Sebelius, the Worst Catholic Totalitarian In The World, gave a speech at Georgetown yesterday. Georgetown is a Catholic Jesuit University.
Forget the “catholic” part of this for a moment, Sebelius used the opportunity to promote government authority over religion in matters of conscience and twisted it, Alinsky-style, into a case of a church trying to control the populace.
She also used it to divide and conquer one church, which in this case happens to be the Catholic church – they will come for the rest of us later.
She obviously doesn’t like the views of the Catholic Bishops and made her point at a Jesuit institution. She intentionally pitted Catholics against Catholics, Jesuits against Bishops, as she hit her divide and conquer stride.
I believe it is important to point out that Sebelius is a strong advocate of late term abortions – up to the moment of birth in fact. She has never repudiated post-birth abortion insofar as I know. This HHS mandate is only the beginning and free abortion is the ultimate goal.
In her speech, Sebelius said she shares Kennedy’s vision of America “where no religious body seeks to impose its will directly or indirectly upon the general populace or the public acts of its officials—and where religious liberty is so indivisible that an act against one church is treated as an act against us all.”
She took this JFK comment out of context. Sebelius left out the part of the speech in which Kennedy said, “I would not look with favor upon a President working to subvert the First Amendment’s guarantee of religious liberty.”
In order to promote her Government over God philosophy, Sebelius chose selectively from the late President John F. Kennedy’s speech to the Greater Houston Ministerial Association, a group of Protestant ministers, on the issue of religion when he was making the case that a Catholic could become an effective President for all the people.
Our first amendment is not relative and applicable only when the government says it’s applicable.
The religious people opposed to contraceptives/abortifacients and surgical sterilizations have not attempted to force all institutions into anything. They have simply said they cannot provide them at their own institutions as a matter of conscience.
Some of the Catholic institutions involved take no public money and they also have been told to abide by the HHS mandate if they provide health insurance to employees or, in the case of colleges, to their students.
Sebelius is essentially saying that you can have freedom of religion until the government says you can’t.
If Sebelius gets away with imposing the HHS mandate, it is a giant step FORWARD in limiting first amendment rights and replacing religion with government.