...The great strength of the First Amendment is that it is both of and from – it allows any person to believe whatever they want while preventing the government from interfering with that belief and preventing those believers from imposing their beliefs on others." --Mark Evans, Caveat Lector blog in the TucsonCitizen.com (emphasis added)."
The author, Mark Evans, is a journalist, schooled at the University of Arizona School of Journalism. The oxymoronic gem he wrote above isn't really all that surprising coming from a journalist.
The context for the quote is a bill in the Arizona legislature that would allow faith-based service organizations, such as Catholic hospitals, to not be forced to include health insurance coverage for contraceptions if it is contrary to their beliefs. Evans claims that such a law would allow these employers to impose their beliefs on their employees by denying them this coverage.
To me this is ridiculous at face value. An employers choice not to include contraceptive coverage does not mean employees are forced to have the same religious beliefs the employer does. By this argument then, employers who are willing to pay higher premiums for better life and health coverage value human life more than employers who cannot afford the same coverage, right?. Of course not.
More to the point, however, is that Evans completely misses the deeper issue that is really at stake here: that the Federal government is seeking to abrogate the first amendment of the Constitution. The Constitution sets forth the power structure of the United States government, dividing it into the three branches, the Legislative, the Judicial, and the Executive. By definition, if any of these three branches were to somehow gain direct authority over the Constitution (like unilaterally abrogating the first amendment) is it not prima facie that the whole structure is null and void?
Yet liberals fail to see this, and further, fail to see that down the road, the power base will likely shift, and without any compass, the philosophies imposed on the Constitution will send the country in the opposite direction.
Fast forward, and in the end, there will be anarchy.