Just more promises?

To the editor:

In November 2016, our two political parties gave us a choice of two, disparate ideologies. One party, committed to the iniquity of abortion, gave honored seats to the heads of Planned Parenthood and NARAL at its convention, possibly signaling cabinet-level access to the White House. Its candidate promised to use the power of the federal government in an attempt to force churches to change immutable doctrine existing for more than two millennia. Since then, the head of the DNC has plainly declared that his party has no room for people who defend the life of the innocent pre-born.

Her opponent’s party promised to support the right to life and restore conscience protection for those who believe that support for abortion is a grave sin, and who believe the law of God supersedes the whims of man. In spite of their vilification by the major media, and with the hopeful help of a majority of religious faithful, this party won the White House and a majority in the House and Senate. Now we can look at how they keep their promises.

As the country enters the 11th month since the political party in power promised to repeal the HHS mandate and the ninth month after its assumption of power, we may still witness the Little Sisters of the Poor and myriads of religious-based entities facing a potential fine of many millions of dollars. The fine increases at the rate of $100 a day for each employee, and the power of collection of this money has been given to the IRS, which has the power to seize assets, confiscate pay and imprison for noncompliance.

This HHS mandate that everyone must monetarily support abortion, sterilization and birth control was not inserted by Congress, but by the former secretary of the HHS. Yet, this mandate can be incrementally overridden by Congress without an omnibus health care law. This has not yet been done. It becomes evident that while one national party has proven itself to be adamantly against religious freedom, its opponents have shown themselves to be completely apathetic. Is the guarantee of religious freedom and dignity of life destined to die because of elitist acedia?

So far, the only federal action defending the sanctity of life has come from executive action — the reinstitution of the Mexico City Policy. Given the habit of Congress of surrendering its responsibility, authority and power to un-elected bureaucrats and disregard of the Bill of Rights, I wonder if this was just another political promise of the lips, but not of the heart, meant to be unkept.

The biblical warning, “Do not put your trust in princes,” is being demonstrated daily.

Ed Bednar

Wintersville

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