The 44th President of the United States spent two decades of his life in a church that espouses black liberation theology, a cultish mix of South American Marxism and leftovers from the radical black power movement that also gave rise to the equally racist Nation of Islam.
We should only be surprised that it took this long into his turn in office to attempt to undermine the First Amendment as he has the Second. Columnist Janet Daley captures the issue of Obama trying to use the federal government’s power to force Catholics to go against their core religious beliefs in a crucial view from across the pond.
One of the provisions of Obamacare’s Affordable Care Act which obliges employers to provide mandatory health insurance, is that such policies must cover the provision of contraceptive services. While churches and specifically religious institutions (such as convents presumably) are exempt, other places of employment run by the Church would not be. So a Roman Catholic school, university or hospital would be obliged to provide contraception for its employees even though this goes against its religious beliefs and teaching. The Obama administration is now facing opposition not only from the Republicans – who see it as a straightforward breach of the First Amendment right to freedom of religious observance – but from Democratic Congressmen and Senators many of whom come from states with large Catholic populations.
So why has the President chosen this high-risk path? The White House spokesman says simply that the administration is committed to giving women access to these services “no matter where they work”. In other words, this is an issue of equality: everyone must have the same access to identical provision even if they (knowingly) work for an employer who is opposed in principle to such provision. This is a classic case of government-backed equality vs individual freedom of conscience, of a kind with which we are very familiar in Britain. It is, in fact, a direct consequence of the uniformity which any national healthcare plan must involve.
But it is also a departure from the traditional American view (enshrined in the Constitution) that the government shall not interfere in the people’s right to religious assembly and practice. What the Obama White House has effectively decided is that religion can not be allowed to interfere with the secular values which government has decreed – such as the right to equality in contraception services. Religion itself is being firmly put in its box. If the state decides that contraception must be available to all, then no church or theological text will be allowed to stand in the way.
Obama shows no sign of backing away from his position that he can impose his values over the core religious values of a huge segment of the American population.
Tactically, it is the second massive slap in the face to a growing Latino population. The first, of course, was sacrificing the lives of hundreds of Mexican nationals and Americans living along the border during Operation Fast and Furious so that the Obama Administration could have bodies to point to to further their call to reinstate a harsher version of the failed Clinton-era “assault weapon” ban.
The Obamcare edict that contraception normalization is more important than Catholic theology (and the beliefs of many Protestants as well) is an aggressive expansion of state expansion into our private lives, putting religion, as Daley notes, “in a box.”
Our Stuttering Cluster*&^% of a Miserable Failure and his sycophants don’t understand the depth of opposition against them, because they have no core religious values, just secular guidelines that can be bent and twisted as political needs and opportunities allow. This is a dangerous miscalculation, and possibly not just on a political level if Obama doesn’t have the common sense to back away from such a blatantly unconstitutional mandate that is such a brazen attack on people of faith.