Webster defines Religion as:
a : the state of a religious <a nun in her 20th year of religion> b (1) : the service and worship of God or the supernatural (2) : commitment or devotion to religious faith or observance
: a personal set or institutionalized system of religious attitudes, beliefs, and practices
archaic : scrupulous conformity : conscientiousness
: a cause, principle, or system of beliefs held to with ardor and faith
The Bill of Rights or more commonly known as the first amendment:
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
I started with these so there can be no argument to either definition or law. personal set or institutionalized system of attitudes, beliefs and practices. Establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof. These are the points and if religious institution were made to physically make available contraceptives to all its members it would be in violation of the constitution. This however is a law which doesn’t require that these institutions do anything unless it wants government money. Then as an entity which wishes that money it must determine if taking that money under the rules established for all it must determine if the requirements interfere with beliefs and therefor not take the money.
If the members are true to their religion there should be no problem. However if these Churches wish to become businesses instead of Religion they should not be allowed to hide behind their religion for the simple fact that there is another religion involved which also can’t have it’s rights stepped on.
Please read the constitution. nowhere in the document is God mentioned. The idea of freedom of religion is not to have government choose your beliefs however it is also there so that religion cannot control your government. Nothing is absolute so the distinction should be that in your head or in youir Church or in some cases in your bedroom your religion rules. In your place of commerce aka a hospital things like the health care law prevale.
I have said this before but it bares repeating Quit standing in congress and telling me that your religion is the religion of the country and we need to have our laws follow it. If you can’t convince your flock to stay with your rules your religion is obsolete or soon will be. In most cases your religion and mine will keep us from meeting in the afterlife( even if you don’t believe in one).
Finally I must say to the born again Christain group. There is nothing wrong with a “cult Chrisianity”. If you would quit lieing and read some history this country was founded by a “Cult Christianity” called the masons. I guess they were wrong because they believed only Christ will be born again.