The Bill of Rights, from the Constitution of the United States of America starts with this first amendment:
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.Facts we should point out about rights and the Constitution:
- Rights come from God - not the government. The government does not grant rights nor does it rule over them. The charge of the government should be to protect our rights. If a right is granted by the state, it can be taken away by the state...
- The power of our government was purposefully limited by the Constitution, to prevent tyranny - ESPECIALLY religious tyranny. The USA was established because of the failure of other nations to grant the freedom of religion.
- The government is charged by the founding documents of our government to protect the people from the government - NOT to protect the government from the people.
- The Church does not seek to control the government and cannot do so if true religious freedom is to flourish.
Roe V Wade violated the most basic human right - the right to life. The first right mentioned in the Declaration of Independence:
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.In relation to the right to life (as all human rights are) is the right to religious freedom. Note: this is NOT the right to "worship". Some modern-day pundits have tried to strictly define the right to religious freedom as the right to worship, but "worship" is a narrow definition that is not found in the Constitution.
If any basic human right is violated by the government, including the right of religious freedom, then we have the beginning of tyranny. This is not an understatement. John Paul II put it this way:
“…religious freedom…is the basis of all other freedoms and is inseparably tied to them all by reason of that very dignity which is the human person” (Letter to Kurt Waldheim, December 2, 1978)Pope Benedict echoes this idea:
“The right to religious freedom is rooted in the very dignity of the human person whose transcendent nature must not be ignored or overlooked…Without the acknowledgement of his spiritual being, without openness to the transcendent, the human person withdraws within himself, fails to find answers to the heart’s deepest questions on the meaning of life, fails to appropriate lasting ethical values and principles, and even fails to experience authentic freedom and to build a just society” (Benedict XVI, Message for the World Day of Peace, no. 2, December 8, 2010)This is not a time for Catholics, or any person who values human rights, to hunker down and be silent. We MUST proclaim the truth - "BE NOT AFRAID!"
We must be bold in our proclamation that we will not give up our rights to any government. We must fight to protect our liberties.
I ask you to contact your elected leaders and the HHS.
I also ask you to pray.
THIS IS NOT ABOUT CONTRACEPTION - This is about basic human rights:
- The Right to believe as we wish.
- The Right to follow our consciences.
- The Right of religious freedom.
But, I also ask you to witness to the faith that God has given you. This is a time to stand up and declare:
I am a Catholic.
I am American.
I demand our government protect my human rights.As a sidenote - if you want to know why the Catholic Church has a problem with contraception, then read this.