Yet Obama feels he can limit Christian outreach by redefining where that is allowed to take place. If Christians are ministering any place other than the church building itself, then they and their outreaches are vulnerable to government definitions, mandates, restrictions, and penalizations.
By this definition, President Obama grossly misunderstands the Christian faith. The best works of Christ were, and are today, performed outside of the temple walls. Chancellor Jane Belford states, “Our faith is more than on Sunday. We practice our faith when we put it into action.”
The new Health and Human Services law mandating that the Catholic Church provide abortifacients, sterilization, and contraception, a violation of the long-held Catholic tradition and faith, exposes the naiveté and reckless ego of the Obama administration, not to mention a grave misunderstanding of religious freedom.
Hence, Catholic institutions across the country filed massive lawsuits against the United States government on May 21, 2012.
To win public support of his penalization and violation of religion and religion entities, including but not limited to the Catholic Church, Obama is relying on a tornado-sized twist of truth — that women are being denied contraception. This can only happen if Americans fall into a deep sleep and enter the land of Oz. Women are free to get birth control all across the country — just not at the Catholic Church or its entities because the Catholic religion believes it is morally wrong. This is their religious right; this is their religious freedom.
As Chancellor Jane Belford elaborates in a video, “This lawsuit isn’t about contraception. With a prescription, birth control pills are readily available at major retailers for $9.00 a month and at no cost from various health-care clinics. … This lawsuit does not challenge women’s established legal right to contraception use nor does it challenge any employer’s right to provide and pay for it.”
The Catholic institutions that have filed lawsuits against the government have done so because of Obama’s blatant violation of religious liberty and morality, his determination to re-define religion, and his petulant penalization of Catholic institutions. The Catholic Church is battling an attack on religious freedom not unlike those that launched a new world in the 16th century and a new nation in the 18th. They are challenging a precedent that, if left unchecked, will open the gates of hell, unleashing a hungry government eager to control, manipulate, and persecute. It may seem subtle now, but the devil is in the details. The Catholic Church is protecting our great American legacy — religious liberty.