Sunday, February 16, 2014

If only the Little Sisters were a powerful lobby, like unions or corporate contributors.

We'd have fewer Religious Freedom test cases.

"To appease the faith-based-community organizers, Obama promised a future “accommodation” giving himself cover to claim in effect: If you like your religion, you can keep your religion.* As we all know now, what he really meant was that you can keep your pre-existing religion if he likes it. For example, several large companies and unions received waivers from the Affordable Care Act because the Obama administration believes in their cause, or something.

But not the Little Sisters of the Poor.

Not only did Team Obama refuse to grant them a waiver, the nuns are also not considered religious enough to receive a religious exemption because they have the audacity to serve non-Catholics. That’s right. A non-profit organization of chaste nuns who care for the indigent and elderly in nursing homes are not religious enough for an exemption to the contraception mandate because they don’t turn away patients based on religion.

This is a wee bit hypocritical coming from a president who criticized Catholics and Protestants in Northern Ireland for their segregation:

“If Catholics have their schools and buildings, and Protestants have theirs … that encourages division. It discourages cooperation.”

Since the Little Sisters encourage cooperation by caring for people of other faiths, the Obama administration is forcing them to sign a permission slip authorizing a third party to provide abortifacients, sterilization and contraception on their behalf, or else face exorbitant fines. In other words, they must deny their faith to comply with Obamacare."

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