HHS Mandate – This May Come to Civil Disobedience

May 28, 2012
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“If we face today the prospect of unjust laws, then Catholics in America, in solidarity with our fellow citizens, must have the courage not to obey them.” No American desires this. No Catholic welcomes it. But if it should fall upon us, we must discharge it as a duty of citizenship and an obligation of faith.” ~ Conference of Catholic Bishops

WaPo reported on the bishop’s call for civil disobedience in April. Two weeks are being set aside for a “Fortnight for Freedom” initiative in June to protest the attacks on freedom of religion by the Obama administration. They are calling for a special period of prayer, study, catechesis, and public action”—to take place from June 21 to July 4.

The HHS Mandate, in forcing Catholics to violate their conscience, is now a civil rights issue.

On May 22nd, LifeNews reported that a recent survey by the Pew Research Center shows that the president’s reelection advantage among Catholics has declined.

Obama was ahead among Catholics by 9 points in early March, and is now trailing by 5 points. The Pew survey finds that, among Catholic voters with an opinion, 47% would vote for President Obama, and 52% for former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney if the election were held today.

That is a swing of 18 million voters away from Obama.

Chris Matthews, as liberal as he is, is considered the most conservative voice on MSNBC, which tells you how far left MSNBC has gone. Chris Matthews, a Roman Catholic, sees the danger of the HHS Mandate. If  Chris Matthews sees the danger, it’s time to pay attention.

Thrill up his leg Matthews would not go against his idol and has described Mormons and Catholics as cultists, but, even so, he is calling the HHS mandate and its consequences “frightening.”

This is from February -

Matthews recently said this may come to civil disobedience -

Michelle Obama, like her husband, is pro-abortion, even to the point of supporting partial-birth abortions. Contraceptives/abortifacients and surgical sterilizations are a no-never-mind for her and, if it violates peoples’ conscience, why should that matter to her and those who like her, believe the government is god. They are very extreme.

In April, CNS News reported that Michelle Obama boasted about the HHS mandate” before a rally of supporters in Omaha, Nebraska.

Michelle Obama said -

“Two years ago, we made history together by finally passing health reform,” said Mrs. Obama. “And because we passed this law, insurance companies will now have to cover basic preventive care–things like prenatal care, mammograms, contraception–at no extra cost.”

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) finalized the “preventive services” regulation in January and it will take effect for most employers on Aug. 1. The regulation mandates that nearly all health insurance plans in the United States must provide women with sterilizations and all FDA-approved contraceptives (including those that can induce abortions) without any fees or co-pay.”

Not everyone hails the mandate.

An amazing ad from the Catholic Church which I have posted before, is worth posting again -

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At least one Catholic Bishop in California was quoted as saying he was concerned that the Catholic Bishops were being co-opted by the political far right.

Cardinal Wuerl said there is no division and that was a misquote -

Cardinal Donald Wuerl, the archbishop of Washington, on Sunday denied a split among Catholic bishops about the lawsuit challenging the Obama administration’s rule mandating that employers and health insurance plans cover contraception.

“I have yet to see among the bishops any split at all,” Wuerl said on “Fox News Sunday.” “The bishop who was quoted saying he was concerned issued a statement saying that was not his position.”

Wuerl said that the more than 40 Catholic organizations that joined together to sue the Obama administration are concerned about religious freedom.

“This lawsuit isn’t about contraception; it’s about religious freedom,” he said. “Embedded in the mandate is a radically new definition of what constitutes a religious community, what constitutes religious ministry.”

The archbishop added that the Obama administration’s accommodation is essentially meaningless for Catholic institutions that ensure their own employees.

“The accommodation really didn’t change anything because so many of our institutions certainly, the Archdiocese, is self insured — we are the insurer,” Wuerl said. “So when you say, ‘Don’t worry, we changed this so that only the insurer has to pay,’ and we are the insurer, there’s no accommodation.”…Politico

Cardinal Dolan on CBS -

Mary Matalin wrote about the attack on religious liberty on May 25th for CNN -

…For the first time in our nation’s history, the government has launched a full-fledged assault on our religious institutions to force them to pay for services that go against their religious convictions. The compromise offered by the administration allowing religious institutions a year to transition to the new system is no compromise. They are still forced to pay for services in direct conflict with their faith or incur severe penalties that could effectively drive them out of business.

This is the most despicable violation of religious liberty that this nation has ever seen. Cardinal Timothy Dolan, archbishop of New York and president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, outlined it best when he said, “In effect, the president is saying we have a year to figure out how to violate our consciences.” A year is a pitiful concession to make when they are essentially telling people that if they do not violate their conscience, the government will put them out of business.

Catholic institutions, however, are not taking this assault lying down. This week, 43 of them have filed lawsuits across the nation challenging the mandate’s intrusion on religious liberty.

This sentiment is felt not only among Catholics but also among Jewish, Protestant and other religious groups. Though these groups do not necessarily have a uniform religious teaching against some of the mandate’s provisions, they do have a uniform agreement that a coercive government does not have the right to say that these religious institutions must violate their consciences.

These religious leaders realize that if government can impose these mandates against conscience rights on Catholics, what other mandates will they impose them on next?

 

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