Rockford Il.- ProLifeCorner.com -Yesterday, January 29, 2012, we heard about “A matter of grave moral concern — freedom of religion and freedom of conscience. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced last week that almost all employers, including Catholic employers, will be forced to offer their employees health coverage that includes sterilization, abortion-inducing drugs, and contraception." Barack Hussein Obama mandated compliance by August, 2012.
We’re asking three things: First, no matter what Christian denomination you are know that your religious freedoms are under attack by a tyrannical, anti-Christian government. Please take the time to read what the Bishops had to say regarding this matter; secondly, a call to action-contact your Senators and Representatives and ask them to support the bills listed below; third, pass this information on to everyone on your mailing list. Amendment I
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
YOU CAN TAKE ACTION: SIMPLY EMAIL OR CALL your Senator and Representative by going to the links below. ASK them to co-sponsor and support these Bills Senate-1467(http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bill.xpd?bill=s112-1467) House -1179, (http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bill.xpd?bill=h112-1179) to protect the fundamental right of conscience!
S 1467 The Bill in the Senate—To find your Senator go to this site and type in your State.
HR 1179 – The Bill in he House of Representatives.To find your Representative type in your zip code at http://www.house.gov/
IF YOU WANT A MORE DETAILED EXPLANATION OF WHAT HAPPENED: An article by Archbishop Dolan, Pres of the USCCB.(January 2012):
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ:
I write to you concerning an alarming and serious matter that negatively impacts the Church in the United States directly, and that strikes at the fundamental right to religious liberty for all citizens of any faith. The federal government, which claims to be "of, by, and for the people," has just dealt a heavy blow to almost a quarter of those people—the Catholic population—and to the millions more who are served by the Catholic faithful.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced last week that almost all employers, including Catholic employers, will be forced to offer their employees’ health coverage that includes sterilization, abortion-inducing drugs, and contraception. Almost all health insurers will be forced to include those "services" in the health policies they write. And almost all individuals will be forced to buy that coverage as a part of their policies.
In so ruling, the Administration has cast aside the First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States, denying to Catholics our Nation’s first and most fundamental freedom, that of religious liberty. And as a result, unless the rule is overturned, we Catholics will be compelled and must be prepared either to violate our consciences, or to drop health coverage for our employees (and suffer the penalties for doing so). The Administration’s sole concession was to give our institutions one year to comply.
We cannot—we will not—comply with this unjust law. People of faith cannot be made second class citizens. We are already joined by our brothers and sisters of all faiths and many others of good will in this important effort to regain our religious freedom. Our parents and grandparents did not come to these shores to help build America’s cities and towns, its infrastructure and institutions, its enterprise and culture, only to have their posterity stripped of their God given rights. In generations past, the Church has always been able to count on the faithful to stand up and protect her sacred rights and duties. I hope and trust she can count on this generation of Catholics to do the same. Our children and grandchildren deserve nothing less.
And therefore, I would ask of you two things. First, as a community of faith we must commit ourselves to prayer and fasting that wisdom and justice may prevail, and religious liberty may be restored. Without God, we can do nothing; with God, nothing is impossible. Second. I would also recommend visiting www.usccb.org/conscience to learn more about this severe assault on religious liberty, and how to contact Congress in support of legislation that would reverse the Administration’s decision.
With every good wish and prayer, I remain
Cordially yours in Christ,
The Most Reverend Thomas G. Doran, J.C.D., D.D. Bishop of Rockford