Failing to comprehend what the Founders intended in the First Amendment, or more likely, that it no longer matters what Americans believe it means, the Obama Administration foolishly thumbed it’s nose at our strong belief in religious liberty when it required coverage of sterilization, abortifacients, and contraception in all health plans under the new healthcare law.
When a Catholic Archbishop instructed priests to read a letter to their congregations that said, “We cannot — we will not — comply with this unjust law,” the government’s Chief of Chaplains instructed military chaplains not to read the letter to those under their care, a clear intrusion of government into the arena of religious liberty.
In the book of the Acts of the Apostles, when the Jewish High Priest “and all of high priestly descent” commanded Peter and John to stop speaking and teaching “in the Name of Jesus,” Peter and John said, “Whether it is right in the sight of God to give heed to you rather than to God, you be the judge; for we cannot stop speaking what we have seen and heard.” Acts 4:18-20
In America, we the people are the government. It is our prerogative, under the Constitution to speak freely, but when the lewd, the perverted, and the pornographers have more freedom to say and write whatever they wish, but we cannot, it is a harbinger of things to come from an Administration that respects neither our rights or the Constitution they are sworn to uphold.