Considering a potential risk of having my character questioned, or my name placed within a subversives file deep within the bowels of the National Security Agency and the Internal Revenue Service, I wish to offer commentary to a recently published (Crookston Daily Times 12-11-13) Minneapolis Star Tribune editorial.
The piece reflects long-standing positions by the newspaper, concerning the life issue and the standing of faith-based Americans who offer resistance within the public arena of debate and the nation’s judicial system - when that opposition conflicts with the paper’s social agenda.
The editorial provided nothing new with the exception of its packaging, attempting to marginalization individuals and groups through stereotypical identifications and inappropriate analogies.
Regardless, a large and growing number of Americans, cutting across a wide swath of religious denominations and perspectives, are alarmed at the progressive erosion of religious liberty – triggered by key elements of the “Affordable Health Care Act.”
The compulsory mandates found within that highly controversial law are in fact, poised to trump basic tenets of faith and conviction, under the threat of severe punishment for non-compliance.
Fellow citizens who refuse to fall to their knees before the high altar of popular culture, secularism and intrusive, bloated government are at the forefront of this resistance.
The current law is a pre-meditated intrusion of religious liberty and it breaches the original intent of separation of church and state; protecting and preserving our fundamental right of religious liberty from government infringement.
Ostensibly, the current political and legal dynamic is this; when faith-based principles starkly conflicting with current law and the power base of government, those tenets of faith are deemed moot by government and are therefore required to acquiesce and desist, in the face of intimidation and punishment.
Attempts to “transform America” and the struggle for justice within an unjust law are testing our system of checks and balances and our collective will, as a culture. They highlight a dramatic conflict of vision and direction for our nation.
As historic events unfold, the prophetic words of founder Thomas Jefferson ring clear in the distance; “I tremble for my country, when I reflect that God is just.”