“Religions are many and diverse, but reason and goodness are one.”
—-Elbert Hubbard (1856-1915)
The Catholic Church on Monday launched their counter-offensive on the Obama Administration, striking back at the infamous overreach of Obamacare.
Monday the Catholic Church filed 12 different federal lawsuits against the administration on behalf of 43 Catholic dioceses and organizations ranging from local Catholic Charities to parish schools, hospitals, and colleges. The lawsuits are in response to last year’s ruling by the Department of Health and Human Services, known as the HHS, which mandates all healthcare plans must provide sterilizations and abortion-inducing contraceptives for free, with an exemption for churches only, not broader religious organizations. Only churches which serve solely the members of the same faith are exempt; religious organizations which serve the general public are not covered—the most narrowly defined “conscience clause” ever adopted under federal law.
This, and the Supreme Court battle of Obamacare itself, are the legal battles of our day. Our freedoms, which are enshrined in our Constitution, are at stake. The suit filed by the Archdiocese of New York sums it up well. From the NYSun.com:
It is, the brief said, “not about whether people have a right to abortion-inducing drugs, sterilization, and contraception. Those services are freely available in the United States, and nothing prevents the Government itself from making them more widely available.” It went on to complain that the government nonetheless “seeks to require Plaintiffs — all Catholic entities — to violate their sincerely held religious beliefs by providing, paying for, and/or facilitating access to those products and services.”
Of course, if Obamacare falls in the Supreme Court’s decision this summer, this could all be moot. But no one is counting on that. Case in point,
…..officials at a Florida Catholic university decided Monday to drop student healthcare coverage, becoming the second school this month to make that call. The decision at Ave Maria University was based in part on objections to the contraception rule, but also on projected increased premium costs tied to new rules in the federal health care overhaul.
Catch that? Apart from the religious freedom aspect of this, Obamacare is also increasing this school’s healthcare costs to where they couldn’t afford to maintain it. Hey, it’s exactly what they promised us: we DID have to pass the bill to find out what was in it!!
Further, the argument that “the coverage will be provided for free” is specious and outright laughable. Even the LA Times called such statements “magical thinking” back in February:
Here’s where the magical thinking comes in. The following is from the fact sheet the White House released Friday:
“Covering contraception saves money for insurance companies by keeping women healthy and preventing spending on other health services. For example, there was no increase in premiums when contraception was added to the Federal Employees Health Benefit System and required of non-religious employers in Hawaii. One study found that covering contraception lowered premiums by 10 percent or more.”
Making everyone in a pool carry coverage whether they need it or not spreads the cost, saving money for those who really do need it and who’d choose to carry it if it were merely optional. But costs faced by the insurer are the same — and when the care is provided with no out-of-pocket costs, the insurer’s costs are likely to go up because more people will use it. Such is likely to be the case with contraception.
No one truly knows what will happen with this, good or bad. Obamacare’s entire sordid tale has taken crazy turns every step of the way; no way is the craziness done yet. I humbly suggest we keep in mind that we’re defending our Constitution, our freedoms. This is not a Catholic fight: this is an American fight. If one group’s constitutionally protected rights can be dismissed so brazenly, ask yourself: who’s next?
Before you answer, you may wish to recall these words from Benjamin Franklin:
We must all hang together, or assuredly we shall all hang separately.
This is the thing that really roasts my almonds….
People don’t seem to care about what the government does, as long as it’s not infringing on something THEY care about.
I think this issue, like so many that we see attempted by the “regime”, is a smokescreen. Start a fire over birth control rights, throw on the gasoline of the “war on women”, and fan the flames. The REAL issue here is the war on religion. And while that war is waged behind the fog these other issues, the true battle escapes the average viewer.
“Religion is the opium of the people”, or so I’ve heard quoted by that “leader” who KNEW that he had to destroy the foundations of religious freedom in order to fulfill his nefarious intentions for the “people”.
Sorry, the “fog OF these issues”….
Shouldn’t type when I’m completely miffed……but then again…..
This just in, DOJ begins investigation of Catholic institutions for conspiracy in working together in their lawsuits against the federal goverment. More at six o’clock.
By the way, you CAN keep the plan you have, until it isn’t there anymore…
“….until it isn’t there anymore…”
Which WAS the intent all along, Hatfield.
The feudin’ dude was joking (at least I HOPE he was joking, although I would put NOTHING past Mr. Holder’s Department of Injustice). But now left-wing stooges like administrators at Notre Dame (who famously invited Zippy to speak at commencement in 2009) are reaping what they have sown: http://townhall.com/tipsheet/elisabethmeinecke/2012/05/22/hypocrisy_at_notre_dame_obama_talked_of_open_minds_now_punishes_the_school_for_being_so.
Good post! The title says it all. Religion is free or nothing is.
Pelosi saying that the bill needs to be passed so we can find out what is in it drives me crazy! How could someone say that? And worse, how could so many go along with it? Our brilliant Founding Fathers understood this and warned against it. James Madison, in Federalist 62 said,
“The internal effects of a mutable policy are still more calamitous. It poisons the blessing of liberty itself. It will be of little avail to the people, that the laws are made by men of their own choice, if the laws be so voluminous that they cannot be read, or so incoherent that they cannot be understood; if they be repealed or revised before they are promulgated, or undergo such incessant changes that no man, who knows what the law is to-day, can guess what it will be to-morrow.”
Spot ON, DD! What ever happened to all of the transparency that we were promised? Remember the promise to post all proposed legislation online so that the public had 3 days to view it?
Of course, they can’t even come up with a budget during his first (and hopefully, ONLY term).
Obama is everything bad about politics times 10.
I want the SC verdict to come out right NOW, …but that ain’t gonna happen.
Regardless of how that shakes out, I’m betting that Obama & Company won’t go down without a fight.
They will fight. The adminstration’s operational motto:
[quoting from Melville’s Moby Dick]
To the last, I will grapple with thee… from Hell’s heart, I stab at thee! For hate’s sake, I spit my last breath at thee!
A Melville quote?
Leave it to Hatfield to bring a lil’ CLASS to our humble blog.
Well done, sir….
Just curious: does that make Obamacare the Whale, and the United States the ‘Pequod’?
I thought that quote was from Ricardo Montalban in Star Trek 2: The Wrath of Khan!?!?!?!?
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“If one group’s constitutionally protected rights can be dismissed so brazenly, ask yourself: who’s next?”
A question so many people are too lazy to ask, because they take it all for granted.
Agreed, my friend. Agreed.
I feel more folks are now asking the question, though.
Time will tell…
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