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Obama merely changed the official provider from religious to insurer – who pays the insurer – duh

February 11, 2012

Mathew Staver, Chairman      Liberty Counsel Action

(Comment: Where in Constitution does it say Obama has the authority to do ANY of this????)

Today, President Obama took the White House podium to say that all women, even if they are employed by a Catholic organization or charity, must have free access to contraceptives and abortifacients.  He merely changed the official provider of such services from being the religious or charitable organization to being “the insurance company”!

The most incredible aspect of the President’s so-called “accommodation” was that he actually thought it would satisfy moral Americans!  What a condescending and superficial “solution” to a deeply serious religious liberty issue!

Obama’s “new directive” only underscores the fact that he thinks he has the power to issue such an outrageous directive, without any legislative oversight, that directly conflicts with every American’s freedom of religion and right of conscience!

Liberty Counsel Action’s petition campaign calls for the passage of a bill that protects ALL citizens from ObamaCare’s despotism.  Please read my urgent message below – Mat.

DON,            President Obama announced today that his ObamaCare “contraception and abortifacient mandate” will now exempt religious schools and hospitals. The President touted it as an ObamaCare “accommodation.”  But the fact is, the President’s new guideline is merely a political placebo that offers no cure at all.

Mr. President, we are not looking for an accommodation or a compromise – we are looking for an adherence to the Constitution of the United States of America that protects ALL citizens from government tyranny!

Further, we will not be lulled by slight-of-hand accommodations, smoke-and-mirrors solutions, or empty promises that you are under no obligation to fulfill.

DON, do you remember the hollow promises Barack Obama made to then pro-life congressional leader Bart Stupak when the President was pushing ObamaCare through Congress?

Former Congressman (now lobbyist) Stupak relied on such an Obama “compromise” to prevent any ObamaCare funding for abortion in order to gain his “yea” vote.

But NONE of the President’s promises materialized after the so-called Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act became the law of the land – and here we are fighting off a fresh new round of pro-abortion “mandates”!

++Who does the President think he’s fooling?

President Obama’s announcement today reveals his fundamental misunderstanding of the First Amendment.  Making “the insurance company” the provider is a transparent accounting gimmick – it will still be the employers of America, a small portion of which are religious and charitable groups, that will be paying for contraceptive and abortifacient drugs.

He stated, “If a woman’s employer is a charity or hospital that has a religious objection to providing contraceptive services as a part of their health plan, the insurance company, not the hospital, not the charity, will be required to reach out and offer the woman contraceptives free of charge, without copays and without hassles.  The result will be that religious organizations won’t have to provide these services DIRECTLY.” (emphasis added).

What amazing sleight-of-hand! Directly or indirectly, this is no solution, Mr. President!

Someone has to ultimately pay, and that burden will fall upon all employers, including religious organizations.  Moreover, religious institutions that are self-insured, such as Liberty University, the world’s largest Christian school, are STILL required to pay DIRECTLY for these items!

++ObamaCare is immoral and unconstitutional to its core.

Laundering a Catholic or Christian organization’s money through the insurance company to pay for abortifacients does not correct the mortal sin that has been inflicted.  ObamaCare’s provisions are now, and have been from the beginning, a direct attack on the moral and religious freedom accorded to every American!

That’s why we were delighted when Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL), a pro-life Catholic, crafted a countermeasure to Obama’s assault shortly after the “contraception and abortifacient mandate” was announced.  The Senator named the legislation the “Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 2012,” about which he says…

“This is a common sense bill that simply says the government can’t force religious organizations to abandon the fundamental tenets of their faith because the government says so.”

If passed, the Senator’s bill will override President Obama’s unconstitutional directive, affirm the individual rights of ALL citizens to hold a pro-life stand, and restore our rights to religious convictions without government interference.

This is one of the most important battles the American people have ever fought against tyranny! DON, YOUR influence can make the difference in whether we can preserve a legacy of freedom in America!

By supporting Sen. Rubio‘s bill and coordinating with tens of thousands of deeply concerned patriots like you, we believe we can win not only this particular battle, but also make substantial headway in turning back the entire ObamaCare law and further weakening the Obama/Reid power base!

We are calling on 100,000 members to join us in signing this urgent petition as quickly as possible!  In just a few days, we have received over 20,000 signatures, but we must have more to maximize our impact!  Click here to sign:

http://www.lcaction.cc/660/petition.asp

NOTE: If you are among the more than 20,000 Liberty Counsel Action supporters who have already signed, please forward this message to as many like-minded friends and associates as you can!

++This issue affects far more than Catholic Americans!

ObamaCare and its “mandates” are blatantly unconstitutional, but this most recent dictate contains provisions that are in violation of the consciences of the vast majority of Americans.

The over-reaching and inappropriate severity of the President’s policy impacts EVERY believer in the nation and delivers a stark and chilling message:

“Your religious freedom and conscience protections are not as important as our statist initiatives and bureaucracies.

Please, click here to sign the LCA petition to stop Barack Obama’s intrusion on our religious civil liberties and to support the “Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 2012”:

http://www.lcaction.cc/660/petition.asp

++We need YOU to stand with us in support of Senator Rubio’s bill.

We began lobbying for such a bill the moment we realized the President had the audacity to try to force this new policy down America’s throat by using an administrative vehicle to circumvent the will of the people.

I cannot emphasize strongly enough how important and timely Senator Rubio’s bill is – and how urgent it is that we immediately endorse it with the signatures of at least 100,000 grassroots citizens.  Please click here to sign our petition of support:

http://www.lcaction.cc/660/petition.asp

This is a critical issue being thrust on all Americans. THANK YOU for joining me in this battle.

God bless you,      Mathew Staver, Chairman      Liberty Counsel Action

P.S. Today’s ploy by the Obama Administration to pacify religious organizations is a smoke-and-mirrors effort to deflect attention from the true problem: The ObamaCare “contraceptive and abortifacient mandate” is an unconstitutional and immoral infringement on the rights of ALL Americans!

LCA strongly endorses Senator Marco Rubio’s “Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 2012.” We are calling for 100,000 signers as soon as possible!  Click here to add your name to the petition:

http://www.lcaction.cc/660/petition.asp

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