by Kevin “Coach” Collins
In May 2009, nurse Catherina Cenzon-DeCarlo was forced to participate in committing a late term abortion in a New York City hospital. Ms. Cenzon-DeCarlo was threatened with the loss of her job and her license if she did not put aside her deeply held religious objections and participate in abortion.
She was told the abortion was an emergency, although the hospital’s records show otherwise. What is clear is that in a hospital full of nurses, the administration felt it had to make its point by forcing a Christian nurse to knuckle under.
At the time nurse Cenzon-DeCarlo was forced to yield to the hospital’s lust for death, federal law protected her. Although she was the one who was legally and morally victimized, she now has to sue to get the hospital to stop harassing her.
The federal protections extended to those who refuse to commit abortions as provided in an executive order signed by George W. Bush are gone now. Barack Obama, the most pro-abortion president in history, has ordered the Justice Department to bring actions against those who would follow their religious conscience and refuse to commit abortions.
The Bush protections for medical professionals are gone, because Obama has ordered the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to see that the right of refusal is extinguished.
Safoorah Khan, a 35-year-old Illinois middle school math instructor, faced a different religious dilemma. She wanted to make a pilgrimage to Mecca – something that is required of Muslims just once in a lifetime – but wanted to do it during the school year.
She had been hired just nine months earlier, and the three week trip would take her away from her students at a crucial phase of their studies. Additionally, she was the only qualified math teacher on the faculty.
The school administration denied Khan’s request, and she resigned. Case closed? Not to the Justice Department. Holder has decided Khan was forced to resign and therefore discriminated against because of her religious beliefs.
Holder and Obama will fight for the right of a Muslim to practice her religion even when there was no compelling reason to do so at that particular time; yet they want to attack Christians seeking the right not to commit an abortion. What’s wrong with this picture?
This in-your-face declaration that we don’t count to these people should serve as a constant reminder of why we have to throw Obama and his pro-death party out of power next year.
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This article originally appeared on CoachIsRight.com and is reprinted with permission.
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