BOHEMIA, NY, Apr 13 – President Obama wasted no time spinning the growing anger over his decision to restrict religious freedom into a new grab for votes, according to Dan Weber, president of the Association of Mature American Citizens.
“The president and his surrogates have been repeating their lie that the new contraception mandate is about women’s rights, obscuring the plain and simple truth: it is about the government getting carte blanche to trample on the rights and religious values of all Americans,” Weber said.
V. Rev. Fr. Peter-Michael Preble, a Romanian Orthodox priest, wrote in the Huffington Post recently that “I voted for President Obama because, like many, I believed we needed change. Well I now feel I was duped and his brand of change is not what America needs at all.”
President Obama is determined to frame the debate as a new fight for women’s rights to choose, explained Weber. But, Father Preble quickly pointed out that it’s not about choice; it’s about “forcing me to pay for behavior that my religion calls unacceptable.”
Even The Washington Post said in an editorial that “requiring a religiously affiliated employer to spend its own money in a way that violates its religious principles does not make an adequate accommodation for those deeply held views.”
Timothy Cardinal Dolan has been outspoken on the matter. He’s been telling reporters that the mandate “is an unwarranted, radical, unprecedented intrusion in the life of the church.” He urged Americans to unite and stand up for the cause of religious freedom because “if we duct tape the role of religion and the churches and morally convinced people in the marketplace, that’s gonna lead to a huge deficit, a huge void.”
The AMAC chief said “we’re taking the Cardinal’s words to heart,” noting that the association is in the final stages of development of a massive new campaign to engage the nation in the cause.
Weber said “we owe it to ourselves, our children and future generations to preserve all, not some, of our freedoms and because the Founding Fathers saw fit in the very first amendment to the Bill of Rights to ensure that government could not prohibit the free exercise of religion under any circumstances.”
He said that the AMAC movement is “not a partisan cause, it’s an American cause” and urged involvement by visiting the association’s Web site at www.amac.us. “Watch for news and updates on the issue at our Web site in the coming weeks and join us in preserving our fundamental rights as guaranteed by the Constitution.”
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The Association of Mature American Citizens [http://www.amac.us] is a vibrant, vital and conservative alternative to those traditional organizations, such as AARP, that dominate the choices for mature Americans who want a say in the future of the nation. Where those other organizations may boast of their power to set the agendas for their memberships, AMAC takes its marching orders from its members. We act and speak on their behalf, protecting their interests, and offering a conservative insight on how to best solve the problems they face today.