Freedom of thought hangs in the balance Reply

QUESTION:  What is the most important right in America?

ANSWER:  Most would quickly point to the First Amendment. It specifies freedom of expression and religion as foundational freedoms. However, freedom of thought, or conscience, is the ultimate foundation upon which other freedoms rely, and it is under grave assault.

The assault on this freedom comes from a seemingly unlikely source: abortion and so-called women’s reproductive rights. More…

“The state is making itself into a church” Reply

“What will happen if the HHS regulations are not rescinded? A Catholic institution, so far as I can see right now, will have one of four choices: 1) secularize itself, breaking its connection to the church, her moral and social teachings and the oversight of its ministry by the local bishop. This is a form of theft. It means the church will not be permitted to have an institutional voice in public life. 2) Pay exorbitant annual fines to avoid paying for insurance policies that cover abortifacient drugs, artificial contraception and sterilization. This is not economically sustainable. 3) Sell the institution to a non-Catholic group or to a local government. 4) Close down.” More…

The Hobby Lobby decision once again points out the peril of mandates 2

You’re familiar with the con: Obamacare will reduce health insurance premiums by $2500 per year.

That’s what candidate Obama promised. His calculation was remarkably accurate, except for one thing: they went up by $2500 instead of down.

I mention this unsavory $5000 miscalculation by the Obama brain trust in light of the Supreme Court’s decision in favor of Hobby Lobby yesterday.

Most commentators, writers, and bloggers are legitimately noting that this is either a victory for religious liberty, which it is, or a new “war on women,” which, of course, it is not. There has not been enough discussion about the idea of a “mandate” itself… More…