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Last Thursday, Harry Reid and Barack Obama took another shot at our fundamental liberties when the Senate voted down the "Respect for Rights Of Conscience" amendment by a 51-48 vote.

The liberal media continue to "spin" this entire debate as being about birth control. For example, the Washington Post story on the vote had the title: "Birth control exemption bill... killed in Senate."

 

This spin is nothing more than a left-wing media lie. The real issue at stake is much more fundamental than the specific procedures that have dominated the debate. The real question is, can government require citizens and companies to provide and pay for government mandates that violate their conscience and deeply-held beliefs?



Obama says, "YES!" the statist government can override the deeply-held beliefs of ctizens and their organizations. Harry Reid says, "YES!" The leftist media says, "YES!" And now we face a fundamental and direct assault on the liberties of every American.

Consider what will happen if Obama's violation of our constitutional rights of conscience is allowed to stand: Faith-Based Hospitals, Universities And Social Service Agencies Will Shut Their Doors.

 

This may sound extreme, but leaders in the Catholic Church are already warning that Obama's mandate will cause Catholic hospitals and unversities to shut down rather than pay for the violation of their rights of conscience. Cardinal Francis George, who resides in Chicago, said the mandate means:

This year, the Catholic Church in the United States is being told she must “give up” her health care institutions, her universities and many of her social service organizations.... Why does a governmental administrative decision now mean the end of institutions that have been built up over several generations from small donations, often from immigrants, and through the services of religious women and men and others who wanted to be part of the church’s mission in healing and education? 

Since religious organizations provide a significant percentage of all health care services (Catholic hospitals alone account for 20% of hospital beds) this could impact millions of jobs and the health care services for tens of millions of Americans. 

Business Owners Will Be Forced To Fund Any Health Procedure Obama's Team Decides Must Be Covered. The ObamaCare law leaves the ultimate decision making on what health services must be carried and covered to government bureaucrats. Millions of Christian business owners will be forced by Obama to offer and pay for services which violate their First Amendment religious liberties.

 

Employees Will See Their Rights Trampled. Employees who do not support certain health services because of moral or religious reasons will be forced through co-pays and insurance cost sharing to fund these services. 

 

Pandora's Box Is Opened. Beyond ObamaCare and these HHS Mandates, this gross violation of our rights opens up "Pandora's Box" for statist government leaders to, at their discretion, overrun the constitutional rights of citizens. The fact is, these HHS Mandates are the inevitable result of the unconstitutional ObamaCare law and a statist regime that does not respect our fundamental liberties. And it's just the beginning.

 

Even though Harry Reid's Senate struck down the "Rights Of Conscience" provision, this battle is far from over. The next major action is expected in the House, where similar language to the Blunt amendment will likely come up for a vote later this month.