Mona Charen has written an excellent article about the Obama administration’s use of Obamacare as a vehicle for attacking religion and religious people. I urge you to read it.
I was particularly struck by one point Charen made, regarding Sebelius’s previously stated view about religious accommodation — to wit, that the religion, not the state, has to adapt:
Two years ago, announcing that non-profits like the Little Sisters would be required to go along with providing all contraceptives and abortifacients even if it violated their religious convictions, HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius sniffed that the religious would “have to adapt.”
Put aside the fact that the Constitution, by making freedom of
worship religion one of the paramount rights vested in the individual, means that the state, not the individual (or corporate collections of individuals), must adapt. After all, we’re now used to hearing this combination of ignorance and disdain when the Obama crowd talks about the Constitution and constitutional rights. That Sebelius erred there is a no-brainer.
The thing is that Sebelius didn’t just err about the Constitution. She also erred about the way assimilation has always worked in America. It hasn’t worked by persecuting religions (which is what the administration is doing now). Instead, if you want to get rid of religion in America, you make the secular popular culture so attractive that religious people voluntarily abandon their doctrinal and procedural commitments to God. Coercion begets resistance. Enticement is what gets results.
Perhaps I should be grateful that, when it comes to Obamacare, the administration is clueless about this fact.