Another grossly political decision from the Obama administration

The Chicago Tribune reports:

The Obama administration announced it would give Catholic hospitals and other religiously affiliated institutions an extra year to comply with a new rule requiring employers to provide free birth control in their health plans.

But the administration held fast to the underlying rule, despite vigorous objections from Catholic bishops and other officials who argued they shouldn’t be forced to provide services that go against their religious beliefs.

The requirement to provide free contraceptives doesn’t apply to churches, synagogues and other places of worship. It does affect universities and healthcare facilities with religious affiliations.

There are good arguments on both sides. To wit: If you don't like the rule, don't take the federal money. Or, no one, no religious institution should be forced to do something contrary to their religious beliefs. (The relevant part of the First Amendment: "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof... ") Emphasis added.

And there's this: If you want free stuff, just go to Planned Parenthood, which doesn't do so badly feeding at the federal trough either. I could see a reason for this rule if Catholic hospitals were the only place you could get free condoms, etc. The truth of this rule is: It is an attempt by the Obama administration, whose politics is sustained by pro-choice PACs, to force their view on those disgusting Catholics and other pro-lifers. Nothing more.

Notice, however, that the Catholic hospitals have until after the election to conform with the rules. Catholics are a large block of Democratic voters, and can't afford to upset them, can we, by a blatantly political attack on their health care facilities.

But who should be surprised? Even though there are plenty of agencies that provide adoptions for gay couples, the same rigid ideologues on the left successfully demanded the same conformance from Catholic Charities because they hued to their faith.

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  • The Affordable Care Act, President Obama's health-care overhaul passed by Congress last year, was designed to make it easier for Americans in situations like Verone's to get health insurance BTW check "Penny Medical" for more information

  • Honest to God, Dennis, President Obama must be absolutely convinced that Catholics, not just the Jersey Shore variety, can be happy about this arrogant and bigotted mandate.

    This Sunday Father Tony Brankin of St. Odilo's in Berwyn wrote these strong and sober words -

    "In fact, we have been brain-washed into thinking that we cannot even discover the Truth—either about God—or about
    His will for us—or about anything for that matter. The movers and shakers of our world, you know, the celebrities and
    politicians, as well as the ones who write the commercials and the scripts of all the shows we watch—the ones who teach
    us and our children what is important and what is not important—they want us to believe that we cannot find any kind of
    truth—because truth—they would say—does not even exist.
    You can imagine how harsh it sounds to our modern ears when the Catholic Church says that her teaching is true and
    anything contradictory to the teaching of the Catholic Church is false. Oh my goodness. What arrogance! What pride!
    To say that something is false or immoral! To say that someone might actually be wrong! Why that sounds so mean
    and un-American. It is so not nice.
    But is it not clear and logical that if we as Catholics proclaim that this or that is true, then all competing beliefs must
    therefore be false? As Catholics we need to have to have the courage to say something is wrong if it is wrong!"

    A great priest is hard to find, but they are out there.

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