Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Message from Bear Witness - Obama, Sebelius declare war on religious liberty

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ACTION ALERT - February 8, 2012  


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President Obama and his Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS), Kathleen Sebelius, have put people of faith and religious organizations squarely in their crosshairs! The ObamaCare contraceptive and abortifacient mandate that has erupted into front-page news is an overreaching government intrusion into the lives of all Americans – and is patently unconstitutional.
Obama’s dictate has stirred up a firestorm of protest from religious organizations and is being likened to a slap across the face to people of faith.

Liberty Counsel Action has been in this war for many, many years, and we feel this latest eruption is unique.  Make no mistake – we are wholeheartedly standing with other groups that are strongly opposing this outrage, but we have known for a long time where ObamaCare’s implementation was heading! 

By coordinating with tens of thousands of deeply concerned patriots like you, we believe we can win not only this particular battle, but make substantial headway in turning back the entire ObamaCare law and further dismantling the Obama/Reid power base!  Read my very important message below – Mat. 

In a blatant assault on religious liberty, Barack Obama has ventured far out on a limb by openly challenging Christians and their institutions.

This escalating confrontation erupted over the unveiling of yet another unconstitutional “mandate” during the implementation phase of ObamaCare.

And, President Obama has yet again reneged on a promise made to get his healthcare “reform” bill through Congress two years ago:  He is retracting an ObamaCare “conscientious exemption” for people of faith and religiously oriented institutions.
++ObamaCare’s contraceptive and abortifacient mandate assails the moral integrity of every American who holds religious convictions. 

With this brazen (some would say “reckless”) policy announcement, the President has used ObamaCare to inflict even more damage on our Constitution. 

He and Secretary Sibelius are now declaring that all employers, including nonprofit organizations, must adhere to an ObamaCare contraceptive and abortifacient mandate requiring employers to pay for birth control, contraceptives, sterilization, and abortion-inducing drugs as supplied through their insurance providers.  

The January 20th announcement, made by Sebelius but clearly speaking for the President, immediately provoked a firefight between the Obama Administration and religious organizations, especially the Roman Catholic Church.

But the over-reaching and inappropriate severity of the policy impacted EVERY believer in the nation and delivered a stark and chilling message:

“Your religious freedom and conscience protections are not  as important as our statist initiatives and bureaucracies.   Comply or suffer severe consequences.”

Obama and his Administration have so far refused to compromise.
After meeting resistance, President Obama circled his wagons. 
Kathleen Sebelius has been on the media circuit with campaign-style rhetoric to make it sound as though the mandate is not as bad as it seems – and actually “respects religion.”
Nancy Pelosi called Obama’s decision “courageous.”
Liberal media outlets are characterizing people of faith opposed to this overarching mandate as “zealots” and are using the new leftist term for citizens who defend their constitutional rights, “sovereignty activists.” 

But we are returning fire! Catholics, Baptists, and outraged Americans of all denominations are up in arms over the Obama Administration blatantly trampling on our religious liberties! 

++Senator Marco Rubio jumps into the fray.

Senator Rubio (R-FL), a pro-life Catholic, scolded the Obama Administration and then offered a congressional counter attack…
“The Obama Administration’s obsession with forcing mandates on the American people has now reached a new low by violating the conscience rights and religious liberties of our people….
“Under this President, we have a government that has grown too big, too costly, and now even more overbearing by forcing religious entities to abandon their beliefs.”

Rubio’s countermeasure: The “Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 2012,” about which he says…
”This is a common sense bill that simply says the government can’t force religious organizations to abandon the fundamental tenets of their faith because the government says so.”

Liberty Counsel Action stands in strong support of Senator Rubio’s bill. We began lobbying for such a bill the moment we realized the President had the audacity to try to force this new policy down America’s throat by using an administrative vehicle to circumvent the will of the people.

Now, we are calling on 100,000 pro-life, pro-faith, pro-family, and pro-liberty citizens to demand that Congress PASS THIS BILL NOW! 
Please, click here to sign the LCA petition to stop Barack Obama’s intrusion on our religious civil liberties and to support the “Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 2012”: 

++This is a call to action!

Liberty Counsel and Liberty Counsel Action would be among the employers forced into adhering to this most recent ObamaCare mandate.

Religious-based hospitals and healthcare providers would no longer have an “out” under Obama’s promised “conscience clause.” They would be required to comply – or pay stiff fines that would in all likelihood lead to their closing down.

The implementation of ObamaCare has turned out to be one socialist infringement of our personal liberties after another – and it must be stopped NOW!  

If our President honored his oath of office to uphold the Constitution of the United States, our petition would be unnecessary.  But ObamaCare and its mandates are blatantly unconstitutional and this “contraceptive mandate” is not only unconstitutional – it is a total violation of the conscience of the entire nation! 

The two most likely methods to turn back this latest outrageous mandate:  First, through the Supreme Court’s decision that ObamaCare itself is unconstitutional (and Liberty Counsel is filing two briefs at the High Court on this issue). Second, through the “Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 2012,” we can stop this most recent infringement on religious liberty.
That’s why I am urging all of my Liberty Counsel Action team to take one minute and add your name to this petition.  PLEASE, click here to sign:

Mandi Campbell, Director of Public Policy for Liberty Counsel Action, wrote to Senator Rubio about his legislation. He published our letter in a press release: 

“Liberty Counsel Action, on behalf of more than 750,000 members nationwide, would like to express support for the Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 2012. … [W]e appreciate the exemption that your bill provides to secure the consciences of those with deep and sincere religious convictions opposed to the coverage of contraceptives (especially those that act as abortifacients) and sterilization, the provision of which is currently mandated by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Thank you, Senator Rubio, for introducing the Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 2012.”

I cannot emphasize strongly enough how important and timely Senator Rubio’s bill is – and how urgent it is that we immediately endorse it with the signatures of at least 100,000 grassroots citizens. Right now, Senator Rubio has 21 Senate co-sponsors for the bill.

Please click here to sign our petition of support:

Thank you for taking immediate action on this critical issue!   
God bless you,
Mathew Staver, Chairman
Liberty Counsel Action

P.S. The ObamaCare “contraceptive mandate” requires employers to pay for birth control, contraceptives, sterilization, and abortion-inducing drugs as supplied through their insurance providers. This is unconstitutional and immoral!  As a counter-assault, LCA is strongly endorsing Senator Marco Rubio’s “Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 2012.” We are calling for 100,000 signers as soon as possible!  Click here to add your name to the petition:



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