The Supreme Court ruled that the individual mandate could survive as a tax. The penalties imposed are viewed, in the decision, as taxes.
But through the edict of non-elected HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, Pres. Obama would force religious institutions against conscience to pay for some services… or face penalties (i.e. taxes).
Isn’t it now the case that if the Obama Administration punishes St. Ipsidipsy Catholic Hospital in Black Duck for refusing to provide employees their abortifacient pills, then the Federal Government is taxing the exercise of religion?
Thus, the First Gay President is another step closer to another deeply desired goal: the segregation of religion away from the public square … the shifting of religion to the private sphere alone.
The Obama Administration has already tried to move discussion from “freedom of religion” to “freedom of worship“.
Thus, when you are in church for an hour, the government will allow you – at no charge- to be a Catholic. If you want to be Catholic and faithful in the workplace – even a Catholic institution – you will pay for the privilege through a tax.
We must stand up to this, especially in the voting booth while we still can.
I want to be…
Catholic and Faithful!
American and Free!