“The weather may be chilly, but it’s nothing compared to people’s reactions to Obamacare,” says the Family Resource Council’s Tony Perkins. “This month, the only thing falling faster than the temperature is the number of the new law’s supporters. Making matters worse, the policy’s biggest defectors seem to be the ones most crucial to it: the medical community.”
Also extremely unhappy are Catholic hospitals, Christian-owned businesses and faith-based colleges, all which have been informed they will provide health care to employees that they find morally reprehensible – such as abortion on demand and free contraceptives.
Author Jacqueline von Zwehl says she is concerned about the hardship Obamacare is having upon all devout Christians and most especially Christian marriages. “The Affordable Care Act mandate forces health insurance coverage that pays for contraception, sterilization, birth control, and ‘abortion-causing’ drugs like the morning after pill, which violates the covenant of Christian marriage,” says von Zwehl. “These mandates place a substantial burden on Christians to dutifully practice their faith This is a clear violation of the First Amendment and the Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993.”
She cites the American Religious Identification Survey in which over 76 percent of all Americans identified themselves as Christian. More than 25 percent said they were Catholics and 36 percent stated they attend church services every week or more.
“Based on these facts,” writes von Zwehl, “more than one third of our nation’s population are actively practicing Christians who must now choose between violating their faith and violating the law. This is not an issue concerning a small minority but rather a significant majority of Americans.
“The Affordable Care Act is looking more like the Anti-Christian Act,” von Zwehl states. “Our religious beliefs and our right to practice as protected by the Constitution are coming under direct attack.”