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Leviathan: Mandating us


ROBERT MORRISON

Source:
Human Events
Type:
Media/Opinion
Date:
3/7/2012

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ABSTRACTLeviathan: Mandating us - HUMAN EVENTS GO Follow Human Events » Home Election 2012 The Chase 2012 Veepstakes 2012 Delegate Tracker Campaign Finances Race Rundown AdWatch Candidate Tracker RedState Guns & Patriots Family Events Uncommon Knowledge Ann Coulter Newt Gingrich Pat Buchanan Share Tweet Print Forward Leviathan: Mandating us by  Robert Morrison 03/07/2012 Comments The liberal media is doing a good job of blurring the issues involved in the HHS mandate controversy. The issue is not, and never has been, whether contraceptives will be available for women who want them. It has never been about whether such birth control drugs or devices will be legal.   The issue is solely about whether institutions, including hospitals and ministries, shall be mandated to provide drugs that can cause abortions, sterilizations and contraceptives in insurance coverage to their employees even in violation of their consciences. We hear most about Catholic institutions, of course, because the Catholic Church historically has not accepted what she terms artificial birth control.   From America’s earliest days, political leaders have gone the extra mile to respect religious consciences. That’s why, for example, you find in the Constitution itself the requirement that office holders swear an oath to support “this Constitution.” Or, they can affirm their loyal support for the basic law. Why “affirm”? Because the Founders knew that the Society of Friends, known as Quakers, did not take oaths as a matter of conscience. The Founders did not want to exclude Quakers from holding federal office.   In the course of the Twentieth Century, with two world wars to fight, the issue of conscientious objector status for exemption from compulsory military service has been repeatedly raised in the courts. The federal judiciary, including the U.S. Supreme Court, has never accepted the idea that the government has unlimited powers over you. And thus, traditionally pacifist sects, like Quakers, like Mennonites, have been exempted from the military draft. Liberal jurists have even extended such exemptions to pacifists who do not belong to historically exempt religious groups. Supreme Court justices have recognized deeply held convictions that, for the holders, are as much a part of their identity as religious scruples are for believers.   Compare that respect for tender consciences with this HHS mandate and you see Leviathan rising up from the depths to crush us in its powerful jaws. Now, HHS Sec. Kathleen Sebelius says Catholic hospitals are mandated to provide coverage that includes drugs that can cause abortions.   If this is accepted, what principle could be invoked to say that these hospitals cannot be similarly mandated to provide coverage that includes surgical abortions? Or can these hospitals simply be mandated to refer patients for abortions elsewhere? Any one of these mandates is unacceptable to Americans whose consciences recoil at being entangled with the killing of unborn children.   For pro-life people, both Catholic and non-Catholic, this HHS mandate is like being swept up into King Herod’s army. We will not accept it. We want an exemption from that draft.   For us, James Madison is a better guide. He became a passionate advocate for religious liberty. As a member of the Virginia General Assembly, he supported Thomas Jefferson’s 1779 Bill for Religious Freedom. He shepherded that historic measure through various committees until it was finally enacted in 1786.   Madis.......