According to Breitbart News, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal said that the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is acting hypocritically in regards to their decision to stop defending civil liberties.
Jindal said, “Their hypocrisy is absolutely stunning. You look on their website, on their website, there is information where they have previously supported the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) in court and statements where they say that religion in the public square is fundamentally protected and religious liberty is a fundamental human right guaranteed by the First Amendment and it’s not just a right to believe but a right to express those beliefs.”
He added, “That is absolutely ridiculous. In America, we understand that America didn’t create religious liberty. Religious liberty created the United States. This isn’t new. Remember Hillary Clinton a few weeks ago in response to a different contest said those of us who are pro-life need to have our religious beliefs changed. Our religious beliefs aren’t between us and Hillary Clinton. They’re between us and God, and we’re not changing them just because she doesn’t like them. The Supreme Court’s decision didn’t end the debate—it simply ignited a new debate and that is about the assault on our First Amendment and religious liberty rights. The left wants to silence us. We will not be silenced.”
As LifeNews previously reported, the ACLU has been big advocates for abortion and forcing Catholic hospitals to perform them even though it’s against their religious beliefs. In fact, they ACLU of Michigan recently lost a lawsuit where they were trying to force Catholic and other religiously affiliated hospitals to do abortions in cases where the mother’s life is supposedly in danger. The judge involved in the case, Robert Holmes Bell, dismissed it and said that Michigan federal courts had no jurisdiction over the bishops conference policy directive and had no business interfering with their religious doctorial decisions.
Then, earlier this year, the ACLU sued the Obama administration for documents it says will show that the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) is restricting access to abortions for unaccompanied immigrant children. In February 2014, the USCCB objected to a new regulation proposed by the Obama administration that would require contractors to provide access to contraception and abortion for unaccompanied immigrant children who have been raped. In an official letter, the USCCB as well as World Relief, the National Association of Evangelicals and Catholic Relief Services, explained that the new regulation violates religious liberty, specifically the federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act.
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They wrote, “There is little question that a government requirement to provide or refer for items or procedures to which an organization has a religious and moral objection would impose a ‘substantial burden’ on its exercise of religion.” Additionally, the USCCB said they were opposed to transferring teenagers to other groups that would do abortions because they believe it still enables actions that violate their religious beliefs.
Brigitte Amiri, a senior staff attorney with the ACLU, disagrees and said, “The bishops want to take millions of dollars in government contracts, but at the same time, they don’t want to comply with the terms of the contracts.” USCCB said they were opposed to transferring teenagers to other groups that would do abortions because they believe it still enables actions that violate their religious beliefs.