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Other Religious Left advocacy actions for Obamacare this month include a “virtual party” by teleconference in which activists will share testimony about what Obamacare has personally meant to them. The United Methodist lobby office explained: “Persons are encouraged to gather with colleagues, friends or family members around a speaker phone; share a piece of anniversary cake [celebrating Obamacare’s 2nd anniversary] or other treat together; and celebrate the progress made in moving toward our faith-inspired vision for our health-care future.”
There’ll also be an interfaith prayer vigil by conference call to plead for moral discernment among the justices of the U.S. Supreme Court during the ACA hearings. And there’ll be a special “Health-care Justice Sabbath Observance” in the Methodist Building’s chapel, interspersed by several days of press conferences and radio broadcasts.
Honchoing the Methodist involvement in the pro-Obamacare advocacy during the Supreme Court will be the United Methodist director for work on “Alcohol, Other Addictions & Health Care.” The United Methodist Building was built in the 1920’s to lobby for temperance causes. By the 1960’s, the far left had captured Methodism’s lobby arm and jettisoned much of the alcohol work in favor of lobbying for the Great Society and against the Vietnam War, among other causes. The temperance dollars gathered early in the 20th century from pious Methodists now underwrite lobbying for Obamacare.
The old Methodist temperance crusaders would be shocked that their work has been subsumed into Obamacare’s assault on religious liberty, including the contraceptive/abortifacient mandate. But they also bear some responsibility. Prohibitionists imagined that legislation, orchestrated from Washington, D.C., could solve social evils. That failed experiment, instead of teaching an important lesson to church activists, instead birthed the Religious Left’s blind faith in Big Government.
Exploiting the church to pray for a government take-over of America’s health care system, even if religious liberty is trampled, amply illustrated the Religious Left’s current priorities. Its religion, as politically expressed, is less about faith and more about control, coercion, and capitulation to centralized control by unelected secular elites. Americans who care about liberty and faith can pray that the Religious Left’s pro-Obamacare prayers will get divine answers very different from the requests.
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