Religious freedom gets whacked

by Paul Rondeau/The Washington Examiner

President Obama, with the proud help of his friends at Planned Parenthood, wrote Obamacare. Together, they make you an offer you can’t refuse — paying almost $965 million, according to estimates by the Alliance Defending Freedom, for “preventive services” like abortion.

Don’t want that “preventive” service? I’ll put it this way: Imagine you’re in Chicago, and a guy who knows a few guys walks into your family business. He offers “preventive services” you don’t want. You say, “No, thanks.” He tells you, “You got two choices: You can either pay or you can pay.” It’s a persuasive argument.

Now imagine you’re a Christian shop owner. You find out these so-called preventive services mean abortion-inducing drugs and sterilizations. You say, “Hey, wait a second. I have religious freedom, don’t I?”

Nope. In case you haven’t heard, the Abortion Syndicate put out a hit on the First Amendment. Religious freedom got whacked on Aug. 1, 2012, the day the Health and Human Services mandate went into effect.

Everyone — that includes you and your business — will pay. There is no serious conscience exemption. Cardinal Donald Wuerl, archbishop of Washington, put it this way: “Even Mother Teresa wouldn’t qualify” for a religious exemption. The Catholic University of America doesn’t qualify. Notre Dame doesn’t qualify. Catholic Charities cannot qualify unless it stops serving non-Catholics

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