Shock! Utter shock!!! The Obama Administration has mandated that all food stores in the United States selling refrigerated goods, MUST sell beef!
There is an exemption for vegetarians who only employ, and sell their goods to, vegetarians; and, for vegans who only employ, and sell their goods to, vegans.
What are the vegetarian and vegan store business owners to do?
How long will it take for these businesses to go bankrupt if the owners refuse to violate their conscience by carrying beef in their stores? How many people from the area, meat eaters included, frequent and buy some of the excellent products sold at vegetarian/vegan owned shops? Are people forced to shop and work at these places, or is it a choice?
If the food shop owner happens to be a Jain, then this mandate would not only be expecting him to violate his conscience, but also would be an assault on his religious liberty.
Get it? Get it?
OK, so it's a satire - an example of what you might find in a place like, The Onion. Well, that has some similarities to what the Obama Administration wants to do to Catholic institutions with the HHS mandate (see combox discussion on this point). But, it doesn't just force Catholics and other people of faith with similar convictions to violate their conscience, it's a violation of religious liberty.
What about the Catholic business owners and other people of faith who don't want to violate their conscience over the HHS mandate? People are not forced to purchase products or services, or to work for any particular business. Why should those business owners be forced to offer something that is contrary to their religious beliefs?
Just think of the people - those who are currently defending this mandate, or who are taking a back seat to the assault on liberty of Catholics. Want to bet that they would fight with vigor if this was about vegetarian and vegan store owners being forced to sell beef!
That was clever.
Did you believe it initially? It's understandable with this administration but hopefully, Diane M. Korzeniewsk's piece will get wide-spread attention after making what I think is an apt, though somewhat flawed, analogy (see Diane's combox).
The bottom line is that if the government can infringe upon Catholic conscience, as it is indeed doing with the HHS mandate, it can infringe upon whatever it chooses to infringe upon and that is a deathknell to liberty as we've known it.
We seriously need to wake up.
H/T to The Anchoress who adds:
I’d been wondering how to come up with a secular example that might help people understand the reality of a government’s assault on the conscience. Diane’s spoof did it brilliantly!
But I wonder if the Catholics can depend on the support of civil libertarians, civil rights activists, constitutional scholars and the, ahem, more honest members of the mainstream press to address this action the Obama administration is taking against the churches — and make no mistake, this is not only about the Catholics. As illustrated with the recently-decided Hosanna-Tabor Evangelical Lutheran Church and School vs EEOC, this administration is attempting to not only chase the churches out of the public square, but to insert itself into their internal concerns and negate those teachings with which it disagrees.
You wouldn’t force a Jewish Deli to stock lobster in reserve for its gentile employees. A reasonable gentile or non-observant Jewish employee would understand who she works for and would not expect it. It would not impact her freedom to buy her own lobster.
You wouldn’t force a Muslim Madrassah to pay for an employee’s pulled-pork sandwich; a reasonable non-Muslim employee would not even think to ask it.
It’s not a difficult concept, really; you don’t have to be that smart to get it.
Read the rest of Diane’s piece and the combox discussion. She’s updated to include a growing list of bishop’s statements!
Read the rest indeed... and more importantly, pass it on.
Freedom is at stake.
Wake the hell up and see it.
Crossposted at Wizbang.