Mark Steyn, hit the nail on the head with a very scintillating article on Obama’s HHS Mandate, and what it really means to religious liberty. As I myself have personally noticed how today's religious liberty issues mirror the days of Henry the XVIII, I was totally impressed with Mark’s erudite descriptions of the same.
The comparisons between what happened in Henry XVIII’s England of 1534 are not merely similar - we are paying the price of what George Santayana’s famous statement promised: “those who cannot remember the past, are condemned to repeat it,” Today, we are definitely repeating history.
Obama has gone Henry XVIII on us, with his HHS Mandate's governmental usurpation of religious liberty. This is an exact repeat of the history of what the people of England experienced when Henry XVIII issued his “Act of Supremacy” making himself Supreme Head of the Church in England in 1534. For those of you who are not familiar with the history of the Reformation in England, here is a brief excerpt of what Henry’s Act of Supremacy states: “The King’s Majesty justly and rightfully is and ought to be the supreme head of the Church in England.” So, Elizabeth II of England is the present head of the Church in England today, and Henry’s Act of Supremacy further grants her the following: “The sovereign is the only supreme head on earth of the Church, and shall enjoy all honors, dignities, pre-eminences, jurisdictions, privileges, authorities, immunities, profits and commodities to the said dignity, shall have full power and authority from time to time to visit, repress, redress, record, order, correct, restrain, and amend all such errors, heresies, abuses, offenses, contempts and enormities, whatsoever they may be.” Wow!
So today, as with Henry XVIII, the beliefs of religious institutions, particularly regarding the matter of what is ‘erroneously’ termed “women’s health”, will suffer their pre-eminences, jurisdictions, privileges, authorities and immunities to be usurped by their new supreme head of the Church in America. His Majesty Barrack Obama, will now have the authority to repress, redress, restrain and amend what he determines to be heresies.
BUT! As in the days of Henry XVIII, up to today’s 2nd coming – there is plenty of blame to go around. St. Thomas More proclaimed: “The clergy of England would have slept through the Sermon on the Mount,” placing much of the blame squarely on the shoulders of the Bishops of England themselves, who, instead of being martyrs for the faith, acquiesced to Henry in order to save their hides. Today, we could ask ourselves, where was the voice from the pulpit for the past 40 years? Not that all bishops and priests were remiss in proclaiming the doctrine of the Catholic faith – but there were enough of them who didn’t - that the results have led us to the brink of where we are today.
Mark Steyn’s article goes on to warn all those who may be atheists or lapsed Catholics, who think this new Act of Supremacy won’t affect them, to guess again. The Obamacare bill contains 700 references to “the Secretary (currently Kathleen Sebelius) may and shall have full authority” to determine pretty much anything she wants … with the particular phrase “tooth level surveillance,” a term indicating a tooth by tooth assessment of a patient’s need for treatment … ie … health care rationing.
You can read the full text of Mark Steyn’s article here: http://www.nationalreview.com/blogs/print/290806
We are definitely “repeating history” with the new American Church of Obama.