History Repeating

Along with many other religious organizations throughout the United States, the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod continues to protest vigorously against recent health care reform legislation that requires religious organizations such as schools and hospitals to offer contraceptive and abortifacient services to their employees through their insurance program.  While the government countered with a ‘compromise’ that shifts the official paper trail of who pays for what, the effect remains unchanged.  Organizations that vigorously oppose abortion, birth control, or both are now required to offer those services to their employees via their insurance programs.

This isn’t the first time that the US Government has enacted legislation that has provoked our polity to protest against an infringement of the religious liberties promised in the First Amendment.  In 1920 the issue was Prohibition and the inability of the US Post Office to ship wine, so that congregations in certain areas would be unable to secure sacramental wine.  Our Synodical leadership protested this directly to the President of the United States.  
Thirteen years later Prohibition was overturned.  But I wonder if there were accommodations or exceptions made for religious organizations in the meantime.  Anyone else have time to research this?  

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