- The secular Leftists who control the White House were steamrolled last week by the Catholic Church, and they still don’t understand why. Obama’s requirement that church organizations provide contraception and abortifacients unleashed a mighty backlash from Jews, Catholics and Protestants. Leftists fancy themselves as champions of the First Amendment, but now we know that doesn’t include the free exercise of religion.
- The fight between American churches and Obama isn’t like the birth control debates of 1962. It isn’t a “war on contraception.” It echoes different fights from different years.
In 1941, when Adolph Hitler was at the peak of his power, the Catholic Church publicly challenged Hitler’s euthanasia program against the handicapped. Munster Bishop Clemens von Galen courageously delivered a series of sermons against the Gestapo, the closing of Catholic institutions, and most of all, the T-4 euthanasia program. Through the summer of 1941, von Galen waged a war of conscience against Hitler, in the open, and with the imprimatur of the Catholic Church.
Heinrich Himmler wanted von Galen dead, and sent the Gestapo to arrest him. The Bishop asked the Gestapo agents for a moment, and changed into his full bishop’s regalia – putting on his mitre, episcopal ring, pectoral cross, and carrying his crozier – then presented himself for arrest. The Gestapo agents promptly left without him, and von Galen spent the remainder of the war alive.
Earlier, in 1933, Hitler intervened in the internal affairs of the German Protestant churches by forcing the church to conduct leadership elections. The corrupt elections resulted in the installation of pro-Nazi church officials who sapped the church’s moral authority. It was this government-caused division within the church that launched the resistance of Pastor Dietrich Bonhoeffer. He worked covertly to preserve “intact churches” as compared with the “destroyed churches” tainted by government interference in matters of conscience.
He continues with more interesting comparisons and examples of why President Obama was steamrolled by the Catholic church.
I just wonder why they can’t understand this isn’t about birth control? It’s about so much more. It’s not just the Catholics either. It’s any religion who believes in defining all life as sacred. If someone wants birth control fine. There are plenty of places to get it cheaply. Religious organizations who believe this is against their faith, shouldn’t have to give it out for free. This is the governments first step on the slippery slope of trying to control religion and religious people. Wake up people this isn’t about birth control!!
I stand with the Catholics and I find I’m not the only one. In an article from Catholic News Agency it says:
In a Dec. 21 letter to President Barack Obama, more than 60 religious leaders affirmed that “religious organizations beyond the Catholic community have deep moral objections” to providing abortion-causing drugs and other controversial services.
Authors of the letter included Orthodox Jewish representatives, along with figures from various Christian organizations, including National Association of Evangelicals President Leith Anderson, Ron Sider of Evangelicals for Social Action, and Christian Legal Society Executive Director Fred L. Potter.
They expressed “solidarity” with the Catholic leaders and organizations that have already spoken out against the contraception mandate proposed by the Obama administration’s Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius.
They made mention of the fact that it was not only Catholics that oppose this mandate but other religious organizations also. They may not all agree on how they deal contraception in their church, but the have chosen to still stand together.
In their letter to President Obama, the Christian and Jewish leaders made it clear that Catholics are not the only groups opposed to the rule.
“Most press reports on the controversy concerning the contraceptives mandate portray the opposition as coming only from the Catholic Church and Catholic organizations,” they noted.
“But this is wrong. It is emphatically not only Catholics who deeply object to the requirement that health plans they purchase must provide coverage of contraceptives that include some that are abortifacients.”
They pointed out that many religious believers share the Catholic Church’s objection to a “narrow exemption” that does not cover “churches with a social outreach and other faith-based organizations” whose work “goes beyond worship and prayer.”
President Obama and the news media are making a grave miscalculation if they think it just the Catholics who oppose this mandate. The size and the power of the Catholic church is tough enough to chase them back into their progressive lairs. The Obama administration is so convinced they know what is right and they are so much wiser than the people, they don’t even realize their mistake. That mistake is underestimating the power of people of faith. The governments only faith lies in more power, but the religious community will not give in just because some Marxist administrators decide to tell them they know better and that religion is so over. They truly don’t understand America or Americans if they believe this.
I stand with the faithful people who want to keep government out of our churches. My church marched with the Catholics when I was a child and we marched together against abortion. I will stand and march with them now.