Godfather Politics The U.S. Catholic Bishops are preparing Catholics for what some are saying may be the largest wave of civil disobedience since the Civil Rights Movement.
The Catholic Church last week sued the Obama Administration over President Obamaâ€™s decree that all employers must pay for health insurance that covers abortions, sterilizations and contraceptives, all of which violate Catholic moral teachings. The pope himself has spoken on the issue and pointed out the threat posed by Obamaâ€™s attempt to force Catholics to cooperate in â€œintrinsically evil practices.â€
Despite the lawsuits whose 43 plaintiffs include the New York and Washington Archdioceses and the University of Notre Dame, President Obama indicated in campaign speeches last week that he plans to go ahead with enforcing his mandate, part of Obamacare, beginning in August.
â€œWe donâ€™t need another political fight about ending a womanâ€™s right to choose, or getting rid of Planned Parenthood or taking away affordable birth control,â€ Obama said. â€œWe donâ€™t need that. I want women to control their own health choices, just like I want my daughters to have the same economic opportunities as my sons. Weâ€™re not turning back the clock. Weâ€™re not going back there.â€
(Obamaâ€™s use of the phrase â€œmy sonsâ€ has been noted by numerous pundits. Given that he has no sons that we know of, and given the context of opposing the Catholic Church, could Obama have been deliberately trying to strike a pastoral tone, to establish himself subliminally as being on equal footing with religious authority? The possibility is more than a little chilling.)
First lady Michelle Obama was the first out of the gate, however, saying in a speech only three hours after the bishops announced their lawsuits, â€œYou can tell people how, because we passed health reform, insurance companies will now have to cover preventive care â€” have to,â€ said Mrs. Obama. â€œThings like contraception, cancer screenings, prenatal care â€” and they have to do it at no extra cost. People have to understand thatâ€™s what that fight was for.â€
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