I’m not sure how the Catholic Church’s revolt against its principles being trampled by the central government will play out. But here is a reflection.
As simply as I can understand it, Obama’s first position was: Here is what you have to do, whether you like it or not, and you have to pay for it.
Obama’s “compromise” is: Here is what you have to do, whether you like it or not, and everyone else has to pay for it.
The second half of the second position is ridiculous. It implies that the only issue facing the church is cost. And, as if it would solve the problem, it shoves those costs squarely on to you and me. A great idea.
But far worse for our nation is that in both positions, the first half does not change at all. Church-affiliated institutions must do what the government tells them to do, even when it contradicts their religious beliefs.
What happened to the First Amendment? More recently, what happened to “If you like your current healthcare plan, you can keep it?”
The government is intruding ever more deeply into every action and choice that we have. It was not supposed to be this way, and we must stop it before it is impossible to turn back.
This is not a Catholic issue, or even a church issue. The governing elites want to tell us how to do everything, from making energy to eating sweets to aborting babies. The end result, if it goes on, will be fascism, of course in the name of making us all better and happier. But under this happy fascism there still will be no freedom.