A Seattle church fights the state saying, “No church should be forced to pay for abortions”
The Christian Broadcasting Network tells us of a Seattle church that has decided to fight the state rather than pay for abortions.
Alliance Defending Freedom attorney Kevin Theriot appeared on the Tuesday afternoon edition of CBN’s Newswatch to discuss the Cedar Park Assembly of God’s case. Newswatch can be seen weekdays on the CBN News Channel.
A Seattle-area church is fighting in court for its religious rights that are supposed to be guaranteed under the First Amendment of the US Constitution.
The legal battle is underway because the state of Washington is trying to force churches to violate their pro-life religious beliefs in order to cover elective abortions in their health insurance plans.
The church filed its opening brief last week with the US Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit, asking for a reversal of a lower court decision that dismissed the church’s lawsuit against the state of Washington.
The lawsuit, Cedar Park Assembly of God of Kirkland v. Kreidler, challenges the constitutionality of Washington State Senate Bill 6219, which was signed into law in March 2018. The legislation requires Cedar Park to provide coverage for abortion if the church also offers maternity care coverage to its employees, or face fines and criminal penalties, including imprisonment.
Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys representing the church are challenging the constitutionality of the state’s abortion coverage demands. As a result of the state’s mandate, the church’s insurance carrier inserted surgical abortion coverage directly into the church’s health plan. The insurer indicated that it would remove the offensive coverage if a court were to hold that the state law is unconstitutional.
“No church should be forced to cover abortions, and certainly not a church that dedicates its ministry to protecting and celebrating life like Cedar Park does,” said ADF Legal Counsel Elissa Graves. “Cedar Park believes and teaches that every human life begins at conception and is worthy of protection until natural death, so providing insurance coverage for abortions is clearly not something the church can or should be forced to do.”
“And Cedar Park doesn’t simply believe in the importance of human life, it puts those beliefs into practice by partnering with a local pregnancy care center, hosting an annual camp for foster care children, and ministering to hundreds of couples struggling with infertility. The state has no legitimate legal basis to force this church—or any other—into contradicting its foundational belief that human life is sacred,” Graves explained.
(Read more at the Christian Broadcasting Network)
This case seems to re-litigate the case of the Little Sisters of the Poor
Just as left-wing forces in and out of Colorado’s government have continually attacked Jack Phillips, it seems that the Left is intent on forcing religious institutions into paying for abortion.
Hopefully, since a Trump-appointee just used common sense and dismissed a Council on American-Islamic Relations lawsuit against a professor who taught the truth about jihad attacks on Americans, maybe this will get thrown out as soon as it gets to the federal level. (Of course, this assumes that Biden does not get elected and reverses the common-sense judicial appointments.)
It is exponentially unlikely that you can be both Christian and Democrat
While the focus of Father James Altman falls on those in the leadership of the Catholic Church, those who would follow the destructive Marxist politicization of the Catholic Church, and those who have been led astray, the predominance of the lessons he presents come from scripture and apply to all Christians. While he points out that he believes “You cannot be both a Democrat and a Catholic,” I believe the same scriptures and homilies will point toward the concept that “you cannot be both a Democrat and a Christian.”
Following are the words of Father Altman (along with endnotes in red regarding the scriptures which support or disagree with the point made).
In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, Amen. Let us pray. Precious blood of Christ. Only begotten Son of the Eternal Father. Blood of the Incarnate Word of God. Blood falling upon the Earth in the agony. Blood shed profusely in the scourging. Blood flowing forth in the Crowning of Thorns. Blood poured out on the Holy Cross. Price of salvation, without which there is no forgiveness. Eucharistic drink and refreshment of souls. Save us. In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.
Well, family, we are going to have something right from the beginning of the Baltimore catechism. Our basic catechism — basic foundation for our whole faith. Our purpose in life, which is to know, love, and serve God1. It’s human nature that we will not willingly serve a God whom we do not love and will not love a God we do not know2.
So here’s the thing: I don’t love anybody in Borneo because I don’t know anyone in Borneo. So, I don’t get up in the morning with any particular inclination or inspiration to serve anyone in Borneo. But if I do not wake up in the morning with an inclination and in aspiration to serve Almighty God (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit) then “Houston, we’ve got a problem.”
And the problem in the world today, as it was in Noah’s day, and as it was in Abraham’s, Lot’s, and Sodom and Gomorrah’s day, as it was (as Jesus warned us it would be) is that there are way too many people who don’t know the first thing about Almighty God (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit). So that, truth be told, they do not love him. And so you can see in the many godless politicians out there and the godless educational system and the godlessness of so many people. They are most definitely are not serving him. They are not fulfilling their purpose in life: to know, to love, and to serve God.
Oh, you’re just being political. Father Altman is too political. Politics has no place in the Catholic Church. Baloney. Pope Benedict the 16th said the church is not a political power. It’s not a party, but (at least it is supposed to be) it is a moral power3. Therefore, since politics fundamentally should be a moral enterprise, the church in this sense has something to say about politics. Therefore when politics and politicians act in an immoral way, we most certainly do have a duty and the obligation to speak up and speak up about it. When they complain, it’s “you’re bunch of Hypocrites.” Capital H.
Guess who was just a premier speaker at the Democratic National Convention? None other than the hyper-confusion-spreading-heretic James Martin SJ. I guess it so I guess it’s okay for James Martin to spout off for the Democrats on their National stage, but God forbid a priest speak out against their Godless platform. Here’s a memo to clueless baptized Catholics out there. You cannot be a Catholic and be a Democrat. Period.
The party platform absolutely is against everything the Catholic Church teaches. So just quit pretending that you’re Catholic and vote Democrat. Repent of your support of that party and its platform or face the fires of hell4. Yes, Virginia, there is a hell. There is a well-known cleric who seems to be putting out there that hell is an empty place. Sorry, buddy. It’s not what Jesus said.
Jesus said many are going to choose that broad road to destruction5 and 6. Only a few are going to choose the narrow, very difficult road, to the narrow gate, to heaven. There will be 60 million and counting aborted babies standing at the Gates of Heaven barring your Democrat entrance. And nothing you can say will ever excuse you for your direct or indirect support of that diabolical agenda. Period. The end.
It’s too bad there are so many gutless cowards in the clergy who refuse to speak up and speak out on that truth and make it crystal clear. There should be no confusion among any Catholic.
At the end of the day, I do research. And I actually researched and researched all the data and the information. I crunched the numbers and finally came up with a pretty close approximate total of how many Catholics voted for Obama in 2008 and 2012.
Zero. Wrap your minds around that, dear family. There were a lot of pretenders, a lot of imposters, a lot of people masquerading as Catholics: laity and clergy alike. It was Zero faithful Catholics who voted for that godless politician who had the audacity to blaspheme and say “God bless Planned Parenthood” (most racist organization and the face of this planet, founded to wipe out black babies). Wilton Gregory, figure it out.
But, back to hypocrisy, to those who complain that I’m too political. The complainers, the hypocrites (by the way) always have always come from the left (both laity and clergy alike). In addition to thinking it’s a-okay for James Martin to prance up on the Democrats National stage certain of the hierarchy, think nothing about ripping into Donald Trump because somehow Trump has differing views about National sovereignty and national borders.
No problem about stuffing things like the climate change hoax from the political Arena into the Catholic Church. Here in the US, in addition to James Martin, the St. Anthony Messenger has two major political statements: one against Trump in support of DACA (which means criminal illegal aliens) and the other supporting the Southern Poverty Law Center (which seems to be one of the most godless, communist, anti-American, left-wing, radical organizations in the United States). And it went along with ripping on Trump and supporting Wilton Gregory’s horrific attack on the one best pro-life president and his Catholic wife.
You know, the Bishop recently said to me, “It’s no wonder the faithful have lost confidence in the Bishops because so many of them did such a horrible job on the scandal and still to this day don’t say anything about the worst miscreants. Oh, but they sure will get all over a priest instantly who simply speaks the truth.” Oh, yes, dear family, they’re quick as lightning when they want to be. To silence any priest who dares to step out of line and you really wonder why ordinary priests do not speak up. It’s out of fear, dear family. Shame on the hierarchy who covers up truth through conspiracy of fear. Listen, if there wasn’t truth spoken nobody but nobody would be listening to me for two seconds. And if all that is accomplished by speaking up is to let the proud and arrogant in the hierarchy realize that the faithful are suspicious and they have good reason.
And that they need to straighten up and straighten out this mess that they created or they continued before they lose yet more faithful to the fastest-growing denomination in the United States: ex-Catholics. Then job accomplished. But (dear family) there is truth spoken and it continues to slap faithful Catholics in the face with Notre Dame gives Obama and honorary doctorate, when James Martin takes the national stand for the Democrats and when a pro-life president gets ripped on by an Archbishop of the Catholic Church who then within days urges his priest to go all political and join hands with the Marxist protesters Black Lives Matter.
It is basic to our salvation: that we must … that our purpose in life is to know, love, and serve God. We have a duty and an obligation to know Him. We serve Him unto martyrdom red or white. It is human nature that we will not willingly serve a god whom we do not love and we will not love a God. We do not know the reason why we are seeing the signs of the times the cataclysm that’s approaching that we have been warned about our Blessed Mother warned us about it. The reason why we’ve seen this is that way too many people do not know God through their fault, through their fault, through their most grievous fault. Too many Shepherds of the church haven’t taught them.
In the name of the Father, Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen
First let me point out the scripture references in this video
1 Matthew 22:37
And He said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength.’
21 John 4:8-20
The one who does not love does not know God, for God is love. By this the love of God was manifested in us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world so that we might live through Him. In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No one has seen God at any time; if we love one another, God abides in us, and His love is perfected in us. By this we know that we abide in Him and He in us, because He has given us of His Spirit. We have seen and testify that the Father has sent the Son to be the Savior of the world. Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God. We have come to know and have believed the love which God has for us. God is love, and the one who abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him. By this, love is perfected with us, so that we may have confidence in the day of judgment; because as He is, so also are we in this world. There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves punishment, and the one who fears is not perfected in love. We love, because He first loved us. If someone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for the one who does not love his brother whom he has seen, cannot love God whom he has not seen.
3Seeing that Christians are called to protect orphans in Exodus 22:22; Job 29:12; Psalm 10:14; Psalm 68:5; Psalm 82:3; Psalm 146:9; Isaiah 1:17; Acts 20:35; and James 1:27, I must agree that we are a moral force. Additionally, since Jesus noted the hedge of protection around children in Matthew 18:6-10, we must act as a moral force. Consider also the commands to Christians to take care of widows (see Exodus 22:22-23; Psalm 146:9; 1 Timothy 5:3; and James 1:27). Finally, in Christ’s founding statement on the Church (Matthew 16:18), Jesus said that the “gates of Hell would not prevail against the church;” therefore, the ultimate container for evil will not stand against the workings of the Church (if the Church will act).
4Salvation depends on an individual’s acceptance of Jesus as Savior (John 3:16; John 5:24; Romans 3:21-26; and many other verses). In other words, we do not earn our way to heaven, it is a gift from God (Ephesians 2: 8 & 9; 2 Timothy 1:9; Romans 6:23; and other verses). However, if we have been saved, our life will be changed to the point that we will show it by performing works (James 2:14-26; John 14:12; 2 Corinthians 5:17; and many other verses). Therefore, I cannot tell you that voting for a Democrat will bar you from heaven. However, the chance that a leader of the Democrat party will walk the golden streets of heaven matches the chance that a high-ranking Nazi will likewise walk those streets. The Nazi hierarchy killed 6 million Jews along with Gypsies, homosexuals, and others they deemed unfit. Americans, supported by the Democrats, have killed 66 million defenseless babies for convenience, disability, and other causes.
“Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the way is broad that leads to destruction, and there are many who enter through it. For the gate is small and the way is narrow that leads to life, and there are few who find it.
“Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven will enter. Many will say to Me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform many miracles?’ And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness.’