What churches teach is guaranteed
To the Editor:
Recent letter from readers (Enterprise, 02/23/12) have commented on the issue involving Obama-Care and the Catholic Church.
Barack Hussein Obama suggests that the Church (yours and mine) can believe and teach anything as long as it keeps the faith inside the doors of the church. Acting on these beliefs in the public square, however, can be restricted: freedom of worship is one thing, freedom of religion is something else.
The first words of the First Amendment, of the Constitution of the United States (enacted 12/12/1791): “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof...”
Let’s get it straight: This is not a contraceptive issue, its not even a Catholic issue – its a constitutional issue. Barack Hussein Obama doesn’t have to agree with what my church teaches, but he must agree that he cannot prohibit it.
If Obama or Kathleen Sebelius or Tom Fleming or Robert E. Marshall can tell you and me what our churches can teach, what you and I can believe and act upon, then we are no longer a nation of law, but a nation of men, and next January a Catholic President or a Mormon President can tell you and me to believe, teach and act only within his concept of religious freedom.
Support for the Catholic position is ecumenical. Jewish and even Muslim leaders have spoken out. 2000 Baptist and Evangelical Ministers signed a letter to Obama last week. Presidents of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and Concordia Lutheran Seminary in St. Louis have issued statements in support of the Catholic position. Rev. Rick Warren, who has been called “Obama’s favorite fundamentalist’ said: “I’d go to jail rather than cave in to a governmental mandate that violates what God commands us to do. Would you?”
Lawrence E. Buchek
P.O. Box, Leland