With the recent news of the government first forbidding the reading of the letter issued by Archbishop Timothy Broglio (who oversees the Catholic chaplains) condemning the HHS decision, and then after a protest, censoring the letter that was read, we must ask… how can anyone pretend that the Obama administration is not a menace to the rights and liberties of all Americans?
First we have the imposing of a directive which demands that religious institutions either comply with providing coverage for contraception, sterilization and abortifacients or shut down. Now the government is beginning to stifle the freedom to oppose such directives.
Now I recognize that not all Americans share the views of this blog or of the Catholic Church that this blog seeks to reflect. However, even those who do not share these views need to consider something.
If the Obama administration succeeds in their tactics, then there is nothing to prevent them from using these tactics against any other body who displeases them. Moreover, if the administration is removed from power and if these tactics are left in place, then whoever succeeds the Obama administration will also have these tools to stifle dissent.
Regardless of one's views of politics or morality, the Obama administration is taking a path which all people of good will must oppose. Otherwise the American concept of freedom ends in failure and we become yet another nation with an authoritarian regime.