Conscience Rights and the Obama Administration

Conscience Rights and the Obama Administration July 16, 2013

The USCCB released a new video today discussing the war on the right of conscience in America.

I think it’s a powerful video that expresses the issues far better than anything I could say. All Americans should be upset about what the Obama administration is doing to our First Amendment liberties.
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30 responses to “Conscience Rights and the Obama Administration”

  1. I’m beyond upset. Between this and a few other things that have happened these last couple of years, i’ve lost my sense of patriotism. This isn’t my country any more.

    • I totally agree with you, I am fearful of the direction my country is headed.

      If you are going to be a nurse you must be willing to treat ALL your patients, even those who have made choices you don’t agree with. If she were a Jehovah’s Witness would she refuse to treat a patient getting a blood transfusion?

      How, exactly, does providing comprehensive medical coverage to your employees offend your own conscience? If you don’t want to use contraceptives, you don’t have to use them! What gives you the right to make that decision for anyone else? What about your employees who are not Catholic? Do we really want to live in a totalitarian state where your employer gets to decide what health care you are allowed to receive? Where the Government tells you what you can and can’t do to your own body? It’s un-American. As an American, I demand my freedom!

      • The saddest sight in all the world is a man trying to be funny when God did not make him so. Cary, I suggest you leave that sort of thing to Jay Leno and Tina Fey and all that sort of people, who know how to do it. As for the rest, if you imagine for one second that we haven’t heard it all, every last stupid self-righteous obfuscating mendacious and self-regarding word of it, an infinite amount of times, you are living on the moon. Yours is ignorant boilerplate that nobody should bother answering because we have answered it so many times before.

        • “Yours is ignorant boilerplate that nobody should bother answering because we have answered it so many times before.”

          Actually, it seems like boilerplate because so many people feel the exact same way as Cary and have stated as such. They are common sense responses to what comes down to nothing more than whining. The courts haven’t come down to definitive rulings as to whether plaintiff’s First Amendment rights are being violated. If they are then the plaintiffs won’t be required to provide health care plans that cover contraception. I their First Amendment rights are not being violated, per the courts’ determinations, then they should stop whining and give their employees the coverage.

          • What wonderful confidence in the wisdom and uprightness of the courts. You don’t believe in God, but you believe in judges. What delicious confidence in the excellence and unstained honour of human nature.

            • “You don’t believe in God, but you believe in judges.”

              I don’t believe in your concept of God. Of course I believe in judges. Why wouldn’t I? They are the most qualified to decide if someone’s First Amendment rights are being violated. People who think their rights are being violated are the least qualified because they are biased.

      • If you don’t like your employer’s compensation, take another job. But you are forcing employers to violate their religious conscience. Freedom works both ways, not just for you.

      • Putting artificial chemicals into your body to override how a healthy female body was designed to work does not strike me as “medical care” or “health care.”

        This reminds me of C.S. Lewis’ statement, “For the wise men of old, the cardinal problem had been how to conform the soul to reality, and the solution had been knowledge, self-discipline, and virtue. [But] for magic and applied science alike, the problem is how to subdue reality to the wishes of men; the solution is a technique; and both, in the practice of this technique, are ready to do things hitherto regarded as [terrible and] impious . . .”

  2. I just had a conversation about this. I don’t think the state should force organizations to provide coverage against their beliefs but the employee should be allowed to add it if they so choose to and they should have the means to get what they properly need.

  3. This seems like it’s plainly a situation of competing rights. I do not think a caregiver’s right to act in accord with their religious beliefs outstrips an individual’s right to receive health care. I can see why it would be regarded as in dispute rather than clear cut though.

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