The HHS Mandate and the First Amendment
February 12, 2012 Leave a comment
The first amendment battle in this country is starting to become more and more apparent as I observe some of the political discourse in this country. It is imperative that people recognize it’s significance or this will become another right, one of our most important ones, that dissolves in the front of our eyes.
The impetus toward addressing this topic now is result of the religious freedom attack coming directly from the Barack Obama health care plan who’s HHS mandate directly violates conscience laws of individuals in this country.
My goal is not to entertain the Obama issue further but to get to the root of a much more fundamental imperative: Separation of Church and State. It is the secularist left’s favorite line to argue on, but it’s also the most egregiously misrepresented one. The line is never actually quoted in the constitution, but stems from a letter written by Thomas Jefferson who was making an argument about a first amendment principle. Let’s first examine the actual text of the amendment:
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
The question that should follow if you are truly trying to objectively analyze the amendment is this: Why did our founders choose to specifically apply this restriction on the congress? If you did your research you’d realize that there is, in fact, a historical explanation for this.
The Glorious revolution, 1688 in England, which dethroned King James II finally got the ball rolling for an end to centuries of religious persecution in England. Much of this at the time was done through parliament at the behest of the reigning King. This ranged from attempts to establish different faiths as official religions as the empire, whether it was the Catholics doing it to the protestants or the reverse, it had shock waves of effects in the colonies.
In order to maintain a proper balance of power, the founders wanted to make sure that the congress never had the authority to influence religion that way in this country. The left, however, loves to argue that this first amendment gives them grounds to prohibit free practice of religion in public places. That is so incredibly false and in that regard, as Steven Baldwin so expressly put it at CPAC this weekend: “Separation of Church and State can kiss my ass.” The new world was supposed to be a beacon of liberty and most notably a place in which free religious practice was to be encouraged. The fact that the intent of the first amendment has been so grossly distorted to be used as a grounds to mandate secularism is a testament to how far we have fallen as a country.
Now we can go back and look at the HHS mandate again. I don’t care if it applies just to insurance companies, or even if it was just on alternate Tuesdays in January. It is still a MANDATE and violates conscience right. You cannot force people to offer a service they have objections to in any setting in this country. So no, Barack Obama, on this issue there is no compromise.