When a major church calls for civil disobedience

The Obama administration has recently announced that all employers (with few exceptions) are required to provide health insurance to their employees which includes subsidized contraception, sterilization and coverage for abortion-inducing drugs. This has the Catholic Church upset. Scott Johnson at Powerline describes the response as The Church against Obamacare. Each U.S. Bishop wrote a letter to be read in Church. Here is from the Bishop of Marquette:

The federal government, which claims to be “of, by, and for the people,” has just been dealt a heavy blow to almost a quarter of those people — the Catholic population — and to the millions more who are served by the Catholic faithful. … Almost all health insurers will be forced to include those “services” in the health policies they write. And almost all individuals will be forced to buy that coverage as a part of their policies. …

In so ruling, the Obama Administration has cast aside the First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States, denying to Catholics our Nation’s first and most fundamental freedom, that of religious liberty. And as a result, unless the rule is overturned, we Catholics will be compelled to either violate our consciences, or to drop health coverage for our employees (and suffer the penalties for doing so). The Obama Administration’s sole concession was to give our institutions one year to comply.

We cannot—we will not—comply with this unjust law. People of faith cannot be made second class citizens.

Push is stimulating shove and the weight on either side is massive. That can result in a significant collision with traumatic damage if a safer course of action is not found.

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