Video: Catholic bishops not backing down from HHS mandate fight

posted at 1:21 pm on April 16, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

A web video launched five weeks ago caught the attention of Fox News yesterday, putting a focus back on the fight between the Obama administration and the US Conference of Catholic Bishops, among others, over the HHS mandate on contraception, sterilization, and abortifacients.  The ad does not come from the USCCB but from an organization of lay Catholics called Catholics Called to Witness, and uses dramatic production values to underscore a message that while policies on jobs and the economy are negotiable, religious freedom and life are not.  The video already has nearly 300,000 views, and Fr. Jonathan Morris reports that the bishops and the laity remain highly engaged and motivated in making the HHS mandate a big issue in the general election — and not just the mandate, in terms of religious liberty:


I’m genuinely bemused by the Obama administration’s decision on this issue. The USCCB had been an ally in the ObamaCare effort, thanks to a rather generous and utterly mistaken assessment by the bishops of what the White House would do with the power it granted them. The Catholic Church has backed the idea of universal health care in the US for almost a century. The White House could defuse this issue in an instant with a modest expansion of the religious exemption to include church-operated businesses such as hospitals, adoption agencies, clinics, and charities. It would mean a difference of at best half a million people, and it would get the bishops off their back and back on their side for health-insurance reform. Instead, they have stubbornly stuck to their position that HHS can dictate the limits of expression of religious practice, and alienated a key ally with tens of millions of parishioners.

As Fr. Morris says, the bishops plan on talking about this from now until the election, and about at the same pitch as the CC2W ad. In 2008, Obama won the Catholic vote by nine points on his way to a seven-point margin of victory in the national popular vote. He can’t afford to lose that edge, and yet he and Kathleen Sebelius are so far refusing to take a simple and politically painless step to sideline the issue. Amazing.

Here’s the original spot, which runs pretty long for this kind of multimedia argument at over three minutes. Obviously, CC2W spent some significant money on this ad. Obama supporters can claim that this means it’s an Astroturf effort, but the question is why anyone would bother spending that kind of cash and effort on this issue if it didn’t resonate with Catholic voters.


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Good for them. Keep the fire burning.

Logus on April 16, 2012 at 1:25 PM

If they don’t like mandates then they need to back Ron Paul now, because both Obama and Romney have a track record of mandates.

FloatingRock on April 16, 2012 at 1:25 PM

I sure wish the Catholic bishops and all other faiths that do not approve of this mandate, luck going against bho/team!
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letget on April 16, 2012 at 1:28 PM

First they came for religious Liberty, but I wasn’t religious and so I didn’t speak out……..

The natural progress of things is for liberty to yield, and government to gain ground. Thomas Jefferson

Chip on April 16, 2012 at 1:29 PM

A web video launched five weeks ago caught the attention of Fox News yesterday,

Five weeks ago? Seriously, five weeks ago?

What took them so long? /

JPeterman on April 16, 2012 at 1:29 PM

So they were OK with the Dems’ plans for marriage until they were shocked, shocked to discover that Dems were not pro-life? Wow, talk about feeding the alligator…

Odysseus on April 16, 2012 at 1:35 PM

I’m genuinely bemused by the Obama administration’s decision on this issue. The USCCB had been an ally in the ObamaCare effort, thanks to a rather generous and utterly mistaken assessment by the bishops of what the White House would do with the power it granted them. The Catholic Church has backed the idea of universal health care in the US for almost a century. The White House could defuse this issue in an instant with a modest expansion of the religious exemption to include church-operated businesses such as hospitals, adoption agencies, clinics, and charities. It would mean a difference of at best half a million people, and it would get the bishops off their back and back on their side for health-insurance reform. Instead, they have stubbornly stuck to their position that HHS can dictate the limits of expression of religious practice, and alienated a key ally with tens of millions of parishioners.

Ed Morrissey

Per George Weigel, that won’t be enough now:

Framing the Religious Liberty Issue

Obama has done a marvelous thing for the Catholic Church. It appears they’ve rediscovered the principle of subsidiarity, and it’s all thanks to a President so callous that he looks at the hideous monster that is Leviathan and things it is beautiful, whereas the rest of us recognize it for the Eldritch Abomination it is.

I say this as a devout, practicing Catholic. Obama only seems to be able to unite people behind one thing: removing him and his administrative flunkies from office.

BKennedy on April 16, 2012 at 1:35 PM

There are a lot of things on which I disagree with the Catholic bishops, but this is not one of them. I hope they will stick to their guns and not be bought off by any mealy-mouthed promises or bribes offered by the Worst President Ever. Separation of church and state is a real, thoroughly American principle, and Obama is out to erase it (like much else in the Constitution).

RebeccaH on April 16, 2012 at 1:37 PM

My parish priest has mentioned this once since the mandate was announced. Few issues are genuinely more black and white than mandating payment for the day after pill and murdering the unborn.

Just helping speed up the irrelevance of the catholic church in America.

acyl72 on April 16, 2012 at 1:38 PM

Good for the bishops – but, how many of the “Catholic” flock even listen to them, anymore?

I know that Pelosi and Biden and Sebelius don’t. They are “Catholics,” unless they disagree with Catholicism.

OhEssYouCowboys on April 16, 2012 at 1:40 PM

Its about time they start standing up. Liberalism is an antagonist to the faithful, and its time they figured it out.

Iblis on April 16, 2012 at 1:40 PM

They’ve lain with them too long

KOOLAID2 on April 16, 2012 at 1:41 PM

At church this last sunday we had a new prayer- for our lawmakers to respect religious freedom. I noticed the leftists kept their mouths closed.

bernverdnardo1 on April 16, 2012 at 1:44 PM

They’ve lain with them too long

KOOLAID2 on April 16, 2012 at 1:41 PM

I’ve heard this argument elsewhere. What exactly is it supposed to mean? Does it mean they have to accept the mandate and that there’s an “expiration date” on their constitutional rights?

Doomberg on April 16, 2012 at 1:45 PM

Five weeks because of the ginned up war on womenz.

John the Libertarian on April 16, 2012 at 1:46 PM

religious freedom needs to take a back seat to population control. Just sit back there with a Slurpee fanatics.

DHChron on April 16, 2012 at 1:48 PM

Very well done. Catholics (and Christians of every denomination) need to keep up the pressure on the regime. Obama and his henchmen are busy tearing up the constitution piece by piece, and it is time for Americans to say enough already and get rid of this Marxist Socialist.

simkeith on April 16, 2012 at 1:50 PM

BKennedy on April 16, 2012 at 1:35 PM

Well said.

Liberty and self-direction is what team Obama has always been united against. As Catholics, it’s about time we united against Obama’s brand of tyranny.

Slainte on April 16, 2012 at 1:50 PM

The USCCB had been an ally in the ObamaCare effort, thanks to a rather generous and utterly mistaken assessment by the bishops of what the White House would do with the power it granted them. The Catholic Church has backed the idea of universal health care in the US for almost a century.

The bishops need to respond to the contradiction between their persuing Caesar for “universal health care and the long held Catholic “principle of subisidiarity” whereby the government becomes the last resort and only when it cannot be done at a lower level. It would do well for them to explain the funding of ACORN with money given to help the poor, and to assure the flock that such money will never again filter into the political arena, helping to elect a poster child for abortion and infanticide.

One might also ask them how it is that one of the three major bishops pushing for Obamacare was gifted with the title of the”imnmigration bishop” when in fact the Catholic Catechism informs us that immigration is the business of the laity.

The USCCB, according to Cardinal Ratzinger (the present Pope Benedict) has no hierarchal authority, but has for years been at odds with Rome on various issues.

How does this all fit into JOhn Paul’s admonition about the evil of “the welfare State?

Perhaps, the mission of “social Justice” through Caesar,has altered the Church’s original Mission of salvation, which might explain why so many Catholics fail to comprehend the basic requirements of their faith and willingly vote for a man that attacks life itself and the freedom of conscience?

Dolan is a good man, but he needs to clean house at the USCCB and perhaps alter it’s course to one of saving souls again.

Too many questions – too few answers.

Don L on April 16, 2012 at 1:51 PM

yet he and Kathleen Sebelius are so far refusing to take a simple and politically painless step to sideline the issue. Amazing.

I’m sure it is all in the political calculus. He can pander to women like Sandra Fluke who demand nothing short of contraception available anyplace anytime and for free. Backing down after instigating it with such blunt force would be viewed as caving. At the same time, he has the next seven months to suddenly have a “road to Damascus” conversion and change the exemption criteria. Whether or not he does so will all depend on the polling closer to November. Yes this administration is really that calculating. The only thing that matters to them is getting that second term.

Happy Nomad on April 16, 2012 at 1:53 PM

Somehow I get the feeling that the 0bama Administration — and every voter who put him there and that is already inclined to vote to keep him there — could care less what the Catholic religion has to say about anything at all.

A great deal of the Left abhors religion as it is, except Islam of course, and they abhor Catholic religion most of all when they’re not vehemently abhorring Judaism. In fact, they delight in this whole fiasco. I kind of smirk at this whole fiasco myself and I do not abhor religion nor Catholics. I think it’s hilarious that they were all for public healthcare mandates before they were all against it. I agree with the Catholic position on the grounds of religion in conjunction with the US Constitution — but I don’t agree with their blatant hypocrisy.

FlatFoot on April 16, 2012 at 1:53 PM

I love you Floating Rock, but you gotta know when to fold’em.

It’s never going to be Ron Paul or Gingrich, my last man standing, or my gal Sarah Palin.

It’s time to say goodbye to Ron and embrace Romney.
It’s who we have and we must deal with it.

I detested McCain and voted for Palin.
Heck, vote for Mrs. Romney, someone we can be proud of as FLOTUS.

Typicalwhitewoman on April 16, 2012 at 1:55 PM

So it only took the bishops 100 years of supporting universal health care to figure out that big government might force them to do something they cannot accept.

Welcome to the barricades. We appreciate the help, and hope they remember the risks of promoting government expansion in the future.

WhatNot on April 16, 2012 at 1:56 PM

Obama has done a marvelous thing for the Catholic Church. It appears they’ve rediscovered the principle of subsidiarity, and it’s all thanks to a President so callous that he looks at the hideous monster that is Leviathan and things it is beautiful, whereas the rest of us recognize it for the Eldritch Abomination it is.

I say this as a devout, practicing Catholic. Obama only seems to be able to unite people behind one thing: removing him and his administrative flunkies from office.

BKennedy on April 16, 2012 at 1:35 PM

The Left has their collational movements – different factions unite under one Socialist National goal.

We can take a page from their playbook and the opposition to the Downgrade regime can unite to defeat them in November.

For starters, those who want to maintain the Liberties of Free speech, religion and self-defense would be absolutely insane to even consider voting for more Downgrading of the country.

The natural progress of things is for liberty to yield, and government to gain ground. Thomas Jefferson

Chip on April 16, 2012 at 1:59 PM

So government shall issue an edict that a law does not apply to a specific religion? To satisfy the 1st amendment, they trample the 14th? Or are they violating both by allowing a religion preferential treatment? oh what a tangled web we weave.

btw, I’m a ‘nominal’ catholic. By that I mean I have some issues with the doctrine, but I don’t expect the church to change. I figure we’ll find out whose right in about 50 more years.

Fighton03 on April 16, 2012 at 1:59 PM

I’m not a religious person but I will say, that video is quite powerful.

ButterflyDragon on April 16, 2012 at 2:00 PM

Look — it’s this simple, we have a president that wipes his butt with the Constitution. Any questions?

Axion on April 16, 2012 at 2:01 PM

You see? Obama ALWAYS doubles down. I said this every time you predicted an immediate walk-back for a week straight Ed.

Mord on April 16, 2012 at 2:02 PM

First they came for religious Liberty, but I wasn’t religious and so I didn’t speak out……..

Chip on April 16, 2012 at 1:29 PM

I’m not religious but I support religious liberty, and have spoken out on the matter frequently: I’ve welcomed Catholics and others who believe in religious liberty to the liberty movement. United we stand, divided we fall. We all need to fight for each others individual liberties. That means Catholics who believe in religious liberty should not vote for somebody who has violated the liberty of American citizens in the past by originating the Romneycare mandate. If they do that they will be splitting the liberty movement and all of our liberties will fall in time.

What we need is for the Catholics that care about this issue to follow your advice, Chip, and instead of remaining silent, they need to speak up and help us all preserve all of our liberties, or else when they come for the religious liberty of Catholics, who will be there to help them?

FloatingRock on April 16, 2012 at 2:03 PM

I’m genuinely bemused by the Obama administration’s decision on this issue.

To Obama and many progressives only government should provide healthcare. The goal here is to take Catholic institutions OUT of healthcare – force us to close the hospitals (and later schools) especially in the poorer neighborhoods. When this is done the progressives want the government to acquire the hospital buildings (eminent domain) – because there has to be some healthcare for these people and the Catholic Church has shown her true colors in not caring for them by keeping the hospitals open; so the government which really cares for the poor because hey we’re democrats can now operate these hospitals. Just remember the government gives you healthcare no one else! You are dependent on the government for your needs not anyone else only the government.

talking_mouse on April 16, 2012 at 2:04 PM

And according to some, Muslims are exempt from the mandate.

barnone on April 16, 2012 at 2:05 PM

Slightly OT but for those who didn’t hear it, Rush opened his show wondering if the hookers involved in the Secret Service scandal had their contraception covered under Obama’s mandate.

It was said off the cuff but it is an interesting question. If we are to provide free contraception for all of Ms. Fluke’s one-night-stands, doesn’t the government have a mandate to pay for the contraception when the Secret Service or any agent is out there working for the government? The same logic applies here as was used to justify the attack on religious freedom.

Happy Nomad on April 16, 2012 at 2:06 PM

How Catholics–or anyone else–could be surprised by any of this is beyond me. I am relieved, however, that the Bishops have finally found the straw that is just too much for the camel to bear. The line has been moved back and back and back for years now, and not just for Catholics. It’s long past time to stand firm on your faith.

Freedom OF, not freedom FROM.

Bob's Kid on April 16, 2012 at 2:11 PM

It’s often amazed me how the Catholic leadership in the US could have supported such a truly distorted view of the Gospel. Yes, the early apostles and their disciples formed into a sort of commune. Yes, they gave up worldly possessions to follow Christ. But they did so voluntarily. There was never any mention of using the secular power of the state to force people to enter into such an arrangement. The requirements of charity that Christ placed on those who follow him are clear and are clearly not meant to be delegated to the state through paying of taxes. They are admonitions to each individual. Too many bought into Utopian thinking and that somehow we are to create God’s kingdom through force of will (and force of the state). Fighting poverty is good, therefore forcing everyone to fight poverty is good. But that’s false logic. The element of force renders it false. Oddly, God does not force anyone to do anything. Maybe we should take a hint.

BillyWilly on April 16, 2012 at 2:12 PM

I’m an evangelical Christian, and grew up Catholic. I maintain alot of ties and affection to the Church. I’m a social conservative, and support the Church’s efforts there.

But to tie Catholism to taxes is just stupid. Render unto Ceasar what is Ceasar’s. There are other ways of addressing the tax debate, but not from the standpoint of being Catholic.

This will backfire bigtime. I suspect the idea came from a Democrat mole in the organization.

Tom C on April 16, 2012 at 2:12 PM

First they came for religious Liberty, but I wasn’t religious and so I didn’t speak out……..

Chip on April 16, 2012 at 1:29 PM

I’m not religious but I support religious liberty, and have spoken out on the matter frequently: I’ve welcomed Catholics and others who believe in religious liberty to the liberty movement. United we stand, divided we fall. We all need to fight for each others individual liberties. That means Catholics who believe in religious liberty should not vote for somebody who has violated the liberty of American citizens in the past by originating the Romneycare mandate. If they do that they will be splitting the liberty movement and all of our liberties will fall in time.

What we need is for the Catholics that care about this issue to follow your advice, Chip, and instead of remaining silent, they need to speak up and help us all preserve all of our liberties, or else when they come for the religious liberty of Catholics, who will be there to help them?

FloatingRock on April 16, 2012 at 2:03 PM

It’s becoming quite clear that the Downgrade [BTW, did we mention that we got Bin Laden?] regime has only the gambit of divide and conquer to win next November.

They have no accomplishments they can hang their hat on [Besides repeatedly mentioning they ‘got’ Bin Laden]

And they can only promise largess and favors for some while punishing their enemies with higher taxes and regulation.

In short, they have no Hope and that’s not likely to Change.

The natural progress of things is for liberty to yield, and government to gain ground. Thomas Jefferson

Chip on April 16, 2012 at 2:17 PM

Now where’s the Spanish language version? Hispanic Catholics voted for the Won by a larger percent than non-Hispanic Catholics.

CJ on April 16, 2012 at 2:35 PM

At the same time, he has the next seven months to suddenly have a “road to Damascus” conversion and change the exemption criteria. Whether or not he does so will all depend on the polling closer to November. Yes this administration is really that calculating. The only thing that matters to them is getting that second term.

Happy Nomad on April 16, 2012 at 1:53 PM

So, assuming this happens,….what will then be the bishops’ official position?
Back to supporting Obamacare?

a capella on April 16, 2012 at 2:38 PM

Father Jonathan = Father-What-A-Waste!

Great video. More, please.

JAM on April 16, 2012 at 2:48 PM

So, assuming this happens,….what will then be the bishops’ official position?
Back to supporting Obamacare?

a capella on April 16, 2012 at 2:38 PM

Good question. Does the church still fight the mandate and the attack on religious freedom or do they cut a deal and suddenly since THEIR institutions are protected they are fully back on Team Obama? I wish I knew the answer.

Happy Nomad on April 16, 2012 at 2:53 PM

Barry and Company – where all things are “negotiable” still haven’t realized they’ve bitten off way more than they can chew.

It’s going to be spectacular when they start choking on it.

GarandFan on April 16, 2012 at 2:55 PM

The Catholic Church has backed the idea of universal health care in the US for almost a century.

AT BEST, one can say that elements of the American Roman Catholic Church supported universal health care, but American bishops have never presumed to speak for Rome, and Rome has not weighed in on US universal health care initiatives. “The Church” has not backed the idea of universal health care. The distinction warrants clarification.

Jazz on April 16, 2012 at 3:01 PM

But to tie Catholism to taxes is just stupid. Render unto Ceasar what is Ceasar’s. There are other ways of addressing the tax debate, but not from the standpoint of being Catholic.

This will backfire bigtime. I suspect the idea came from a Democrat mole in the organization.

Tom C on April 16, 2012 at 2:12 PM

I don’t understand what this comment pertains to. This is about the mandate. Are you saying the mandate is a tax. What?

Vince on April 16, 2012 at 3:01 PM

yet he and Kathleen Sebelius are so far refusing to take a simple and politically painless step to sideline the issue. Amazing.

They won’t give in on this because it’s a wedge in the crack. Next comes abortion. They want to break the church the same way you break a suspect in interrogation. Break him on something relatively minor, and he remains broken.

slickwillie2001 on April 16, 2012 at 3:04 PM

Thanks to the “New Media” Catholics are waking up to the frightening realization that they have been scammed for generations.
All one has to do is look to Hollywood to see that it’s the Democrats that have declared war on God, Christians & family values.

redridinghood on April 16, 2012 at 3:06 PM

Good question. Does the church still fight the mandate and the attack on religious freedom or do they cut a deal and suddenly since THEIR institutions are protected they are fully back on Team Obama? I wish I knew the answer.

Happy Nomad on April 16, 2012 at 2:53 PM

They won’t be cutting a deal as they have included all religions in this as well as individuals who would have a conscients issue with paying for these services.

Vince on April 16, 2012 at 3:07 PM

conscients
Vince on April 16, 2012 at 3:07 PM

conscience I mean.

Vince on April 16, 2012 at 3:09 PM

Tom C on April 16, 2012 at 2:12 PM

I understood the video to be saying that “taxes” are one of the many issues in the upcoming election, along with “economy”, “jobs”, and “energy”, but that the final three, “life”, “marriage”, and “freedom” are the non-negotiable issues.

LibraryGryffon on April 16, 2012 at 3:25 PM

Obama will hold out on this as long as possible. Then as the election draws close he will fold. Of Course, that is only if SCOTUS upholds enough of ObamaCare to keep this an issue.

The Catholic Church will then fold like a lawn chair in a windstorm and go back to supporting Obama as if nothing ever happened and this was merely a misunderstanding.

Marcus Traianus on April 16, 2012 at 3:31 PM

Fighton03 on April 16, 2012 at 1:59 PM

Muslims and the Amish are already exempted; why not the Catholics as well..?

affenhauer on April 16, 2012 at 3:55 PM

Change the word “Catholic” to “people of faith,” cut it to one minute, and air it on every TV channel in the nation. This ad alone could be the end of the Obama administration.

Wow. I felt the same way after seeing this as I did after seeing the trailer for the film “For Greater Glory.” They both do such a good job of showing what truly counts in the struggle for freedom.

JoseQuinones on April 16, 2012 at 3:59 PM

” The White House could defuse this issue in an instant with a modest expansion of the religious exemption to include church-operated businesses such as hospitals, adoption agencies, clinics, and charities.”

That’s incorrect. Catholic colleges and any business run by those with conscientious objections to the mandate would also have to be exempt. Otherwise this isn’t a matter of religious freedom, but protecting only Church-run businesses.

Morissey fumbles the ball pretty badly on this one. Hopefully the bishops see things a little more clearly (I’m actually pretty sure they do).

Gaunilon on April 16, 2012 at 4:25 PM

Xavier university in Cincinnati just informed their employees that contraception and sterilization will no longer be covered in their Humana insurance plans. :) it should never have been in the first place, but better late than never, Jesuits.

And my bishop is having all his priests have the parishes say one Our Father, Hail Mary, and Glory Be during every Mass after Holy Communion indefinitely for a ‘conversion of our country in respect for human life and for our right of religious freedom’.

pannw on April 16, 2012 at 4:26 PM

Reminding people including Catholics why they hate the Catholic hierarchy isn’t going to help defeat Obama. There is nothing Obama would prefer than the upcoming election being over birth control.

thuja on April 16, 2012 at 4:28 PM

You see? Obama ALWAYS doubles down. I said this every time you predicted an immediate walk-back for a week straight Ed.

Mord on April 16, 2012 at 2:02 PM

Paging Mr. Medved, Mr. Medved? Are you there? Pray tell us again, is Obama a socialist/marxist intentionally doing this, or a savvy politician a la Clinton?

Nutstuyu on April 16, 2012 at 4:37 PM

OhEssYouCowboys on April 16, 2012 at 1:40 PM

And Obama knows it. Once this mandate goes through it shouldn’t change one thing for any individual Catholic or Catholic organization. You can’t pay the non-compliance fine, it will purposely bankrupt you. You can’t stop providing services, then it works as planned. You can’t pay the fine and call yourself a Catholic in good standing, many saints have died for much less than this, the euthanization of unfits and dismemberment of children.

So just keep on providing services as usual, and be willing to go to jail both as members in the Catholic organization and individually, and the back of this government over the mandate will be broken in pretty swift measure.

But I don’t think most Catholics, or even Christians for that matter, have the will.

quiz1 on April 16, 2012 at 5:57 PM

The Bishops have lain with the dogs far too long. The result of their support for government “charity” has ended in lawlessness. Now they whine about the religious freedom aspect. So predictable.

It’s OK to force the taxpayer to fund charity, but not contraception? They’ve had an epiphany, but it’s probably too late. And because of the influence of the Bishops, the rest of us have to try to fend off a criminal government that has preyed upon us all with the blessing of the Church.

I have little but contempt for the Roman Catholic hierarchy. They refuse to discipline their priests and Bishops, and refuse to excommunicate heretics such as Pelosi and Kerry, and then they expect someone to listen to them after their rampant hypocrisy? Yeah, sure.

Quartermaster on April 16, 2012 at 7:52 PM

The natural progress of things is for liberty to yield, and government to gain ground. Thomas Jefferson

Chip on April 16, 2012 at 1:29 PM

Hence the term, progressive.

You can hear the “good Fr. Morris” speaking at the end, “I had nothing to do with this video …”. Covering to “avoid any Imperial IRS entanglements” or what?

IrishEyes on April 16, 2012 at 10:16 PM

I’m an evangelical Christian, and grew up Catholic. I maintain alot of ties and affection to the Church. I’m a social conservative, and support the Church’s efforts there.

But to tie Catholism to taxes is just stupid. Render unto Ceasar what is Ceasar’s. There are other ways of addressing the tax debate, but not from the standpoint of being Catholic.

This will backfire bigtime. I suspect the idea came from a Democrat mole in the organization.

Tom C on April 16, 2012 at 2:12 PM

Ya kinda missed the point of the ad.
The economy, taxes, energy and jobs are issues that can be negotiated.

Marriage, life and freedom (religious liberty) are non-negotiable.
If we wish to preserve our religious liberty, we must vote for the Republican presidential nominee in November and Republicans down ticket as well. It is intolerable that the Catholic church is being required to pay for things that are against their moral code and that Obama’s idea of a compromise is a one year waiting period (and I’m an agnostic Lutheran married to a Jew).

And then they came for me, and there was no one left to speak out. Now is the time to stand up for our freedom.

talkingpoints on April 16, 2012 at 10:18 PM

Unfortunately, the USCCB has too often willingly couched themselves with the progressives who despise them. Many catholics are, or have friends/family/neighbors who are illegal aliens, so they side with the liberals who refuse to enforce the law of the land regarding immigration. Many catholics, for the full spectrum of reasons, live below the poverty line, so they side with the liberals who want to take from one man to give to another. Many catholics consider their faith for no more than one hour a week, and live like heathens the rest of the time, believing that confession and penance takes care of it, so they side with the liberals who believe in permissive cultural mores.

I am glad that Obama and his people are too stupid to realize that they have given people of marginal faith a reason to remember what they are supposed to believe in, remember the principles on which they ought not compromise. Sometimes it takes someone trying to go too far, to remind us where the lines are drawn. That is to our shame, and we should thank God for the reminders when they come.

But the message is for all Americans. Liberty, the cornerstone principle of this nation, is under siege. It isn’t about whether you agree with the Catholic churches doctrine on an issue, but about their liberty to hold to that doctrine, and your liberty to hold to yours. Every single person who believes in the words of the Declaration of Independence, and of the U.S. Constitution, should be standing up in opposition to this administration’s unlawful restrictions of that liberty.

There is no more time to wait. The hour is at hand.

Stand.

Freelancer on April 17, 2012 at 4:24 AM