Jan 312012
 

It is rather interesting the reaction, or really for the most part the lack of reaction to the Health and Human Services direct attack on the First Amendment of the United States Constitution.

While many Catholics have been suitable upset about this including some who had even supported President Obama in the past, mostly the amount of outrage to this is quite muted.

Of course we can expect that the media will for the most part ignore this story.  GetReligion noticed the lack of reporting concerning so many bishops speaking out on this.  Thomas Peters has been doing good reporting on this in listing as of now 111 bishops who have spoken up in the United States which is over half of all bishops here.

In many cases letters from the bishops were read out at Mass.  This was done in my diocese and I was also very happy to hear not only the letter read at Mass but to hear some excellent commentary from the priest on the subject about how we need to fight this and that the adults must provide an example to children and grandchildren and that this must not stand.

Outside of Catholic circles though this has received much less coverage even from conservative circles.  That this is mostly a Catholic thing instead of something that everybody should be alarmed about.  It reminds me of  pastor Martin Niemöller  famous statement and could be rephrased “First they came for the Catholic’s conscience protection …”.  Maybe the issue will ramp up in people’s minds as the ramifications sink in.  This really should be something prominent during this campaign season as it really shows the Obama administration for what it is as abortion shrills who will tramp over consciences as they kowtow to the culture of death.

At least there is some good news today.

 U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) today introduced the Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 2012, a bill to repeal a new ObamaCare mandate that violates the religious liberties and conscience rights of faith-based institutions by forcing them to offer employees insurance coverage for contraceptives.

Sad though that we would need any legislation to return rights already in the Constitution. In part the Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 2012 says:
(4) that narrow exemption, unprecedented Federal law, excludes thousands of religiously-affilated hospitals, schools, charities, and businesses; and
(5) despite receiving thousands of comments  protesting the absurdly narrow exemption, the Department of Health and Human Services nonetheless announced on January 20, 2012, that it would not  broaden the exemption but would instead give religious institutions an additional year to ‘‘adapt’’ their  consciences to the mandate.

“‘adapt’’ their  consciences” indeed.

I also find it interesting how “Obama Catholics” found this to be the straw that broke the camel’s back.  They could scruple a man who voted for infanticide, revoked the Mexico City policy, spent $23 million dollars to back a Kenyan constitution change to support abortion, appointed multiple people from Emily’s List on his staff along with zero pro-life staff signed an executive order forcing taxpayer funding of embryonic stem cell research, and on and on and on.  Yet this was the final straw. I guess the camels of “Obama Catholics” have backs of steel if they could pile on so much evil before finally breaking under the weight of the HHS ruling.  I guess instead of being snarky I should welcome them back to reality.

  5 Responses to “First they came for …”

  1. I suspect the straw is the infusion of the government into dictating the limits/scope/reach and actions of the Catholic religion, not the moral objection to the action. However, in the spirit of charity, glad the scales dropped from eyes.

  2. Interesting, I was quoting Niemoller today as well. It fits.

  3. I think this is a case of the chickens coming home to roost.
    More than half of the “Catholic” vote went to elect this pro-abortion president, regardless of knowing about his well advertised record of complete disregard for the life of the unborn. With words from the pulpits rarely if ever mentioning the word “contraceptive”, the tacit implication to those practicing it ( a significant majority of married and probably not-married couples) is that it is probably not such a serious issue. Having Obama Care now forcing the insurance companies to pay for their contraceptives, would seem like a welcomed benefit to them. All these years of ignoring the issue, for the sake of being pastoral, are finally paying off.

  4. Jeff! Are you sure that you’re not just “ONE” of my Canadian imaginary ESC Researching pass atheistic Laminin Catholics so called cells?

    Being a Canadian, I probably should not have gotten involved in any way shape or form with your UP coming election and between you and me, myself and i, “I AM” only praying for our spiritual American cousins who are only part of U>S (usual sinners) and in GOD (Good Old Dad) “I”, i mean “Eyes” we are all “ONE” if you get my drift?

    Between you and who ever else will listen, I think that sinner vic has drawned attention to my flesh and between you and me, “IT” is kind of scary cause strange things have been happening around my reality flesh and because I’ve been locked UP four times in mental hospitals which had all stopped around 1991, “I” must be very careful if you know what “I” mean cau…..

    STOP “IT” RIGHT THERE sinner vic cause you’re getting to personal with me, myself and i and my spiritual reality cells are not going to take “IT” any more cause we know that “IT” is you again trying to steel my identity and you can’t do that, you here?

    And who’s going to stop me, Victor? I’ll have you know that most of your cells are on my side even if the majority of them are paranoid and “Time” is also on my side, “Yes “IT” is” and if you try and change any of “IT”, we’ll just tell the world that you’re crazy and most will believe U>s if you get my drift so…..?

    Me, myself and i don’t care what you say cause we’re not going to play your game of provoking humanity into “World War !!!?” so give “IT” UP already cause we’ll stop ya just like we did here http://www.patheos.com/blogs/theanchoress/2012/01/31/obamacares-gift-to-the-catholics/#comments ya hear sinner vic soooooo…..

    Butt sinner vic, me myself and i thought that we were just kidding around, “That’s All!”

    Victor, Viktor, Victorrrr! You of all human being should know on this day what “Thought” did? 🙂

    Peace

    SHALOM

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