The people running Chick-fil-A are hardly the only ones to be punished for daring to cling bitterly to moral principles in the era of Hope & Change. This is what happens if your conscience doesn’t permit you to get on board with ObamaCare:
The Justice Department last week presented the Newland family of Colorado — who own Hercules Industries, a heating, ventilation and air-conditioning business — with what amounted to an ultimatum: Give up your religion or your business.
The Newlands objected to being forced to provide contraception, sterilization, and even abortifacients for their employees, citing the First Amendment’s protection of religious liberty.
The Catholic Church, to which the Newlands belong, teaches that sterilization, contraception and abortion are intrinsically immoral. Last month, the Catholic bishops of the United States unanimously adopted a statement declaring Sebelius’s regulation an “unjust and illegal mandate” and a “violation of personal civil rights.”
Here’s what Obama, Holder, et al. think of the Newlands’ civil rights:
The Justice Department responded by arguing that if the Newlands’ Roman Catholic faith prevented them from following the Obama administration’s command that they provide their employees with cost-sharing-free coverage for sterilizations, contraception and abortion-inducing drugs, the Newlands could simply give up their business entirely.
According to the Injustice Department,
“Any burden is therefore caused by the company’s choice to enter into a commercial activity.”
That is, by attempting to make a living, you wave your Constitutional rights. Experience suggests that John Roberts will agree.
We have long since passed the point where no sincere person can be both a Catholic and a Democrat. Obamunism is bringing us to the point where you can’t be both a Catholic and an American.
On tips from St. Gilbert and James McEnanly.