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Author:  Michael J. Gaynor
Bio: Michael J. Gaynor
Date:  February 29, 2012
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Reject Obama to Restore Religious Liberty and Respect for Freedom of Conscience

To preserve religious liberty, President Obama must not be re-elected and his successor must undo Obama infringements on religious liberty and restore respect for the freedom of conscience of pro-life people and stop limiting freedom of conscience to the Amish and Quakers.

It's a BIG problem when a President of the United States is out of control and wants to "fudamentally transform" the free of religion protected by the First Amendment to the Constitution.

Kudos to John Garvey, President of Catholic University of America, for highlighting the Obama administration's "recent abandonment of the American tradition of conscience protection" and "[t]he Obama administration's apparent lack of concern for that value" in " Religious liberty? Obama administration abandons an American tradition," posted at http://catholiccitizens.org/press/pressview.asp?c=53662 on February 26, 2012.

Among Garvey's powerful points:

"People who care about religious freedom are understandably upset...."

"In a society so heavily regulated, the only practical way to protect religious freedom is to carve out exemptions from the laws for people who have strong objections. We have done this since the Revolutionary War for people like Quakers, who have conscientious objections to killing. We exempt the Amish from paying Social Security taxes, because their faith requires them to take care of their own sick and elderly."

"The Earl Warren court ruled in 1963 that the federal courts should supervise this system of religious exemptions. And its supervision was pretty strict: The government had to have a compelling reason to deny one."

"The year our Constitution was adopted, George Washington wrote to assure Quakers of his belief that 'the conscientious scruples of all men should be treated with great delicacy and tenderness; and it is my wish and desire, that the laws may always be as extensively accommodated to them, as a due regard for the protection and essential interests of the nation may justify and permit.'"

"Congress has enforced Washington's promise by accommodating Quakers and the Amish; by exempting Jews from military rules that forbid non-uniform head coverings; by exempting Native Americans from drug laws against peyote."

"In 2000, Congress gave special protection to churches, prisoners and mental inmates."

"What a difference we have seen in the last year. The Department of Health and Human Services has been battling with religious colleges and universities, health care providers and social service agencies about the insurance coverage they must provide their employees and students. Religious institutions are directed by law to provide health care plans. And all plans will have to cover (at no added cost to the subscriber) surgical sterilization, contraception and drugs that work after fertilization to cause early term abortions."

"The Department of Justice filed a brief on behalf of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission arguing that religious groups were not exempt from employment discrimination laws in dealing with their employees who teach religion. (Fortunately, the Supreme Court disagreed.)"

"HHS announced that its Human Trafficking Victim Assistance Program would redirect its funds to grantees that provide 'the full range of legally permissible' reproductive services. It has since cut out Catholic groups like Migration and Refugee Services and Catholic Relief Services because they will not provide or refer for abortions.'"

"The National Labor Relations Board regional office ruled that St. Xavier University in Chicago was not Catholic enough to be exempt from federal labor laws. The board's New York office ruled the same way against Manhattan College, a Christian Brothers school."

"HHS repealed a 2008 regulation that provided explicit conscience protection for health care workers opposed to participating in abortions."

Garvey explained that the problem is the result of President Obama bypassing Congress:

"What explains the recent indifference to religious scruples? The Supreme Court said in 1990 that we could trust the political process. Notice, though, that the exemptions I mentioned were enacted by Congress. The recent denials have come from departments and agencies controlled or strongly influenced by President Barack Obama.

"It is hard to imagine Congress passing a law that ordered Catholic colleges and Catholic hospitals to offer insurance plans covering contraceptives, sterilizations and abortions. Such a bill would never get out of committee. If it did, it would need 218 votes in the House and 51 in the Senate before going to the president for his signature.

"But HHS does not need to hold a vote when it wants to make a rule...."

Garvey noted that "[w]e control... administrative agencies by confirming (or not) the people the president nominates to run them, and by re-electing (or not) the president whose policies they implement."

To preserve religious liberty, President Obama must not be re-elected and his successor must undo Obama infringements on religious liberty and restore respect for the freedom of conscience of pro-life people and stop limiting freedom of conscience to the Amish and Quakers.

Michael J. Gaynor

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Biography - Michael J. Gaynor

Michael J. Gaynor has been practicing law in New York since 1973. A former partner at Fulton, Duncombe & Rowe and Gaynor & Bass, he is a solo practitioner admitted to practice in New York state and federal courts and an Association of the Bar of the City of New York member.

Gaynor graduated magna cum laude, with Honors in Social Science, from Hofstra University's New College, and received his J.D. degree from St. John's Law School, where he won the American Jurisprudence Award in Evidence and served as an editor of the Law Review and the St. Thomas More Institute for Legal Research. He wrote on the Pentagon Papers case for the Review and obscenity law for The Catholic Lawyer and edited the Law Review's commentary on significant developments in New York law.

The day after graduating, Gaynor joined the Fulton firm, where he focused on litigation and corporate law. In 1997 Gaynor and Emily Bass formed Gaynor & Bass and then conducted a general legal practice, emphasizing litigation, and represented corporations, individuals and a New York City labor union. Notably, Gaynor & Bass prevailed in the Second Circuit in a seminal copyright infringement case, Tasini v. New York Times, against newspaper and magazine publishers and Lexis-Nexis. The U.S. Supreme Court affirmed, 7 to 2, holding that the copyrights of freelance writers had been infringed when their work was put online without permission or compensation.

Gaynor currently contributes regularly to www.MichNews.com, www.RenewAmerica.com, www.WebCommentary.com, www.PostChronicle.com and www.therealitycheck.org and has contributed to many other websites. He has written extensively on political and religious issues, notably the Terry Schiavo case, the Duke "no rape" case, ACORN and canon law, and appeared as a guest on television and radio. He was acknowledged in Until Proven Innocent, by Stuart Taylor and KC Johnson, and Culture of Corruption, by Michelle Malkin. He appeared on "Your World With Cavuto" to promote an eBay boycott that he initiated and "The World Over With Raymond Arroyo" (EWTN) to discuss the legal implications of the Schiavo case. On October 22, 2008, Gaynor was the first to report that The New York Times had killed an Obama/ACORN expose on which a Times reporter had been working with ACORN whistleblower Anita MonCrief.

Gaynor's email address is gaynormike@aol.com.


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