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Why pick on The Little Sisters of the Poor (01/19/2014)
From: Roger Reitmaier

I hesitate writing letters to the editor anymore that involve anything remotely political. Both sides are quite entrenched in their tightly held ideology. Many seem to take it personally when you offer an opinion that goes against deeply held beliefs with hyper emotion and often times visceral reaction. But some things cry out for public discourse. One such topic is the HHS mandate within the Affordable Care Act. Recently, the Little Sisters of the Poor filed a federal law suit arguing that their freedom of religion is being thwarted by the mandate to provide birth control coverage in their health insurance plan. The government countered with a 37-page rebuttal.

The Little Sisters of the Poor organization hits home in a personal way. They are a group of Catholic sisters who provide care to the elderly. When my father at age 24 emigrated from Germany in 1928 to escape forced enrollment in Hitler Youth, the Little Sisters of the Poor in Des Plaines, Ill., were his first employer. One of his sponsors (back then one needed to have two ‘sponsors’ to be allowed to immigrate to the U.S. — Google it) a friend who also emigrated from Bavaria, Germany, worked for Little Sisters of the Poor as a gardener and got my dad a job. I have great fondness for this order of Sisters and the Mercy order of nuns who raised my mother in a Catholic orphanage. As today, those faith based organizations were very pro-active in welcoming new immigrants and providing employment. There were no government security nets back then.

All the Little Sisters of the Poor want is to follow their religious conscience in not being forced to follow a part of a law that violates their religious beliefs. One of the core principals in founding the USA was to provide for freedom of religion, that government would not infringe upon the right to freely express religious convictions. We should all oppose such heavy handed government overreach such as the HHS mandate.

 

 

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