There’s been a lot of talk about what rights states should have in this election season and seven states have decided they have the right to fight the unconstitutional laws of the federal government.
Last week the attorney generals from Nebraska, Michigan, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Florida and Texas filed a lawsuit against the Obama administration's birth control mandate which would, by all accounts, require virtually every employer to front the bill for abortifacient birth control without religious exemption. CNN reports:
The 25-page lawsuit named the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius; the U.S. Department of the Treasury and Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner; and the U.S. Department of Labor and Labor Secretary Hilda Solis as defendants.
In a statement Thursday, Texas governor Rick Perry said:
"As is becoming all too predictable, the Obama Administration is continuing its unprecedented and unconstitutional intrusion into every facet of American life, this time mandating that our religious institutions violate their own beliefs. It has to stop. I commend General Abbott for taking this much-needed action, part of an ongoing battle over our right to practice our faiths, and live our lives, without Washington interference."
Florida attorney general Pam Bondi said in a statement:
"Government has no business forcing religious institutions and individuals to violate their sincerely held beliefs. This lawsuit is about protecting religious liberty and the rights of conscience, our most basic freedoms as Americans."
The seven states join several universities, and other organizations that have filed suit against this mandate. In an ironic statement, the Justice Department, CNN reports, “urged judges to stay out of the controversy until a compromise can be worked out.”
The idea that the justice department of a nation would urge those charged with upholding justice to stay out of mass lawsuits is a bit indicative of the nature of this whole mess in our government that has somehow managed to justify the usurpation of the rights of the people and foundation of our nation.
Usurpations isn’t a new word when discussion freedom in our nation. Indeed, one only need to review the very Declaration of Independence on which our country was founded.
But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.
Since our pro-abortion administration has been in office, we have seen a long train of abuses. Most of it has centered around the health care plan, to be certain, so much so the Supreme Court has agreed to hear the constitutionality of the mandate. Yet this hasn’t stopped our leaders from continuing to add more mandates, the latest of which has compromised the rights of every American whose religious ideology opposes the mandate. Like the signatories of the Declaration of Independent, we can say:
In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury.
Now we see the Justice Department asking judges to stay out of their version of justice, while the leader of our nation panders to Planned Parenthood. It’s with gratitude I watch these universities, these states, these institutions in our great nation, rise to the challenge and say “no more!” because they value their nation’s foundation in history more than the usurpations of one administration. Truly, we are seeing leaders among us who say, as our founding fathers did in the Declaration of Independence:
When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.
As the thirteen states did on July 4, 1776, these seven states (and likely more to follow) and many organizations are rising out of necessity. Political bands are only as good as their foundation. Our foundations have been shaken by an industry of death. Like our forefathers, we must fight for the “Laws of Nature and Nature’s God” who never designed for chemicals to wipe out a fertilized egg, or even to tell religious leaders what to do.
Psalm 11:3 says,
“If the foundations are destroyed,
What can the righteous do?”
We quote that often but we don’t always read on:
The Lord is in His holy temple,
The Lord’s throne is in heaven;
His eyes behold,
His eyelids test the sons of men.
No matter what laws we pass or schemes we try, the Lord is n His holy place and He sees. His silence is not acquiescence; His silence is not forever.
In this hour, as we rise out of the constitutional necessity that compels us, we also need to remember that God is still in His holy temple, and He sees it all—what injustices come against the unborn, and what the righteous do to stand with Him for justice.
What if our founding fathers had slunk back? I wouldn’t have the right to print this column. We mustn’t slink back now. Our future rights depend on it.