"We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America"
If you are looking for a noncontroversial, quippy dating lesson, you'll want to skip this post. I write this because I feel our rights as stated by the Constitution are being endangered, and I want to write this because I still have the freedom of speech. Now, some of you read that last line and undoubtedly rolled your eyes, but are our rights to bear arms (working on that post) and freedom of religion not being attacked at this very moment? If you don't agree, here's a little education.
"Hobby Lobby, a Christian-owned and run company, is fighting back against a judge’s decision siding with the Obama administration saying that it has the right to force it to pay for drugs for women that may cause abortions.
The privately held retail chain with more than 500 arts and crafts stores in 41 states filed a lawsuit against the Obama administration over its HHS mandate. The company says it would face $1.3 million in fines on a daily basis starting in January if it fails to comply with the mandate, which requires religious employers to pay for or refer women for abortion-cause drugs that violate their conscience or religious beliefs"--(view the whole story here)
1.3 million in fines every day for standing for what they believe in. Hobby Lobby is almost sure to go out of business, I'd guess before the month is up. Do we sit back and let the government shut down every business who holds true to their beliefs?
"A new Rasmussen Reports poll shows Americans narrowly support allowing businesses and religious organizations to opt out of the controversial HHS mandate that compels them to pay for birth control and drugs that may cause abortions.
A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 46% of Likely U.S. Voters feel that if providing such coverage violates the deeply held beliefs of a church, religious organization or business owner, they should be allowed to opt out of providing coverage for contraceptives."--LifeNews, Poll: Americans Support Religious Exemption for HHS Mandate.
If this article's numbers are correct, and the majority of the American people are not in favor of making these companies enforce healthcare which includes paying for drugs that can induce abortions, how can President Obama rightfully usurp and undermine the will of the people?
Liberty University is challenging the requirement that people must obtain health insurance or pay a penalty and provisions requiring employers to offer health care for their employees. It is also challenging the controversial HHS mandate that has been a subject of more than 40 lawsuits.
Said Mat Staver, Founder and Chairman of Liberty Counsel and Dean of Liberty University School of Law, “Congress exceeded its power by forcing every employer to provide federally mandated insurance. But even more shocking is the abortion mandate, which collides with religious freedom and the rights of conscience...
“ObamaCare is the biggest funding of abortion in American history. ObamaCare will for the first time require employers and individuals to directly fund abortion. This abortion mandate collides with religious freedom and the rights of conscience.”
Personally, I believe that as soon as conception happens, a spirit is sent to grow physically--already a person, no matter how small or undeveloped it is. And that person has a right to life. Therefore, I view abortion as murder. So to fund ObamaCare through taxes, or for those business owners to be forced to pay for anything that infringes upon their core beliefs, as human beings, is unconstitutional.
It's not about abortion--it's about a violation of the rights of the American people. It's about freedom. This government "of the people, by the people, for the people" is here to serve us, to protect us, not to enslave us to their own decisions and desires. If we aren't aware, active, we will watch this country tear itself apart, until our very Constitution is hanging by a thread.
“Inspired by the “Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day” promoted this past August by Governor Mike Huckabee, a similar grassroots initiative has cropped up in the past few days at www.StandWithHobbyLobby.com. The Facebook-driven campaign has already collected more than 18,000 people who have pledged to shop at the store on Saturday.
“On Saturday, January 5th, all Americans who value freedom of religion and oppose the HHS Mandate’s unfair impositions upon religious individuals and corporate entities are called upon to show their support for Hobby Lobby by shopping either at their local retail Hobby Lobby store or online,” organizer Joe Grabowski told LifeNews.
The people came together to support Chick-fil-A, and now we are coming together to support Hobby Lobby. We are a resilient people, and we deserve a government who listens to us, to respects us, who protects us, not that dictates how we live.
All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.