Patrick Germond: Law contrary to Christian doctrine

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Patrick Germond

An upsetting and disconcerting situation has arisen in our country.

Many people, including myself, believe our government has adopted a number of anti-Christian policies that purposely undermine religious liberties and freedom.

The latest example is the federal government, through ObamaCare, forcing Christian entities to provide insurance coverage for contraception and chemical abortion (plan B) for employees.

This has caused many Americans to wonder if our government is becoming bigoted.

The most familiar form of religious bigotry happens when one Christian group says another isn’t Christian.

This is wrong.

If a group believes in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, they’re Christians. The only thing that separates these groups from each other is their individual doctrines, and that shouldn’t be a reason for discrimination of any kind.

However, the most serious and dangerous version occurs when a government and its leaders practice bigotry.

Rights then no longer have the same value and protection as they should.

Rights, liberties and even members of that religious group become second-class citizens.

The new policies enacted by our government under ObamaCare force all Christian businesses and organizations, including health care providers, to pay for and carry contraception coverage and abortion pills.

This is a clear violation of these religious establishments’ rights and liberties. This new law violates most Christian groups’ pro-life principles.

For example, a Catholic establishment like St. Mary’s in Grand Junction has to financially facilitate pharmaceutical abortions for all its employees.

The First Amendment states “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.”

Compliance to this new government law has been waived for one year, until after the election.

Maybe this was done to give Christians a year to change their beliefs. I don‘t know.

On Jan. 29, Catholic Church leaders read a letter from all pulpits in the U.S. stating the church can never comply with a law that forces any part of its organization to violate its sacred covenant pertaining to the sanctity of life.

There is a reason secular governments have always turned on religion. These governments want people to rely on their authority rather than God’s. They do this so people will see them as the ultimate power and bend their knee to them.

This past week, White House spokesman Jake Carney said the administration feels it has struck the proper balance on this issue and there will be no changes. That statement sounds pretty indifferent and bigoted to Christians, if you ask me.

I say bigoted because of its absolute dismissal of Christian beliefs as to having any merit above the White House.

So, to them, Christian beliefs are second-class and not very important. Not even in an election year.

My position on this issue is as follows:

When a government imposes its will of religious concepts and dictates on a peaceful people, those people must decline and refuse to follow those imposed dictates.

It is to God people must be true, not to the changing winds of governments or to the weaknesses of men.

God made mankind and gave him his law and free agency, and no government has the right to take that which God has given.

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Comments

onewhocares 2 years, 10 months ago

Two things: #1, this country is just not Christian by any means. There are traditional Native Americans, Jews, Muslims, Mormons, Catholics, Scientologist, Hindus, and on & on. This is not a "Christian Country." (And as a brutally harsh reminder, it was the "Christian" government that committed genocide against millions of our aboriginal peoples.into the early 1900's-just saying)

Secondly, I don't agree with our government's policies at all, but maybe with that one stipulation for birth control & abortion, the politicians and scientist clearly understand the outcome of overpopulation for the masses. We, all feel we have the right to have an untold number of children, but the reality is, lack of resources and starvation will result in the end and the government knows it. Maybe it's time to look at the bigger picture than outside of our own little world's and this isolated community for the better of the good of everyone. (Think of a small rat cage and what happens when one rat has 6 babies and so and so-all still living in the cage. They run out of room and begin eating and killing each other-just look at our inner cities and grossly over-populated 3rd world nations. We are no different than the rats despite what people want to think.) Sorry, but there's no way around that brutal reality. It's nature and those people that are willing to be responsible and do the right thing should be praised and our system should be set up for responsible birth control measures. (If it was still 1800, the story would be different)

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TSnyder 2 years, 10 months ago

First and foremost, our government should look to itself and decrease the amount of revenues that it contributes to "overpopulation" (free medical, welfare, more babies equal more benefits, etc.) before they mandate that an employer provide contraception and/or abortion. As a Catholic Christian (yes, we ACTUALLY are Christian) I do not believe it is the government's place to set up me or anyone else for "responsible birth control measures." Personal responsibility should be just that - personal!

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Andrew Russo 2 years, 10 months ago

Make all religions pay property and income taxes...

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Andrew Russo 2 years, 10 months ago

(The most familiar form of religious bigotry happens when one Christian group says another isn’t Christian.)

As Evangelicals say about Mormons....

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Andrew Russo 2 years, 10 months ago

Come to think of it, the current Pope once called Mormons a "cult"

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Colette Erickson 2 years, 10 months ago

Why is the paper publishing this "stuff" in any form other than as a letter to the editor (and really, why even then)? Why is a platform, and apparent legitimacy, being provided?

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Andrew Russo 2 years, 10 months ago

(What's to stop our government from deciding that the reservations lands would be better used if put to different use. And the government didn't care what the Indians (I am one) connection to the land was.)

Native Americans were put on reservations and the land that they DID have a connection to was taken away long ago. We live in a plutocracy and the oligarchs will do as they please. "The illusion of freedom will continue as long as it's profitable to continue the illusion. At the point where the illusion becomes too expensive to maintain, they will just take down the scenery, they will pull back the curtains, they will move the tables and chairs out of the way and you will see the brick wall at the back of the theater.”

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Andrew Russo 2 years, 10 months ago

(All that trash of the government imposing its will is wrong.)

It is what it is and a problem worldwide. It's the one thing every human on the planet has in common - bad government. Be they democracies, theocracies or monarchies. Plutocratic oligarchies all.

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missrose 2 years, 10 months ago

I find fault with this editorial for a few reasons. The first problem I have is your use of Plan B as the abortion pill. I would like to clarify that before you post an article about contraceptives/abortion you do your homework first. Plan B and the "abortion pill" are completely different things. The abortion pill is mifepristone whereas Plan B is not even in the realm of abortion. Plan B should not be used (or considered) as a consistent form of birth control only when the primary form fails. Contrary to popular belief Plan B does not end an already started pregnancy. It prevents an egg from being released therefore avoiding pregnancy. If an egg is released it slows the progression of the egg not allowing sperm to fertilize it. You are mistaken sir. The second problem I have with this article is the idea of forcing health care. Being able to offer people (Christian or not) an option FOR WOMEN is something that should not be such a negative thing. If people don't want that part of health care then it is their choice whether to buy it or not. Obviously people have a lot of pre-conceived ideas about what birth control truly does. The Pill doesn't kill embryos or whatever else you may think it does. If you are against the pill at least use condoms. I don't understand why this is such a hard concept especially in Craig. Has anybody not noticed the staggering teen pregnancy rate in the high school? Pills are cheap and you can get condoms virtually anywhere. Christian or not abstinence is ineffective and parents need to be responsible about educating their children. Kids shouldn't be scared talking to their parents about being responsible and safe. Abortion is not so black and white anyway. What would you consider a woman who gets pregnant and has the embryo develop in the fallopian tube (Ectopic)? This happened to me and as the embryo grew it caused me to bleed internally. If I had not gone to the hospital the fetus would have ruptured my tube and killed both of us. I had to not only have the embryo surgically removed but I also lost a fallopian tube. I am not writing this for pity but to challenge the black and white beliefs. Where do I fall into what category? I can guarantee almost everybody in your church has had pre-marital sex or used contraceptives. It is funny that the church is so against taking a life when historically you trace can almost any major conflict back to religious reasons (i.e crusades, inquisition or WW2). It is always so ironic to have to read about a male preaching against abortion. Get educated before you preach about something you obviously have no knowledge.

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jamcolo 2 years, 10 months ago

As far as I know only the Catholic's and Mormon's have doctrine against artificial contraception. The rest are free to plan their own families. This like most others is an example of the only war against Christians in American. that is Christians telling/forcing by vote or court to make other Christians and non Christians play by their rule book like it or not.

Teaching of Bible based young earth creationism is another.

By the way some birth control pills do prevent implantation of a fertilized egg by altering the lining of the uterus. Thing is 40% to 50% of all fertilized egg do not implant in the uterus and die. That's just the way thing are.

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