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This Aggression Will Not Stand, Man. (Part II)

So why is the President picking this fight with Catholics before the elections in the first place?  There was certainly no crisis to provoke this action.  Contraceptives are cheaply and easily available everywhere, and no suits have been filed against Catholic employers for failing to cover contraceptives.

Obviously, availability of contraceptives is not the real issue here.  But this is a strategic first step in a larger battle.   If Obama and the radical feminist, pro-abort lobby he is beholden to can successfully mandate that all employers must provide insurance to pay for contraception (including pills that are in actuality abortifacients) regardless of the religious beliefs of employers, then they can next require that they cover abortion pills such as RU-486 (since, after all, the SCOTUS has declared abortion a “constitutional right”), then dictate that they cover flat-out surgical abortions.  That’s not a “slippery-slope” fallacy, but similar to the legal process that led up to Roe v. Wade, which began with an aggressive assault by liberal Supreme Court justices on (largely unenforced) state contraceptive laws.

In addition, Team Obama has cynically used the backlash against this mandate to its own advantage in trying to paint opponents of the mandate as being in favor of banning contraception, and thus “energize” Obama’s base.  While I’d have no moral objections to such a ban, the reality is that this is hogwash.  No one is working to illegalize contraception in this country.  Nonetheless, liberal pundits and talking heads are babbling furiously over the “Republican Party’s war on contraception.”  Anyone opposed to the mandate is a crazed fanatic eager to ban condoms from the local drugstore and post cops in your bedroom.   Theocratic rule and the rise of the American Taliban is eminent unless you Act Now and support Dear Leader!

Of course, beyond the obvious moral issues for Catholic institutions trying to stay loyal to conscience by following the Church’s teaching, the question needs to be raised of what gives the President, or the HHS have the power to make such a mandate?  Such a power to force private institutions what they must buy and not buy is certainly not enumerated in the Constitution, and in fact blatantly violates the First Amendment guarantee of the “free practice” of religion – a freedom which in any sane reckoning goes beyond mere “freedom of worship.”  As Francis Cardinal George of Chicago said in his brilliant and eloquent defense of religious liberty against the mandate (I urge you to read the whole thing):

 The provision of health care should not demand “giving up” religious liberty. Liberty of religion is more than freedom of worship. Freedom of worship was guaranteed in the Constitution of the former Soviet Union. You could go to church, if you could find one. The church, however, could do nothing except conduct religious rites in places of worship-no schools, religious publications, health care institutions, organized charity, ministry for justice and the works of mercy that flow naturally from a living faith. All of these were co-opted by the government. We fought a long cold war to defeat that vision of society.

Yet this is the vision of society Obama and the Left would have us slouch towards.  And sadly, even many “religious” Catholics and other Christians are swallowing this radical secularism nonsense hook, line and sinker.  (I’ll have more to say on this in future posts).   I won’t compare Obama to Stalin or Mao.  That would be giving the man entirely too much credit.  Yet his actions and attitudes are one of a petty dictator, rather than the leader of a free nation.   And today, too few American citizens care, or even know, about Constitutional freedoms and limitations on government  (the Constitution, after all, being merely a quaint archaeological relic, the product of Dead White Slave-holding Males, and wholly unsuitable for today’s enlightened, complex world of MTV, internet porn, and Angry Birds).

The attitude of too many of today’s “Catholic” citizens is summed up by the words of NASCAR driver, swimsuit model, and godaddy.com spokes-chick (and, of course, “practicing Catholic”) Danica Patrick when her opinion on the contraception mandate was sought by a Daily Caller reporter (where the hell would us lowly peasantry be anyway without Celebrities to guide us on the Shining Path to Wisdom and Enlightenment?):   “I leave it up to the government to make good decisions for Americans.”  Dutifully spoken like a good peon.

Screw self-government by the people, religious liberty, economic liberty, constitutional rights, and checks and balances on government power.  We love Big Brother.

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This Aggression Will Not Stand, Man. (Part I)

“The chinaman is not the issue here, Dude!  This is about drawing a line in the sand, over which you do not . . .  Besides, Dude, ‘chinaman’ is not the preferred nomenclature.  ‘Asian-American,’ please.” ~ Walter Sobchak, from The Big Lebowski

While this may be old news now, and a much ink has already been spilt over  it, the Obama administration certainly crossed a line with the HHS mandate dictating that Catholic institutions provide health insurance covering contraceptives, in blatant defiance of both 2000 years of Catholic moral teaching and the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, which guarantees Americans the right to free practice of religion.  In doing so, he pissed off not only the U.S. Bishops and various orthodox Catholic institutions (including schools such as Christendom College, the University of Dallas, and Franciscan University at Steubenville ) whose administrators would be forced to violate their consciences by this mandate, but also many non-Catholic persons concerned with religious liberty in this country, even if they do not agree with the Church’s teachings regarding contraception.

I must say it is indeed heartening to finally see the U.S. Bishops take such a vocal and united stand for their Faith on such a politically-incorrect issue, and stand firm, even after Obama’s phony “compromise” stating that women will be guaranteed “free” contraceptive coverage (asking us to ignore the truism that there is no such thing as a free lunch)  Good may yet come of this latest Obamanation, as I’ve heard that people are starting to hear sermons from the pulpit on contraception for the first time in response to this mandate.

While Obama has indeed crossed a line with this mandate, the mandate also draws a line which separates the sheep from the goats regarding how various self-proclaimed Catholics respond to this assault on religious liberties.  This act of unprovoked aggression against the Catholic Faith from the Obama administration makes Obama’s stance painfully clear, and makes it that much harder to claim that Obama is actually a friend of Catholicism trying to do what is best.  But sadly, with the exception of the U.S. Bishops, response to this issue seems to largely fall on predictable ideological lines, including among Catholics.  While conservatives (who, obviously, are not fans of Obama to begin with) oppose this mandate as the assault on religious liberty that it is, “liberal” “Catholics” for the most part obediently and faithfully fall into line behind their Dear Leader.  (I put “liberal” in quotes here as well as “Catholic,” for the socialistic statism embraced by the modern Left has very little to do with liberalism in the classical sense.)

Almost from day one, lefty “Catholic” scribblers such as Commonweal’s Eric Bugyis jumped to defend the State against their Church, praising the wisdom of Obama, while with supreme (yet apparently unintentional) irony, furiously excoriating the Bishops for claiming the “right to coerce” over that of “individual conscience.”  And, of course, the mannish pant-suit “social justice” nuns, like the Catholic Health Association’s Sister Carol Keehan, and other such creatures, are showering praise on Dear Leader’s wisdom in his oh-so-gracious “accommodation” to his Catholic subjects.  But from those who already consistently defend and praise the most pro-abortion president in American history while shamelessly touting their “Catholicity,” such behavior should hardly come as a shock.

In the early years of the Church, Christians would be devoured by lions rather than burn incense to Caesar.  Today, many “Catholics” are all too willing to sacrifice their Christian moral principles on the altar of the Almighty  State.

(To be continued . . .)

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