Wars are won by making political alliances. If our side EVER wants to win we need to understand that simple fact.
It's not the differences with your allies which should worry you, but the DESTRUCTION your common enemy has planned for everybody who is even remotely on your side.
With the establishment on Thursday of the Conscience and Religious Freedom Division in the Health and Human Services (HHS) Office for Civil Rights, Trump has laid the groundwork to smash every single vaccine mandate as well as turn BIG PHARMA into little pharma.
Don't think this new division of Conscience and Religious Freedom at HHS is a big deal?
THINK AGAIN. It gives many different groups a BIG TENT under which to fight. I think it is time that Christians and Libertarians, and people of other religious faiths realize that we have a COMMON INTEREST in fighting against a FASCIST HEALTH ESTABLISHMENT.
Yes, we should protect Catholic nuns who don't want to buy an insurance plan that provides for birth control. And we should protect nurses who don't want to take part in abortions. And we should protect those who do not want vaccines with aborted human tissue injected into their children, Muslims and Orthodox Jews who do not want vaccines with pig products, vegans who do not want vaccines made with ANY animal products, or the conscientious parent who does their own research and comes to the conclusion that ALL VACCINES ARE A REALLY BAD IDEA.
Is it clear by this time I believe all of you are capable of coming to your own conclusions about vaccines? I have my own opinion and I am happy to share, but I will not impose my will upon any other person.
Here's why this is such a BIG DEAL.
The House Majority Leader, Kevin McCarthy (R – California) is one of the people who worked on this project. Do you think he is unaware of the draconian mandatory vaccine law in California which took away religious and philosophical (conscience) exemptions?
This new division at HHS is a HOME RUN for all those who believe in HEALTH FREEDOM.
In a press release put out on Thursday by the HHS Office for Civil Rights, Director Roger Severino said,
"Law protecting religious freedom and conscience rights are just empty words on paper if they aren't enforced. No one should be forced to choose between helping sick people and living by one's deepest moral or religious convictions, and the new division will help guarantee that victims of unlawful discrimination find justice. For too long, governments big and small have treated conscience claims with hostility instead of protection, but change is coming and it begins here and now."
In an article for TownHall, House Majority Leader, Kevin McCarthy was very explicit.
"In the past this office sent the message, now is not the time for freedom, it is time for you to conform. What a difference one year makes."
Dr. Everett Piper of Oklahoma Wesleyan University echoed these comments and brought a laugh to the group by noting what a difference it was to be thanking Health and Human Services rather than suing them.
The acting Health and Human Services Secretary, Eric Hargan, also had some remarkable words:
"For too long too many of these healthcare practitioners have been bullied and discriminated against because of their religious beliefs and moral convictions leaving many of them to wonder whether they have a future in our healthcare system. When faithful Americans are bullied out of the public square and out of public service, when bigotry is allowed to flourish, we all lose."
("Members of Congress Explain Need for New HHS Conscience and Religious Freedom Division," By Lauretta Brown, TownHall, January 18, 2018.)
The lawyer in me recognizes expansive legal language and my little litigator's heart rejoices with the arguments I can spin from it.