Somehow separation of church and state seems to work only one wayâ€¦the church is allegedly supposed to stay out of the stateâ€™s business, but not the other way around.
The hypocrisy wasÂ notable when The Weekly Standardâ€™s Jeryl Bier discovered the Obama administrationâ€™s toolkit to help church promote the Affordable Care Actâ€”which is decidedly and contentiously political.
The toolkit includes sample bulletin inserts, talking points, and sample preacher scripts. The full title is the “Second Sunday & Faith Weekend of Action Toolkit.”
The items explain how to help people take advantage of a variety of federal government-provided health programs. Specifically listed in the introduction of the toolkit are Medicaid, children’s health programs, and ACA marketplace enrollment.
Many denominational leaders, including the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, oppose the law’s mandate to provide abortifacient drugs, sterilization and contraceptives. Although the ACA is supposed to be walled off from subsidizing elective abortions, critics deride the measure as little more than an accounting gimmick, and even that has been breached in some areas, LifeSite stated.
Parishioners will be “attentive” to whether priests partner with the Obama administration, given that “so much of this administration has been seen as hostile to traditional religious values,” Father Sirico said. “To then be asked to promoteâ€”from the pulpit, no less, or in our bulletinsâ€”this kind of program, would not only violate people’s consciences, but create dissension within churches.”
â€œThe federal government only wants churches to have free speech rights if the church agrees to speak about things it thinks are acceptable.”
â€”Erik Stanley, Alliance Defending FreedomÂ
â€œThe federal government only wants churches to have free speech rights if the church agrees to speak about things it thinks are acceptable,” added Erik Stanley, Alliance Defending FreedomÂ senior legal counsel.
“A church and its pastor have the free speech right to talk about issues from the pulpit. But nowhere in the constitution is that only limited to talking about the presidentâ€™s agenda.â€
The totalitarian dreamâ€”whether National Socialist (Nazi) and communistâ€”is to put every facet of society under the stateâ€™s control. This latest move toward making the churches an arm of the state is just another effort by Obama to bring everyone under his control, such as controlling the internet, health care, the financial industry, all bodies of water, energy, what children are taught and what they eat in schoolâ€¦you name it. He is slowly strangling freedom because he doesnâ€™t want too much opposition until we arrive at the point where he can say â€œresistance is futile.â€