Monday, February 06, 2012

CBS New York: "Catholic League Poised To Go To War With Obama Over Mandatory Birth Control Payments"

Hey, David Gregory: can you hear me now, you pencil-necked geek?

Catholic League Poised To Go To War With Obama Over Mandatory Birth Control Payments

Donohue Says 70 Million Of His Voters Ready To Alter Presidential Election

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Catholic leaders upped the ante Monday, threatening to challenge the Obama administration over a provision of the new health care law that would require all employers, including religious institutions, to pay for birth control.

...Catholic leaders are furious and determined to harness the voting power of the nation’s 70 million Catholic voters to stop a provision of President Barack Obama’s new heath car reform bill that will force Catholic schools, hospitals and charities to buy birth control pills, abortion-producing drugs and sterilization coverage for their employees.

“Never before, unprecedented in American history, for the federal government to line up against the Roman Catholic Church,” said Catholic League head Bill Donohue.

Already Archbishop Timothy Dolan has spoken out against the law and priests around the country have mobilized, reading letters from the pulpit. Donohue said Catholic officials will stop at nothing to put a stop to it.

“This is going to be fought out with lawsuits, with court decisions, and, dare I say it, maybe even in the streets,” Donohue said.

Maybe a real miracle will occur and David Gregory of Meet the Depressed will read something besides The New York Times. Because, based upon Sunday's show, he's either an embarrassing moron or a DNC hack. Actually, I forgot a third option: perhaps he's both.

NEWT GINGRICH: Furthermore, you know, he's--he has declared what--it's not just an economic election, you know, he's basically declared war on the Catholic Church, and that's the language of Archbishop Dolan of New York. And I think you're going to see a very severe reaction to the idea of a radical Obama administration...

DAVID GREGORY, HOST: Well, let's--explain what you're talking about.

GINGRICH: ...imposing secular rules on religion.

GREGORY: This is for insurance to be provided, including contraception, for employees around the country.


GREGORY: And--but religious institutions would be exempted. How is this a war against religion...


GREGORY: Well, religious institutions, churches and the like, would be exempted, and there are states that have very similar rules to ensure the health and safety of, of women that they get covered in their workplace, whether it be a Catholic hospital or other kind of institution.

GINGRICH: Well, I mean, you, you just managed to precisely repeat the Obama administration's line, which is also the American Civil Liberties Union line...

I love how these liberal hacks always argue with their Republican guests as they try to toe the Axelrod talking points. Curiously, we never see them act contentiously with, say, Obama, Wasserman-Manhands, Schmuck Schumer, and the like.

It's times like these that I really miss Tim Russert.


Robert said...

Emperor Ogabe's Palace Guards (ie all the Leftist Creeps masquerading as "journalists") would be out of a job if they attacked the Palace or anyone in it.

they only hate Americans. that's you and me.

stanchaz said...

War on religion? Don’t make me laugh. What’s REALLY driving this circus is the fact that Republicans and Tea-publicans desperately need a distraction from the sorry sorry set of presidential candidates that they have fielded. Likewise, the churches need a distraction from all those costly court settlements and empty pews. Both of them want to rally their dispirited troops, in a fake non-existent “war on religion”. One of the legitimate (and most important) functions of government is to promote equality and fairness for all, by having everyone play by the same rules, and enjoy the same rights. Absolutely NO ONE is coming into our Churches or places of worship and trying to tell parishioners what to believe...or forcing them to use contraception. BUT If the Bishops (and other denominations) want to continue running businesses that employ millions of people of varying faiths -or no "faith" at all- THEN they must play by the rules that other workers live by, and the rights they enjoy.....ESPECIALLY if the churches use our tax dollars (and skip paying taxes) in the process. Just because a religious group in America claims to believe something, we cannot excuse them from obeying the law in the PUBLIC arena, based on that belief. They can legally attempt to change the law, but not to deny it outright, whenever they feel like it. [Hey guys, we’re gonna stone the adulterers, and you can’t stop us :-) ] If they want to plunge overtly into politics from the pulpit, then they should give up their tax-exempt status. Are they churches, are they places of WORSHIP?....or... are they super-pacs? They need to decide- or have the IRS decide for them. Did I miss something, or when they righteously chant "sanctity of life", are they still all card-carrying conscientious objectors, are they still all refusing to take up arms,  are they still all totally against the death penalty, are they still all against contraception and birth-control in all its forms, all the time, everytime? Oh well, hypocrisy is often at the heart of politics, and politics masquerading as religion even more so. This country is a wonderful, invigorating mixture of all the diversity that life has to offer, drawing its strength FROM that diversity. TRUE religious freedom gives everyone the right to make personal decisions, including whether to use birth control, based on our own beliefs and according to what is best for our health and our families. It does NOT however give anyone, including the bishops, the right to impose their beliefs on others, and to discriminate in the name of religious liberty when they hire employ and fire people. People of faith should not let themselves be used as pawns in a fake war “against religion”. Don’t believe the hype: Because the ONLY war that’s going on here is a war against women and families who want to control their own futures. Postscript: An interesting point to consider is this: Mitt Romney tried to score some points by telling us that his dad was born in Mexico. However , the REASON for that was that Mitt’s Mormon Grand-dad LEFT the United States in the 1880’s and went to Mexico because laws against polygamy were passed in the U.S. (and, being a Mormon, Mitt’s Grand-dad wanted to keep his multiple wives). SO... if we follow the “logic” of the people crying crocodile tears about a non-existent “war on religion”, then the U.S. should have allowed polygamy (and who knows what else) just because a particular religion claimed it as their belief. GIVE ME A BREAK! Or better yet, give me a TAX-break. ‘Cause I’m gonna start my own religion. Definitely. Hey Newt -wanna join? We’re gonna have open marriages and multiple wives and all SORTS of neat stuff that you’re just gonna love! And for Mitt and Ron, hey, just for you guys: no taxes AT ALL ...and human sacrifice of illegal aliens. Televised. Whoooppee! What a country! :-)