Establishing a U.S. State Religion & Whose Conscience Should the Government Violate Next?

American Thinker pngTwo excellent articles on the same subject from American Thinker (note especially the brilliant list provided in the second post):

Establishing a U.S. State Religion

– By Fay Voshell –

In direct contradiction of the First Amendment, which forbids the establishing of a state religion, the Obama administration is busily doing just that. Meanwhile, it is attempting forced conversion of the reluctant, all the while targeting Christians and Orthodox Jews as people who are continually violating the establishment of religion clause.

Just what religion is our current administration establishing in direct violation of the Constitution of the United States?

It is establishing the faith of secular statism, a religion currently characterized by the tenets of radical progressivism. Statism is rapidly becoming the only faith in America allowed to operate with complete freedom.

Remember the announcement at the 2012 Democrat National Convention that “government is the only thing we all belong to?”

Even when listened to in context, it is an alarming statement, as it implies the State has ultimate power over the individual, who becomes merely part of the collective. In fact, the phrase can be seen as a short creedal statement summarizing the beliefs of an American state religion. It is but a short step from you all belong to the government to you all must do what the government decrees to you must, forsaking your own faith, bow before the god of the State.

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Whose Conscience Should the Government Violate Next?

– By Brenda Zurita –

Many of you have heard about the Little Sisters of the Poor, a group of nuns providing care for the elderly, who are now taking on the Obama Administration over the Affordable Care Act’s (ObamaCare) contraception mandate. Religious exemptions from the ObamaCare contraception mandate are often made for government-approved entities, but the Obama Administration has deemed the nuns, who work exclusively with the elderly, unworthy of an exception.

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor recently granted the Little Sisters of the Poor a temporary injunction, so they do not have to violate their religious beliefs by offering health insurance that covers contraceptives, sterilizations, and abortion-inducing drugs. The Obama Administration, however, is asking the Supreme Court to force the nuns to obey the contraception mandate.

For those who do not understand that the mandate is a violation of religious liberty and conscience or recognize the outrageousness of the Obama Administration’s insistence on enforcement, perhaps these Constitution-violating suggestions for possible mandates in the future will be enlightening.

One party’s mandate is another group’s loss of freedom.

Can you imagine the reaction of these groups if the government forced them to comply with made-up mandates?

• Animal rights activists must hunt and kill animals to make fur coats they will be forced to wear.

• Vegetarians and vegans must eat meat.

• Feminists must promote patriarchy.

• College professors must campaign for Tea Party candidates, earnestly.

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