworthy, see what is really happening. Atrocities are being forced upon us; I hardly recognize our country that is being transformed into a nation that is bankrupted physically, spiritually and mentally. May God help us all !!

Paul Diehl - February 3, 2012

This is not the first time that Obama has ignored the Constitution. Congress has and remains incompetent or afraid to do anything about it and things will only get worse. What happened to the Rule of Law? “These are the times that try men’s souls”, Tom Paine once penned. Those words are so true today. Why do members of Congress shrink from doing their solemn sworn oath? “I …. do solemnly swear that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign or domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter. So help me God.” Congress does have a clear mandate to move forward and address our wayward head of state with necessary corrective action.

Roger Sterk - February 4, 2012

This is a drect assault on the Constitution of the United States of America. Which gaurantees the freedom of religious practice.

EugeneRosnow - February 4, 2012

This guy Obama took an oathe to UPHOLD THE CONSTITUTION. He has trampled it many times and it is time he is impeached and put out of office. Americans,get on the ball and get this done now before you lose all freedom and end up living under a dictatorship.

Jim Tidwell - February 4, 2012

Obama has awakened the proverbial sleeping giant in the Catholic Church. He will rue this day!
Jim Tidwell
Paducah, KY

Tisha Horne - February 4, 2012

I think that forcing religious employers to provide contraception, abortifacients and sterilization is very wrong and twisted. If it goes against all that a religion believes, then in a free country that employer should not be forced. Sometimes I wonder if we do live in a free country, then I answer myself, “not for long.” Leaders like Obama are taking away our freedom everyday it seems. What I hate is that we all seem to be helpless to stop him and his followers. How far will he go? I think “communism” about says it all.

Sue Atwood - February 4, 2012

It is terribly disturbing that the president and his administration can ignore the law of the land and not be held accountable. Don’t think we have time to change enough people in charge before the country as we know it is gone. Don’t see the possibility of those currently in power doing anything to change the atmosphere that rules to make things right. Our forefathers paid huge personal prices to establish this country under our constitution. Can’t see that type of commitment in anyone in a position to do anything.

Roger Davis - February 4, 2012

Why doesn’t House Speaker Boehner call a press conference to denounce this action by Obama and some of the other unconstitutional actions this person has pushed contrary to his promise to uphold the constitution? Are these Republicans afraid of Obama or don’t they care what happens to this nation?

joann tollett - February 4, 2012

WHERE are the members of Congress that BELIEVE IN THE CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA????

M Carol Nelson - February 4, 2012

Religious employers should not be compelled to provide coverage for contraception, abortion drugs or sterilization.

Joan Bourke - February 4, 2012

I am outraged that abortion/contraception practices would be funded with MY tax dollars. I object to these practices on a moral basis. That the procedures/meds are “legal” is understandable; that unwilling tax payers are forced to fund them is outright un-American. I strongly object and will communicate so through my voting actions.

Pamela - February 4, 2012

Obama is playing god…his god. I think he thinks he is god in some ways. I agree that this president is not one we want around much longer. If he is, it’s just going to get worse. Who ever thought it could get this bad?

Jeannene Moore - February 4, 2012

Obama has again betrayed us. He just cannot seem to keep his word, he seems ****bent on destroying all our freedoms. He disregards the Constitution and makes up his own rules as he goes along. Enough of him!!!!

Charles Webb - February 4, 2012

This is classic obama. Do whatever it takes to dismantle our Constitution and Country. ASAP

Patriot - February 4, 2012

Obama said at the Prayer Breakfast that you should not leave your principals at the door. Evidently he has no principals to leave at any door.

He, Obama needs to be thrown out of office.

Jeff - February 4, 2012

It will not be a surprise if in the near future the Fed forces churches to marry gay couples.

Dorothy Clark - February 4, 2012

Obama thinks because he is president, he can break any and all laws, whether our Constitution, or otherwise. He has no regard for anything. anyone, or any law — he is president, and that is the end of i, so Obama thinks. This guy has got to go, and everything he has ruled on, reversed!!!
Dorothy Clark

Robert Askew - February 4, 2012

Obama’s disregard for the Constitution is unrepresented and must be stopped from obstruction.

He can not impose his desires on the people. WE THE PEOPLE are in charge.

Samuel af Ugglas - February 4, 2012

Nobody should be compelled to provide or force on anybody the means of contraception.

Brenda Slape - February 4, 2012

I think it is not only disrespectful and tyranical but demigod like to impose your belifes on any religion. I thought that was the idea of seperation of state and government, so that the government could not impose its own agenda on any one’s religious beliefs. And this is definatly not what the constitution is about. Obamas taking this country right down the road to damnation! Absolutly unconstitutional!!!!!

John - February 4, 2012

I don’t think that there should be a ‘mandate’ on a lot of things. With all the requirements and regulations these days, seeing another intrusion into our lives doesn’t surprise me much. That’s socialism for ya.

Stephen Shubert - February 4, 2012

While it is likely a disregarding the constitution, it is a blatant shot at Christians who still have a conscience. Our president is saying that we can’t have people with principles and adhering to them. I sometimes think I am seeing CS Lewis space novel, That Hideous Strength coming to life right before our eyes.

Joe Zwitter - February 4, 2012

They have no right to tell us what we can or can’t do regarding our freedoms of religion !!! THIS IS STILL
AMERICA !!!! HOW CAN THEY FINE US ???

We need to make sure Obama does NOT win another term.

Dan G - February 4, 2012

Obama is taking away our first admenment right to the Freedom of Religion.

Johnny Mock - February 4, 2012

I’m totally against B H Obama and his stupid and unlawful healthcare bill!

Charles Wise - February 4, 2012

It is time to impeach President Obama. I believe he has duped the American people with every decision he has made as President. He disregards the Constitution and and prefers to dictate his own warped view of making America a Socialist (Communist) nation. He does whatever he wants and refuses to even consider the rule of law unless of course it benefits his agenda.

Daniel Kormanik - February 4, 2012

President Obama is so far outside his executive authority granted by the U.S. Constitution that any of the ffffirst five Presidents would not approve. Read “The 5000 Year Miracle” , or just read the U.S. Constitution.
Giving GM to the union and wiping out bondholders equity violates 180 years of bankruptcy law. And is outside of the U.S. Consitiution, as is his failure to secure our borders. As is telling any religion what to do if that instruction violates their principles and those principles do not threaten our nation’s security.
What is shamefull is that everyone in Congress is silent about all of his unconstitutional acts including Obamacare. Thier silence violates their oath to Protect and Defend the U.S. Constitution. And Obama acts that are outside of its directives for the executive of our Federal government are certainly a basis for impeachment along with that of Pelosi and Harry Reid.

Mary Smith - February 4, 2012

There seems to be no consequences for people in govt. who dishonor and disrespect the Constitution of the United States. There seems to be no one person, group, or party that is able to voice an opinion and follow through with action. Religious employers and people with conscience should not be treated as inferior citizens.

Daver - February 4, 2012

It’s a sad day for America when it’s politicians feel they have the right to mandate anything about how a religious organization compensates it’s people. In fact–gov’t shouldn’t have a role in how anyone is compensated outside it’s own pervue.

Mary Laforet - February 4, 2012

Yep! Obama’s out to fundamentally change the US and this is HOW he does it. If we don’t stand up now and totally repeal Obamacare (which probably will not happen under Mr. Romney) we WILL BE LOSING ALOT!!

Paul - February 4, 2012

It seems to be a win-win for the Obama administration. If they prevail then they decide what is or is not appropriate for a religious entity, and of course religious freedom is diminished. If the Obama Admin. does NOT prevail then religious freedom will be defined by them to justify even things, (i.e. sharia law) based on relligion, which may conflict with the US Constitution.

Elaine Gaines - February 4, 2012

Yes, I do agree that it it wrong to force employers to pay for abortions and birth control devices. I am wondering, if we win this point, if we will then have to allow Muslims to have their stoning of “women caught in adultry” and Sharia law.

Roger Haubert - February 4, 2012

This is an intentional slap in the face of those with religious beliefs. Any political figure who agrees with this policy has lost their soul. They have forgotten the phrase, “We the people….”.

TC Meuninck - February 4, 2012

The Obama administration is simply continuing the incremental secular progressive agenda to replace the Creator God of the Declaration of Independence with an American Idol human God where no right or wrong exists, only the values of an elite all knowing human movement seeking control and power over the people.

Barack Obama is the first American Idol President who speaks in images (hope and change) of what people want to hear without revealing the true agenda. Does anyone know what he means when he says he wants to transform American? Into what? What is it we hope for? What change do we want?

This is a direct attack on our inalienable rights which come from our Creator and the not the government. Every dictatorship begins with an attack on the Church & Religious freedom and the disarmament of it’s people – our 1st and 2nd amendment rights.

cheryl scheuerman - February 4, 2012

One step closer to a communist model government. When media (even conservatives) say Obama doesn’t know what he’s doing (about several areas of govt) – Oh yes, he does. He has a plan. Call it Saul Alynski’s Rules for Radicals that he taught from in law school,

Catherine E. - February 4, 2012

Do we live in the United States of America or the Dictatorship of Barack Obama? He has trampled on this Republic and our Constitution since before he came into office! Will all Christians and members of other religions stand together against this tyranny? Please be vocal in supporting the Catholic Church’s rights under the First Amendment of our Constitution!

Douglas Birmingham - February 4, 2012

This administration continues to try taking away our freedoms, we need to stop this. Our constitution is to be valued and fought for.

Fred Hamilton - February 4, 2012

No one should be required to comply with Obamacare.
It isn’t just the individual mandate or infringing on religous freedom, it’s thee entire bill that is not Constitutional. Art. I Section 8, the enumerated power, gives the federal government no authority to meddle with our health care system.

Mark Gauvin - February 4, 2012

This is a non-issue. We cannot have different plans for every religious organization. If the parishioners adhere to the faith they will not use the services in question. If they do, they are not so religious after all. In the final analysis, it is up to the individual to make these kinds of decisions, not a church or a government. Let’s stop wasting time on this subject and get on with the really important issues. Beside, this line of argument make us conservatives look foolish.

Tom Moran - February 4, 2012

The man is a communist. Get use to it. You haven t seen anything yet!

Joseph Krumenacker IV - February 4, 2012

Looks like we’re quickly moving through Socialism and going directly to Communism. Friends that fled Cuba in it’s early days under Castro told me stories of their government’s actions. One of the first steps was to attack the Catholic Church.

Kay Walsh - February 4, 2012

This is TOTAL disregard for the Constitution, but why should we be surprised – this President has absolutely no interest maintaining the values of our founding fathers.

Lora Snyder - February 4, 2012

I agree that the religious employers should not have to pay just as we should not be forced to pay for Planned Parenthood.

Allen Morningstar - February 4, 2012

If there is no Federal Money’s taken by a declared relgious group and the employees have been advised accordingly, it should be free from grovernment mandates like these.

Judy Gitchel - February 4, 2012

This seems to be a simple issue. The government has no right to interfere with religious faith or religious practice. The fact that this includes schools and medical facilities makes no difference. GOVERNMENT OUT!

alexander ilnyckyj - February 4, 2012

I totally agree. However, I have a question for you. Since obama’s sworn oath of office to uphold the constitution, then why is he not being impeached? The voters should demand the impeachment of this markist president.

Charles J. Hills - February 4, 2012

What happened to swearing to uphold the constitution?
Can he be removed for not upholding his sworn duty?

Bob C - February 4, 2012

Government should not mandate any type of rules that infringe on the individuals rights. If somebody wants contraceptions covered by insurance let them buy the coverage from their insurance company. This not only about freedom of religions it is about freedom of individual rights!

BARBARA HOULIHAN - February 4, 2012

All religious employers should be exempt from this
unconstitutional mandate!!

James D Funderburg - February 4, 2012

Another abuse of the constitution. We have to elect people who respect our freedom.

Fred Wilson - February 4, 2012

Why should any employer (religious or not) have to support lifestyle choices of its employees. If I am an alcholic should they provide vodka in the break room? The idea of requiring an organization that is based on certain principles should not be required to employ people who do not support those principles nor should they be required to provide services that are counter to those principles.

Dan Haigh - February 4, 2012

Of course, all religious employers should be exempted! This is just more of President Obama’s blatant disregard for our Constitution. Constitutionally, the entire Obamacare fiasco must be repealed as soon as possible. However, one important thing we all must remember is that It was we — the voting public — who made the mistake of electing this President simply on the basis that he looked and sounded good. We must NOT make that mistake in the next Presidential election and we must never make that kind of mistake again. Our great Republic can successfully defend against and repel any threats from abroad. The clear and present danger to our Republic and our freedoms lies within our own borders and within our own apathy. We must correct that soon, or be ready to accept life under the power and tyranny of big government. I, for one, am neither ready nor willing to discard the freedoms that were endowed by our Creator and which are guaranteed within our constitution!

Daniel R. Hohman - February 4, 2012

I am totally in shock that this is happening to our culture and our country. However, considering the final objectives of the current Leader, it is just one of the first steps to the total destruction of our society and Country.
May God Help Us.

Monroe Richter - February 4, 2012

The President as ignored or violated the Constitution more then ounce. He should be impeached for this is a High Crime but the congress is full of cowards and don’t have the courage to impeach.

Robert Bolduc - February 4, 2012

I, a catholic, am appauled at the disrespect this OBAMA administration has for the Constitution. The American people, voters, need to show their contempt at the voting booth come November

Gary Anderson - February 4, 2012

President Obama is wrong to impose his personal, secular rules on religious organizations. What’s next? Will he demand BLTs and cheeseburgers be served at my local Jewish Community Center?

Russ Falconer - February 4, 2012

Of course the mandate is an abridgement of religious freedom. If there were Muslim owned hospitals would this mandate be imposed?

Dan Richards - February 4, 2012

I vaguely remember that All Muslims were exempted out of ObamaCare because it was against the Muslim religion. Why would it be any different then Christian religions getting an exemption for religions reasons.
Check out the Muslims exemption please.

Eileen - February 4, 2012

There seems to always be individuals trying to suppress the faithful who want to live in peace. It is like they have some kind of psychological problem that compels them to try and oppress others who live virtuously. They need to GET A LIFE. Marco Rubio is right on target to fight this mandate with legislation that honors our Constitution. Ignoring this mandate would only bring more oppression and eventually a disastrous outcome because it is the first step to take away the most important freedom we have as Americans – Religious Freedom. Obama does not know what it means to be an American.

J. Manning - February 4, 2012

If other religious groups,unions,and just about anybody that contributes to the Obama campaigne has an exemption why can’t Catholics have one? Why are we discriminated against.

Bill Codner - February 4, 2012

If I were a pharmicist, I would fill prescriptions based on my concience no matter what the law.
I knew a pharmacist in Memphis TN who turned down medication fills to his customers who were going to the same doctor who had Elvis on 44 medications. It is up to the pharmicist to determine whether a drug or series of drugs are filled for the well-being of his customer and that action is protected under the constitution as client/doctor relationship.

Nils Parsons - February 4, 2012

I appose Obama Care in all form, especially the contraception mandate, but why don’t I hear a deafening outrage from recognized Conservative and religious leadership on this current effort ? We should flood the White-House switchboard with calls opposing Obama Care. If we are loud enough, perhaps the Supreme Court will hear it as well.

JM Webster - February 4, 2012

This is a keystone of the democrat party attack on Christianity. It has been clear that the president has no respect for the constitution for which he took an oath to uphold.

Jonathan Clough - February 4, 2012

The exemption should extend beyond just religious institutions, but to any employer that has moral or religious qualms with insurance premiums covering particular medical practices or drugs that endanger or destroy young fetuses and contribute to declining social norms. Any government that can compel one to violate his own consicence or violate well-established religious doctrines is no longer limited and is therefore tryannical.

Allen S. Greer - February 4, 2012

I agree completely with this article. The real solution is the Nov, election. We must rid our Federal govt. of all the liberals that Obama has put on the Federal payroll.

Gerald Olson - February 4, 2012

I Agree.

Mary Ann Rickerman - February 4, 2012

Yes, I agree with President Addington that all religious based employers should be exempt rom the mandate. I also agree with Glenn (Feb 3rd) that this guy (Obama) should be shut down; the Constitution needs to be protected FROM him, when it SHOULD be protected by him!

janeen schneider - February 4, 2012

No individual or organization should be forced by the government to disregard their beliefs and principles with regard to health care matters. We as taxpayers should also not be forced to pay for services for others that we find to be immoral.

The administration statement that these organizations need to make sure these services are available to their employees is preposterous. There is no reason any individual can’t buy their own contraceptives and other services. The notion that the only way people can get these items or services is if an employer buys them is typical of liberal thinking – we are simply not capable of taking care of ourselves.

Albert L. Danielsen - February 4, 2012

The law and regulations may be constitutional but they infringe on individual rights and diminish our liberty. Not only religious institutions,but no employer should be required to provide such information. These decisions are best left to the private sector.

John Barkley - February 4, 2012

We should all get ready for further encroachments on our liberties. This is the first test to see if the oppression of one group will be noticed by the general population. Then our liberties will be picked off, one by one. A possible solution would be for all religious organization to organize as a public employees union. That would ensure exemption.

Miriam Rae - February 4, 2012

This presidents agenda is far darker than just pushing a socialist government on a democratic nation. He has a total disregard of our constitutional rights as laid out by our forefathers that left a socialistic environment in other countries and created a free democratic society. Pay attention folks and vote for those who support our countries values set down by our founding fathers.

Ellen Bradley - February 4, 2012

Just one more example of how liberals in general and this President specifically think they are above the Constitution. Why are we smart enough to vote for our elected officials but not smart enough to decide what kind of automobile we drive, what type of light bulb we want to use, the foods we can eat or feed our children and even if we want health insurance. I for one do not want the government dictating how I live, how much money I can make and how my money is to be spend. This is the greatest country on the face of the earth with the most opportunity for anyone who wants to use it. So far I don’t see our citizens illegally immigrating to Mexico or Greece or France or Korea or anyplace else . Of course, at the rate we are going, that could be the next step unless we stop this madness NOW>

Lorena Steffen - February 4, 2012

It seems almost every week there is another attack on religious freedom by Pres. Obama. Surely something can be done to make this unjust regulation from being enforced. How can he make laws on his own? I thought that was the role of Congress!

Yvonne Vance - February 4, 2012

This is just one more way of obtaining control over the life of every citizen, every business and every orgainization in the United States of America. It is a way
of forcing Obama’s and his progressive, anti-Christian Marxist co-horts plans for America on all of us regardless of what the Constitution says. They have
absolutely no regard for the Constitution and blatantly
let us know that they will not obey it and that no one will stand in their way. Even though they think they control the United States, they are not in control of the Universe
-there is a much higher power in true control- which they
will, in time come to realize. It may be after they have completed their dirty deeds on this Nation, but they will
realize just how little true power they have when they come face to face with Almighty God.

Landis McFinton - February 4, 2012

More of the same from this Administration, disregarding the constitution.

Religious employers need to be exempt from this law.

This administration needs to vote out of office in November

Harriet Schaapman - February 4, 2012

Obama continues his assault on the Constitution, women’s rights and on religion. Abortifacients sold to millions of American women through the dazzlingly appealing marketing scheme of “reproductive rights”, needs to be recognized by women as the outrageously manipulative assault on our rights that it really is. It is horribly ironic that after all the years of striving for those rights that we still have to wrap our hands around our bodies and scream at the attacker in order to protect one of our most important roles as women, nurturers to the next generations of Americans. Forcing those who disagree with this assault on women to pay up anyhow clearly prohibits free exercise of religion.

Ron Brown - February 4, 2012

Being as GOD is the ultimate sovereign power in the universe no government or its agencies have the right to attempt to control his churches or christian organizations or to tax them.

Dan - February 4, 2012

I could not agree more !

Guy & Betty Irvin - February 4, 2012

We, too agree with president Addington, NOT president Obama!

Guy and Betty Irvin

Kathy Maxwell - February 4, 2012

Mr. Obama, in his overweening arrogance, has once again decided to overcome the Constitution, which he views as an obstacle in his designs to redesign America to his liking. He will be our ruler for life if we allow it. The Church will not allow him to dictate our moral behavior.

Irene McGhee - February 4, 2012

No one should be complelled by government mandate to adhere to practices that violate their moral or religious beliefs! How does this comply with “freedom for all”.? under the constitution.

Reta League - February 4, 2012

Absolutely NOT!!! It is against our Constitutional liberties and individual freedom. Obama and his regime are a Socialist disease that need to be overthrown if we are to save this nation. November 2012 can’t come soon enough. Obama will be working frantically in the coming months to institute every one of his destructive plans of ‘Reforming’ this nation to his own idea of ‘social equality’, while he and his elite cronies live lavishly on our hard earned tax dollars.

Al Luckas - February 4, 2012

Yes, I agree that religious employers should not be compelled to choose between helping those in need and living up to the tenets of their faith.

The Constitution is clearly on the side of the religious employers.

Donald Bahn - February 4, 2012

next he will declare Marshall law and become the dictator of America. Obama must be STOPED, if the congress had any balls they would start impeachment now.

Chris Jasko - February 4, 2012

Another example of the Obama administration and the federal goverment intruding into our lives in areas it has no business. It is another case where the Obama administration is pushing it’s own agenda. Rerligious employers should not be compelled to provide such coverage.

Mary B - February 4, 2012

Obama’s HHS Mandate is clearly unconstitutional and will force Faith-based institutions to drop health care coverage, throwing thousands into the government-based Obama plan- probably the reason for the mandate. Religious freedom is under attack.

Cheryl Krewer - February 4, 2012

Religious employers should NOT be compelled to provide coverage for contraception, abortifacients or sterilization. We have the First Amendment, and this is NOT China.

Raymond Bollum - February 4, 2012

The only part of the Obamacare plan is to make Health insurance have continuity from state to state, and that could be done without Obamacare. Leave the religious beliefs alone about abortions or contraception. get rid of the death panels. Get rid of the whole thing.

janice starkey - February 4, 2012

I don’t think ANY Govt or employer funds should be used for aborting babies. Those who support abortion and free contraceptives should support their own company like a planned parenthood with their own private money, if they are that determined to promote promiscuity and irresponsibility for guys and gals that are to lazy or cheap to buy and use their own protection. Its not the unborn babies fault. A a few months of pregnancy embarassment or discomfort doesn’t justify taking an innocent life. Obahma said right away to all the world that America was not a Christian nation just because he’s not a Christian..He even said in his book that held like to think that the 4 black girls who died in the church bombing were with his gramma in Heaven And if he were a real Christian he would KNOW that they were. America is a Christian Nation and we extend America’s freedom to all people who come here or are conceived or born here whether they are Christian or not. I Love America and I want God to continue to bless us for defending innocent life.

murphy chatelain - February 4, 2012

congress should start procedings to empeach Obama before its to late

Nancy Pitcher - February 4, 2012

I hope that Congress steps up and puts the heat on this guy. He’s already said that since he’s the president, he’ll do whatever he likes. Further, if Congress won’t go along, he’ll just sign whatever he wants into law. This guy is to America, what Charles Taylor was to Liberia. A dangerous, dangerous man.

Martin Goedken - February 4, 2012

I agree with the Heritage Fouondation.

Adrian from RI - February 4, 2012

I agree with President Obama that if you accept government money you do what the government orders you to do. Also, when I go to a hospital I expect all medical services to be available to me and I certainly do not want the religious believes of the people working in a medical facility to meddle in the treatment I seek and expect. Of course, we should have separation of State and Healthcare just as we have separation of State and Church.

Mary Ann Ledet - February 4, 2012

Another one of our freedoms being taken away.

John Bellotte - February 4, 2012

I agree with your assessment that this is a direct violation of the First Amendment. It is a law that prohibits the free exercise of a religious belief. It will force institutions that represent the Catholic religion to issue contraceptives including the day after pill which is considered by several religions to be an abortion pill. This is not a preventative measure for health, it is one for convenience.

Don Pratt - February 4, 2012

Be careful in this defense of religious freedom, and possible exemptions from the “law”. The Islamic followers are going to shouting for the same type of exemptions to the rules of their religion. You know what they will be demanding, an exemption for all the aspects of Sharia Law that are conflict with our civil law.

John Speck - February 4, 2012

NO one should be required to pay for someone’s contraception, food, or anything else. Obama speaks as if he is talking like Jesus spoke….but I don’t remember Jesus asking everyone to pay the Roman government anything……

Thomas Tingey - February 4, 2012

The prohibition is clear. We must not be giving up our freedoms to worship or exercise religion as we properly desire.

Rosech - February 4, 2012

No religious freedom for us -the ultimate Islamic approach, BUT he can proclaim Jesus is on his side. He is not only narcissistic but completely delusional. Insanity in the WH and he needs to go. Biden was funny in his insanity; Obama is not! If there are those who still believe O is the messiah,they just need to look around at what he has done and is working hard to bring us Islam and communism, and Sharia. What is difficult to understand is why he is still in the WH since his father was a Kenyan and a traitor.

Rudolph K. Muzzarelli - February 4, 2012

The regulation as it stands is an obvious disregard for the constitution. This amounts to a government mandate that is a blatant attempt to force religion to ignore or modify doctrine and violate biblical principles. This seems to me to be the equivalent of establishing religious requirements which the constitution forbids. If this is enforced, it may result in religious bodies reducing services and elimination of jobs; multitudes of people who now have hope of help that is in harmony with their spiritual values being unable to receive the assistance that is greatly needed.

steve meidlinger - February 4, 2012

Obama may have just made one very large blunder by choosing to go against the Catholic church. I’m angry yet hopeful that my fellow Roman Catholics will rally around the words of our Bishops and remember this incident come November and the general election.

Dean E. Distel Jr. - February 4, 2012

Do we not have in place checks and balances so a president or a select few can disregard the Constitution? Amazing what this administration has blatantly gotten away with that is unlawful. Sorry state of affairs for our country right now.

Jean K. - February 4, 2012

I am shocked that this is being pushed on us. Christians need to unite and demand this be stopped. We can not afford to be the silent majority any longer!

Bill Benton - February 4, 2012

Since what time in history has the Obama admin ever respected our AMERICAN Constitution?

Donald Wright - February 4, 2012

If Obama gets a second term, should we all look forward to mandatory condom-display racks and “Planned Parenthood” (oxymoron) brochures in the vestibules of our respective churches? Perhaps in the interest of greater health for everyone, HHS’s Kathleen Sebelius will also order that those same vestibules provide free HPV injections for 12-year-old boys and girls! After all, per Obama logic (also an oxymoron), such goods and services would not prohibit the free exercise of our religion, would they? We can simply step around them on our way into the sanctuary! Perhaps for even greater health and welfare, they will resurrect the career of the very caring and health-conscious Dr. Joycelyn Elders, and require that our churches offer “how-to” video presentations of some of her most noted stress-relieving tips!

The Left, in its inherent and vast moral superiority to everyone else, always imagines that it knows what’s best for everyone. Heaven help us!

Mike Kotso - February 4, 2012

As a result of this flagrant disrespect of religious freedom, it is my sincere hope that all people of faith will see the danger this decision imposes. I believe this is merely one step of many more to come, which will lead to more loss of freedom, if people of faith fall to take a stand.

Paul W. Jensen - February 4, 2012

Nobody should be compelled to provide coverage for contraception, abortifacients and sterilization or any other coverage for that matter. Your health care is not a right; it is a personal responsibility.

Bruce Gingerich - February 5, 2012

Obama has no authority over religious freedoms or natural law God given rights. He is a man, not an angel. Nuf said…

Ross Bausone - February 5, 2012

Obama Care is in violation of the Constitution. The government isn’t allowed to make anyone comply with the mandates of Obama Care period. Obama Care needs to be repealed not reworked as some of our esteemed RINO’s suggest.

Richard Peasel - February 5, 2012

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, and Cuba’s President Fidel Castro both took control of the country by absorbing power and fostering dependency on the government. Like the Roman Senate during the fall of Rome, our Senators & Representatives are more worried about spending federal dollars on sidwalks and bicycle paths then representating the rights of the people. China has always said that the freedom of the people of the USA was just a minor blip or an aberration in the history of mankind. If Americans continue to be seduced from government handouts, then I am afraid that China may be right for the story of America’s freedom will eventually become a story to be past down through the generations like the tales of Camelot.

Earl Pearson - February 5, 2012

This is only one facet of Obama and the socilist left to destroy the USA and turn it into a socialist state. The leftist , communists and the muslims are working togather and just when they have almost completed the mission the red communists(i.e Bill Aires & company )will seize control. The nationa debt, the Mexican border,
real unemployment..not the % published in the left press…..etc,,etc…

Larry Tosi - February 5, 2012

This buffoon rogue has no respect for our Constitution or us. He constantly disregards it, and tramples on our constituional rights. He needs to go. If people don’t wake up and remove this sorry excuse for a human being from office this November, we will all pay a very heavy price. WAKE UP AMERICA!

Nicole W. - February 5, 2012

Socialized medicine is an enslaver.A few dictate conditions and before you know it, your life is ruled and controlled in all aspects! That’s the main reason why we fled our homeland in the early sixties. What people don’t realize is that it affects doctors as well as patients. What is happening in my beloved country is terrifying to me, because it is a repeat of what we escaped from. Simply nightmarish! Please wake up before it’s too late!

Deborah Grove - February 5, 2012

Our First Amendments rights were here far before this
Obama guy who thinks he can change our country and
take our rights away. Stand firm in opposition of
this movement.

Roger Ballenger - February 5, 2012

This is unconstitutional!!! May the lawsuits overwhelm the Obama Administration!

William - February 5, 2012

Obama’s lawless administration, and corrupt DOJ, are shredding the Constitution bit by bit. The Republicans are totally inept and incompetent. Never in our history have ‘We the People’ allowed things to get so bad. It’s time we let the pompous eletists know that WE are sick and tired of their stupidity and corrupption.

Frank Gabriele - February 5, 2012

Although reported as a “Catholic” issue, it’s equally a religious freedom issue. Viewed together, this decision is so divisive and tone deaf, I hope and pray it expedites the necessary end of the wild-eyed ideological power grab under Obama.

William Logan - February 5, 2012

Remember , Kathleen Sebelius was selected by President Obama to head the Department of Health and Human Services. Ms Sebelius, as governor of Kansas, was very instrumental in preventing one of the most prolific late-term abortionists, George Tiller, from being prosecuted under Kansas law. In “Capital Contacts”, published by the Washington Times, Ms Sebelius is said to be a Catholic. I would not expect much from this administration in terms of Christian religious freedom.

Susan Fountain - February 5, 2012

Since abortion is legal at this time there is nothing I can do to keep one person from making that decision to murder their unborn child. However, I resent that my tax dollars are being spent to pay for this service and feel this tramples on MY rights. Activist judges have allowed an entire generation to be flushed down the toilet. If conservatives don’t come out of the woodwork in November against this madman in the WH, this country is lost.

Melody - February 5, 2012

This whole administration makes me sick and if we don’t watch out we will end up like Germany did.
I frog put in cold water and the flame turned on doen’t know it will be boiled to death as it slowly warms up.
and then the end……….

Larry Thompson - February 5, 2012

Not only does this blur the line between church and state, It demolishes it

Toni Boyer - February 5, 2012

I have written to my congressmen as well as many of my friends. The congressmen think we are covering the “looholes” needed to provide full coverage and many of my friends are not in full understanding of the broad impact of this issue for them. I am a Catholic but this issue goes well beyond just affecting Catholics. America needs to wake up and really focus on what’s happening with this mandate. As I watch and read what’s happening in Russia with their political problems, I wonder how long it will be that America won’t be protesting in the bitter cold for their own rights!

Jennifer Lawless - February 5, 2012

Why haven’t we started impeachment proceedings? He is trampling on our constitutional rights, as well , as ruining our military. Whwn will our leaders wake up?

Robert Hearn - February 5, 2012

I see this requirement that churches provide health care that includes abortion and other things that are against my religion. Religious freedom is protected by the constitution and Obama is once again making an attack on religion in general.

Nancy Orchard - February 5, 2012

Requiring religious organizations to provide contraception which goes against their religious beliefs is a flagrant affront to the First Amendment. I expect that these tyrants will also require physicians to perform abortions even if that goes against their moral standards!

Dr Denise Gonzalez - February 5, 2012

Our founding fathers left a country in which the government was designating their faith and how they practice it. When our nation was founded, our forefathers created laws which prohibit the state from meddling in the church for evermore. Once again, Obama violates the Constitution of the US. He is long over due for IMPEACHMENT. He is a socialist and WE DO NOT WANT SOCIALISM in these United States. He should live in Europe and see how well his “Socialism” is faring there.

Eileen M Spina - February 5, 2012

Bishop Galante, head of the Diocese of Camden, New Jersey, issued a letter to be read at all masses this weekend. The bishop vehemently denounced the mandate requiring religious institutions, especially the Catholic Church, to cover contraception, abortifacients and sterilization as part of their health insurance plans to employees. He stated that it was a violation of the First Amendment and that “We cannot- we will not- comply with this unjust law”

Jim - February 5, 2012

The next step for Obama will be to require coverage for abortion on demand. Woe is us and our country if he gets another 4 years.

Chuck - February 5, 2012

Constitution? duh whats that?
Harvard sure isn’t speaking up for their prized pupil!
Thats the kind of crap college teaches and we subsidise it! Fire them all!

Mike - February 5, 2012

The HHS’ mandate to compel Catholic institutions to violate their conscience is gratutious. Rather it is an intentional affront to hitherto independent religious institutions. Obama’s world view demands “coordinated thinking” across society with the State as the moral authority.

Phil Stevens - February 5, 2012

Another example of how this administration ignores the Bill of Rights and the 10th Amendment – to take my tax dollars – to fund mandates I do not want – for that which it has no Constitutional mandate to enact.

L. B. - February 5, 2012

This administration is deliberately pushing all kinds of power grabs to shape this country into a dictatorship like the ones we read about. Rational and legal arguments fall on deaf ears. We the people have to demand that this stop by communicating to Congress what we expect from them in the way of STRONG opposition or we the people will fire them in election after election. Stop this now or we will find ourselves no different than Cuba, Venezuela and all those oppressed countries. Our choice for now, unless we do nothing.

Mrs. Jay Roth - February 5, 2012

Why is this President ignoring the Constitution and Congress does nothing to uphold the 1St amendment!????

Barbara Delach - February 5, 2012

I as a Catholic am outraged that we are being required to supply services that are in direct violation to my belief and teachings under the guise of woman’s health.
It amazes me how this administration continues to get away with violating the constitution. This has got to stop!

Robert Dann - February 5, 2012

What up America…pure Stateism and a dictatorship waiting in the wings!

L. B. - February 5, 2012

This is just more of the blatant power grab pushed by Obama and his administration. Putting out rational and constitutional arguments does nothing to stop this. Obama knows what he wants to do; take dictatorial control of this country. The only way to stop this is for all of us to demand our rights and freedom. Demand that Congress stand up and put a stop to it. If we do not shut this down we will wake up to the same life

C H Zolman - February 5, 2012

We can’t pray at graduations in public schools. We can’t put religious displays on public property. This is worse because it requires Roman Catholics to betray their beliefs or give up the charitable work they do. We need to sit up, take, note and go into action to support all our religious freedoms.

Robin Monserrat - February 5, 2012

It is abundantly clear that this administration will not allow the U.S. Constitution to stand in the way of social policies it wishes to enact. This is an outrage, pure and simple. While I agree that religious institutions will stop offering health plans to their employees because of this rule, the issue really is deeper. The checks and balances system doesn’t seem to be operating efficiently. And it needs to or our freedoms, guaranteed by our Constitution will continue to be eroded at what I fear will be an ever quickening pace.

Clarke - February 5, 2012

Not only that mandate, but the entire Obamacarte statute must be repealed.

Karen C. - February 5, 2012

Thus far, the Muslims, Native American Indians, Scientologists, and the Amish are most likely being exempted from this unconstitutional mandate! Why not the Catholics?As far as I’m concerned, exempt the Christians and the Jews as well. This is a monstrous piece of legislation shoved down our throats by an unprincipled ideologue who sees himself above the law!.

Mark Korb - February 5, 2012

The Supreme Court just unanimously decided that only the Church organization can decide on its staffing and ministers. The content of religious belief and how it affects institutions a Church operates (where membership in or use of the institution is clearly voluntary) is not Constitutionally delegated to the Federal Government.

Paulette McElroy - February 5, 2012

Our Constitution protects religious liberty. It is time that our ruling class understand that this protection applies to the free and unfettered practice religious freedom by Christians and the Jewish people as well!

Dana Ray - February 5, 2012

Any employer who is opposed to abortion should be exempt and most definitely religious institutions.

Paul - February 5, 2012

“They” say we have NO alternative, if the government
“forces” us to perform these acts, and infanticide against
our will ?!!!!

“NO” we will NOT perform acts against our religion, and conscience, just because “They” say we must, or be fined.

When a government forces people to do things against their will, then THAT government is no longer “OUR” government, and it must be brought down !!!

We will NOT do things against our religion, or our conscience. Not now, not ever.

Faye - February 5, 2012

No one has the right to demand or force anyone to go against their religious beliefs on any subject matter, especially birth control and abortion. Abortion is murder but women who have abortions are not criminally prosecuted. I often wonder about the people pushing birth control and abortion at will. Had their mother opted for birth control or abortion, none of these people would be here today to inflict their agenda on those who want no part of it. Birth control and abortion are personal decisions to be made by those directly involved, not someone sitting in Washington deciding for the general public. Let your conscience be your guide because one day, you will bow before Jesus and answer for the decisions you made.

Patrick Beaird - February 5, 2012

Back in late 2010, when the Obama care bill was being voted on, Senator Stupak portrayed himself as the champion of the unborn. Then, he turned on all those who were against federally funded abortions by giving in to President Obama. How? By being sucker punched with an Executive Order to dupe Stupak into thinking that Obama was against federally funded abortions. Obama is a liar and anyone who keeps up on what he does can plainly see it. This bill is just another example of a dictator ruling the Senate, House and the people. Vote Obama out in November of 2012.

Patrick Beaird - February 5, 2012

Back in late 2010, when the Obama care bill was being voted on, Senator Stupak portrayed himself as the champion of the unborn. Then, he turned on all those who were against federally funded abortions by giving in to president Obama. How? By being sucker punched by Obama with an Executive Order to dupe Stupak into thinking that Obama was against federally funded abortions. Obama is a liar and anyone who keeps up on what he does can plainly see it. This bill is just another example of a dictator ruling the Senate, House and the people. Vote Obama out in November of 2012.

Rita Lampkin - February 5, 2012

Of course, religious employers should be exempted, along with everyone else! The entire mandate should be repealed. Indeed, the entire travesty of “Obamacare” should be repealed. It is an egregious assault on the personal agency of all Americans and has no less a purpose than to force this nation even further toward socialism.

marie davis - February 6, 2012

while i would agree the fed govt is reaching to far, and i will stand with the catholic church, i must say 2 things–1 the govt has no authority to do almost everything it does today—-and 2 these thing are a result of religion in bed with govt to begin with. this is the topic we will never hear discussed. none of us have the guts. in this case the catholic church was supporting of obamacare and gave it credibility. well now we have it. we get what we deserve. you play with the snake-you get bit. this is true of all judau/christian values underpinning our foundational documents. we let them have our schools ie our children, our workplace, our healthcare–only our repentance and Gods intervetion will ever save freedom now.

Jim and Marlene Vidmar - February 6, 2012

Religious institutions should be exempt from the rule. Failing this, they should continue to operate and ignore any fines or sanctions.

Elaine Mattingly - February 6, 2012

Is Obama taking his advice from the Chinese now? How much farther is this administration going to go in trashing our constitutional rights by dismissing, with administrative arrogance, the freedoms that we, as American citizens, are given under our Constitution?? It is obvious that they have no or little regard for the lives of the unborn who are gifts from God, not “garbage” to be disposed of like so much unwanted “trash!” Enough is enough!!! It seems to me that they are the “trash” that needs to be disposed of and let this country’s citizens exercise the religious freedoms that we used to have before Obama and his cronies are dismissing!

joann chard - February 6, 2012

This is just another example of the soft tyranny that is occurring in our great country. Unfortunately, this soft tyranny will turn into a hard tyranny if this current administration isn’t stopped. As a practicing Roman Catholic i am very offended and disgusted by this blatant abuse of power. More importantly, though, as an american i am more disgusted by this administration’s complete disregard of the Constituition.

norman baker - February 6, 2012

we can not let this happen—-it”s just the begining.

Doug Bruyette - February 6, 2012

Our Constitution is clear, It states that we have FREEDOM of Religion and SPEECH. There is no way he should be forcing employers of faiths that forbid contorception and abortions. Where will this end, with our blind faith that this one man can speek for all. I do not think so.

Jerry Millican - February 6, 2012

This gives a whole new meaning to the expression “The camel’s nose in the tent”.
You let the White House get away with this and you find yourself pushed outside of the tent, with no Constitutional cover.

Betsy Reynolds - February 6, 2012

I agree that religious employers should not be compelled to provide coverage for contraception, abortifacients and sterilization. This is a violation of our religious freedoms.

The next obvios step is abortion mandates and Euthenasia mandates.

Doug Boone - February 6, 2012

The Separation of Church and State, envisioned by our founders, was to assure that NO ONE RELIGION became endorsed by government – not to have a God free nation! Forcing birth control, etc to be purchased by a religious entity, flies in the face of the Constitution. While I am not Catholic, I support their right to live the tenets of their church (their argument would be enhanced if the likes of Nancy Pelosi stood up for her churches values as well – can you say “excommunicate”). Either we value religious freedom or we do not! Either we value the Constitution or we do not! Pray for our Nation!

Michael Uecker - February 6, 2012

It is an outrage to force a religious institution to violate its own principles just to exist in this country. This is a clear violation of the First Amendment – the Administration’s bizarre interpretation of which should clearly indicate their complete disrespect for our Judeo-Christian roots and the Constitution itself.

On the other hand, if the Catholic Church does not publicly excommunicate all so-called Catholics associated with this ruling (starting with HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and VP Biden), then what are we to think is actually an important precept of that faith.

michele smith - February 6, 2012

Obama is once again trampling on the constition!!!!!

Donna Falls - February 6, 2012

President Obama has overstepped the boundaries this time and we will not take this sitting down.

e costa - February 6, 2012

Reproductive “medicine” (an oxymoron to begin with) is an ELECTIVE anyway not a “right.” That is the basic issue to begin with. No, no person and no company or any other entity should be forced to provide that type of coverage, religious liberty or no. This issue has been out of focus for the past 40 years and should be modified as such and then we would not have the problem of taking real rights way from our religious institutions. Abortion is murder in any society and every religion on the planet. Murder is wrong in every contemporary society. Abortion should not be covered. I can understand why it was made “legal” but it should not be be a right or paid for by the government or paid for by any insurance plan. No one should ever be forced to pay for someone else’s reproductive choices. This is wrong on every level; not just a religious issue!

Sharon Minton - February 6, 2012

This unconstitutional deman of Obamacare validates the many requests for Mr. Obama to validate his authentic birth for citizenship. He clearly does not understand what every American knows as a Constitutional Right: Freedom of Religion. Mr. Obama, your ignorance is showing!!

Albert Monger - February 6, 2012

Religious employers (hospitals, charities, adoption groups, universities, soup kitchens) should not be compelled to provide such coverage. Jack

D Kurtzman - February 6, 2012

For what it is worth I have phoned protests on Obama’s contraceptive mandate, to Senators Mikulski and Cardin.

Jack Stevens - February 6, 2012

Yes, I agree that Obama and his “cronies” have over-stepped the limits and meaning of the Constitution….in this instance and others–”too numerous to mention”. I could go on;however, my words would just be a repeat of so many true Americans that love this country.

Kevin - February 6, 2012

I don’t think that ANY employer should be compelled to offer this type of coverage. Business owners should be free to incorporate their religious convictions in their business practices. Buyers would be free to choose whether or not to patronize those businesses.

Gerardo Beni - February 6, 2012

I agree. It is a fundamental freedom protected by the First Amendment. This administration’s agenda is to expand the power of government — the free exercise of religion is an obstacle to this expansion.

John Tabor, Jr. - February 6, 2012

Not only Churches but No One should be mandated to either buy or furnish insurance that is against His or the Church’s moral stance. No One should be forced to purchase insurance including things they do NOT WANT COVERAGE FOR. EVERYONE SHOULD BE ABLE TO CHOOSE THE COVERAGE HE OR SHE WANTS, DESIRES OR IS IN CONFORMITY WITH HIS MORAL BELIEFS.

John Tabor, Jr. - February 6, 2012

CATHOLICS IN CONGRESS OR IN ANY OFFICE THAT TRIES TO FORCE THESE MANDATES SHOULD BE EX-COMMUNICATED IMMEDIATELY. NANCY PELOSI AND JOE BIDEN INCLUDED.

Paul Opitz - February 6, 2012

NOBODY should be forced to provide for, or use contraceptive devices. This is not a dictatorship, it is the USA where we are free to make decisions that are within the law – period! Just another reason why Obamacare needs to be repealed.

Jim Kronenberg - February 6, 2012

It is a logical extension of a govenment mandate requiring everyone to buy a product that not everyone wants or needs. If the Catholic Church must provide benefits for contraception or abortion, does this include priests and nuns? Must Jehovah Witness employees be provided with benefits for transfusion and infusion of other blood products? How ludicrous. How silly. But, then Obamacare is ludicrous and silly anyway.

Larry Mitchell - February 6, 2012

Do you agree that religious employers should not be compelled to provide coverage for contraception, abortifacients and sterilization?

Larry Mitchell - February 6, 2012

What an absurd question!
Only an Obama/Pelosi/Reed liberal would suggest such a concept based on their total ignorance of the Bible or our Constitution.
Keep the Federal Government out of my life and my religion.
Which by the way happens to be Biblically based, Christ centered.
Thanks for the opportunity to respond.
Larry

Florence Blattner - February 6, 2012

To abort or use contraception is all a personal choice.
I for one could never abort a gift from the Lord. Abortion is the same a murder. Each person is made in the image of God and valuable is His sight.
Contraception is up to the individual and may be needed in health instances.
Government has no business in personal affairs. This is between husband and wife and the Lord, not with the government.

cyn - February 6, 2012

the liberal left go after christains YET they rally for muslins- what a bunch of warped individuals – get back to conservatism and EQUAL FAIRNESS

Ronald Beeckman - February 6, 2012

This administration needs to be stopped! Is nothing sacred anymore? I”m ready to do whatever it takes to get them out of office!

edward mcgovern - February 6, 2012

this is as the bishops declared “an unjust law” and an attack on the catholic church, as well as other faiths. it can be considered declaring war on the catholic church. the administration should beware, as the power of the catholic faithful is strong and fearless.

Ann - February 6, 2012

Completely agree with Heritage statement. How do we reverse this decision as well as protect our Constitutional rights?

Bob Fregeau - February 6, 2012

What else can you expect from an administration that is anti-constitutional. Remember the saying; “When a fish rots, it rots from the head” -Author Unknown

Carol Hammond - February 6, 2012

This is a constitutional issue and must be protected at all costs. Is this a big enough issue to impeach Obama? Where are the lawyers, there are so many issues that come up on a daily basis that should make the legal system angry enough to get Obama and his Czars “pro bono”! Please do something about this guy.

Joan McLean - February 6, 2012

The frightening thing to me is that this should even be under discussion. The transgression is so blatant.

Theodore Joseph - February 6, 2012

This is a direct assault on Religious Freedom and the Catholic Church.
Ted Joseph

JERRY W. WEST - February 6, 2012

I fully agree with the Heritage Foundation’s position on this issue. This is one more example of why Obamacare must be repealed or declared unconstitutional by the Supreme Court.

Jean Smusz - February 6, 2012

NO, NO, NO, they should not be required to provide coverage that runs counter to their religious belief. I cannot believe that this is what is being suggested. Maybe the president should give up his socialist upbringing and Nancy Pelosi should be excommunicated from the church. What an embarassment these two people(?) are to the religious and god loving people.

Tricia - February 6, 2012

I totally agree with Heritage about the mandate from this administration. If we don’t stop them they will continue to rob of our rights! This Administration is the scariest in our history and HAS TO BE STOPPED!

Art - February 6, 2012

The Federal government has gone so far overboard on thinking it can do whatever it pleases that unless things turn around, no one should be surprised when this house of cards comes tumbling down. Religious institutions, including hospitals, need to be left alone.

Peter - February 6, 2012

I am Catholic and I can not understand why the President wants this battle. Oh, I forgot, he is a Muslim

Tony B. - February 6, 2012

We are a nation created under the providence of God. Our constitution was based on limited governement and the supremacy of the individual. The states, when agreeing to the constituion, they did not pass it until there was a bill of rights. Where it states that our rights are given to us by a Creator ( This we know as God )
I believe that people in this country should hav no rights since they don’t believe inthe creator that gave us those rights and by default they have none because the state does not grant rights. Also these rights existed well before these unbelievers were born and they have no essence of history and sacrifices made by those that protected these rights.These people can go any other place in the world where their beliefs will be exactly like their new country of hospitality where the government tells them what, when, where and how to do things. They do not belong here.

Linda Nash - February 6, 2012

I am Catholic. I do not want the president to force me and my Church to pay for or support abortion, contraception, etc. I demand freedom of religion for all faiths!! I demand respect for life at all stages.

Jean Smusz - February 6, 2012

Religious employers (anyone offering services) must not, should not and cannot in good conscience provide coverage for or services to anyone which would run counter to their religious belief and upbringing. How about mandating that anyone who has unprotected sex, thus bringing life into this world would not only see the pregnancy through to the birth of the child but would either assume responsibility for the child or pay to have the child adopted into a loving home, thus losing the right to the child but paying so that the child will have a future and a chance at LIFE!

Jim Johnson - February 6, 2012

The resolution to this is pretty simple. The religious organizations should simply refuse to comply. If every religious organization refused to comply the administration would be forced to rescind the requirement rather than face suit from thousands of churches.

William & Judith Doran - February 6, 2012

We absolutely agree that Obama’s Contraception, Abortion and sterilization decree forcing religious institutions to pay for insurance for their employees, without a deductable is the act of a Chavez-like dictator and is in violation of the USConstitution.
We will do all in our power to add Obama, Sebellius, and all the senators and rpresentatives swell the ranks of the unemployed.
This is one MORE edict moving us toward dictatorship and socialism.

Vivian Ellis - February 6, 2012

I am strongly prochoice, but that means individual choice either way. This is clearly an unconstitutional mandate. But Obama ignores the Constitution all the time and gets away with it because no one is stopping him. It is obvious he feels he is above the Constitution or any other laws, considers himself an almighty dictator. How can this fiend be stopped?

Katherine Harms - February 6, 2012

Nobody, organization or individual, should be required to obtain health insurance. If we are ultimately compelled to have this law, then the law should not force anyone, organization or individual, to act against conscience. Individuals and organizations must be allowed to opt out of coverages for goods and services that are in contradiction to the faith of the individual or organization.
That said, I think the organizations that are raising the loudest outcry are guilty of applying for and receiving government money, but now that the government wants to tell them what to do, they don’t like it. Here is what I think. When the organizations received the money, they thought of it the same as any money donated by anybody. They considered that they had received the money as funding for their mission, vision and values. They rejoiced that they had siphoned some secular money off for their own purposes. The government, however, saw all that money as funding for services the government wanted provided. The government saw the religious organizations as becoming agents of the government; to the government the grants paid sub-contractors to do work the government wanted done. Now the government comes to its contractors and says, “Oh, by the way, the new rule is that you must provide health insurance including these specific coverages for our employees who work for you.”

joann diaz - February 6, 2012

Aren’t Muslims also against birth control and abortion? Are they objecting to the mandate, or do they have a waiver on it?

william - February 6, 2012

Right on! We must keep the heat on against all these attacks on the Constitution.

Tom Salapatek - February 6, 2012

While I’ve signed petitions, including Ave Maria Radio’s, I don’t think this really has any impact on people only concerned with votes and money. I will vote against any person in favor or speaking in favor of this action, but I am also seeking and considering ways to act in monetary ways — including ways of withholding my tax payments which would support any government funding of abortions, contraception, or sterilization.

Max Cook - February 6, 2012

Obama IS a dictator not a President. He does whatever his heart leads him to desire, regardless of his duty to uphold the US Constitution. WHICH HE IS NOT DOING!
Obama is distoying our US Constitution, one day at a time. When will our Representative Congress do anything to stop Obama?

Scott Goldman - February 6, 2012

Once again this president/ administration and D.C Democrats chiseling away at the U.S. constitution. A total violation of the first amendment as originally intended to be. This should be a good lesson that modern liberalism and religion don’t go together. They contradict. We need to vote all those policymakers who are anti- constitution & pro big bureaucratic government out of office! Support Senator Mike Lee’s REIGN bill.

Jackie End - February 6, 2012

This is a complete violation of our Constitution. It is the act of a dictator. And worse – it’s the clear promotion of the State as God. The State and Obama are now picking and choosing which religious beliefs to punish. We have got to get every single Democrat out of our government and then make sure they are not allowed to return in any capacity.

Mike Thompson - February 6, 2012

Not only NO, but HELL NO! It is a clear violation of our constitutional rights

James Walter - February 6, 2012

This violation of my rights has me boiling and I will respond by voting against any incumbent on my ballot that doesn’t take a strong stand and get lots of mailings and press releases out to communicate with those who don’t pay attention to what is going on.

Janet Kowalski - February 6, 2012

We keep sinking to new lows as a nation. Now that an extreme liberal is in the White House it seems anything goes. Anything that is wrong headed and evil that is.

Michael T. Tsottles - February 6, 2012

Let us all pray that God will open the eyes of those who call themselves Christians to see the ‘wolf’ in sheeps clothing that this man Obama truly was and currently is,
so America will not make the same egregious mistake in the 2012 election. ** For the blame really rests with those who have let money and their own economic priorities take precedent over God’s priority of saving the unborn and defenseless among us ! ** We are so close to reaping what we have sown.

Ron B - February 6, 2012

Not at all surprising – I believe Obama once stated that he believed that the US Constitution is irrelevant.

We need a BIG change in Federal Government and an overhaul of its COSTS.

He, Obama, would make a great Circus Master

Gertrude Curtis - February 6, 2012

Obama – Polsoi- Biden & their socialist friends need to be stopped. Catholics- Christians- Jews can not be silent or History will repeat. It is time to pray for & defend our Constitution.
What Can I Do For My Country?

Larry G - February 6, 2012

I agree with Heritage that religious organizations should not be forced to pay for procedures that are against their religious views. As a business owner, I also firmly believe that the government has no authority to tell me what my insurance has to cover and what it does not. If I do not agree with abortions and do not want to cover them in my policy, it should be my right. The next thing you know, the government will decide that euthanism is okay and I must pay for that as well. This issue should not be just about religious employers, it should be about ALL employers.

Bob Weaver - February 6, 2012

Whatever happened to protection of religion FROM the government? I doubt Obama would be making comparable demands on Islamic hospitals or institutions if there were such things. His actions are Chavezian.

john uhrhammer - February 6, 2012

This seems to be one BIG step towards reducing the degree of freedom each individual has!. Mandated insurance, now forcing the cost of contraception on those opposed to it? They won’t quit until the USA is broke and socialism reigns!

Obama said he’d reduce the size of government; what a huge joke that is!

Duane Decker - February 6, 2012

The Obama administration continues to erode all that our forefathers to our parents have worked so hard to acquire. Who would have thought that our government would be degraded internally. We used to be worried about being attacked by a foreign country. Our voice in support of the Constitution has fallen on deaf ears. Our vote is the only tool we have for left.

David O’Donnell - February 7, 2012

I feel the Obama administration is showing exactly what they are…..socialists. They continue todemonstrate that they have no use for the constitution or capitalism.

Dave Scholtz - February 7, 2012

It simply amazes me that people still support a president, that is a supposedly a constitutional scholar, who has such utter disregare for the constitution. If he gets re-elected, Katy bar the door.

Robert Brelsford - February 7, 2012

Rather than exempting Religion from compliance, Obamacare should be repealed. For Heritage to suggest that Obamacare is an accomplished fact and suggest a band-aid fix calling for exemption is a weak position. Obama has exempted the unions and dozens of ” Friends of Obama ” from his national health care signature legislative accomplishment because it is too expensive and destroys FREEDOM.

freedom

Maron Garland - February 7, 2012

Yes I strongly agree, they should not be made to do this..This just shows again the disrespect by this adminstration.

Donald Keagy - February 7, 2012

I need to qualify this statement, not a mormon. History tells us the government has more power then we would like to admit. Utah wanted to be a state, stop polygamy. Good idea, but it did go against their religion. The universities wanted federal money, allow black students into the classroom. Seemed fair to me, but it want against their beliefs. In these cases I think the outcome was good, but in reading the comments nobody looked at the history of the powerful government. Agreeing with all your comments about Obama still leaves me wondering what happened to history class?

Charles Slade - February 7, 2012

We all know that he is human and when the end comes we don’t have to judge him. He is making his choices now, and he thinks he is doing right. I feel sorry for him. We all make mistakes, but thank God we can repent, and be forgiven. I am sure someone was praying for Saul. Maybe Mr. Obama will get kicked off his HIGH HORSE. So prat for him, we all know how much he needs prayer, God bless.

Bud Stocking - February 7, 2012

I believe progressive activists currently weilding power in our government studied the methods used by Adolph Hitler in the taking of power in Germany by nullifying the current form of government, and then weakening the German Church and then bastardizing it into a faithless/ godless institution leaving the populous in fear, without faith or hope. Dietrich Bonhoeffer recognized it, fought it, was killed because of it. His legacy has left us a recorded history of the methodology used. We have that history as proof and and a warning to prevent the reoccurrence of such a travesty. Our Legislative and Judicial bodies have become impotent with regard to protecting the separation of powers within our government, which is enabling this president to dictate the rule over the people, and the distruction to Liberty and Freedom.

Chester M. Edsall - February 7, 2012

President Obama should not be allowed to dictate legislation that tramples my (and many other Christians) rights when it comes to paying for medical procedures that go against our religious beliefs. This president as done more harm to the Judeo-Christian values that our constitution and nation was founded upon then any other previous president.

Linda Janicki - February 7, 2012

The government has no right DICTATING what the church can and can not do. This is an infringement of our constitutional rights! Stand firm in your faith! I guess this is what happens when you sign a bill and read it later (very irresponsible).

Jan Gitzendanner - February 7, 2012

Not only should religious employers not be forced to provide contraception, abortifacients, and sterilization but NO ONE should be forced to provide those items to anyone. Unfortunately, it looks like Congress has already been sterilized. When is someone going to find the testosterone to stand up to this evil president?

Terry Denlay - February 7, 2012

Another example of our current President’s lack of respect for our Founders and the Constitution they created. Impeach the Radical Socialist!!!

Mary Ericken - February 8, 2012

Obama’s true agenda is coming to light. We are fasting and praying for the Supreme Court to over rule Obama’s attack on the Catholic Church.

Diane - February 8, 2012

Under the Constitution, I believe no employer (religious or not) should be forced to provide the means to ending an innocent life, against their conscience. Are we saying that only churches or Catholic hospitals etc. have employers that believe and live their beliefs all the time, 24/7?

Ramon Villegas - February 8, 2012

The Government has no right telling the American People to do ANYTHING. Period.

William Drews - February 19, 2012

Our constitution accommodates Freedom of Religion; certainly a Law Professor like Obama should respect such, whether or not he agrees with religion!

We need to STOP this abuse of the constitution.

Bill Drews

Beverly Jones - February 25, 2012

My goodness I’m 74years old . I can hardly believe how disrespectful BO is against the constitution and America.
We Americans must remove this dictator from office in November 2012. Congressmen and women better stands up for our FREEDOMS and LIBERTIES

m clasen - July 6, 2012

Obamacare discrimates against Catholics, Chrisitans and Jews because the muslims don’t have to have insurance because of their religious beliefs. The goverment isn’t obliged to use obamacare Why not? Remember the Holocust.

m clasen - July 6, 2012

Obama wants Christianity and Jewdism in the four walls of the church/synogods. Who will provide all the charities, etc. that the Catholic Church provides when the doors are locked and all services discontiued because of OBAMA. The Church told him “no” and his spoiled self doesn’t care who gets hurt as long as he gets his way. Pray for all of us in America.

a - June 23, 2014

Good article. I’m facing a few of these issues as well..

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