â€œCan Obama win his battle with the Catholic Church?â€
The words scrolled across the bottom of my screen. The cable channel â€œexpertsâ€ were debating the Presidentâ€™s mandate that Catholic institutions provide employee insurance coverage for contraception, sterilization, and abortion inducing drugs.
â€œThe President is helping women with their reproductive health needs,â€ one of the pundits noted. â€œBut how will the voters respond?â€ the host replied.
Indeed, the President of the United States instigated a battle with an entire church, and did so quite intentionally. And itâ€™s futile to now ask â€œcan he win?â€ (heâ€™s already scoring political pointsâ€“ Iâ€™ll explain in a moment).
Americans should instead be asking some different questions: Why have we come to accept a U.S. Presidentâ€™s attack on a church as normal, as though itâ€™s nothing more than the subject of armchair quarterbacking? Why do polls show that nearly half of the American electorate wants to re-elect him? And why did a clear majority of American Catholics vote to empower this man in the first place?
After touching-off a global fury with his ruling on healthcare expenditures within religious organizations, the President announced last Friday that he would allow an â€œattempt to accommodateâ€ (notice that he did not propose to â€œexemptâ€) religious organizations with the mandate. Rather than requiring religious groups to pay for birth control, Barack Obama plans instead to require all insurance companies to offer birth control to all women that they insure, and to do so at no extra cost to their customers.
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