Someone recently communicated with me urging on me their understanding of this pas de deux between Holy Mother Church and Uncle Sugar’s current mob in DC over whether or not it would be right and just, proper and helpful toward salvation for the latter organization to insist that the former one knuckle under and forget all this drama about rights of conscience and freedom of religion, and concentrate simply of ponying up the money simple folks need for recently defined simple medical procedures, medications and/or apparatuses. He took the road more traveled. Below I try to tell him why I will not.
Have I made it simple enough for him?
It is simple, actually. Pay attention, here.
Let us say that you have a little business, and the business has three employees. Let us say further that the government has recently passed a law that anyone who is an employer (you) has to buy health insurance for their employee(s). That would be the fellow working for you, Billy Bucketbellie. Still further, let us say that the law requiring you to buy that insurance also states that cosmetic plastic surgery (Nips and Tucks, botox in the butt, nose jobs, etc., even such things as multiple piercings and outlandish tattoos in strange places) are legitimate treatments for legitimate medical problems for the purposes of this new law (We will call the whole thing Reconstructive Health, which term was born as the twin of the Supreme Court decision granting to everyone everywhere their Reconstructive Rights), such that if someone has a skinny butt or a droopy neck and they don’t want it, they have every right to get it taken care of. And let us say that such Reconstructive Health procedures will be provided absolutely cost free under the new government ordered and employer paid for health plans that you, thee employer now must get for your employee(s). There will be no charge to anyone at any time if they want to avail themselves of Reconstructive Health treatments or devices (push up bras are covered…even for men) including no co-pay at the providers office.
It is odd this, is it not? I mean heart disease, cancer, diabetes and bee sting allergies will all require at least co-payments, but Reconstructive Health is provided absolutely cost free. But, the Reconstructive Health industry, by the way, is known to have a very strong lobby, and Congress, all of Washington DC is filled with a lot of pierced and tattooed people and people who know them. Anyway, I continue.
Let us say that you and your family are True Believers , and what you are true believers of is the Church of the Original Form . You believe that the body you were born into the world with is the one God wanted you to have; that since God is all knowing and all good, in His Divine Wisdom he gave you the one body in all eternity that most perfectly fits His image in you and for you, and is a reflection of His Mighty Power and Love to all the world. Let us say that. Finally let us say that one of the most sacred doctrines and dogmas of the COF and its believers is that because of this belief in the originality and uniqueness of one’s body it is a grievous sin and an offense against one’s deeply held beliefs actually to alter it in any way through surgical or other means, unless in the course of treatment for a disease or a serious accident. Furthermore, it is also a serious sin to participate knowingly in someone else’s willing resort to any Reconstructive Health Procedure. Your conscience tells you that you cannot participate in this government mandated insurance program as it it presently constructed. To do so would involve you directly in grave sin.
While you would feel sorry that your employee Mr. Bucketbellie had an operation to remove his wattle, and you would pray for his soul, you cannot in however small a way, join him in that decision, and you consider it a violation of your Constitutional right freely to practice your religion without the interference of government now to be required to provide the insurance which will allow him so to do.
No one anywhere is saying that the Bucketbellie’s of the nation may not pierce, cut,and color themselves as they wish. They are simply saying that the government should not force them to provide insurance for those poor fools to do so.
I’ll make it more simple, if I can. Perhaps you don’t smoke, you never smoked and you don’t like to breath second hand smoke. Let us put you back in that business again, and suppose that you have hired Bob Rawthroat, a chain smoker who goes through six packs a day (God help him). Now comes the government with another plan to save the tobacco growers of the country from ruin and poverty. You must contribute half the cost of Bob’s half carton of coffin nails each day.
Wanna do that? I don’t. While I have no employees yet, I do own a small business and I will not participate in any plan that requires me to pay for something I consider it would be a violation of my conscience so to do. The bargain I had with this Republic guarantees me the right to do that. It has broken faith with me, and that is not only wrong, it’s downright despicably wrong, and the people responsible for it are as a former teacher of mine was wont to say, cruds and worms, cruddy worms, for so doing. I do not like them and applaud the decision of anyone not to obey the law. It is a treacherous thing to do to a citizen, and makes me wonder if a government can commit the crime of treason against its own citizens.
Yours In Patriotic Duty,