What gives you any right to take away mine? I thought that’s why people moved to this place. To be free. Isn’t that why the pilgrims came here from England? To practice their religion without any fear of prosecution? What happened in the years since? And what makes you feel so entitled? Is it because of those two words in front of your name? The legions of people who swear to you? (More like the legions of people who you think swear to you…)
Wait, I think I know what it is. It’s the media you’ve manhandled onto your side, twisting the truth out of reality, leaving only a canvas painted with what you’d like the public to see, instead of what’s really there. Yes. That’s it.
I for one would like to publicly voice my defiance against your bare-handed manipulation of what is right and wrong. I cannot sit here any longer and fester in my rising disgust for all that flies out of your mouth. I cannot take the slander that is being thrown around toward people with the same beliefs as mine. And I cannot just sit here and take the constant attacks on the one place that I have always and will always call my home: the Catholic Church.
Before I progress any farther, I just want to let you know that I am not speaking as a lofty church leader. Nor am I addressing you as a suburban mother of three. Instead, I am writing as a well-informed, extremely passionate, and inexplicably angry nineteen-year-old, Filipino-Spanish-American woman.
No, I am not one of the youth whom you have seemingly brainwashed into worshiping you. I am not one of those who blindly follow whomever the so obviously biased media tell them to. And no, I do not associate with you in the least, just because you are a minority and fairly young.
Now, I’m going to get straight to it. The HHS mandate that you have so craftily formulated in that spiffy Oval Office of yours is a complete violation of all religious institutions’ right to religious freedom. I have my own beliefs on contraception that you most definitely do not agree with me on, but this is not about that. Even though that is what this fight is getting intertwined with. It’s easy to see how this could happen, but it is not about that. It is about those institutions’ right to their own religious beliefs. It is about the institutions’ right to not to have them violated.
Some people will still misunderstand this argument of mine, no matter how simple it may be. Let me use an analogy borrowed from someone I know dearly. Maybe this will finally open your eyes (And they say liberals are open-minded.):
“Imagine that your parents are hugely against smoking for reasons of their own. If you really want to, you’ll find a way to do it, and they know that. They can accept it because at the end of the day, what you do is outside their control. But then someone tells them that they have to buy you cigarettes, just so you can have them handy in case you decide you ever want to use them.”
Now do you see what I am saying? What I stand for? What we stand for? Because if you don’t think that that is right, then how could you ever think that the HHS mandate is?
I truly hope you know what I’m trying to convey. All from the point of view of me. A young, minority woman who will most definitely not be voting for someone who tries to justify taking away people’s First Amendment rights.
Actually, let me just quote Erin Bilbray-Kohn, from the video entitled “Letters to the President: The Dreams of Our Daughters,” released on your campaign’s YouTube page. “The dreams of all our daughters are at stake. And they’re counting on us to fight for them.”
The dreams of all our daughters are at stake? What about the dreams of those who didn’t have a chance to fully formulate them? What about the dreams you snatched away by swallowing a simple pill?
But this isn’t about whether or not you agree with me on that, is it? No. It’s about protecting the First Amendment right to religious freedom. It is about standing up against a president, you, who attempts to violate them. Taking away a right to our conscience, our morals, our beliefs. And I thought this was a free country…