First Amendment to the Constitution or Corinthians 6:19-20 – Take Your Pick and Defend Freedom!

by Jayne D. Frank

The secular agenda of some Americans, supported and encouraged by President Obama’s vision of his America, has brought about the latest affront to the Constitution of the United States and to God’s own word’s in the Bible.  I am speaking of the attack on institutions and churches whose religious and moral beliefs do not support either providing contraceptives or abortive medications.  The Catholic Church is dead center in the middle of this controversy but it is not alone in its attack from the Obama Administration.  Every Christian and God-loving individual in America should be incensed and outraged by this assault on their religious beliefs and should be motivated to defend either the Constitution and/or the Bible, especially as is set forth in Corinthians 6:19-20 “…Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.”

The Constitution, written by our Founders, to be adhered to by all Governments and individuals, specifically states in the First Amendment that “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.”

Obviously, this First Amendment has been distorted and confused by the ongoing judicial activism of the courts over the years which has ruled illegitimately that this matter belongs to the states and should be governed and administered by each individual state.  The courts have routinely ruled since 1925 on religious issues, in direct violation of the original meaning of the First Amendment, thus becoming the “law of the land” as encouraged by this President.  

After loud protests from Cardinals and Bishops in the church, President Obama indicates that he has made a “compromise” with the Catholic Church which says that the Church and the institutions affiliated with it, do not have to provide contraception and abortion medications or procedures to its followers and university students.  However, this compromise is empty and ineffectual as the Catholic Church and other religious organizations that do not condone contraceptive and abortion medications and procedures still have to pay their insurance carriers to provide such services.  

Once again, President Obama has pitted another group of Americans against another.  This time, it is those with a profound religious belief, often described as Conservatives, against the secular Progressive Left in this Country.

We cannot stand by as Americans and permit this atrocity to happen to our Churches and religious educational institutions.  Whether you believe as the Bible says that our bodies are the Temple of the Holy Spirit, provided by God, or you understand that this Country was founded on the principle that Government should not prohibit the free exercise of religion by all Americans, we must stand united as a Country and fight along with the Catholic Church to defend our rights not to have the Federal Government force us to violate our beliefs and have these insurance provisions once again stuffed down our throats.   

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