Religious Persecution In America

US Senator Barack Obama (D-IL) makes rem

The utter lack of respect for religion from Democrats and the Obama administration is nothing short of shocking. Democrats like former Obama chief-of-staff and current Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel have been attacking a business, Chick-fil-A, because the owners don’t share their social views.

And that’s just one example. The Obamacare laws contains mandates for health care coverage that will force many business owners to make a choice between their faith and their businesses. Case in point, Hercules Industries which is owned by a Catholic family. It’s a profitable business, employing hundreds of people compensating them in part with a generous health plan, but one that doesn’t cover abortion or other devices/medications/procedures Catholics find immoral.

Because of that, the business is to be punished by the Obama administration:

The Newland family owns and operates Hercules Industries, a Colorado-based corporation that manufactures heating, ventilation and air-conditioning equipment. Through their hard work and dedication, and through their willingness to reinvest their own money in building their family business, they have managed to create jobs for 265 people while exerting a positive influence on the communities they serve.

The Newlands believe the morality the Catholic faith teaches them must animate their lives not only within the walls of the churches they attend, but literally everywhere else, as well — in the way they deal with their families, their neighbors and, yes, their business.

The Newlands sued to protect their free exercise of religion in this regard because Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius issued a regulation, under the Obamacare law, that requires virtually all health care plans to cover — without cost-sharing — sterilizations, artificial contraception and abortifacients.

Under Obamacare, businesses that employ more than 50 people must provide their employees with insurance or pay a penalty, and the required insurance must include the mandated cost-sharing-free coverage for sterilizations, artificial contraception and abortifacients.

At Hercules Industries, the Newlands provide a generous self-insured health-care plan to their employees.
It does not cover sterilization, artificial contraception or abortifacients.

Our nation was founded upon the principle of religious liberty. In fact Thomas Jefferson, the greatest of our founding fathers (in my humble opinion), listed accomplishments on his tomb that included the fact that he was the author of the Virginia Declaration on Religious Liberty (something he valued more than the fact that he was the 3rd president).

But in an America governed by Obama and Democrats, freedom of conscience and religion are almost non-existent. Businesses are attacked because their ownership holds the wrong social views. Public policy punishes businesses run in accordance with certain religious doctrines.

Forcing Catholics to pay for contraception, and attacking Chick-fil-A because they differ from Democrats in their views on homosexuality, is as odious as forcing a Muslim grocer to sell pork. Or forcing a Synagogue to shut down because a given politician doesn’t like Jews.

This is religious persecution, pure and simple. I’m an atheist, and I agree neither with the Catholics on contraception (though I’m pro-life) or Chick-fil-A on gay marriage. But I stand for liberty, and the freedom of religion is under assault right now.

Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com. In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters. He writes a weekly column for several North Dakota newspapers, and also serves as a policy fellow for the North Dakota Policy Council.

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