Posted 2 years ago on Feb. 10, 2012, 7:20 a.m. EST by bensdad
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t a constitutional issue involved in this issue.
First Amendment of the Constitution prohibits establishment of religion. That is you cant have the government saying you are going to have to follow certain religious beliefs, and it guarantees free exercise. That means everybody is free to exercise the religion that they choose.
t anything in the Constitution that says an employer, regardless of whether you are a church employer or not, isnt subject to the same rules as any other employer. The minimum wage, safe working conditions, workman
s compensation, age restrictions.
You could have a religion that says we believe that everybody when they are 60 years old must retire. That doesnt give that religion an exemption. This is just simple labor law. There are all sorts of laws that apply to every employer in this country, and you don
t exempt religious employers just because of their religion.
You are not asking anybody in the Catholic Church or any other church to do anything other than simply comply with a normal laws that every employer has to comply with. The law wouldnt say to a Catholic hospital, that you have got to do these acts that are contrary to religion, perhaps an abortion or something like that. They would, however, say to that hospital, you
ve got to treat your employees consistent with the law. And youve got to give him health insurance like you
ve got to give him workmans compensation.
The NY law, for example, has the same exemptions as the federal law, that is the exemption for church employees, not hospital employees. If a Catholic Church owns a restaurant, those employees aren
t exempt. If they own a hospital, those employees arent exempt. If they own a university, those employees aren`t exempt.
We had a religious-based practice outlawed in this country.
Polygamy was outlawed in the 1878 by the United States Supreme Court because the Constitution has never prohibited Congress or the state legislatures from imposing limits that applied to everybody. In other words, you may have religion that believes in sacrificing animals - that doesn`t mean you are going to get an exemption from the anti-cruelty to animals laws.
As long as you have laws that apply across the board, and they are reasonable related laws the state has the right to impose those and you don`t get a pass just because you form or have a religion that has a sincere belief to the contrary.
Now, this is not a question of freedom of religion. Nobody is forcing Catholics to use contraception.
THE ESTABLISHED LAW OF THE LAND FOR 134 YEARS:
The unanimous 1878 Supreme Court decision - Reynolds v. United States clearly declared that the religious belief and practice of polygamy was not protected by the Constitution, based on the longstanding legal principle that
"laws are made for the government of actions, and while they cannot interfere with mere religious belief and opinions, they may with practices."
This is why religion’s “blue” laws have been ruled unconstitutional.
If you are a sincere Catholic who disagrees with this decision,
I respect your opinion.
But please do not site political hacks and liars to support your position.
The law of the land is the law of the land.
America is a nation of people, not churches.
You may regret that - but you know that.
There is no war on religion.