So how important was freedom of religion according to our Founding Fathers?
Well, it headlines the Bill of Rights and is even listed prior to “… the right of the people to keep and bear Arms…” which in itself is starting to appear almost necessary, in order to enjoy the benefits of its predecessor.
“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion,
The opening line addresses the wisdom of the Founding Fathers to prohibit a state run church such as the Church of England or the Dutch Reformed Church.
or prohibiting the free exercise thereof…”
Well, congress did indeed make a law prohibiting the free excersise of religion.
The Affordable Care Act – the health insurance reform legislation passed by Congress and signed into law by President Obama on March 23, 2010 – helps make prevention affordable and accessible for all Americans by requiring health plans to cover preventive services and by eliminating cost sharing. Preventive services that have strong scientific evidence of their health benefits must be covered and plans can no longer charge a patient a copayment, coinsurance or deductible for these services when they are delivered by a network provider.
Now I’m sure you’ve heard the absolutely erroneous claim that the Catholic Church is trying to impose their beliefs on everyone and deny birth control and abortifacients to all women. If you have fallen for it, you may as well quit reading right now and head over to the democratic underground for some more Kool-Aid.
The Catholic Church did absolutely nothing except defend their right to enjoy; “the free exercise” of their doctrine and they are not alone on their stand.
It is indeed a sad day when an organization has to sue its own government in order to exercise its rights guaranteed by our nation’s Constitution.