Forging an even stronger alliance with the Obama Administration and their collaborative abortion agenda, the Planned Parenthood Federation of America is airing television ads in selected communities praising the President for his outrageous mandate which forces churches/religions to violate their own religious beliefs. One of the communities selected for airing the ads is Madison, Wisconsin. Other selected locations include Florida, Iowa, Michigan, Nevada, New Mexico, Ohio, and Virginia. Hello — aren’t these swing states in the 2012 election?
For those who aren’t aware, last week the Department of Health and Human Services, under the authority of the Obama health care law, issued a mandate which requires Catholic universities, hospitals and charities to pay for health insurance that covers sterilization, contraceptives, and the the morning after pill. Can abortion be far behind? We think not.
Will this mandate actually help the President in these key states? The Obama election team made a cold calculation that voting Catholics, 54% of whom supported his election in 2008, will ignore the mandate’s outrageous assault on religious liberty and blindly follow him again back to the White House. Not so fast, Mr. President. Numerous commentators, including Wall Street Journal columnist Peggy Noonan and Washington Post columnist E.J. Dionne, believe the President has instead, thrown his “progressive” Catholic allies under the bus and awakened a sleeping giant. It’s not only Catholics. Other religious faiths can sense the danger to their beliefs, so aptly captured in a Michelle Malkin headline which reads: “First they came for the Catholics.”
I wonder how the President of Notre Dame now feels after he invited President Obama to deliver the 2009 commencement address. How shallow were the President’s remarks when he assured the Notre Dame audience that he would “honor the conscience of those” who disagree with abortion “and draft a sensible conscience clause, and make sure that all of our health-care policies are grounded not only in sound science but also in clear ethics, as well as respect for the equality of women”? Very shallow and insincere, indeed.