Guest Submission by Tom Hill
“Hope and change” has deteriorated into “do what I say.” What began as a slogan to portray recovery has morphed into a plan for bondage. Nowhere does this description manifest itself more clearly than in President Obama’s assault upon religion.
Recently, the President demanded that all employers provide health insurance coverage for matters that directly contradict the religious beliefs of many Americans. (Can he do that?) Specifically, these requirements include, at a minimum, provision for birth control, post-coital abortive medicine, and abortion.
At first glance, the President’s orders appear to foster freedom through emphasis upon the greater good. This philosophy says that a group of people must give up something good, even freedoms, to their detriment, for what others call a greater good. As a result, those who give up something good become subservient to others. However, his plan would eliminate currently held Constitutional freedoms enjoyed by millions of Americans, even those without religious affiliations.
The President’s demands directly attack religion. With this unprecedented declaration, he elevates himself above the spiritual heads of all religions. People, regardless of their religious beliefs, must submit to him and his demands rather than to their spiritual leaders.
With his pronouncement, President Obama eliminates religious freedom. In America’s early years, flocks of people came to this land seeking religious freedom. They left their homelands because their governments denied it to them. Now, President Obama wants to abolish in America that which the Nation’s ancestors came to this land to pursue.
If President Obama’s demands go into effect, the greater good of the state will dictate governmental policies that supersede the role of religion in people’s lives. The elimination of these freedoms will bring bondage to government.
Americans do not have to accept the President’s proclamation. They can prevent his mandates from becoming practice. They can elect political candidates who champion limited government and who will remove the increasing regulations that restrict freedoms.
With the return of limited government, Americans will retain their religious freedoms, so precious to millions of people. The government will not dictate religious practice. The greater good does not rely upon governmental mandates. The oft-quoted statement, describes it well: “That government that governs least governs best.”
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