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Catholic Leaders Take the Fight to Obama

The Catholic church shows no sign of backing down in its struggle with President Obama over Obamacare’s requirement that Catholic institutions cover birth control, casting the issue in broader terms as a matter of religious freedom.

Obama is sure to suffer politically from the fallout in key swing states with large Catholic voting populations, like Pennsylvania, Ohio and other areas of the Midwest. Most Catholics use birth control, but many may recoil at any perceived attack by Obama on the church.

On Meet the Press, Bishop William Lori, archbishop-designate of Baltimore, said:

What we’ve seen is an erosion of religious liberty. Our teachings had been accommodated, but now they are not being accommodated.

Archbishop Timothy Dolan of New York said the church would continue the fight, brushing aside the White House “compromise” that allows Catholic institutions to avoid paying for contraception but still forces them to offer coverage for it.

The issue may be mooted if the Supreme Court strikes down Obamacare. But the perception that Obama was bullying the church and threatening religious freedom may linger right through Election Day.

Cardinal Dolan Mistakenly Took Obama Seriously

The leader of the Catholic church in America clearly feels that, on the issue of forcing Catholic institutions to cover birth control, President Obama either misled him with assurances or reversed himself.

Take a look at this interview running today in the Wall Street Journal with a disappointed Cardinal Timothy Dolan, the archbishop of New York. Obama, as the author notes, sounds somewhat imperious and dismissive.

Mr. Obama knew that the mandate would pose difficulties for the Catholic Church, so he invited Archbishop Dolan to the Oval Office last November, shortly before the bishops’ General Assembly in Baltimore. At the end of their 45-minute discussion, the archbishop summed up what he understood as the president’s message:

“I said, ‘I’ve heard you say, first of all, that you have immense regard for the work of the Catholic Church in the United States in health care, education and charity. . . . I have heard you say that you are not going to let the administration do anything to impede that work and . . . that you take the protection of the rights of conscience with the utmost seriousness. . . . Does that accurately sum up our conversation?’ [Mr. Obama] said, ‘You bet it does.'”

The archbishop asked for permission to relay the message to the other bishops. “You don’t have my permission, you’ve got my request,” the president replied.

“So you can imagine the chagrin,” Archbishop Dolan continues, “when he called me at the end of January to say that the mandates remain in place and that there would be no substantive change, and that the only thing that he could offer me was that we would have until August. . . . I said, ‘Mr. President, I appreciate the call. Are you saying now that we have until August to introduce to you continual concerns that might trigger a substantive mitigation in these mandates?’ He said, ‘No, the mandates remain. We’re more or less giving you this time to find out how you’re going to be able to comply.’ I said, ‘Well, sir, we don’t need the [extra time]. I can tell you now we’re unable to comply.'”

Dolan makes clear that the White House “compromise” on the issue is nothing of the sort – Catholic institutions still have to offer birth control, it’s just that the insurers will have to pay for them. What’s more, many of the entities are either self insured or are insured by Catholic insurers.
Dolan also regards it as an affront to religious liberty that the government decides which organizations are Catholic enough to avoid the mandate – to define the word “ministry.” Remember, churches themselves, as opposed to entities like Catholic hospitals, are not covered by the birth control requirement.

The archbishop sees a parallel irony in his dispute with Mr. Obama: “This is a strange turn of the table, that here a Catholic cardinal is defending religious freedom, the great proposition of the American republic, and the president of the United States seems to be saying that this is a less-than-important issue.”

Dolan suggests that the government intrusion will lead institutions to try to become more fully Catholic by servicing only Catholics. So far from not doing “anything to impede” the good work of Catholic institutions, non-Catholics will be left out in the cold. In certain cases, literally.

And so I guess we’ll need more government to help them.

“Thank You Sandra Fluke!” Satire for The Daily Caller

Hi everyone.

I hope you have a moment to take a look at this satirical piece I did for The Daily Caller titled, “Thank You Sandra Fluke, Because I’ve Gotta Have It.”

Here’s an excerpt to whet your appetite:

Georgetown law student and part-time reproductive rights activist Sandra Fluke wants her Catholic university to pay for her birth control so she can have as much sex as she wants without incurring a serious medical condition known as pregnancy, and I don’t blame her.

Sex feels really, really good. And I think we can all agree feeling good while eliminating the downside to feeling good is a legitimate public policy objective . . .

I think it is perfectly reasonable to demand that employer-sponsored health insurance provide, for free, a variety of tools that are even more effective at warding off a range of adverse health consequences that, in some cases, are even worse than having a baby . . .

Sake

Studies have shown that ingesting alcoholic beverages while eating uncooked animal products helps kill bacteria and reduce the chance of food poisoning, which, like pregnancy, is a preventable medical condition.

So how am I going to have my sushi and enjoy it unless I have access to a good bottle of sake?

Hope you get a chance to read it and that you enjoy.

Keith

Video || Obama’s Mahered Moral Righteousness

Uhhh boy. So much hypocrisy, and so little time.

President Obama and the White House have joined – and are even stoking – the uproar of indignity that erupted after Rush Limbaugh called abortion rights activist and Georgetown Law student Sandra Fluke a slut and a prostitute.

But as many of you know, that hasn’t stopped one of the PACs supporting Obama from accepting $1 million from serial misogynist Bill Maher.

The White House recently decided to become more agressive in seeking support for the PAC, Priorities USA. By the same token, the White House could easily signal to Priorities USA, which is run by former Obama White House aide Bill Burton, that it should return the money. But clearly, it won’t.

And I thought it was important to stand up for women! Obama, you’ll remember, this week even mushily invoked his daughters, saying he had called Fluke to lend his support in part because he was concerned Sasha and Malia might one day be similarly victimized.

Perhaps if Rush had expressed his regret with a $1 million check to Bill Burton, the White House would have stood down. Because what’s a principle or two when $1 million is involved?

Wanted to show you this video by ShePAC. It makes the point very well.

H/T to Nice Deb, where I first saw the video.