Michelle Malkin: First They Came for the Catholics
Penny Young Nance: We Are All Catholics Now
These two headlines perfectly caption the firestorm unleashed by the Obama Administration mandate which destroys religious freedom. While various Obama mouthpieces, Nancy Pelosi, and Planned Parenthood attempt to spin the mandate as access to contraceptives, they underestimated the wisdom and tenacity of Catholic Church leaders, religious leaders of all faiths, Catholic Obama apologists, and the people in recognizing this is a battle over the ability of churches to practice the tenets of their own faith without the government using a billy club to force them to violate their consciences. Kirsten Powers, a leading progressive spokesperson writes: “The administration claims its decision to force Catholic institutions to pay for insurance covering contraceptives is ‘balanced’ — so why, when religious liberty was weighted against access to birth control, did freedom lose?”
Let’s make this very clear. If the Obama Administration, under the auspices and provisions of the hated ObamaCare law can dictate what is and is not covered as health care, we should all tremble. Can an abortion mandate be far behind? Rationing of health care?
President Obama now finds himself in a very, very tight box. If what Planned Parenthood did to the Susan G. Komen Foundation is an indication, Obama will be thoroughly trashed by his strongest supporters if he caves. What the President loses if he sticks to his mandate is the backlash of millions of Catholic voters (54% of whom voted for him in 2008), and all who believe in the fundamental right of religious freedom, guaranteed by the First Amendment to the Constitution, without government interference. Either way, the person who is the biggest loser is President Obama, the most pro-abortion President ever.