While searching for something else on the internet, this researcher/writer had a common experience – finding something incredible valuable on a totally different topic, one I have generally avoided – Obamacare (The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act). The first thing I found was a fascinating article titled Ursuline Nuns, Thomas Jefferson, and Synchronicity here. The crucial feature of this article to my way of thinking is the letter transcribed below (the original is not difficult to read) but if you would like to see it yourself, the link is here.
This letter, written by Thomas Jefferson to the Ursuline nuns at New Orleans, is on display at the Old Ursuline Convent in New Orleans. The letter is not always included in books by or about Jefferson, hence it is not as well known as some of his other writings. His letter makes it clear that this is the land of the free, and that the intention of our founders when creating our government was to permit the maximum amount of freedom “without interference from the civil authority.”
Washington, May the 15 (19?), 1804
To the Soeur Therese de St. Xavier farjon (sic) Superior, and the Nuns of the order of St. Ursula at New Orleans.
I have received, holy sisters, the letter you have written me wherein you express anxiety for the property vested in your institution by the former governments of Louisiana. The principles of the constitution and government of the United States are a sure guarantee to you that it will be preserved to you sacred and inviolate, and that your institution will be permitted to govern itself according to it’s own voluntary rules, without interference from the civil authority. Whatever diversity of shade may appear in the religious opinions of our fellow citizens, the charitable objects of your institution cannot be indifferent to any; and it’s furtherance of the wholesome purposes of society, by training up it’s younger members in the way they should go, cannot fail to ensure it the patronage of the government it is under. Be assured it will meet all the protection which my office can give it.
I salute you, holy sisters, with friendship & respect.
As a Founding Father of the United States, the third President, and the author of the American Declaration of Independence Jefferson knew full well the meaning of the founding documents of this country. So when he says that the constitution and government of the country are guarantees that the Ursuline nuns will “be permitted to govern itself according to it’s own voluntary rules,” one must take it seriously.
This letter was written to the Ursuline sisters, but it also applies to the current situation of the Little Sisters of the Poor, who have made a formal appeal against Obamacare over mandated abortions. They have every right to reject Obamacare, as does every other religious organization, and in fact every member of every religious organization. Jefferson writes of the institution, but according to the doctrine of the Catholic church, Jewish teaching, and the teaching of many Protestant denominations once you are a member of their institution (by birth or personal choice), you are a member for life.* Hence even lapsed Catholics, Protestants, Jews, etc., regardless of their current opinion or status remain members.
But then we all knew that Obamacare is in violation of the Constitution of the United States of America – and if you don’t know that take a look at the 10th Amendment to the Constitution (if only Chief Justice John Roberts had taken it seriously). Some will say “but Obamacare is the law of the land.” To which I say “so was slavery.”
PS: Take that Nancy Pelosi.
*Obamacare provides an exemption for Muslims, who according to their religious beliefs are not permitted to purchase insurance, as Islam considers insurance “gambling.” So non-Muslims will be paying a tax to subsidize Muslims – this is dhimmitude.
In addition exemptions have been granted to Scientologists, Amish, Christian Scientists and Native American Indians who have a “conscientious objection” to insurance.