Hello, I'm Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council here in Washington D.C.
The White House was in damage control this week as the opposition to their latest mandate has reached historic proportions. Religious leaders have said if all else fails they would rather go to jail than comply with the Obama Administration's mandate that religious organizations provide contraceptive, abortifacent drugs and sterilization as part of the healthcare coverage.
To pu this in the proper context, as I have spoken with Protestant and Catholic religious leaders, the opposition was not about contraception, but rather a violation of the religious freedom and conscience rights of Americans.
Hoping to quell the uprising the President announced that a compromise was being put forth that would provide the drugs and services to employees without the religious organization having to pay for them. The insurance company would provide the contraception to the employees free of charge. This service would not appear on the organization's list of services, so they are not responsible for providing something they are morally and religiously opposed to. Right?
It's not that easy.
How will the insurance company pay for this? The Administration says it is good business, because it saves the insurance company money in the long run because they don't have to pay for the cost of pregnancies.
Really. If this is good for business and saves money, why didn't the insurance companies do this years ago? Nothing has prohibited insurance companies from providing contraceptives.
Insurance companies are not charities. They will be offsetting the costs by increasing the administrative costs of organization plans, and religious employers will still have to pay for those plans.
So, goes the old saying, there is no such thing as a free lunch. So there is no such thing as a clear conscience when you violate the tenants of your faith, whether it is in writing or not.
One of the wisest men who ever lived once said: "If you say, 'Surely we did not know this,' Does not He who weighs the hearts consider [it]? He who keeps your soul, does He [not] know [it]? And will he [not] render to [each] man according to his deeds?"
It was true when Solomon wrote it, and it is true today.
This latest fig leaf from the Obama Administration is not only deceptive, this mandate remains fundamentally wrong and still violates the religious freedoms and conscience rights of Americans.
Even if this compromise were legitimate, it applies only to religious organizations. The freedom of religion was granted to every American, not just those who work at religious organizations.
This is yet another example of President Obama's flawed view of our rights as Americans. He has repeatedly said he supports the freedom of worship. Freedom of worship is what happens within the four walls of a church or possibly under the roof of your own home.
The freedom of religious, which our Constitution serves to protect, recognizes our ability to lives our lives according to our faith, just as the Bible instructs us to do.