As we celebrate the Feast of the Holy Innocents today, it is interesting to see that one of the biggest stories of the day is that Hobby Lobby has refused to comply with the law requiring health insurance coverage to pay for abortions. This comes a day after the “Catholic” Supreme Court justice Sonia Sotomayor rejected an emergency stay of the Abortion Mandate that had been written by the “Catholic” head of HHS Kathleen Sebelius.
Remember when the law was passed and President Obama signed an executive order to not include abortion in the coverage? Remember the supposedly “pro-life” Democrats who voted in favor of it after that smokescreen? Have you noticed the recent redefining of pregnancy to mean implantation instead of fertilization? Now it makes sense. If pregnancy can be redefined to mean implantation then abortifacient drugs are suddenly only contraceptives. See? Wasn’t that easy? Now go put that troubled little conscience of yours back in your church box and don’t let it out again. Of course, reality is still reality and innocents are still being murdered on the altar of convenience.
Reading through the comments on the article, it is clear that we have reached a point in this country where a vocal minority believes that religion is something that should only be visible within the confines of a physical church (like in the Soviet Union). These people (and those who are in charge of the health insurance regulations) have twisted the definition of “free exercise” found in the Constitution to mean only worship. If you listen to them talk, they typically talk about this “freedom to worship” instead of “free exercise” because it is a much narrower freedom and one that allows the government to push aside any objections to policy that are made by religious people because religion is no longer allowed to have a voice in the public square.
The irony of this is that those in power frequently invoke the Bible to justify their freedom-crushing, religion persecuting policies. It will be interesting to see what the US bishops do with their hospitals next August when the government good Samaritan comes knocking with a choice between violating religious principals and jail.