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Hobby Lobby & Scotus

God is good!

 

Today the Supreme Court of the United States of America sided with conscience rights and freedom of religion!  Our prayers, especially the Fortnights for Freedom are producing their fruit!

 

The long case (Burwell v. Hobby Lobby) with arts and crafts store “Hobby Lobby” is finally over with the aforementioned celebrating a victory.  Five out of the nine justices have decided that the government cannot force employers et al to go against their religious beliefs by funding contraception and other things that go against faith and morals.  You can read on the decision here: http://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/13pdf/13-354_olp1.pdf

 

Companies can now opt-out of Obamacare’s contraception mandate which has been a thorn on the side of religious organizations and businesses run by religious employers.  Under the HHS Mandate, employers had to provide contraception coverage to employees.  This ruffled the feathers of the Catholic Church, other religious denominations and businesses who felt the government was overstepping its boundaries by forcing Americans to go against their conscience.  Obama tried to remedy the situation by claiming non-profit organizations and religious bodies are exempt; however, this did not go far enough.  Hobby Lobby owned by an Evangelical family sued and was joined by many other businesses.  Mother Angelica’s EWTN also has filed suit against the Obama Administration because of this HHS Mandate.

These companies and others can now breath a little easier now that the Supreme Court struck down the HHS Mandatae.  However, more needs to be done in order to get rid of the mandate once and for all.  Liberals and others immediately took to blogs, comment posts in order to voice their anger and frustration.  Immediately the “war on women” propaganda was taken out with accusations that the decision was made by five males and that the dissenting opinion came from the female justices basically insinuating a “man vs woman” thing.  What are we in elementary school??
Liberals can be extremely childish…
This decision is not a “war on women” but a war on socialism and censorship of conscience rights and religious freedom.  The government has no right to force anyone to go against his/her conscience.
Moreover, it does not have the right to tell religious bodies what to do.  Religious freedom is the first right guaranteed in America.  Our Founding Fathers were clear on this.  America exists because of Europeans who fled religious persecution and wanted to settle in a place where they can believe freely without oppression.  In reality, America was founded for religious purposes!
Today, we have liberals and others trying to force religion out of America.  It is trying to control how people believe and how people act.  I’m glad that the Supreme Court decided in the way that it did and it gives me hope that America is still alive.  We will not let our religious freedom and conscience rights be trumped by those who are sexually irresponsible.  Contraception, abortion and the like are not healthcare.  They are means used to cover the irresponsibility of those who abuse the gift of sex and want to avoid the natural consequence: pregnancy.  Pregnancy is not a disease with contraception as the cure!
Let us continue to pray for America especially as we approach the fourth of July.  May God keep this nation under Him and keep religious freedom a priority on the table of law makers.  May God give wisdom to liberals and feminists who do not understand the beauty of life and sexuality. Contraception objectifies women and men.

 

 

Source:

 

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/06/30/supreme-court-unions-contraception_n_5543995.html

 

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/06/30/supreme-court-hobby-lobby_n_5521444.html

 

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/06/30/hobby-lobby-closely-held_n_5545064.html

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/06/30/hobby-lobby-viagra_n_5543916.html

 

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2014/06/30/the-49-page-supreme-court-hobby-lobby-ruling-mentioned-women-just-13-times/

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/06/30/after-hobby-lobby-these-77-corporations-will-drop-birth-control-coverage.html

http://www.msnbc.com/msnbc/supreme-court-public-sector-unions

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/01/us/hobby-lobby-case-supreme-court-contraception.html

http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2014/06/30/3454501/hobby-lobby-bait-and-switch/

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/06/30/the-hobby-lobby-decision-is-bad-for-conservatives-and-religious-liberty.html

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/adam-winkler/corporations-are-people-a_b_5543833.html

http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/newsdesk/2014/06/hobby-lobby-the-supreme-courts-narrow-decisions.html

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/06/30/ruth-bader-ginsburg-write_n_5544111.html

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/06/30/ruth-bader-ginsburg-write_n_5544111.html

Saints Peter & Paul

Today is the Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul. These are the “two great Apostles.”  They are called this because of their importance in building up the Catholic Church.

 

Both Peter and Paul worked zealously to spread the Good News throughout the known world at the time even at the cost of their own lives.  To them are entrusted the protection and guidance of the Catholic Church, especially the Roman Church or Latin Rite. Remember, the Catholic Church is a unity of many churches with different rites.  The Roman church presides over the others because it is the See of St. Peter the first Pope.

 

St. Peter was the first Pope and head of the Apostles.  Jesus changed his name from Simon to ‘Peter’ which means ‘rock.’ You can read more about this here: http://sacerdotvs.blogspot.com/2013/02/the-chair-of-peter.html

 

The Holy Apostle Peter was martyred during the reign of Emperor Nero on around AD 66 or 67.  He was crucified up-side-down on Vatican hill and buried there right under the Basilica of St. Peter’s.  Till this day, his remains are present there under the main altar are are testament to the words of Christ that He would build the Church on Peter the Rock and that the gates of hell shall not prevail against her.

 

St. Paul was originally Saul. See: Acts 9.  He persecuted Catholic Christians in the first years of the Church’s existence.  However, he was called to conversion in a dramatic way.  Jesus appeared to him asking him why was he persecuting Him?  Here Jesus was making it clear that the Church is indeed His body (1 Corinthians 12:27).  When the Church is attacked, Jesus is attacked.  Paul took on this warning and became a Catholic Christian. Not only did he convert, but he became a “megaphone” for the faith spreading it around like if his life depended on it.  He was lit on fire by the Holy Spirit and preached the Gospel without fear, in season and out of season (2 Timothy 4:2).  St. Paul was beheaded on the spot where a Basilica bearing his name rests today.

 

On this day a plenary indulgence can be received by any Catholic who is blessed by a sacramental or relic of these holy men, who participate in Holy Mass and follow the other requirements, and recite the Apostle’s creed in addition.

 

Also, the Pope has the investiture ceremony where he imposes the Pallium on new Archbishops showing their metropolitan status.

 

May the Holy Apostles Peter and Paul pray for the Catholic Church and all Catholics. May they pray for Christian unity and ask God to give all the grace of fortitude so that we can fight on in faith without giving in to the errors of today’s world which are powerful.

No Buffer

Eleanor McCullen, the plaintiff on the “bufffer zone”

Freedom of speech and assemble are rights we as Americans hold dear.  However, for quite some time, these principle ideas have been challenged.  

 

Pro-Abortion advocates who run abortion clinics have taken Pro-Life people to court claiming they are harassing their clients and staff.  In reality, these Pro-Life people just stand outside, pray, offer counseling and other services with the intention of helping women make an educated choice.

 

This of course is threatening to those who support abortion. If they have no clients; if these Pro-Life counselors convince women not to abort, then they will lose money.  It’s all about the money. In order to counter this, they have gotten activist judges to side with them in creating “buffer zones” meant to keep Pro-life advocates away – far away.  These “buffer zones” pretty much pushed people onto the streets making it nearly impossible to counsel women or even protest.  This of course is the intention of the zone.    

 

The issue went all the way to the Supreme Court with the case of McCullen v. Coakley.  The Court heard the case and decided UNANIMOUSLY that these “buffer zones” were unconstitutional and had to go.  Chief Justice John Roberts wrote, “The buffer zones burden substantially more speech than necessary to achieve the Commonwealth’s asserted interests.”  He is correct!  The space outside of any clinic, home or store is public domain. Anyone can stand on it, walk on it, protest, pray or whatever as long as he/she is not breaking quality of life laws. To force Pro-Life people to stand over 35 feet away is a violation of the First Amendment.  

 

Once again the Supreme Court got it right, but the decision is not perfect.  Nevertheless, now Americans can exercise their freedom of speech and assembly in front of abortion clinics in order to save women and children from the evil that masquerades as “healthcare” – abortion.

 

 

For the official text of the decision, visit: http://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/13pdf/12-1168_6k47.pdf 

The “Buffer Zone” extends right onto the street!

 

 

 

 

 

Sources:

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/06/27/opinion/a-unanimous-supreme-court-abortion-rights-lose-a-buffer.html?_r=0

 

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/07/09/abortion-clinic-buffer-zo_n_5571516.html

 

http://www.pressherald.com/2014/07/11/anti-abortion-protest-resumes-in-portland-without-a-buffer-zone/

 

http://www.latimes.com/nation/nationnow/la-na-nn-buffer-zone-laws-struck-down-20140707-story.html

 

http://www.thenation.com/article/180474/supreme-court-decision-abortion-clinic-buffer-zones-opens-door-further-challenges

 

http://www.msnbc.com/msnbc/supreme-court-strikes-down-abortion-clinic-buffer-zone-law