Roman Catholic Church VS. Obama’s Contraception Mandates

WHY does the Roman Catholic Church attempt to take away an individual’s freedom of religion, by claiming that it is THEIR religious freedom that is being taken away? Regardless of name, these “Catholic” hospitals are run for profit, not charity. If they gave their services to the poor, instead of expecting the government or the patients to pay for them, then, and only then would they have any right to hide behind freedom of religion.

Cardinal-designate Timothy M. Dolan, archbishop of New York and president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops said

“To force American citizens to choose between violating their consciences and forgoing their healthcare is literally unconscionable. It is as much an attack on access to health care as on religious freedom. Historically this represents a challenge and a compromise of our religious liberty.”

(source = this linked article from the US Conference of Catholic bishops own website)

There are a few problems with this statement. First, no American citizen is being forced to choose between those things. Contraception is not being forced on anyone. The OPTION of contraception is being made available to those who need it. Since these “religiously-run medical facilities” are what the public must use in many areas (I just had my knee operated on in a “Catholic” hospital, paid for by a government program), all this does is make medical care appropriate to those of all faiths available to them. That one year extension is a polite concession so that those BUSINESSES that operate FOR PROFIT, that make money off the GOVERNMENT, can quit hiding behind RELIGION, and stop denying the fundamental rights of those who have no choice but to use them.

If these “Catholic hospitals” wish to operate without following government mandates, then they need to start following the teachings of Christ, and minister unto the poor, by giving of their own riches. As it is, these hospitals are businesses who rely on government payments to continue operating. As such, they must concede to the first amendment rights of all who utilize them, even those whose beliefs require a responsible approach to procreation.

Once again I find myself amazed at how far modern religion has been twisted by politics and power-grubbing.


Jesus on the Personhood Movement

Personhood activists, this blurb’s for you!

Read all of my words, and then read the words of Jesus in the Bible, so you can know that I speak the Truth, in understanding Scripture. Jesus has a plan for His followers to help in bringing people to God. Jesus teaches his followers to act in meekness, humility, love, respect, kindness, acceptance, and forgiveness. Jesus teaches that that is the way to treat people who do not follow your morals. Jesus said noone comes to the Father except by him.  The only way to lead people to God is to follow his example. I am typing these words, but they are the lessons of Jesus. Heed them. Jesus rebuked the Pharisees for their judgmentalism and for their use of Law to force others to conform to their moral codes.

Before you let your anger direct you away from this, recognize that these are the ideals of Jesus, and then consider both where your anger comes from, and what Jesus had to say about acting in anger. The acts of the Personhood movement violate each and every one of these directives, given by Jesus. The acts of the Personhood movement do exactly those things Jesus that Jesus rebuked his challengers and followers for doing and thinking.

If you wish to help people find God, or even if you just want to claim to follow Christ, then you need to repent your indiscretions, and start reaching out and ministering to the needs of the sinners, until they come to you to ask “why”. Only then can you lead them to God. What you are doing now pushes people away from you, and destroys your witness. You push people away from God. Reread your Bible, without the anger that has directed both you and your teachers away from the words. You will discover that Jesus spoke out against things like the Personhood movement when he rebuked the Pharasees for their involving themselves in the lives of others. Jesus would not approve of the anger and hate that fuels this movement. He would not approve of taking away the rights of others. He may not have approved of concept of abortion, but he did speak directly against your response to it.

Published in: on November 11, 2011 at 11:54 am  Leave a Comment  
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Requiring Specific Religious Beliefs to be in the MILITARY?!?

My wife found an article in the Huffington Post called “How Much Money Could the Department of Defense Save if it Stopped Trying to Save Souls?” by Chris Rodda (one of her favorite writers). The article disturbed me on a very deep level.

I have stated on several occasions (mostly in the useless little debates that follow articles in online journals) that conservatives, to placate the “Religious Right”, are guiding our country away from democracy, and turning the USA into a theocracy. This article, and the articles it links to, detail one of the most far reaching ways that the USA is being turned in to a government-run-by-religion. The military is being changed into a religious organization, one bit at a time. As with any political takeover, having control of the military is crucial.

Religious conservatives are following, step by step, the method used by the Nazi party to take control of Germany. We can’t let them gain control of the Military. Stand up, object, Make your voice heard. Be louder than Teaparty screamers.

How Much Money Could the Department of Defense Save if it Stopped Trying to Save Souls?

Army’s “Spiritual Fitness” Test Comes Under Fire

U.S. Soldiers Punished for Not Attending Christian Concert

Soldiers Forced to See Chaplain After Failing Spiritual Fitness Test

A Question, if you please.

A quick statement, and then two simple questions for USA citizens to consider. Please consider and respond. (feel free to copy and paste)

Some Christian denominations believe that “baptism” is done by splashing or sprinkling holy water during the baptism ceremony. Other Christian denominations believe that “baptism” is done by complete submersion under water.

Question 1:

Should our government be allowed to legislate the definition of “baptism”?

Question 2:

Should our government be allowed to legislate the definition of “marriage”?

Published in: on August 13, 2011 at 12:52 am  Comments (3)  
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