The HHS Mandate takes effect — and the Obama Administration releases a report on religious freedom

posted at 12:46 pm on August 2, 2012 by Dustin Siggins

Yesterday, the contraception/abortifacient/sterilization mandate went into effect for everyone except those religious organizations who qualify for the one-year delay. Interestingly, the President’s campaign speech yesterday ignored the mandate , as did the First Lady’s campaign speech.

Now, there could be any number of reasons for omitting this historical attack on religious freedom in their speeches. The President and his wife focused on the economy, health care, and education, which makes sense because those are the public policy issues Americans care most about. Additionally, Romney is doing a pretty good job of hammering Obama on his recent “you didn’t build that” comments, so the President really does need to try and regain momentum in that area.

On the other hand, the President’s campaign so far has mostly constituted of making Romney appear to be an “other” by attacking his wealth, his tax rate, his participation in the alleged War on Women, etc. Switching to the economy is very risky, considering the utter failure of the President’s policies on the economy and the unpopularity of the health care law. One would almost expect the President to continue trying to distract from the unemployment rate by dangling an unconstitutional mandate in front of supporters and undecided voters.

But perhaps the President’s avoidance of the mandate yesterday was more than a simple re-election strategy. Via Rob Bluey, a release from the Family Research Council:

In a sad irony, yesterday marked the marked the release of the State Department’s International Religious Freedom Report for 2011. The opening paragraph states: “To think, believe, or doubt. To speak or pray; to gather or stand apart. Such are the movements of the mind and heart, infinitives that take us beyond the finite. Freedom of religion, like all freedoms of thought and expression, are inherent. Our beliefs help define who we are and serve as a foundation for what we contribute to our societies. However, as the 2011 International Religious Freedom Report documents, too many people live under governments that abuse or restrict freedom of religion.”

Today marks the day the United States should officially be listed as one of the nations in that report. President Obama has made it clear–by his legislation, public remarks, and his lawsuits–that he believes religion and conscience should take a back seat to his pro-abortion, -sterilization, and -contraception agenda. The President might think that violating people’s consciences isn’t a big deal, but to many, it’s the deepest insult of all. If the courts or Congress won’t address this injustice, civil disobedience may be inevitable.

Now, of course, liberals will say the FRC’s last sentence is a bit extreme. Yet this is the same kind of thing that led to the Cristeros War in Mexico nearly 100 years ago, and when reviewing “For Greater Glory” I couldn’t ignore the parallels between the religious persecution faced by Catholics then and America’s religious communities now. Perhaps Rep. Mike Kelly’s (R-PA) comments on the importance of the mandate’s implementation weren’t so radical after all.

 


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Isn’t this the Sad Irony Administration?

Ed Morrissey on August 2, 2012 at 12:52 PM

if yesterday’s turnout at Chik-Fil-A is any indication, there’s gonna be a huge turnout this November. I think there’s a lot of Americans that are tuned in and will turn out. I’m leaning toward a 2010 redux…

RedInMD on August 2, 2012 at 12:52 PM

…Religious freedom? What’s that?

KOOLAID2 on August 2, 2012 at 12:53 PM

Yet this is the same kind of thing that led to the Cristeros War in Mexico nearly 100 years ago

Talk about hyperbole. Trying to compare actual persecution to free contraceptive care is completely laughable.

mythicknight on August 2, 2012 at 12:53 PM

Ah, yes, the ”progressive religion” is now a bureaucratic crusade whereby its priests’ shout entitlements are great while espousing outcome based great society pabulums.

Pay no attention to the masses, let them eat chick filet….

RAGIN CAJUN on August 2, 2012 at 12:54 PM

Kyrie, Eleison.
Christe, Eleison.
Kyrie, Eleison.

Kraken on August 2, 2012 at 12:56 PM

the First Lady’s campaign speech.

What office is she running for?

Trafalgar on August 2, 2012 at 12:57 PM

Talk about hyperbole. Trying to compare actual persecution to free contraceptive care is completely laughable. /

mythicknight on August 2, 2012 at 12:53 PM

There. Your post makes sense now.

AubieJon on August 2, 2012 at 12:57 PM

…Religious freedom? What’s that?

KOOLAID2 on August 2, 2012 at 12:53 PM

It’s only one of the primary motives for founding this country. Nothing about which to concern ourselves.

The Rogue Tomato on August 2, 2012 at 1:00 PM

Talk about hyperbole. Trying to compare actual persecution to free contraceptive care is completely laughable.

mythicknight on August 2, 2012 at 12:53 PM

So the government ordering religious organizations to ignore their core beliefs or be subjected to onerous penalties doesn’t count as religious persecution in your book?

Trafalgar on August 2, 2012 at 1:00 PM

mythicknight on August 2, 2012 at 12:53 PM

troll alert

22044 on August 2, 2012 at 1:01 PM

Corporations are in large part the legal entities contracting for health insurance and subject to the HHS madate. Corporations have no First Amendment right to the exercise of religion. As such that right cannot be abridged.

plewis on August 2, 2012 at 1:04 PM

Obozo’s religious freedom report- The people are free to worship me.

Flange on August 2, 2012 at 1:06 PM

plewis on August 2, 2012 at 1:04 PM

Wrong. But thanks for trying.

22044 on August 2, 2012 at 1:07 PM

“However, as the 2011 International Religious Freedom Report documents, too many people live under governments that abuse or restrict freedom of religion.”

Chicago comes to mind…

dominigan on August 2, 2012 at 1:08 PM

plewis on August 2, 2012 at 1:04 PM

Church/Religion-based schools, universities, colleges, hospitals, clinics, churches, synagogues, temples? They ARE affected by the HHS mandate.

AubieJon on August 2, 2012 at 1:10 PM

Talk about hyperbole. Trying to compare actual persecution to free contraceptive care is completely laughable.

mythicknight on August 2, 2012 at 12:53 PM

In a country where cutting the growth rate of an entitlement is met with videos of pushing granny off a cliff…..

Odysseus on August 2, 2012 at 1:14 PM

We are a hop skip and a jump away from this:

http://www.wnd.com/2004/04/24407/

Scrumpy on August 2, 2012 at 1:15 PM

DOTUS: Mission Religion and it’s institutions.

To a growing and powerful central government that wants serf dependence and worship ALL MUST BE BROUGHT under it’s power and influence.

PappyD61 on August 2, 2012 at 1:15 PM

Bigger assault on American than Pearl Harbor and 911 combined.

Pablo Honey on August 2, 2012 at 1:15 PM

Meaning to reference the Bible as Hate Speech…

Scrumpy on August 2, 2012 at 1:16 PM

I love these pissant, Socialist trolls:

It’s FREE!

It’s FREE!

It’s FREE!

… as if the State just pulled it out of the State’s ass.

Well, pissant, Socialist troll … this is for you:

The State, it cannot be too often repeated, does nothing and can give nothing, which it does not take from somebody. The Forgotten Man works and votes – generally, he prays – but his chief business in life is to pay.

– William Graham Sumner

OhEssYouCowboys on August 2, 2012 at 1:18 PM

Yesterday, on the very day that I could finally get “free” birth control, I got a letter from my insurance company raising my rates by 19%. Since I’m self-employed, I get to pay every penny of that myself (about 24% of my income.)

Great big thanks to Obama and the Dems for all the great “free” stuff I can get!!

HakerA on August 2, 2012 at 1:22 PM

And again I ask – if abortifacents, contraceptives, and sterilization are now free, when can I expect my blood pressure and cholesteral meds… you know… meds that actually save lives and are medically necessary to be free?

What’s good for the goose is good for the gander, and if the government is going to insist that contraceptives and the like are provided for free, then everything should be provided for free. Even something as mundane as Tums.

crazy_legs on August 2, 2012 at 1:37 PM

Righteous civil disobedience started in the book of Exodus, when the midwives feared God and refused to exterminate the Hebrew male babies. Righteous civil disobedience will be REQUIRED to escape eternal damnation during the coming seven-year Tribulation (see Revelation 14:9-11).

Obama is a latter-day type of antichrist, and any of his directives that contradict God’s Word are to be ignored and/or disobeyed. God will honor those who honor Him.

Righteous civil disobedience includes refusing to comply with the so-called “mandate” the Supreme Court recently upheld (to its everlasting disgrace). My wife has already determined that this will be her course, even if it means jail. We don’t recognize the usurper in the White House.

Gordy on August 2, 2012 at 1:39 PM

Talk about hyperbole. Trying to compare actual persecution to free contraceptive care is completely laughable.
mythicknight on August 2, 2012 at 12:53 PM

The life of the Apostle Paul testifies otherwise.

tommyboy on August 2, 2012 at 1:50 PM

if the government is going to insist that contraceptives and the like are provided for free, then everything should be provided for free. Even something as mundane as Tums.

crazy_legs on August 2, 2012 at 1:37 PM

That’s single payer – exactly what they want. You’ve never been so broke as you’ll be once all your medical needs are “free”.

tommyboy on August 2, 2012 at 1:54 PM

“Oh hail almighty Government official please may I have a crumb from your table? I promise to be a good boy and do what I’m told – O wise one. ” Someone somewhere in the uSA will utter that sentence or something very similar in my lifetime.

Fuquay Steve on August 2, 2012 at 1:56 PM

Church/Religion-based schools, universities, colleges, hospitals, clinics, churches, synagogues, temples? They ARE affected by the HHS mandate.

AubieJon on August 2, 2012 at 1:10 PM

The corporate legal entity which contracts for the health care is not affected, since it cannot worship or exercise any other commonly accepted activities associated with the free exercise of religion. Georgetown Medical Center does not worship, go to confession or make a confirmation because it can’t. Collections of individuals like churches or partnerships are different but a corporation is a legal construct and can no more practice religion than it can bear arms.

plewis on August 2, 2012 at 2:11 PM

plewis on August 2, 2012 at 2:11 PM

It is owned by a religious group or entity. It has a voice.

You should try this new thing called “thinking”. It’s actually very liberating, but you have to be conservative to do it.

AubieJon on August 2, 2012 at 2:26 PM

President Obama has made it clear–by his legislation, public remarks, and his lawsuits–that he believes religion and conscience should take a back seat to his pro-abortion, -sterilization, and -contraception agenda.

If this man actually had a conscience perhaps he would better understand how his administration has burdened our faith by his actions. An unformed conscience is a dangerous things.

elm on August 2, 2012 at 2:32 PM

What ever happened to the claim:

“If you like your policy, you can keep it”

The complete abrogation of this statement should be pointed out to Obama at every opportunity. Asking Obama’s about this in a national debate would be appropriate.

Freddy on August 2, 2012 at 2:47 PM

an actual threat to the religious liberty of the average citizen… as opposed to gay marriage, gay sex, and breaded fried chicken sandwiches.

mittens on August 2, 2012 at 3:14 PM

…Religious freedom? What’s that?

KOOLAID2 on August 2, 2012 at 12:53 PM

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It’s only one of the primary motives for founding this country. Nothing about which to concern ourselves.

The Rogue Tomato on August 2, 2012 at 1:00 PM

.
Oh, thank God . . . I almost panicked, there.

listens2glenn on August 2, 2012 at 3:26 PM

Now we will see if the catholic church is all talk or not.

johnny reb on August 2, 2012 at 4:56 PM

Talk about hyperbole. Trying to compare actual persecution to free contraceptive care is completely laughable.

mythicknight on August 2, 2012 at 12:53 PM

It’s irrelevant whether you think it’s hyperbole. It’s a violation of Constitutionally guaranteed freedom of religion. It needs to be slapped down hard.

And I say this as someone who does not by any means share the peculiarly Catholic objection to contraceptives. But religious freedom is a shared value. At least, for some of us….

tom on August 2, 2012 at 8:07 PM

The was one victory last week. Hercules Industries won a Federal injunction against the mandate:

http://www.newsmax.com/Newsfront/Hercules-contraceptive-court-insurance/2012/07/27/id/446844

Ward Cleaver on August 2, 2012 at 10:15 PM

There was one victory against the mandate last week. Hercules industries got a Federal injunction in Colorado:

http://www.newsmax.com/Newsfront/Hercules-contraceptive-court-insurance/2012/07/27/id/446844

Ward Cleaver on August 2, 2012 at 10:18 PM

Dang iPad.

Ward Cleaver on August 2, 2012 at 10:18 PM

Civil disobedience is definitely warranted here. This falls under the “We must obey God rather than men”. The law is compelling people to violate conscience and moral principles.

AZfederalist on August 2, 2012 at 10:44 PM