After the Obama administration passed laws that forced every American to buy health insurance, and after they passed laws that forced practically every company to provide health insurance, a small number of companies asked for a religious exemption for birth control. The Obama administration said, “No.” The courts said, “Yes,” to Hobby Lobby, and then, “Work it out among yourselves,” in a second case.
Unsurprisingly, the Obama administration was unwilling to work it out. Then President Trump was elected. It has now been worked out according to the instruction of the Supreme Court. Companies with religious convictions against birth control will not have to provide it. This sparked a tremendous outcry by many voices in our country who clearly feel that religious convictions shouldn’t matter, and that the government should wield the power to silence objections of the church in the workplace.
Linda Greenhouse, writing for the New York Times, wrote an article titled “Church Over State” expressing her outrage that anyone would dare try to apply their religious convictions in a business. It doesn’t matter if they own the business, run the business, or built the business from scratch. Their beliefs must surrender themselves to mandates of our government.
And this is freedom?
In Greenhouse’s opening paragraph, she actually compares the United States to Saudi Arabia. What does Saudi Arabia have to do with any of this? Nothing. She’s referencing the oppressive nation for the sole purpose of insulting the religious convictions prevalent in our nation and generating outrage.
In her closing paragraphs she refers to Vice President Pence’s small family as evidence that he believes in birth control, and so she surmises that all of this is really nothing more than a deliberate attempt to hurt women.
She writes, “The problem they have is with what birth control signifies: empowering women.”
There you have it. Mike Pence believes companies should be able to operate on their religious convictions with regards to birth control, even if he himself doesn’t share them, and so it must be part of a grand scheme oppress women. We’re practically headed down the path of Saudi Arabia.
Dr. Albert Mohler, the President of Southern Seminary writes, “I have seldom seen the mainstream media so intentionally miss a story. In headline by headline, lead by lead, story by story, it was presented as if the Trump Administration had reversed the contraception mandate in and of itself. That is profoundly not the case. That was never the case.”
What actually happened is that former President Obama’s administration overstepped on the mandate. The courts – including a Supreme Court that has consistently leaned liberal on big social issues – told them they overstepped with Hobby Lobby, and then told them again when Scalia’s seat sat vacant. Because that seat was vacant, the administration was advised to work it out with these companies, and they did not.
All that President Trump’s administration did was what the court had directed former President Obama’s administration to do: work it out in a legal way.
For that, American’s with religious convictions are compared to Saudi Arabia, and headlines for the New York Times warn the world that the church is taking over the government. The truth is much different.
There are those on the left who demand that the state have the power to rule the religious convictions of its citizens with a Napoleonic fist, and when they don’t get their way, they cast the voices of freedom as evil oppressors with nefarious goals like those tyrants in Saudi Arabia who won’t let a woman drive a car. Because that’s obviously the next agenda for the church in the U.S.A, right? Take away all the female driver’s licenses. That legislation is just around the corner…