Saturday, February 25, 2012
Iran and Birth Control
Two converging news stories in recent weeks have placed the United States and Iran on the same side of an issue. Strange bedfellows indeed! The first story involves an Iranian pastor who was sentenced to death because he "illegally" converted to Christianity (in some Muslim countries, it is illegal for one to leave the Muslim faith). The second story involves the mandate recently handed down by the Obama administration, which states that all insurance companies must provide contraceptive service (including sterilization and abortifacients like Plan B). The issue of contraception, however, is a red herring and should not be the primary focus of our concern. What should concern us is this unprecedented attack on religious liberty, and the suggestion that these "services" are about as necessary as food and water. Once again, the issue is neither contraception nor homosexuality, but whether or not we can still exercise our basic freedom of conscience, and whether religious institutions are free to set their own agendas, or whether we too, like the Iranians, will elect to impose harsh penalties on those who fail to worship at the altar of this secular "sacrament." Any man that wishes to revoke this basic liberty is no liberal at all, but rather a wolf in liberal's clothing. Perhaps I might be accused of overreacting. Yet if this mandate goes through, what will limit the power of government? On what grounds might one declare that the government is incapable of forcing anyone to do anything irrespective of their conscience? Don't forget, as was witnessed this past week in Iran, the dictatorship can cut both ways. The secular progressives are always preaching to us about the necessary barrier between church and state. And in this particular instance, I can only say "Amen"! Now if only all of the atheists and secular moralists would follow their own dictum.