Thursday, March 1, 2012

Senate Fascists Confirm President's Intrusion on Free Exercise of Religion

What's in a headline?

If we lived in country that respected the Constitution and the rights of its citizens to freely exercise their religion, today's vote by Senate Democrats to kill the Blunt amendment would be portrayed as an outrage, along the lines of the headline to this blog.

Just so you remember, the First Amendment to the Constitution, states this:

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
A proponent of the Blunt amendment, Marco Rubio, said this about the Senate vote:
“The Senate’s failure to pass Senator Blunt’s amendment is a setback for religious freedoms in America. We must stop the unconstitutional mandate under ObamaCare that requires church-affiliated organizations to offer their workers private-insurance coverage without out-of-pocket charges for birth control, something they are morally opposed to. Telling religious based organizations that they must, by mandate of the federal government, pay for things that that religion teaches is wrong. You may not agree with what the religion believes, but that’s not the point. The point is the First Amendment still applies. Religious freedom still exists.”

By contrast to the headline to this blog entry, today's headlines about the Senate's action say this:

Washington Post: Birth control exemption bill, the ‘Blunt amendment,’ killed in Senate

Politico: Blunt Amendment defeated in Senate

The Hill: Senate Rejects Blunt Amendment to limit birth-control mandate

Christian Science Monitor: Blunt amendment brings culture wars to Congress

CNN: Senate kills controversial 'conscience' amendment

Goodbye America. It was nice while it lasted.

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