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AMAC: Supreme Court Justices Appear Divided, Liberals Versus Conservatives, on Obamacare Birth Control Case

The contraceptive mandate is an ‘obvious infringement of the first amendment’

by John Grimaldi

WASHINGTON, DC, Mar 28 – “Religious freedom is not a partisan issue, it is guaranteed by the Constitution. Yet the Supreme Court appears divided by partisan politics as it considers whether employers must provide employees with insurance covering birth control, including pills that can kill a fetus after contraception,” according to rights activist Dan Weber, president of the Association of Mature American Citizens.

The protesters were out in force in front of the Supreme Court building as the nine justices began to hear oral arguments in the landmark case this week. Court-watchers, meanwhile, say the justices are sharply divided based on the questions they put to attorneys.

“One placard caught my eye. It read ‘Birth control is not my boss’s business.’ But Obamacare would make it the employer’s business, whether they want it or not. It would force the managements of at least two faith-based, family-owned, for-profit companies, Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood Specialties, to comply with Obamacare’s controversial birth control provision,” Weber explained.

He said that the contraceptive mandate is an “obvious infringement of the first amendment,” noting that the guarantees religious freedom for all Americans, not just priests, rabbis and ministers. Even the liberal Washington Post supported that notion in an editorial, saying 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. Having recognized the principle of a religious exemption [religious organizations are not required to comply with the mandate], the administration should have expanded it.”

The proponents of Obamacare have taken the position that religious people have no right to impose their views on non-believers. But it doesn’t give non-believers the right to force their views regarding contraception and abortion on those who have strong religious convictions, Weber added.

He said “we owe it to ourselves, our children and future generations to preserve all, not some, of our freedoms. 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.”

The issue has sparked controversial debate and a spate of litigation across the country. There are currently more than 100 lawsuits challenging Obamacare’s contraception mandate in lower throughout the nation. The Supreme Court is expected to hand down its decision on the Hobby Lobby/Conestoga Wood case in June.

Meantime, Anthony Hahn, president of Conestoga Wood Specialties, told a local Lancaster, PA newspaper “We don’t just live our Christian life at home and at our church, we live it every day of our lives, including at work. While we’d rather not be in court, it was the only way to protect this way of life.”

NOTE TO EDITORS: Dan Weber is available for telephone interviews on this issue. Editors and reporters may contact John Grimaldi by phone at 917-846-8485 or via email at [email protected] to set up a call.

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Judy Tyo
8 years ago

Are you all missing this point??? Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Woods and all the other faith based companies are not against anyone who wants to have an abortion or use contraceptives…they just do NOT want to have to pay for those things. People can still buy all this and even have the right to buy the insurance exchanges from the ACA and opt out of the employers insurance. For heavens sake…since when did insurance become a right?

DanG...
8 years ago

Jeff B. is exactly correct. The federal government – all 3 branches – cannot correct themselves. As a wise man once said, absolute power corrupts absolutely. Ideology dictates all courses of action. The presidents appoint federal and Supreme Court judges according to their political beliefs and the Senate must confirm them. Since it is obvious over the decades these appointments are driven by the desire to advance their either liberal/progressive (lately European socialist/communist) or conservative agendas it is crucial to correct the founder’s original error of making the Supreme Court, and federal judges to a lifetime appointment. NO ONE IS INFALLIBLE and certainly has no right to influence the laws of the United States in perpetuity. Unfortunately, these appointments, if supported by the same party Senate as the president, are currently irreversible. The framers of the Constitution of the United States foresaw not only this eventuality but other potential violations of the great dream of the American experiment… and gave WE THE PEOPLE a way to stop a federal government that does no longer serve the needs of all of us at the state level. Talk to your friends and neighbors. Wake them up! America as we know it is about to be lost through apathy! Not only ask your state representatives to find out if they support a “convention of the states” to bypass the federal government ( I.E. the Senate, House of Representatives and president of the United States) but advise them of either your support or lack thereof of their office. Only we can do this. Do you want to have the conversation with your grandchildren with how you lost their heritage and freedoms?

Rosemary C
8 years ago

I feel that there is a definite need for term limits. The Harry Reeds should not exist in congress. I am 82 and an concerned for my grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Young folks need to GET OUT AND VOTE. They need to take an active interest in what is happening in our country.

I have been told by quite a few older persons that they didn’t want to vote for Mitt Romney (for whatever reason) and they wouldn’t vote for Obama so THEY DID NOT VOTE. And that is what happened in the last election. Many let their personal feelings dictate their vote; not what is best for America.

PaulE
8 years ago
Reply to  Rosemary C

Hi Rosemary,

You stated that “Young folks need to GET OUT AND VOTE.” The problem is they did vote in 2008 and again in 2012. The problem is they voted for Obama in over-whelming numbers. They bought the whole smear campaign, hook, line and sinker, that was put out to paint Romney as some sort of out of touch guy planning to steal everything from the poor and young. While some young people voted on the facts, far too many voted for what they’ve been conditioned to believe, which is that Democrats are the party of goodness and light and Republicans are all pure evil, no matter what any Republican candidate may say during the campaign.

When you have their mostly progressive / socialist teachers constantly telling them from the time they enter kindergarten to graduating high school or college, that the country was founded by racists and “evil rich people” (that’s how some current school books describe the Founding Fathers) and the Democrat Progressive movement is trying to bring “social justice” and “economic fairness” to the United States, who do you think a majority of these brainwashed young people are going to vote for?

As for the older folks who refused to vote for Romney, for whatever reason, and thought they would make a statement by sitting home that day, all they did was ensure Obama would be re-elected by throwing away their chance to change the course of the country. These people of course tend to cry the loudest when things only go from bad to worse afterwards. Yet they had an opportunity to potentially change things and they instead opted to throw their chance away.

I can have some degree of sympathy for the young, because they’ve been systematically brainwashed over the years. Many have no clue what they’re actually voting for. However, some can be reached if you spend the time and effort to explain the cause and effect principles associated with many of the socialist policies they’ve been led to believe would be beneficial to them. If you can express the impact in terms they can personally appreciate, you can sometimes get them to re-evaluate their acceptance of Progressive (Socialist) lies.

On the other hand, the older folks you described were usually fixated on a single issue. For them, the ONLY thing that mattered was the single issue, whatever it may have been. So in their minds, they were expressing what they perceived to be a rational response to NOT HAVING the ideal candidate that supported that issue. Is it the absolute wrong thing to do? Of course it was, but good luck getting any of these folks to see that. They don’t or won’t acknowledge that by sitting home and essentially pouting, rather than voting for Romney, they in fact helped ensure Obama would be re-elected and that ALL his bad policies from his first term would not only stand, but be extended and made worse in his second term.

Finally, as to term limits, we already have them. They’re called elections and if people want to get the dead weights and destructive types out of the federal government, all they have to do is STOP RE-ELECTING THE SAME PEOPLE OVER AND OVER AGAIN. Get new, fresh faces, who actually believe in the constitutional values this country was founded on, on the primaries and then make sure they win in the primaries. To expect that the current crop of politicians, who everyone seems to want gone, will suddenly become concerned about an electorate they know reflexively just keep voting them back in term after term, to pass legislation to kick themselves out of the best, most lucrative jobs they’re ever going to have, is ridiculous. Why would they, if they know the voters are either too lazy or too stupid to change their voting habits?

Bernie
8 years ago

You must believe in one thing, Congress , the President and Supreme Court are ALL Gods who Know all and WILL pass this power onto to each other, People be dammed. You better get out and VOTE OUT ALL Incumbents in November !Q!

Alfred L. Kreps
8 years ago

So if the liberal senate would pass a law, using the nuclear option, to say the there are a small number of people that need liquor, tobacco and all sorts of pot, for medicinal purposes, then businesses would be required to provide those debilitating drugs for the benefit of the few? It is becoming a real concern to the decent people, not all are religious bigots, who are being forced to accept many of the lifestyles of a small number of people who want to have their ways of living supported by man’s law to assuage their own conscience. Likewise, how can a Muslim that practices the Sheria law be a citizen of the US because their allegiance to that system is in direct opposition to those of the US. That is why Obumma did not have the US flag in his lapel and did not salute the flag when it passes by. Therefore, when he took the oath of office, the man lied as exhibited by his actions. George Washington in his farewell address warned the people then to be careful about making party the issue rather than the good of the nation. The current congress seems to be composed of a whole bunch of party yes people bowing to the likes of the former mafia lawyer Reid and the spineless Boehner. It is impossible to believe that every democratic senator has exactly the same mind sets and beliefs of Reid. And the same is true of the republicans. To always have a vote where every democrat votes the opinion of the leader is to have NO REPRESENTATION. It seems to me that so many elected to office either do not have a job or a low paying one or that they failed in whatever job they were employed and looking for a place at the tax payers hog trough of high salary, great benefits and wonderful retirement. For example, would anyone hire a person that makes their birth secret, blocks access to transcripts of all of his grades, has a social security number from a state where he never lived, worked or went to school, never managed a business or any employees and in the short time served as an elected person voted present nearly all of the time??? Yet, that is who has been elected as President for a nation of 340 million people. It is little wonder that things have gone down hill so quickly. I fear for my children and grand children that the United States that has been great is being destroyed by an inept leader and his czar yes men in a few short years. How can we stand by a allow this president to change a law by the stroke of his pen some 38 times or more. Congress is to pass laws. Presidents ARE NOT GIVEN THE AUTHORITY to make law or the change what congress has passed. Aren’t these actions, just one of over 20 or more performed by this man, violations of our constitution? When asking a congressman as to why this poor leader has not been impeached, there were two reasons. 1. The senate majority would stand behind him as a democrat, good of the party over good of the nation and 2. it would create a revolution because 92% of blacks voted for him. Well, the most recent information seems to indicate that those who claim black are about 12.8 to 13.1% of the population. So a hair in the horse’s tail is wagging the two ton horse. Something is grossly wrong.

Tom
8 years ago

When we stop calling them liberals and start calling them what or who they are!! They should be named as they believe . Socialist, communist, homosexuals (polite term), and muslim promoting idiots, all enemies of this nation. Oh yes also those that promote and use illegals. I myself believe that the worst illegal acting in this country is the one in the White House who is illegally attacking our Constitution and the freedom it gives us.

Adam F. Kohler
8 years ago

We have been playing political games for too long. It is not Republican vs. Democrat—it is Liberty vs. Tyranny. God fearing patriots have been rallying to “take back” Washington for over thirty years, but nothing ever changes. DC keeps getting bigger and more powerful and the voice of “we the people” falls on deaf ears.

1. Remember that the Declaration of Independence was our birth certificate as thirteen sovereign states simultaneously declared independence from the tyranny of King George III. They stated clearly that the purpose of government was to secure the unalienable rights that God has given to man and that any government has its “just powers” derived by the consent of the governed. Whenever a government becomes “destructive of these Ends, it is the Right of the people to alter or to abolish it.”

2. Realize that the Constitution is not an agreement between the Federal government and the states. It was an agreement by the states creating a small central government with very limited authority to work for the states. When the government acts outside the limited delegated powers of the Constitution, then it is in fact breaking the law. That action is not authoritative and need not be obeyed.

3. We are not supposed be ruled by a dictatorship in DC. The Constitution was an agreement between the states creating a limited Washington, DC. It is not between the states and Washington, DC. It is irrational to think that our founders would leave it up to the Federal Government (The Supreme Court) the sole discretion in determining if the Federal Government (White House and Congress) was overstepping its boundaries. We all know that absolute power corrupts absolutely.The power lies in “We the people.” We can stop abortion. We can stop federal tyranny. We can stop waste.

4. If the Federal Governments acts outside of its defined and limited powers, then it is an illegal act and need not be obeyed. That state simply “nullifies” or refuses to enforce an illegal act by Washington. Read the book “Nullification” by Tom Wood and understand that it is the state’s right and responsibility to reign in an overreaching Washington, DC.

5. Primaries are the battle. We have elected enough self serving, big government Republicans and nothing has changed. We must run and nominate Constitutionalists in the primary races. The only way to get that done is to establish an organized Liberty Network across the state.

6. Just like when Nehemiah led in the rebuilding of the walls of Jerusalem in 52 days, each family took responsibility for their own section of the wall. We must do the same in Florida. Go online to http://www.givemelibertytour.com and sign up to be part of the Minute Men for your precinct. Working together with neighbors, family, friends and fellow church members you can register and educate the voters in your precinct to identify and support Liberty Candidates.

7. With your network in place, join together with other Minute Men networks across the state and get your precinct to the polls for the primary race.

Together, we can restore the proper role of limited government. We can and we must!

Adam F. Kohler
8 years ago

It is amazing that so many people stay home during primary elections. Less than 1 percent of the adult population decides who the rest of us will vote for in November. When will freedom loving Americans wake up and participate. If we lose our freedoms here in American, someone else will decide what you and I do every day for the rest of our lives. It’s called slavery and still exists in many places throughout the world.

Joseph
8 years ago

All I can say is that I am ready to disobey any laws that violate the laws of my faith. I don’t think a legislative body has ever stop a usurper or tyrant in history. They have always been removed by the people–after much bloodshed. He is dismantling our military, starting little fires everywhere, and grinding our troops out in “the war of the rats”, in Afghanistan and Iraq. I will his Thomas More.

“I am the king’s good servant, but God’s first.”

RJ
8 years ago
Reply to  Joseph

And “THE MUSLIM” Louis Farrakhan Muhammad, Sr. wants to do away with the blue eyed White Race…Devils…
As do most Muslims…imho…Only in America… Farrakhan should take his TRIBE back to AFRICA and make something of that country if HE can…don’t think so.!

Bernie
8 years ago

The Supreme Court has become a political body, instead of being judging the law. NO More balance of powers , WE are in BN\IG trouble !!

Patriot38
8 years ago

More and more US citizens are beginning to notice Mr. Obama is a self-acknowledged Muslim. His actions also indicate he is a radical Muslim. Muslim/Islam is not compatible with our Constitution. His continual attack upon the Constitution and The Bill of Rights shows he has apparently read these documents, else he would not be so good at tearing them apart.

One of the major problems we have been subjected to over the past several years is the constant push toward “diversity” and multiculturalism along with political correctness and its ability to trash our various amendments. In my opinion, our worst enemy is the political faction that is continually forcing us into multilingualism rather than having a common language, which is English although we have failed to legislate it into a required language. Without a common language, we are failing to communicate properly among ourselves as US citizens. We have radical lawyers, politicians, and an educational system that promote this road to failure. We lack the ability to communicate properly! Everyone is trying to change the meanings of the words to suit their own agendas, and this must stop.

The Constitution and Bill of Rights, at least up through the first ten amendments are very clear to anyone with sufficient common sense and an ability to read English from the period when the documents were written; but you have to leave your agendas out of it. Amendments eleven through the twenty-seventh should be either revised or removed as they were mostly written in general with someones agenda in mind for personal gain.

Also, most of you keep referring to US citizens as “Americans” without taking into consideration that two-thirds of “Americans” live outside the borders of the United States, have completely different cultures, and speak different languages. I am only interested in addressing the concerns of those “Americans” who are legal United States of America Americans. I believe we “legal” US citizens, “We The People,” should be concerned mostly with ourselves when it comes to directing changes to our Constitution or The Bill of Rights, not some foreign entity, radical or otherwise. That is why it is so important to revise our election system to require a “photo ID” to cast a vote in any state of the USA prior to the November election. In my opinion, voter fraud from sucking in illegal immigrants to increase the liberal voter base wrongheaded as well as illegal. Leaching off the government provides a very loyal voter base when gifts, benefits, food, and healthcare are freely administered by the government at the expense of the working taxpayers. It must be stopped. A government should fear the people, not the other way around! The only people who should fear our government are the radical socialists/terrorists within and the dictators overseas, which is why we must maintain the strongest military in the world (we are failing here); that fear makes other upstart countries think long and hard about attacking Uncle Sam, our military, and our well armed citizen patriots who will stand and fight for our country!

Other countries who allow multilingual, multicultural societies are having the same problems we are with communications; the difference is, they make a serious effort to protect their borders and don’t spread their wealth to their enemies like butter and jelly on a hot biscuit! I can count those actual “leaders” in our government system on two hands and have three or four fingers left over, and many of the rest are self-centered and/or senile, which is why we need term limits so badly. There should never have been a “career politician” in the first place; and our Universities turn out liberal lawyers faster than cockroaches breed!

May God bless the USA next November; as conservatives, we need to get out and vote our consciences, for our country, in spite of what the party bosses, socialists, organized religious fanatics, and labor union bosses try to push us into. Think for yourself, for a proper change, with the hope of turning this Obomanation around! Our worst enemy is within. Don’t shirk your obligation to protect our country from an errant government wanting to scuttle our ship of state!

Bernie
8 years ago
Reply to  Patriot38

Sorry , He isn’t smart enough to tear anything apart, that why he wears a ear monitor when he speaks , to have some one else telling him what to say. My guess ,it’s the radical Jew who hates Jews by the name of George S!. Money can buy anyone , even a stupid president like we have.

Ann, RN
8 years ago
Reply to  Patriot38

We have term limits. It’s called the ballot box. Why would you want to relinquish another freedom to government enforcement?

PaulE
8 years ago
Reply to  Ann, RN

Ann,

You are correct. I myself have made this argument on this site numerous times and even explained, in some detail, why no politicians, who currently holds office, would ever vote to end the best, most lucrative job they’re ever likely to have. However, it doesn’t seem to register with a lot of folks. They appear to be looking for someone, in this case the very politicians they want to remove from office, to save them. When the reality is the people that have the power to correct this mess are themselves. They just have to get more involved in the entire political process. They have to do more than maybe show up and vote every two or four years, if it doesn’t conflict with other priorities or the candidate isn’t “perfect”.

They have to work to ensure that people of character and who believe in the Constitution are the ones that win in the primaries. That have to become informed on all the critical issues in order to be able to vet potential candidates in an intelligent fashion. Watching 30 second ads on TV isn’t going to cut it. They have to be willing to do some level of research on the issues and the candidates themselves. If they aren’t willing to put forth this minimal degree of effort, in order to save the country, then nothing will change.

Getting involved also means donating, volunteering and generally spreading the word amongst their friends, neighbors and co-workers, that a particular candidate deserves their vote and then explain why using facts. In short, build a broader voter base for better candidates.

Ann, RN
8 years ago
Reply to  PaulE

Exactly!

DAY
8 years ago
Reply to  Patriot38

http://amac.us/amac-supreme-court-justices-appear-divided-liberals-versus-conservatives-obamacare-birth-control-case?replytocom=68751#respond
Unless a job requires a person to engage in sexual acts, there is no need for an employer to pay for contraceptives! Only the porn industry should have to supply contraceptives!
……….. Since sex is not a necessary act for a person to survive, it does not need to be covered! If coverage for a recreational activity can be a reason to make a business to cover material for the activity, then I want coverage for ammunition for my shooting range recreational activity!! I think all those libturds out there should be paying for me to stockpile ammunition, so I can go hunting for food,,, and since food is needed to survive, and sex is not, then ammunition should definitely be covered!!
….. Now, do I sound as ridiculous as the stupid libturds protesting on the street!! I hope so!! Someone should use this argument before the supreme court!

Y. Curtis
8 years ago

We would not be having this conversation right now if the issue was whether or not insurance was going to pay for men’s Viagra. What this case comes down to is people trying to deny specific legal drugs to a specific portion of the population for their own morality based reasons, period. The constitution doesn’t give anyone the right to do that, period. The religious weirdos in this country have enjoyed the freedom to run all over the rights of everyone else for far too long. Not everyone believes the way you do and it is about time that was acknowledged in this country. Please don’t throw out that tired old lie about this country being founded on Christian principles, this country was founded by people running away from people like you. People who wanted to be free to believe and worship what they wanted, when they wanted and how they wanted.

Barry Newman
8 years ago
Reply to  Y. Curtis

Y. Curtis is attempting to confuse the issues with a canard. Insurance plans DO NOT pay for men’s Viagra or any other product of its type. I have been a Benefits Director and group medical plan sponsor for over 40 years, and I am retiring from that job because of Obamacare.

PJ
8 years ago
Reply to  Y. Curtis

Very well said!

Rik
8 years ago
Reply to  Y. Curtis

Anytime any one religion, whether it be Catholicism or Muslim, tries to impose their one will on everybody else, it’s wrong … plain and simple! Religious tolerance to all, works even to atheists like Y Curtis! Any religion that can “kill” in it’s name is wrong but history shows that nazism or communism can kill without religion.

At least having religious beliefs of some type, is 100 times better than being governed by godless people! The problem we have in America is most of our “law school educated” politicians ARE NOT RELIGIOUS though they claim otherwise! Anyone who really believes President Obama is really a Christian is smoking and inhaling something funny. If one claims to be Christian, then your “Christian” values define your personality … Obama’s Christianity was for Christian votes only … He’s as phony as a $3.00 bill.

It just goes to show you how uneducated and gullible the common populace are. I fear we have already lost our our country to these godless law school educated phony reasonable doubters !!! Only God can save the U.S. now!

Patricia Potts
8 years ago

We would not be having this discussion right now if it weren’t for John Roberts. When he voted the first time, he did not do so for the right reasons. He voted to keep himself in good stance with Obama. Let’s hope that he can do the right thing now for the folks who truly want out of this nightmare.

Patricia
8 years ago

It almost seems ironic that Pope Francis met with Obama when this decision is going on in the Supreme Court.
I hope he was firm and straightforward in his words and got his message across to Obama that what he is doing is against God’s principles. I also hope the judges will not think along political party lines on this decision but instead think with what they have sworn to uphold. It is clearly separation of church and state and this mandate should be thrown out and policy established that the government cannot overstep the boundaries of religion and no president, no matter what his thinking, can ever dictate his personal demands on any religious affiliation. So be it, God.

VinceL
8 years ago

It is obvious that the Supreme Court is a political entity and not the unbiased judicial entity it is supposed to be. There should be mostly near unanimous decisions if they were truly making rulings based on the Constitution. But there are mostly 5 to 4 decisions just about always on ideological lines

The Founding Fathers wrote the Constitution to be concise and easy to read. The Federal courts and the Supreme Court have done nothing but obfuscate the meanings of the Constitution. If more people would read the Constitution they would be aware of this. This case is an excellent example as was Justice Roberts’ looney decision in the first case regarding the individual mandate.

The Justices are now wresting with the problem that it is obvious that forcing a person to pay for something that is an affront to their religious beliefs is a violation of the First Amendment but they want to vote based on their political/ideological bias. They also do not have the intestinal fortitude and principle to ignore that a vastly pervasive law may be found unconstitutional because of lack of a severability clause.

JimL
8 years ago

obama is a Christian in name only. obama made two things very clear when he first ran for the presidency; 1. “if the political tides turn such, I will align myself with my Muslim brothers” obama is saying that he is a Muslim.
2. ‘if elected, I will transform this country from the foundation up”; he is aware that the “foundation” of the country is our Constitution. He wants to declare our Constitution outdated – – and he/they will if the democrat party remains in control of the White House and Senate.

Gunny Bill
8 years ago
Reply to  JimL

I won’t waste money buying any book written by Obama. But, he says in one of them that he is Muslim to his sole!

CrustyOldGeezer
8 years ago

Dear ALL NINE supreme court political appointees,

The First Amendment contains the phrase “NOR THE FREE EXERCISE THEREOF”.

At no place in your oath of office does the phrase “whatever congress or the presidents think they want” appear.

Nor does you oath of office make room for “foreign law” to be of any consideration while determining CONSTITUTIONAL issues.

I mention these thing just in case you ‘dis-remember’ your OBLIGATIONS to the People.

RickC
8 years ago

Not to nitpick but this word, which you accidentally left out is very very important. And that word is prohibit. The First Amendment says Congress shall make no law respecting the establishment of religion, or PROHIBITING the free exercise thereof. I know you probably just mistakenly left it out but that one word changes everything.

VinceL
8 years ago
Reply to  RickC

Since you play on the importance of words, you should be aware that the Constitution says “Congress shall make no law respecting AN establishment of religion”. This is important difference because what was meant, and there is ample proof of this, was not the act of supporting religious activity but rather the creation of a religion or declaring one to be the official religion. Remember that Henry VIII created the official religion of England and made life difficult for any other religion.

John Mitros
8 years ago

In our nation’s history there have been moral presidents, and there have been immoral presidents, but this is the very first amoral president. Obama professes to be a Christian, yet there is absolutely NO evidence of Christianity in his presidency. His one and only signature accomplishment, Obamacare, is replete with anti Christian values, and rather than change this abortion of legislation, he prefers to trample upon God-given and constitutional rights of all Americans,
even to the point of opposing right-thinking Christians in the Supreme Court. Although perhaps not as visceral, this is nonetheless reminiscent of the ancient Romans and their persecution of Christians, even feeding them to the lions. This law is in fact nothing more than persecution of Christians. Although it is quite obvious that this administration deems most Americans, especially those of the Judaeo-Christian persuasion to be nothing more than sheep to be herded and manipulated in the way Obama believes they should. The putrefaction coming out of this White House brings to mind the message of Karl Marx: “religion is the opium of the people”. One has to wonder whether this is the end game purpose of this man’s presidency: to render America into an atheistic communist state?

GSnow
8 years ago

Over the years, it has become painfully obvious that the men and women put on the Supreme Court have not really studied the Constitution, only the misgivings of their predecessors. The issue of separation of church and state comes from an obscure letter penned by Thomas Jefferson to a clergy about the feeling that there ought to be a separation of church and state to protect the rights of the church from governmental interference. Nowhere in the Constitution document itself are those words or those beliefs! Therefore, most of the rulings handed down were and are political and not founded on the document these Justices were sworn to adjudicate and uphold.

Joseph A O'Reilly
8 years ago

The bottom-line issue is power. Those in office have power and desire to keep it. Those who wish to change the direction of the country must seize the power to effect change. Ever the optimist, I think the best way to ‘seize the power’ is to elect officials who will make the changes. Further, given the corruption of those currently holding the power, and the assistance of their collegial opposition, we must remove not only our opponents but their numerous enablers both in the legislative and executive. Only after we regain the power can we redress the increasingly suspect judicial branch and then, preferably with care. We need to work the system while there is still time to change it from within. The alternatives remain too terrible, even as the likelihood that they will ultimately be required seems to seems to inexorably approach.

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