Friday, February 17, 2012

Roman Catholics and ObamaCare

The federal governments is instructing the insurance carriers which serve Catholic institutions to provide birth control services, all of which run contrary to Catholic teaching.

I agree with George Will's assessment of this predicament:

"Serves them right."

As long as private, even religious, institutions insist on broadening the scope of government, where do we draw the line? At what point do private institutions manifest a spirit to resist the encroachment of the state into more segments of our lives?

If we want the government to respect religious liberty, we must content ourselves with preventing government from enforcing morality. Government has no business regulating or instigating health care or health insurance reform. Nor does the government have any power or place to be dictating to citizens how they spend their time or money.

Spiritual learning (presumably) leads individuals to avoid depending on the seen and the forceful and instead rely on the unseen and the faithful. There is no government without God, Caesar must always defer to Christ in the life of a believer, and no handout coerced from one individual to subsidize another can ever quicken or recover the life and well-being of another.

If the Catholic Church was so vehemently opposed to the government determining the healthcare services provided by their insurers, then they should not have gotten behind ObamaCare in the first place.

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