Kirk Adams: Troubling Times – We need faith
This was originally posted on Kirk Adams’ Facebook page. It is appropriate considering the Obama administration’s intrusion into our religious freedom.
The president continues his alarming attack on the Constitution. Obama’s Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently mandated that Catholic institutions–schools, hospitals, and charities–provide their employees health insurance that covers contraceptives, sterilization, and abortion-inducing drugs, medications and services that Catholic teaching considers immoral.
The only way for these Catholic organizations to be exempt from the new rule is to hire and serve only people of the Catholic faith. To do this would run contrary to the very teachings of Jesus Christ. As the United States Catholic Bishops pointed out, “Jesus and his apostles would not have been ‘religious enough’ for the exemption, since they healed and served people of different faiths.’”
Never before in the history of our nation has a religious organization been forced by the government to purchase a service that violates its belief system. This is precisely what the First Amendment was meant to guard against, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.” Because Obama disagrees with the Catholic Church on this issue, he has chosen to deny Catholics their constitutional rights.
Catholic Bishops across the country have spoken out against this abuse. Bishop Olmsted of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Phoenix last Sunday sent a letter, condemning the HHS decision, to all churches in the diocese. As Speaker of the Arizona House, I had the opportunity to be led in prayer by Bishop Olmsted and to hear him speak on moral issues, he is an amazing American and a courageous leader. Although Bishop Olmstead and I are not of the same faith, we share common principles. Click here to read Bishop Olmstead’s letter.
In an additional affront to liberty, the Executive Branch attempted to squash freedom of speech as well. Last week, the Archbishop of Military Services, Timothy Broglio, sent a letter to Catholic chaplains to be read at Sunday Masses. The Army’s Office of the Chief of Chaplains then sent an email telling chaplains that they were not to read the Archbishop’s letter. Not only did the Administration infringe upon religious liberty, it also tried to censure religious leaders from speaking out.
Who is next? What other religious groups will come under attack? As people of faith, we must support Bishop Olmsted and come together to fight this assault on religious freedoms and pray for our nation.
Kirk Adams is also apparently off to CPAC.