Our rights come from God, not from our elected officials.
“Religious freedom is a fundamental right of all. This right does not depend on any government’s decision to grant it: it is God-given, and just societies recognize and respect its free exercise. The free exercise of religion extends well beyond the freedom of worship. It also forbids government from forcing people or groups to violate their most deeply held religious convictions, and from interfering in the internal affairs of religious organizations.
“Recent actions by the Administration have attempted to reduce this free exercise to a “privilege” arbitrarily granted by the government as a mere exemption from an all-encompassing, extreme form of secularism. The exemption is too narrowly defined, because it does not exempt most non-profit religious employers, the religiously affiliated insurer, the self-insured employer, the for-profit religious employer, or other private businesses owned and operated by people who rightly object to paying for abortion inducing drugs, sterilization, and contraception. And because it is instituted only by executive whim, even this unduly narrow exemption can be taken away easily.” — Letter from Cardinal Dolan to the other Catholic bishops in the US
We created a federal government to help secure our existing rights. On the promise to do more good for more people, that government has grown into a strangling monster. We desperately need to get back to limited government that respects the Constitution and the people. It will be difficult. Cutting taxes, certainly not raising taxes on anyone for anything, is a good first step. I hope the bishops are realizing that giving money and power to Washington is what lead to the loss of liberty they condemn.