Thursday, May 31, 2012

The Sebelius Precedent: Time to Regulate Liberalism?

Kansas votes to tax abortions -- should labor unions be taxed as well?

Let's call it The Sebelius Precedent.

If we're now going to breach the Constitutional right to religious liberty -- can an assault on political liberty be far behind?

Or, plainly put, is it time to tax and regulate liberalism?

The government, according to HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius (the headmistress of Obamacare) is going to regulate the Catholic Church.

In the words of CNN, last January:

Catholics around the country got an earful on Sunday from the pulpit over a new health insurance policy by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that forces employers to cover contraception and abortion as part of preventative care regardless of religious beliefs. The use of abortion and contraceptives violates Catholic teachings.

Just the other day, after futile attempts to reach agreement between the Catholic Church and the Obama Administration -- represented by Headmistress Sebelius -- the Church took the President to court. As reported at

Cardinal Timothy Dolan, Archbishop of New York, has joined with Cardinal Donald Wuerl, Archbishop of Washington D.C., the University of Notre Dame, and 40 other U.S. Catholic dioceses and organizations in a lawsuit against the Obama administration. Twelve different lawsuits, charging the administration with violation of the Church's First Amendment right to freedom of religion, are being filed in federal courts around the nation.

Said the statement on a website set up by the Archdiocese of Washington:

This lawsuit is about an unprecedented attack by the federal government on one of America's most cherished freedoms: the freedom to practice one's religion without government interference. It is not about whether people have access to certain services; it is about whether the government may force religious institutions and individuals to facilitate and fund services which violate their religious beliefs.

Mysteriously, the story of the Church suing the President got scant coverage in the liberal media. As noted here.

One can only assume the lack of coverage by mainstream media is because of plain, old-fashioned media bias.

But maybe there's something else at work.

That something?

The realization even in the slow-moving left-wing brain that if religious freedom -- a guarantee of the First Amendment -- is no longer un-regulatable, neither are those other guarantees of the First Amendment. They would be, specifically, freedom of speech and freedom of the press.

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