Letters 03 – 08 – 2012

Leahy on wrong side of religious freedom vs. religion control 

In the battle between freedom of religion and freedom of birth control, Senator Patrick Leahy chose religion control.

Leahy explained his opposition to religious liberty this way: “The Respect for Rights of Conscience Act of 2011 would allow any employer or insurance company, religious or not, to refuse coverage of any health care service based on undefined ‘religious beliefs’ or ‘moral convictions.'”

“Religious or not”? Is Leahy afraid that atheists will suddenly pose as Christians in order to obtain waivers from Obamacare? They don’t need to; Team Obama is cool with giving non-religious organizations waivers.

Afraid of “undefined religious beliefs or moral convictions,” Leahy zealously follows the creed of undefined health care inherent in Obamacare, that living document that continues to evolve with ongoing HHS mandates.

Showing blind faith in liberal ideology, Obama’s team took Pelosi’s advice when passing the 2,000 page healthcare bill: “But we have to pass the bill so you can find out what is in it.” Talk about undefined. It passed unread.

But Leahy isn’t afraid of 2,000 pages of newfangled, intrusive, and transmogrifying government regulations. No, he’s afraid of “undefined religious beliefs,” which the Church has spent 2,000 years defining and living out by constructing hospitals, universities, and charities.

Catholics are forthright in their beliefs, which are written down in the Bible and the Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC). The Church’s opposition to contraception and sterilization is NOT undefined. See CCC 2370. The Church’s opposition to abortion is NOT undefined. See CCC 2270.

What IS undefined are all the goodies in the health care act. Obama promised us “free” condoms this year. What’ll we get next year? “Free” abortions? “Free” sex-change operations? “Free” usurpation of our First Amendment rights?

Leahy says: “I believe there must be a careful balance between respecting the views of religious institutions and ensuring that women have access to contraceptives.”

After careful consideration, he decided that free condoms for men are more important than religious liberty for all. In the battle between freedom of religion and freedom of birth control, Senator Patrick Leahy voted to control religion and make them offer free condoms.

– Kelly Bartlett


Notes & Events

Thursday, March 8, The St. Michael’s College Conservatives are joining with the Vermont John Birch Society to present “Agenda 21 – A Radical Environmentalist Threat to Your Rights.” The featured speaker is Mr. Henry Lampman. 7 – 9 pm, St. Michael’s College, McCarthy Recital Hall.

Thursday, March 15, The Middlebury College Republicans are hosting Fox News Contributor Andrea Tantaros to discuss the role of the media in the primary this year. Its at 4:30 p.m. in Dana Auditorium. Dana is located at 356 College Street, Middlebury, VT 05753. Should be a GREAT EVENT – Open to the public!

Saturday, March 17, Rally in Support of Vermont Yankee at the plant gate from 5:00-6:30 pm. This is St Patrick’s Day, so we will work this into our plans. We will have some signs, but please feel free to think about making your own signs, For example: “Celebrating GREEN power on St. Patrick’s Day!” For more information, please contact Howard Shaffer, 603-304-9157 or hshaffer3@myfairpoint.net.

Thursday, March 22, Vermonters for Economic Health presents: “A Tale of Two Futures” by Robert Maynard and Tom Licata. The event will involve and examination of Vermont’s economic future and will be held at 6-30-8:00 pm a the Grange Hall in Essex. (116 Center Road, Essex Junction, Vermont Next to Frank’s Motorcycles)