U.S. District Judge John Kane in Denver has just fired an opening salvo on behalf of religious liberty by granting a temporary injunction against the Health and Human Services’ so-called contraception mandate – not to a Catholic institution but on behalf of an ordinary Colorado heating and cooling company whose owners happen to be Catholics.
While Catholic universities, hospitals and schools have already been granted another year in which to figure out how to violate their consciences or go out of business, Judge Kane’s eventual ruling may mean that any small business can, on the grounds of conscience, seek relief from the mandated compliance that went into effect on Aug. 1. The Obama administration may soon be on the ropes for its arrogant, one-size-must-fit-all ruling on health insurance coverage.
In his sonnet “England in 1819,” Shelley inveighed against “Time’s worst statute unrepealed.” He was almost certainly referring to the Test Act of 1673, which required anyone seeking to hold a civil or military office to formally deny that the transubstantiation of bread and wine into the body and blood of Christ existed in the sacrament of the Lord’s Supper, a requirement that was not repealed until the Catholic Relief Act of 1829.
From the standpoint of civil rights it was an odious law, and so is the Sibelius ruling coercing coverage of contraceptives and abortifacients. About the only difference is that, then, it was the Church of England that called the shots; today it is a godless liberal intelligentsia.
Shelley’s memorable phrase aptly describes the entire Affordable Care Act. Although the law has had its defenders on these pages, I wonder whether any of them, in their heart of hearts, doesn’t suspect that this is the worst piece of legislation since the 18th Amendment prohibiting the sale of alcohol, with its companion enforcement tool, the Volstead Act.
Like Prohibition (which was also a kind of health care bill), Obamacare is well-intentioned but is equally coercive, invasive, divisive, inefficient and incapable of fair, even-handed administration. It is a huge overreach of federal power that is doomed to failure, and the people who thrust it upon us deserve a long vacation from government.
First, our sincere thanks to the Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts for providing a wonderful variety of music over the past few weeks with the Glenwood Springs Summer of Music. These concerts in the beautiful setting of Two Rivers Park are another reminder of how lucky we are to live here and to share these experiences with friends, family and visitors on a regular basis.
We have a request for consideration in the future. Please check the decibel levels as well as the quality of the sound before the performance.
The Aug. 1 performances by Bad Willy and Juno What?! were really great, but so loud that they were almost painful at times – and we were sitting at the back. Just in front of us was a young couple with a tiny baby, and there are always lots of young children in the audience.
The decibel level was well beyond what can cause damage to young ears. We have often seen parents with noise-canceling headphones on their infants at similar events, and others who simply cover their babies’ ears with their hands during the louder segments.
Could the event publicity and the person making the “housekeeping” announcements recommend hearing protection for children, and especially for infants and toddlers? We would hate to see a night of fun result in life-long hearing loss, and a friendly statement from the organizers would be helpful for those who simply haven’t thought about it.
Thanks again for a great Summer of Music. We look forward to many more.
Mark and Linda Schuemaker
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