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April 4, 2013

Viewpoint: Proposed regulation further restricts religious freedom

Did you know you can offer your personal comments on proposed federal government rules and regulations? An especially pernicious proposal is one now coming from Department of Health and Human Services which further restricts religious freedom. Learn more and offer your comments online.

The period of time for public comment is until April 8. Here are my comments which I just registered online:

“With more than 50 lawsuits from universities, hospitals, businesses and 150 from individuals all speaking with one voice about the disregard of our sacred God-given right to religious liberty and our first and most cherished freedom guaranteed by the First Amendment to our U.S. Constitution, wouldn’t anyone of reasonable intelligence stop and reconsider or ask just what all the “fuss” is about? One conclusion that makes sense is that the HHS really doesn’t care what the U.S. public thinks is a violation of Constitutional protection. To reasonable and intelligent persons, it is obvious that the “HHS Mandate” is a concerted and intentional challenge to our most basic of all freedoms. When you fly in the face of the fundamental religious doctrine of the Catholic Church and refuse to acknowledge the validity of its belief system, you have earned the disdain of the entire American populace. It is not a legal function of any government to interfere with the internal affairs of any religious organization or attempt to define its ministries, especially the largest segment of Christianity in the world.  You have caused an entirely unwarranted attack on the conscience rights of millions of American citizens whose religious liberty is being egregiously trampled upon. This illegal mandate must be and will be reversed. Why force such travail upon the public?”

Although we may get tired of always needing to voice our objections to many affairs of government, it is the small price we pay for freedom in America. Please learn about the “HHS Mandate” and then let our federal government know what you think and how you feel. You have until April 8.

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