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Topic: Religious Freedom in America
Constitutional Issue:The First Amendment:
What is 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.
What is the current debate involving this amendment?
The Obama Administration is forcing all companies, regardless of their religious affiliation, to be involved with offering contraceptive, sterilization, and abortifacients (substances that induces abortion). For religious groups that are against this, President Obama argues that he is making a compromise. His compromise is that the insurance company of the employee will directly contact the employee and will offer for these services for free. The Obama administration claims that this does not violate religious freedom, because the religious groups will not pay for the services. Religious groups argue that this is not a compromise, because the insurance companies will factor in the cost of the services into the premiums of the religious organization. Below are the arguments of both sides. What do you think?
Read the following and vote in our survey below!
Obama Administration Arguments:
From an Associated Press article:
From the Huffington Post:
From Americans United:
Listen and read arguments in favor of Religious Liberty
Watch an interesting opinion piece on the Obama administration and organized religion:
Read the following homily from Father Chris in Dana Point, California regarding religious freedom.
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