By now, hopefully most of you have heard about Hercules Industries, which won a small reprieve from the healthcare mandate last week. This is only temporary win, a ‘stay-of-execution‘, if you will. The ruling will most likely be appealed to the 10th District Court of Appeals.
However, it’s important to remember that, just like the other internal battles which we were discussing last week, this mandate is another such fight which is being waged largely on our behalf. Are we supporting these warriors’ efforts? Are we even keeping up with their results?
In this case, the folks in the trenches are from Alliance Defending Freedom, a coalition of Christian lawyers formerly known as Alliance Defense Fund. From the ADF website:
Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys obtained the first-ever order against the mandate on behalf of Hercules Industries and the Catholic family that owns it. The (Obama) administration opposed the order, arguing, contrary to the U.S. Constitution, that people of faith forfeit their religious liberty once they engage in business.
“Every American, including family business owners, should be free to live and do business according to their faith. For the time being, Hercules Industries will be able to do just that,” said Legal Counsel Matt Bowman. “The cost of freedom for this family could be millions of dollars per year in fines that will cripple their business if the Obama administration ultimately has its way. This lawsuit seeks to ensure that Washington bureaucrats cannot force families to abandon their faith just to earn a living. Americans don’t want politicians and bureaucrats deciding what faith is, who the faithful are, and where and how that faith may be lived out.”
These guys from ADF are heroes, engaged in a fight that truly is Biblical in size and scope. But, what can WE do? Well, if we wish to see other victories follow this one, we can’t just stand by, inert, and “hope for the best”. We need to contribute to these causes with either time or money, and we can add our voices to theirs.
- We can also speak to our pastors.
- We can speak to our friends.
- We can speak to our representatives.
And no, obviously not in the annoying, overly self-righteous, illogical, talons-on-chalkboard approach of the militant Left, either. You know, like our best buddy Nancy:
***Who, lest you forget, was one of those primarily responsible for us having Obamacare in the first place. Just a reminder….***
Speaking of the need for reasonable discussions as a means of outreach: There is a wonderful YouTube channel from WordOnFire.org featuring Fr. Robert Barron as its primary speaker. Fr. Barron is not a fire-and-brimstone guy, and he’s not a comedian. Nonetheless, he is quite compelling in his arguments.
Below is a recent clip where Fr. Barron articulates exactly why freedom lovers of ANY and ALL beliefs should be equally horrified at and unified against this law.