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Religious Freedom

“Obamacare won’t just ruin health care.  It is also a cultural bulldozer.  Before the law is even fully in effect, Health and Human Services bureaucrats have begun wielding their sweeping new powers to assault freedom of religion in the name of their preferred social order.”  Wesley J. Smith, The Weekly Standard, October 29, 2012, p. 20

“The promulgation of the free birth control rule indicates the regulatory road ahead.  The government now requires every covered employer to provide health insurance that offers birth control and sterilization surgeries free of charge—even if such drugs and procedures violate the religious beliefs of the employer.”  Ibid

The other consequences of Obamacare.

THE WEEKLY STANDARD • OCT 29, 2012, VOL. 18, NO. 07 • BY WESLEY J. SMITH

Obamacare won’t just ruin health care. It is also a cultural bulldozer. Before the law is even fully in effect, Health and Human Services bureaucrats have begun wielding their sweeping new powers to assault freedom of religion in the name of their preferred social order.

Protesting against Obamacare in New York, March 23, 2012 The promulgation of the free birth control rule indicates the regulatory road ahead. The government now requires every covered employer to provide health insurance that offers birth control and sterilization surgeries free of charge—even if such drugs and procedures violate the religious beliefs of the employer. Only houses of worship and monastic communities are exempt. Religious institutions have until August 1, 2013, to comply.

The lawsuits are flying. In August, the Catholic owners of Hercules Industries, a Colorado air conditioning and heating manufacturer, won a preliminary injunction against enforcement of the free birth control rule against their company (Newland v. Sebelius). The case hinges on the meaning of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA), enacted in 1993 to remedy a Supreme Court decision allowing federal drug laws of “general applicability” to supersede Native American religious ceremonies in which peyote is used. Since many laws not aimed at stifling a specific faith can be construed to do so, the threat to religious liberty was clear. A Democratic Congress passed, and President Clinton signed, RFRA.  Continue reading

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Elder on Akin

“President Bill Clinton plans to speak at the Democratic convention in North Carolina.  Clinton, some might vaguely recall, was accused of rape by a woman named Juanita Broadrick.  ‘Dateline NBC’ aired here allegations against the then-Arkansas attorney general and gubernatorial candidate.”  Larry Elder

Todd Akin Was Never Accused of Rape — Unlike Bill Clinton

By Larry Elder – TownHall.Com – 8/23/2012

Which is worse, Rep. Todd Akin’s, R-Mo., ignorance about human anatomy — or the way Republicans jump, run and hide when the Democrat-media complex decides they should?

Akin is the Republican candidate for a crucial Senate seat in Missouri. In an interview, he said that he believed that pregnancy following an act of rape is “really rare — if it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut the whole thing down.”

Incredibly dumb. The married father of six, including two daughters, apologized the next day and then recorded an ad apologizing yet again. That, at the very least, should have satisfied his Republican supporters. But, no.

Akin’s opponent, Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., and Democratic PACs spent $1.5 million on behalf of Akin to ensure his Republican primary victory over two other Republicans that experts considered surer bets to beat her. Unfortunately for McCaskill, Akin was leading in the polls before the gaffe. Akin’s stupid comments were just what she was hoping for.

Never mind that the “offended” McCaskill rode to election in 2006 by calling President George W. Bush a murdering racist. Oh, yes, she most certainly did. Bush, said McCaskill during the campaign, “let people die on rooftops in New Orleans because they were poor and because they were black”!!!

After this hideous smear, why didn’t the race-card-playing McCaskill resign from the race? But, yawn. Crickets. Media mute. Continue reading

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