“Freedom to practice one’s faith is a fundamental right” —President Donald Trump
ISSUE: Question of the governments right to force its citizens to violate their moral or religious objections to purchasing health care that includes contraception, abortions, or to deny service based on a conscious objection.
The Obama administration stated that the government had a compelling interest in seamless access for women to contraceptives, without cost through their insurance plans. There was no exemption for people who object to paying a fee in their insurance premiums that included contraception when their religious conscience prevented them from using contraception.
After twice visiting the Supreme Court, by 122 nonprofit entities and 87 for-profit entities claiming that the requirement infringed their religious liberty, the court upheld the right to object based upon a sincerely held religious belief.
The Trump administration has state that the government has no compelling interest in women having access to contraceptives through their employers who object to provision in their coverage for religious or matters of moral conviction. Any non-governmental organization which objects to contraceptive mandates for religious or moral reasons of conscience does not have to purchase this coverage.
Under new rules, an exemption is now available for many non-governmental employers, issuers, and individuals who have a sincerely held religious or moral objection. This would include: contraceptives, , abortion procedures, or services or patient education and counseling. HRSA guidelines do not apply in these situations.
On the basis of sincerely held religious conviction, this rule includes all types of non-governmental employers, to include for-profit corporations, churches, religious orders, nonprofit organizations, and institutions of higher education.
For most reasonable persons the question of whether the government should have to right to violate their religious faith is a settled issue. As it has been so widely disseminated amongst American society that the First Amendment keeps religion out of government, it also works in the opposite, that government does not have the right to impinge the religious freedom of Americans.
Private citizens should read the exact words of the First Amendment regarding religion.
“Congress shall make no law regarding the establishment of religion, or the free exercise thereof.”
Allowing religion to be expressed by people in American Government is not the making of a law to establish religion. It is the free exercise of religion that is fully stated, granted, and protected by the First Amendment.
The word “wall,” never appears in the First Amendment, nor did Thomas Jefferson ever say that a wall between religious faith and the American government should be erected. This is a lie that has been told by Liberals and haters of God so many times that private citizens think that it is a part of the First Amendment wording.
In the deleted section of Jefferson’s letters he explains why he did not proclaim a national days of fasting and thanksgiving, as had his predecessors, Presidents Adams and Washington.. Examining the left margin of the deleted section, Jefferson writes that he removed the section to avoid offending “our republican friends in the eastern states” who cherished days of fasting and thanksgiving.
The text used to validate Jefferson’s wall of separation is the following text, in part, from a letter he drafted to the Danbury Baptists, on Jan. 1, 1802, congratulating the new president on his election.
“Believing with you that religion is a matter which lies solely between man & his god, that he owes account to none other for his faith or his worship, that the legitimate powers of government reach actions only and not opinions, I contemplate with sovereign reverence that act of the whole American people which declared that their legislature should “make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof;” thus building a wall of eternal separation between Church & State. Congress thus inhibited from acts respecting religion, and the Executive authorised only to execute their acts.”
Upon careful examination of this text, it is clear that Jefferson’s intent was to state that the American people do not want their government to make laws that would restrict their establishment of religion or free exercise. The wall described by Jefferson was to keep government out of religion and not religion out of government.