How Obama shafted the Church
Cardinal Timothy Dolan, interviewed by James Taranto in the Wall Street Journal (linked at Lucianne.com), tells how President Obama explicitly assured him in a one-on-one meeting at the White House last November that the Church’s “rights of conscience” regarding birth control would not be violated by Obamacare. Then in January Obama brusquely informed the Cardinal on the phone that the birth control mandate had been decided on, there would be no exceptions, and the Church had until August to comply.
As I’ve discussed before (“The contemptible U.S. bishops,” March 17), the Catholic hierarchy was eager to deliver the rest of us into socialist slavery, so long as the Church’s own pet area of liberty was protected. But now that Obama has turned so brutally on his erstwhile allies, it is to be hoped that they will stand against him and that this will materially increase the likelihood of his defeat this year. It is remarkable that the Obamites did not wait until after the election before unveiling the birth control mandate. I see two possible explanations: they are are so eager to suppress religious liberty and other liberties in America that they couldn’t hold back; or they are so blind to any reality outside their own ideological circle that it didn’t occur to them that the birth control mandate would create problems for them.
A third possibility: They believe they will win anyway in November since (i) we are already at a point where half the population pays zero taxes and will thus vote to protect their government checks; and (ii) the Republicans don’t have the guts to run a vigorous campaign because they fear the riots if Obama loses more than the damage Obama will do to America in a second term if he wins.Daniel S. writes:
A third possibility is that the fix is in. Due to his agitation of class and racial warfare, widespread voting fraud, total mainstream media support, and an exceptionally weak Republican candidate in Mitt Romney, Obama is certain that he will win reelection and has decided to throw a bone to his cult followers among the cultural Marxists and feminists (but I repeat myself) by attacking the Catholic Church, which is forever the chief of devils in the demonology of the left.Kathlene M. writes:
I’ve been wondering for awhile now why Obama picked this fight with the Church. Today I found an answer:Mike writes:
The fourth possibility is that Obama knew that this would alienate Catholic voters but he thought that allowing the media to make a big show about a “Republican War on Women” would win him more middle class women than the Catholics he would lose. It’s frightening because it highlights the leftist government’s close collaboration with the leftist media, as well as the utter vapidity and solipsism of women voters.C. in North America writes:
As the other readers have mentioned, Obama and his minions are confident that he will be re-elected for all the reasons mentioned. There’s yet another reason they’re confident besides the predictable Republican perfidy, massive vote fraud, etc. The Catholic Church in the USA has been thoroughly taken over by modern liberalism. The church’s official stand on abortion, contraception, women in the priesthood, gay marriage, etc. is routinely ignored and openly opposed by large numbers of Catholics, who will gladly vote for Obama despite his status as the most radically pro-abortion politician to ever occupy a high public office. Worse, the Church hierarchy is thoroughly infested with leftists from top to bottom. We now see abominations like Catholic charities taking tax dollars (via the refugee-resettlement racket) to aid and abet the Muslim colonization and evangelization of places like small towns in Minnesota.LA replies:
To boil down C. in North America’s very interesting point, Obama won’t pay a price for having forced the Church to subsidize birth control and abortion, because, even on this one issue on which the Church is supposedly adamant, they will end up folding.Jeff W. writes:
The left clearly values the Catholic hierarchy more as targets than as allies. In order for leftist politics to succeed, leftists must assemble a voting coalition that totals 50 percent plus one vote. Essential to assembling a majority coalition of predators is the choice of targets of predation. White males are usually the target of America’s leftists, but the Catholic hierarchy, a small subset of white males, is also now a distinct target group.CO writes:
C. in North America is exactly right. All of the Catholic churches in my area preach Socialist doctrine. It isn’t possible to find one that does it never. You have to settle for the one that does it the least. They scold opponents of open immigration and Tea Partiers. They praise the Pope for displaying his tolerance of other religions by visiting mosques.
Posted by Lawrence Auster at March 31, 2012 12:58 PM | Send