Just before ringing in the New Year, Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor issued a temporary block of a requirement under the Affordable Care Act, which would give relief to an order of Roman Catholic nuns, who are being forced to implement the birth control mandate.
The Washington Times reports:
In a temporary injunction issued by Justice Sotomayor just hours before she helped usher in the new year in New York City's Times Square, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services was blocked "from enforcing against [the Little Sisters of the Poor] the contraceptive coverage requirements imposed by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act."
The administration has until Friday to respond.
The contraception issue has bedeviled Mr. Obama almost from the passage of the Affordable Care Act in 2010, leading to an open break with U.S. Catholic bishops and a series of efforts by the administration to accommodate faith-based leaders while keeping coverage of birth control in Obamacare.
Sotomayor is a Roman Catholic justice, who Barack Obama appointed to her position on the Supreme Court. Perhaps, unlike Nancy Pelosi, she is more inclined to adhere to her belief system. Though one does have to wonder why she would do this now and she wouldn't do it when Christian Company Hobby Lobby wanted relief for the same reasons.
Fox News adds, "In her order, Sotomayor said the government is temporarily prevented from enforcing contraceptive coverage requirements against the Denver-based group, Little Sisters of the Poor Home for the Aged, and must respond by 10 a.m. Friday."
"She acted on an emergency appeal from lawyers for the group who said the nuns faced 'draconian fines' beginning on New Year's Day if they failed to comply with the law widely known as Obamacare," the Los Angeles Times reported.
In a statement on Wednesday, the White House said, "[We] remain confident that our final rules strike the balance of providing women with free contraceptive coverage while preventing non-profit religious employers with religious objections to contraceptive coverage from having to contract, arrange, pay, or refer for such coverage."
Attorney for the Little Sisters, Mark L. Rienzi, who is senior counsel for the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, said, that the injunction spared the group "from being forced to violate their religion."
"The U.S. government is big, powerful and expansive," Mr. Rienzi said. "It's got lots of ways to give out contraceptives. There's no reason for the government to make nuns be a part of this."
"Without an emergency injunction, Mother Provincial Loraine Marie Maguire has to decide between two courses of action: (a) sign and submit a self-certification form, thereby violating her religious beliefs; or (b) refuse to sign the form and pay ruinous fines," Rienzi added.
Rienzi concludes that the momentum is shifting over Obamacare and believes it to be a very positive thing for the future. "It's important to see that almost every religious nonprofit that's asked for a preliminary injunction has gotten one," he said. "The momentum is big and strong and something to be positive about."
Indeed, until people are willing to actually fight back against a tyrannical government that seeks to control every aspect of their lives, including the healthcare they seek, or choose not to seek, then things will continue down the road of tyranny. Christians should be the first to oppose such tyranny. They should be the ones standing for liberty and freedom and pushing back against those that wish to usurp the office they hold.
"You, Evangelical, the one who thinks "render unto Caesar" is some sort of blanket command to obey the government in all things, you tell me: What if Caesar places his finger on your children and says they belong to him? What if he places it on your chosen career path and claims to know what job you, and your spouse, ought to be performing in his service? Or that he needs your second car more than you do, or that he doesn't think you need to own a firearm or that he wants to have you host two officers in his military service indefinitely in your home, at your expense? Maybe it's your church that Caesar decides is his, to manage and control? He needs all your sons to fight in his wars. Come to think of it, he'll have all your daughters for the same purpose as well.
Nowhere in God's book are kings allowed to act like that (although they do so, shaking their fists at God.)"
Don't look now but Caesar is not just pressing his finger on us, but poking our eyes with it.
Since God doesn't allow for it and those in authority are under God to administer justice, why are we as a people allowing such things to be forced upon us? We are to be a righteous people and demand the same from those in our government. They are to serve us, not the other way around.
This ruling is just another blow against the train wreck that is socialized medicine, aka Obamacare.Don't forget to Like Freedom Outpost on Facebook, Google Plus, & Twitter. You can also get Freedom Outpost delivered to your Amazon Kindle device here.