ObamaCare: The leaders of the vice president’s church are calling him out for denying the Affordable Care Act’s threat to religious liberty and the institutions that provide needed social services.As we noted in our post-debate analysis, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) were not amused with Joe Biden’s other great debate lie — that ObamaCare doesn’t threaten religious liberty or the ability of churches, particularly the Catholic Church, to put their faith in action.
On Oct. 12, the USCCB denounced the VP’s deceptive comments, noting that the so-called HHS exemption is a farce that unconstitutionally defines what a religious institution is and what government will allow it to do.That exemption, the USCCB states, “does not extend to ‘Catholic social services, Georgetown hospital, Mercy hospital, any hospital’ (as Biden claimed), or any other religious charity that offers its services to all, regardless of the faith of those served.”
In other words, Joe Biden, a Catholic himself, lied.As Paul Ryan, also a Catholic, put it to Biden, the Obama administration was “infringing upon our first freedom, the freedom of religion, by infringing on Catholic charities, Catholic churches, Catholic hospitals.”If that weren’t so, Ryan said after one of Biden’s 82 interruptions, “Why would they keep suing you?”
This was a reference to a series of suits filed against the Obama administration by a wide variety of high-profile Catholic organizations, including the Archdiocese of Washington, D.C., and the University of Notre Dame.As Cardinal Donald Wuerl, Archbishop of Washington, recently said on “Fox News Sunday,” they object to what they consider the unprecedented attempt by the Obama administration to define what a church and religious institution is — the notion that you’re a church if the government, in Soviet fashion, says you’re a church.
“Embedded in the mandate is a radically new definition of what constitutes a religious community, what constitutes religious ministry,”
Cardinal Wuerl said.
“Brand new, never before applied at the federal level. That’s what we’re arguing about.”
This is a conflict with huge electoral implications. Catholic voters make up 26% of the U.S. population and 29% of U.S. voters. George W. Bush won 52% of the Catholic vote vs. John Kerry’s 47% in 2004.
Barack Obama won 54% of the Catholic vote in 2008, a significant seven-point shift that greatly helped his election win.The secular media either ignore the issue or say Catholic fears are unfounded. Well, last week, Laurel Broten, Ontario, Canada’s Minister of Education told reporters that under its new anti-bullying law, Bill 13, the Accepting Schools Act, Catholic schools would no longer be permitted to teach that abortion is wrong.
“We do not allow and we’re very clear with the passage of Bill 13 that Catholic teachings cannot be taught in our schools that violates human rights and which brings a lack of acceptance to participation in schools,”
she told the pro-life religious liberty website LifeSiteNews.
How long before that happens here, the USCCB wonders?
The USCCB long ago issued a letter saying they “will not comply” with the HHS mandate requiring contraceptive coverage by all religious institutions or face crippling fines. It is, in their view and ours, an assault on the First Amendment’s guarantee of freedom of religion.
They recently conducted the “Fortnight For Freedom,” an exercise in religious freedom from the pulpit in which they urged Catholics to “vote their faith.”
The USCCB says Catholic Joe Biden hasn’t voted his faith and has lied about the consequences of ObamaCare’s implementation for religious liberty.If voting Catholics exercise what fellow Catholic Nancy Pelosi mockingly called “this conscience thing,” Obama-Biden are in deep electoral trouble.
Investor’s Business Daily
October 16, 2012
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