BOHEMIA, NY, Nov 23 – Dan Weber, president of the Association of Mature American Citizens Americans, called on AMAC’s half-million members and all Americans to take time this holiday season to give thanks for our First Amendment Rights and to join the fight to “preserve these precious privileges.”
For the first time in the nation’s history, the “inalienable” right of religious freedom came under attack in 2012 when the Obama administration ordered faith based institutions to obey his rules regarding contraception and abortion. “Obamacare does just that. It imposes onerous penalties on church run hospitals and schools if they don’t accede to his interpretation of religious beliefs and provide contraceptive and abortion coverage in their employee health care plans,” he explained in a Thanksgiving Day message.
“Bear in mind, our concern may be focused on the right of free exercise of religion, but it goes beyond that. What’s next—freedom of speech, freedom of the press, the right to peaceably assemble, the right to petition for a governmental redress of grievances,” he asked.
Numerous law suits have been filed by churches and by non-religious organizations seeking to expose the unconstitutionality of the Obamacare provision. To date, at least 40 lawsuits have been filed by more than 110 plaintiffs seeking relief from the contraception mandate.
“Certainly, the issue will be adjudicated,” Weber said, “and almost certainly the courts will rule that the Affordable Care Act mandate in fact erodes a basic, precious personal liberty. But, in the meantime, it is up to individual Americans to keep the issue in the spotlight because the mainstream media has chosen to marginalize its importance.”
Weber noted that there was barely a mention of the controversial provision during the Presidential Election Campaign, “except to echo the Obama camp’s assertion that its opponents were waging a war on women. Instead, the real war is being waged against those who would preserve our Constitutional Democracy and the legacy of our Founding Fathers.”
He asked AMAC members and their relatives and friends to “put pressure on lawmakers in Washington with phone calls and snail mail and email messages. Send Twitter messages and use your Facebook pages to emphasize the dire nature of the issue. Express your concern that the Obamacare provision represents an insidious erosion of the individual rights of all Americans whether you adhere to religious beliefs or not.”
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