The decision by the Obama Administration to attack our first Freedom, religious freedom is one in which, I think a lot of people were shocked to see. Cardinal Dolan in New York City who was the Chairman of the Catholic Council of Bishops was surprised to see the President turn and take a different course than one he had promised during the campaign. A course, which says to the Catholic Church that they would be required to violate their own.
Mind you, this is about an insurance issue. This is the monumental, Earth-shaking issue according to the Catholic Health Association:
The CHA did not focus on objections to contraception coverage per se. Instead, it stressed that if the administration wants to go ahead with the plan to provide free birth control coverage for all employees through health insurance, then it should "find a way to provide and pay for these services directly without requiring any direct or indirect involvement of 'religious employers,' as broadly defined."
That's it, folks. That's the big, bad, horrible nasty attack by the big, bad, horrible, nasty Obama on our freedoms!!
It's also about the Catholic hierarchy DEMANDING that any Catholic (or other religious) employer be given the right to strike ANYTHING out of his employees' insurance he doesn't like. (!!)
The invaluable Charles Pierce is on the case:
Of course, exhibiting the infallible political maladroitism that has marked his entire career, Romney signs aboard just after the Clan (the Bishops) found itself using the bankruptcy process to get a sweetheart deal on a settlement regarding unresolved abuse claims in Spokane, and also just after the Jesuits got hit with the entire train on cases regarding the abuse of Native American and Native Alaskan children.
And he cuts to the heart of the matter:
The whole "religious liberty" distraction is about getting us not to notice stuff like this. I can see where it would appeal to Willard.
By the way, I'd like you to know that the Cardinal Dolan Mittens referred to is the same sumbitch associated with this:
Archdiocese of Milwaukee confirms it paid suspected pedophile priests $20,000 to help them transition to life outside the priesthood.
A document that surfaced in the archdiocese’s bankruptcy case shows the money-to-transition policy was formed under Milwaukee’s then-Archbishop Timothy Dolan. Dolan is now a Cardinal and head of the archdiocese in New York.
According to a document published by abuse victim’s advocates, Dolan discussed the policy during a Financial Council meeting in 2003.
The 2003 policy discussion was apparently put into practice, according to the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests. The group cited a 2006 document which confirmed Fr. Franklyn Becker was paid $10,000 to sign his laicization papers.
Hey, here's a novel idea! Instead of paying child rapists to leave the Church, HOW ABOUT TURNING THEM OVER TO THE POLICE?
Pierce is absolutely right. This whole "they're attacking my religion" argument is a crock, an outright lie, a distraction. When some idiot priest goes on Scum Hannity's wretched excuse for a show and actually implies that he's just like Dietrich Bonhoeffer bravely resisting Hitler, it makes me want to break something over the guy's head. I get the same reaction when some borderline psychotic bishop compares President Obama to Hitler and Stalin.
Of COURSE Willard is going to gravitate to people like this.
The liars and the frauds have to stick together, after all.