The health of people is one thing, the religion of people is another aspect of their lives and the essential basis of freedom of religion in American history is separation of those two concepts. The Affordable Care Act provides for health care for all participants, regardless of their religious beliefs. It includes provision for assisting women who seek to make decisions as to whether or not they will have a child. Now, some employers argue that providing for contraception is a violation of their religious freedom of choice. We expect the Supreme Court to render a decision as to whether the government health plan is constitutional if it offers medical assistance to women and their right of choice. Of course it does because in the United States of America there is separation of church and state. If an employer can cite right of choice as to which medical assistance can be provided, it opens a chasm that will haunt the law forever.
1. What if an employer argues that his “religious beliefs” forbid using medical aid of doctors?
2. What if an employer argues that his “religious beliefs” forbid resorting to surgery?
3. What if an employer argues that his “religious beliefs” insist on using drugs to cure disease?
4. What if an employer argues that his “religious beliefs” forbid use of aspirin to cure a headache?
And, so on and so on…