Choice by its nature implies that each American is granted individual liberty to act according to conscience. These rights are consistently protected by the laws and the Supreme Court itself, with the only real exceptions being when someone’s rights infringe upon another’s. The classic example we discuss in civics classes is a variation of this: I have the right to free speech but that right doesn’t allow me to cry “FIRE!” in a crowded theater because then my "right' endangers all the people who possibly trample on each other to get out. Since I've now endangered the public with my "freedom," it's no longer mine to use.
We told you recently how the Obama administration had decided to use its governmental "rights" to usurp the choice of Catholics and pro-life business providers who previously were granted the right to exercise their consciences and demonstrate religious freedom to not provide services such as abortion pills, sterilization, and even the types of contraception that are abortive. If you missed that update you can find it here.
Sunday morning, virtually every Catholic church in America read a letter to its congregants announcing it could not comply, and calling the church to action. Business Insider reports on this and says, accurately:
To give an analogy, it would be like the government mandating that all delis, even Kosher delis, serve pork products and then justifying it by saying that protein is healthy, and many Jews who don't follow Kosher laws and many non-Jews go to those delis. The law wouldn't technically ban Jews from owning delis, but it would effectively ban their ability to run them according to their conscience.
Consider this. If a person, by virtue of a religious value, chooses to abstain from something, should government, founded on a free religious expressing then forbid that liberty? Does a Jewish hospital have a right to only serve Kosher food in its cafeteria even if non-Jews patronize it? Do I demand an Islamic business be open on Islamic holidays because they aren’t my holidays? These questions, which may seem ridiculous, are nothing compared to the liberty stolen by the Obama administration who has decided that these Christian organizations not only don’t have the right to not provide these services but must actually pay for others to have them.