Remember how, back in the
days of the Moral Majority, Christian conservatives were
always accused of wanting to "legislate morality"?
The same accusation was raised during the recent Supreme
Court case covering sodomy laws. It's raised, in
fact, every time Christians stand up for their beliefs.
It's a smokescreen.
A dodge. A lie.
Not only is morality not
being legislated; the program today is to legislate
immorality. Two cases bring this into focus:
a case a few years ago in which state government tried to
force Catholic teaching hospitals to provide training in
abortion, and a recent case in California requiring
Catholic organizations to provide contraceptives as part
of the health benefits of their employees.
NAACP being forced to hire Klansmen. Jewish
schools required to teach Mein Kampf. Muslim
schools ordered to distribute condoms. The affront
would be the same, the public outcry would be loud, and
the ACLU would be all over the case like white on rice.
But these are Christian beliefs under fire. So there
is no outcry, and there are no demonstrations. And
ACLU is on the side of the government, arguing that to
permit Catholics to be true to their faith is to impose
Church doctrine on non-Catholic women.
"The church's claim that
it is coerced into violating its religious beliefs by
state law requiring health insurance plans and disability
policies to include prescription contraceptive coverage is
nonsense", says California Deputy Attorney General Meg
In other words,
Christians are free to believe what they wish, just so
long as they don't act as if they really believe it.
And they're required by law not just to tolerate what they
regard as sin; they're being required to bankroll
it. For the Left, it's not good enough anymore for
Christians to just shut up. It's not enough to bar
people from judgeships because they are Catholic.
It's not good enough to erase all signs of Christian faith
from the public sphere. Christians must also be
forced to violate their faith. They must pay for
contraception. They will not be allowed to adopt
children if they teach them that homosexuality is wrong.
(I'm not making that last one up: a mother was
recently forbidden to do just that.) Far from
establishing religion, our government is now in the
business of establishing atheism.
Remember when Pat
Buchanan was laughed out of the convention hall for saying
there was a cultural war going on in America? Do you
doubt him now? The Left long ago erased from the
Constitution that part of the
First Amendment forbidding the state from "prohibiting
the free exercise" of religion; now they've taken the next
step, and turned the First Amendment completely around:
for the ACLU, it now reads "Congress shall make no law
respecting an establishment of religion, or permitting the
free exercise thereof."