August 1, 2012

Neumayr: Serfs of the secularist state

George Neumayr writes on the now-effective Obama HHS contraceptive, sterilization, and abortifacient mandate:

Only the Obama administration would have the hubris to argue that all businessmen are de facto serfs of the secularist state. Obama has invented a preposterous new right out of thin air — the right to force an employer to pay for one’s sex life — and is willing to impose that phony right on business owners at the expense of their religious freedom.

Punitive fines form the tip on the spear that President Barack Obama is recklessly wielding against the religious. The first to feel its sting will be private business owners. Starting on August 1, companies across the country will face crippling fines if they refuse to comply with President Obama’s contraceptive and abortifacient mandate.

The Congressional Research Service estimates that Obamacare’s tax agents can exact fines of up to $100 per employee, per day, from businesses that object to this decree. For businesses that employ hundreds of workers, this will add up to millions of dollars in fines each year.

Either submit to Obama’s secularist demand or risk bankruptcy. That is now the choice before many family-run businesses.

Religious organizations have until August 1, 2013 to comply with the mandate before they too are fined. “In effect, the president is saying we have a year to figure out how to violate our consciences,” remarked Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York City after HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced this delay.

But for non-religious employers, the mandate falls on Wednesday and some companies like Hercules Industries are fighting back. Let us hope they succeed. Indeed, it is hard to imagine a more shameless violation of the original meaning of the First Amendment than for a president to fine Christian and Jewish business owners for simply adhering to traditional morality. The First Amendment was clearly written not to suppress religious freedom in the public square but to protect it.
Read the whole thing.

See also Bryan Preston:
According to HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, “President Obama is moving our country forward by giving women control over their health care. This law puts women and their doctors, not insurance companies or the government, in charge of health care decisions.”

What about pro-life women? Do they not exist?
Well, yes, we do, but we weren't going to vote for Obama anyway. It's the Sandra Flukes of the country who need to be mobilized on November 6th. (Do read the rest of Preston's piece.)

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