To the editor:
I am very grateful for the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, whereby Congress can make no law abridging the freedom of speech or the right of people peaceably to assemble - and that's what many of us did on Oct. 20 in front of our courthouse.
But I am also very grateful for that part of the First Amendment which states that "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof." Note that the word used in the First Amendment is "religion," not "worship." There is a big difference between the two concepts. Religion is something one practices 24/7 and is not limited to a church, synagogue or mosque. Worship is something one usually practices once a week within the walls of a church, synagogue or mosque. By limiting the First Amendment to freedom of worship by his Health and Human Services mandate, President Obama has tyrannically gutted the First Amendment. Let me explain.
The HHS mandate requires, under pain of extremely stiff fines ($100 per day per employee), that employers include free contraception, sterilization and abortion - including convictions to the contrary. The only employers who are exempt are those who lead a church, synagogue or mosque congregation - in other words, those who lead a worship service. Employers who wish to exercise their freedom of religion according to the First Amendment are not being allowed to do so under the HHS mandate of Obamacare. Under President Obama's HHS mandate, Jesus Christ himself would not receive an exemption for his moral and religious beliefs, because he, too, practiced his religion 24/7 outside of church, synagogue and mosque walls, just as religious hospitals, schools and social services do today.
It seems to me that President Obama is not only prohibiting the free exercise of religion, but also establishing a new religion for America, contrary to the First Amendment's disestablishment clause, namely the religion of secularism, whereby the Creator and Nature's God referred to in the Declaration of Independence may be spoken of only for an hour or two on one day of the week.
Please pray to the Creator and Nature's god every day of the week and practice what you pray with your vote on Nov. 6.
The Daily Mining Gazette welcomes letters to the editor from readers.
Letters should be signed and include name, address and telephone number. Names will not be withheld and letters should be no longer than 400 words. No personal attacks. Writers are limited to one letter per month. The Gazette reserves the right to edit letters for length, as well as for spelling and punctuation.
Mail letters to: Letters to the Editor, The Daily Mining Gazette, P.O. Box 368, Houghton, MI 49931. Letters may also be e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or submitted on the Gazette's Web site, mininggazette.com, by clicking on "Submit News."