Editor, Manteca Bulletin,
With all the problems in the world, including high gasoline prices, high unemployment, a national debt over 15 trillion, Iran on the verge of a nuclear weapon, and Israel about to attack Iran, the Obama administration has chosen an unconstitutional attack against religion and attempted to force Catholic organizations to pay for contraception as part of the unconstitutional national health care law, requiring all employers, which include pro-life religious organizations and businesses, to cover birth control for their workers.
The Constitution clearly states that religious organizations are protected in their expression of religious beliefs and that there shall be “no law” “prohibiting the free exercise thereof”. If a law is enacted that allows the federal government to force a religion to pay for something that the religion teaches is wrong, then you’ve violated that principle.
Now Obama has come out and mandated that instead of the religious institution paying for the contraception or other forms of birth control, insurance companies will be forced to supply the coverage. Why should the government mandate any business to provide “free coverage” for anything? This in itself is also unconstitutional and is it really free? Of course not. The taxpayers are paying for all of this. So who benefits from such a law? Follow the money. It is Planned Parenthood, which is a huge supporter of the Obama administration.
The Obama administration has given $1.5 billion to Planned Parenthood, including a 133% increase in funding for clinics in America. One billion in tax money has also been given for international abortion groups. Planned Parenthood is an organization that profits from each abortion performed. Not surprisingly, all of the Planned Parenthood local action organizations and affiliates voted unanimously to recommend endorsing Obama for president, and he has rewarded their endorsement. Within minutes of Obama taking the presidential oath of office, the official Whitehouse.gov website was changed to add language supporting pro-abortion policies.
The Democrats today are establishing many laws against the right to life. President Obama has appointed numerous liberals from pro-abortion organizations, such as National Abortion Rights Action League (NARAL), into critical positions within the government. Obama and the Democrats are pushing through a federal bill, called the “Freedom of Choice Act,” that would end parental notification or consent for abortions on minors, mandate taxpayer-funding of abortions, allow abortions in military hospitals, end waiting periods before having an abortion, deny doctors the right to refuse to perform abortions, overturn many abortion clinic health regulations, and legalize partial-birth abortion.
The Obama administration is abusing their power in the government with unconstitutional attacks against the church and other religious organizations. This is not about providing a free service. It is about government power over the people and the church. As President Thomas Jefferson stated, “A government big enough to give you everything you need, is a government big enough to take away everything that you have….”
President of the South San Joaquin Republicans