Obama’s Contempt for Religious Liberty


Catholic League president Bill Donohue comments on today’s announcement from the Obama administration that it is going forward with its original “Obamacare” policy that mandates coverage of sterilization and contraceptive services in most healthcare plans:

Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius said today that aside from houses of worship, all other religious agencies and organizations will be required to provide sterilization and contraceptive services, including abortifacients, in their employee healthcare plans; none will be allowed to charge co-pays or deductibles. The policy goes into effect in August 2013 for these entities; all others will be required to provide these services in August 2012.

Sebelius explained how her directive applies to non-church religious entities such as Catholic hospitals and universities: “Employers wishing to take advantage of the additional year must certify that they qualify for the delayed implementation. This additional year will allow these organizations more time and flexibility to adapt to this new rule.” She also said, “I believe this proposal strikes the appropriate balance between religious freedom and increasing access to important preventive services.”

The language is Orwellian. With stunning magnanimity, Sebelius tells Catholic non-profits that they can take advantage of their one-year reprieve as long as they seek the blessings of the federal government. If they pass muster with the bureaucrats, then they have time to figure out how they can prostitute their religiously ground convictions, or prepare for bankruptcy. To top things off, after shoving the radical secular agenda down the throat of Catholics—and other people of faith who share their concerns—Sebelius congratulates the Obama administration for striking a “balance” between religious liberty and Obamacare. But, of course, no balance was struck: the edict grants nothing to those who believe in religious liberty, and she knows it.

That this dictatorial edict is being announced in an election year indicates both contempt for the First Amendment and plain stupidity.


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  • wgsullivan

    The Obama Administration is testing the waters with the latest push to force most employers offering health insurance into paying for forms of “healthcare” that would violate their consciences. Let’s surprise them with a push back that makes their jaws drop causing this administration to rescind their pimp offer so as not to become “prostitutes” as mentioned by Mr. Donohue.

  • I for one, will be forced to leave the country sometime soon due to the sheer impossibility to (1) find any kind of work with decent health insurance due to my age (2) impossibility that extends also to compliance with this law. With the premium imposed on someone my age (57 y/o) and my health history I can live like a king in Costa Rica, for example. A dictatorship of bureaucrats it’s been looming in America since the days of the Great Society. This is the full realization of those dreams NO ONE IS A CITIZEN any more. We are groped by thugs at airports and our children are taught lies about almost everything in school. Why stay? Why have insurance? Let us rescind en masse ALL KINDS OF INSURANCE when the industry comes crashing down they will listen. I am tired of mandatory this and that. Mandatory civil disobedience to all these unjust laws! Resist or be raped. It’s your choice.

    • Mary Kochan

      Carlos, you can be Catholic Lane’s Central American “correspondent”!

      • I did not see this until today! Of course! You have a South American correspondent now.

  • Mary,

    The way things are going it’s going to be somewhere in Latin America or (better) Rome.

  • Tarheel

    I tend to agree with Carlos. Our current President and his Socialist agenda has made retirement in a foreign country look very enticing. Carlos lies Costa Rica, I like the Philippines.

    But in November we get a chance to “push” back. We need Catholics to vote as Catholics, and Americans to vote for the values that made America the nation that it is. Not what it is becoming.