The ACLU has filed suit to force charities run by the United States Conference of Bishops to provide abortions for the illegal immigrant minors the charities have agreed to manage for the federal government.
This is what happens when you don’t push back against individual infractions on religious liberty, Bishops. Where were you when pizza parlor owners in Indiana and bakers in Oregon and florists in Washington state were fighting for their own religious liberty? Infractions against liberty never shrink over time. They only get bigger. When you let groups infringe on the rights of few, those group grow in strength and go after bigger targets. Why isn’t this the topic every Sunday?
The ACLU is demanding government records detailing reproductive healthcare policies for immigrant children and teens in shelters operated by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB). The USCCB has been contracted by the federal government to care for the surge of unaccompanied minors crossing into the U.S.
The group claims that the USCCB has been denying reproductive care for immigrants based on its religious doctrines and that by doing so the organization is breaking the rules of its contract with the federal government to provide necessary healthcare for immigrants.
The goal of the left is to remove religious thought and conscience from the public arena. Whenever believers sit back and let it happen, no matter how they feel about the underlying issue, they are actually pulling the left one step closer to their goal. Even if you personally think gay marriage is fantastic, you should be fighting for the right of the individual to not participate in activities that violate their religious beliefs. The two are not mutually exclusive.
“The larger issue — religious liberty — is the constitutional issue of our time,” said Jerad Najvar, founder of Najvar law firm in Houston, Texas. “We are coming to a tipping point in this country. Right now it’s an attempt to sanitize religious principles from religious charities and schools that receive government assistance. Next it will be denying religious freedom to even privately-funded charities that are open to the public. It’s time for Catholics to recognize the trajectory here, and stand up before it’s too late.”
Almost 60,000 unaccompanied minors illegally crossed the U.S./Mexico borer last year. Nearly a third were young girls and up to 80 percent of those girls were victims of sexual assault. USCCB was awarded a $73 million overall contract and received $10 million in 2013 alone to care for those unaccompanied minors.