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  • Voices of Opposition Speak Out Against Obama's Contraception Mandate 'Accommodation'

    “Simply unacceptable.”

    That’s the near-unanimous response to President Obama’s supposed “accommodation” offered to those who objected to Obamacare’s mandate that religious institutions pay for contraceptive products and services—including abortion-inducing drugs.

    That mandate — which tramples heavily on religious liberties — drew tremendous fire across the board, from Christians and Jews alike, drowning the President in a political maelstrom of his own design. And though today the President sought to calm that storm with a “compromise,” the voices of opposition are as strong as ever because, quite simply, it doesn’t remedy the moral and religious liberty objections to this mandate, and as a practical matter, it simply doesn’t work.

    Here’s a roundup of the reactions:

    Former Vatican Ambassador Mary Ann Glendon, Princeton Prof. Robert George, Notre Dame Law Prof. Carter Snead, Catholic University of America President John Garvey, and EPPC Fellow Yuval Levin wrote:

    This so-called “accommodation” changes nothing of moral substance and fails to remove the assault on religious liberty and the rights of conscience which gave rise to the controversy.  It is certainly no compromise.  The reason for the original bipartisan uproar was the administration’s insistence that religious employers, be they institutions or individuals, provide insurance that covered services they regard as gravely immoral and unjust.  Under the new rule, the government still coerces religious institutions and individuals to purchase insurance policies that include the very same services…

    It is morally obtuse for the administration to suggest (as it does) that this is a meaningful accommodation of religious liberty because the insurance company will be the one to inform the employee that she is entitled to the embryo-destroying “five day after pill” pursuant to the insurance contract purchased by the religious employer.  It does not matter who explains the terms of the policy purchased by the religiously affiliated or observant employer.  What matters is what services the policy covers.

    The Beckett Fund for Religious Liberty noted:

    It’s not like President Obama has seen the light and is now committed to protecting conscience; he’s trying to, as the New York Times puts it, “shore up support among wavering Democrats, who have also expressed doubt about the rule, along with more liberal religious organizations and charities, who oppose the rule but not as vehemently as the Catholic leadership.”

    Pro-Life Caucus Chairman Chris Smith weighed in:

    The so-called new policy is the discredited old policy, dressed up to look like something else. It remains a serious violation of religious freedom. Only the most naïve or gullible would accept this as a change in policy.

    The newest iteration of Obama’s coercion rule utterly fails because it still forces religious employers and employees who have moral objections to paying for abortion inducing drugs, sterilization and contraception to pay for these things, because it is still the employers who buy the coverage for their employees.

    Republican Study Committee Chairman Jim Jordan said:

    This ObamaCare rule still tramples on Americans’ First Amendment right to freedom of religion. It’s a fig leaf, not a compromise. Whether they are affiliated with a church or not, employers will still be forced to pay an insurance company for coverage that includes abortion-inducing drugs.

    This is not just a problem for church-affiliated hospitals and charities. Under these rules, a small business owner with religious objections to abortion-inducing drugs and contraception must either violate his religious beliefs or violate the law.”

    And the Alliance Defense Fund wrote:

    The Obama administration’s rule change doesn’t change anything. Employees will still pay for this coverage. Through this sleight of hand, the administration is forcing indirectly what it can’t do directly. It is still forcing people of faith to subsidize practices and treatments that violate their values, their morals, and their religious beliefs. What’s next? Will the administration force Jewish schools to serve pork because it’s ‘good’ for Jewish students? When you take religious liberty from a few, you take religious liberty from all.

    The responses go on and on, but perhaps words laid down before the President even made his announcement sum it up best. Archbishop Donald Wuerl, Chuck Colson, and Meir Soloveichik joined forces in the Wall Street Journal this morning to warn of the common peril posed by Obamacare’s mandate for their faith communities:

     Stories involving a Catholic, a Protestant and a Jew typically end with a punch line. We wish that were the case here, but what brings us together is no laughing matter: the threat now posed by government policy to that basic human freedom, religious liberty.

    …[U]nder no circumstances should people of faith violate their consciences and discard their most cherished religious beliefs in order to comply with a gravely unjust law.”

    On Monday, Feb. 13, Senator Roy Blunt (R-MO) will speak at The Heritage Foundation at 11:30 about how Obamacare tramples on religious liberty and freedom generally, and what can be done about it. Join us live or tune in to watch online.

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    39 Responses to Voices of Opposition Speak Out Against Obama's Contraception Mandate 'Accommodation'

    1. muzan-e says:

      Something for consideration:

      In December 2000, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ruled that companies that provided prescription drugs to their employees but didn't provide birth control were in violation of Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, which prevents discrimination on the basis of sex. There was an exception made, but it wasn't on religious grounds; the exemption was for those with 15 or less employees.

    2. lje100smith says:

      I'm glad that people are seeing through the president's deception. As soon as I heard about this "accomadation" on the radio, I was screaming for the Catholic League and others to not fall for it, and from the comments here, it looks like many people haven't, which I am grateful for. I hope that this will transform into a realization that the only way to preserve religious freedom is to vote Obama out of office, because if this is what he's willing to do now when he still has another election to win, I shudder to think how far he will go if he's reelected.
      ABO – Anybody But Obama. The 2012 election is not about voting the right guy into the White House, it's about voting the wrong guy out.

    3. Jeff, Illinois says:

      I'm wondering if the GOP will ever begin to consider working for all americans rather than sub-group idealogues which they pick and choose to support radical extremist views to help keep the power in the hands of those already powerful esentially playing on the minds of the misinformed.

      • Stirling says:

        Unconstitutional is Unconsitutional Jeff.. no matter how you spin it.. In case you have forgotten please consult your Conistitution (which serves All Americans, not just a few as you state.) This is not a democrat – repulican issue it's a constututional issue this president has steped into. The only thing that stands bettween total government ability to own you (and your property) is that piece of paper which our founders created.

      • Dave says:

        Extremist? You completely miss the point. Individuals should not be forced to pay for or provide for services that they believe to be a mortal sin. You want condoms go to any corner store. Don't make me pay for them in violation of my conscience.

      • Todd says:

        Jeff – you are the mis-informed. Time to wake up and get out of your utopian dream land.

      • ronbo says:

        OMG is it possible to find one post from you where you actually addess or debate the issues involved, rather than just some paranoid ranting about how misinformed everyone else is? I'm assuming you don't argue the merits because you can't. Geesh. and have a nice day.

      • edT says:

        Just ask Harry Reid why he refuses to work on a budget in over 1000 days.

        As I have observed, Jeff, Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid have poisoned the drinking water beyond repair.

        Obamacare was rammed through as in we must pass it to find out what is in it!!

    4. Alpaca_Dean says:

      Great! First Commenter!! The only thing that really matters here is that the Administration, by means of Food Stamp Barry, hasn't changed ANYthing! The conscience violating "mandate" is still there, although now wearing a "fig-leaf" as the RSC chairman said… In addition, what Oblahblah is trying to do here (force Insurers to do something) he has NO authority to do AT ALL! He can't "force" or "mandate" or "require" any Insurance Co. to spend even a single DIME on anything that they don't want to spend it on.. No authority to do this whatsoever!

    5. Rev. Dr. Prof. GWS says:

      The Obama Administration has contempt for the Church and Christians. It is hostile to any Faith critical of its radical secular liberal agenda. I am reminded of St.Augustine's City of God ruling over the City of Man; or St. Thomas Aquinas saying it is lawful to disobey a Human Law when following a higher Divine Law. There should be massive civil disobedience against these immoral government rules.

    6. Alpaca_Dean says:

      Obama has no authority whatsoever to do this. There is no enumerated power in the Constitution that allows him to for an Ins. Co. to do ANYthing!

    7. The time has finally come. Fool me once shame on you. Fool me twice (or 1000 times in Obama's case) shame on me. Folks are starting to see this guy for wghat he really is.

      • Jeff, Illinois says:

        Yeah . . an intelligent thoughtful leader, who has to think of all groups not just the misinformed as evidenced here.

        • ronbo says:

          please, please put your enlightened intellect on display and enlighten all of us mis-informed. We're all sitting back wallowing in our ignorance waiting for just a wisp of "your" truth. (Holding my breath)….

      • Jill Maine says:

        Then how in God's name is his approval going up? I swear if he's elected again I will drop dead. My heart can't take it.

    8. Fred Jones says:

      I object any tax funds being used for abortion on demand. I am in favor of supporting birth control. There are many who have mixed feelings on this issue. I think that if our leaders stop grandstanding and put their heads together we can have a liveable compromise. I know…..I'm dreaming. RIght? So instead of reason we have legislation designed to appeal to people's baser instincts. Our nation is fragmenting before our eyes.

    9. Joe Gable says:

      With all the religion discussion aside — it still comes down to the the government "mandated" that this coverage must be offered and now the Insurance Company must follow the "mandate" and pick up the cost — if anyone believes that the cost willnot not included in the insurance coverage — I've got some swamp land I want to sell you………….

      • James says:

        But isn't the problem, there is no cost. The insurance companies want to provide contraceptive services because the cost is less than the cost of paying for additional pregnancies. I.E. the premiums would not go down if the contraception was not covered because the number of covered pregnancies would go up.

    10. And so the debate continues…….

    11. Amen. Compromise would be a complete defeat. As Rush said, "What gives Obama the authority to compromise on something he had no authority to do in the first place?"

    12. The Catholic church will never accept the Obamacare mandate in any form. His pathetic attempt to pander to Democratic supporters with this so called compromise shows he just doesn't get it! They'll go to jail before they'll compromise one inch on this. It just that simple

    13. Lynda Wilson says:

      "we must pass the bill in order to find out what's in it"…..said Ms Pelosi. This is just the tip of the iceberg. As this atrocity of a law continues to be methodically implemented, we will see more and more of our constituional rights being frittered away. Obama will accomplish his Fundamental Transformation of our country directly through this law. The entire law should be found unconstitutional on many levels and because there is no severability clause in there ( on purpose I might add) it should be declared that way.

    14. The idea that the religious organization will not pay for these offending services, and the insurance companies will, is ridiculous. The insurance companies will need to raise their premiums to pay for these services because nothing in this life is "free." So the religious organization will still be paying for contraception, the abortion pill, etc. The President, by even suggesting such a "compromise," is either ignorant about how the real world works, which he may be because he's never even run a lemonade stand, or he may be assuming that we're all idiots and too stupid to figure out that we'd still be paying for these services through our health care premiums. Either way, shame on him and shame on anyone who swallows the Administration's supposed concern about the health of women. This is an attack on our religious rights. Everyone needs to see it for what it is and it needs to be stopped now. First they came for the unborn, and we did nothing… then they came for the elderly, and we did nothing… and then they came for the Catholics, and there was no one left to speak for us…

    15. Ray Nelson says:

      President Obama cannot see his ignorance! In the BIBLE,book of John the 12th chapter verse 40 we are reminded of what Isaiah said "“He has blinded their eyes
      and hardened their heart,
      lest they see with their eyes,
      and understand with their heart, and turn,
      and I would heal them.”
      GOD has blinded Obama and so his ignorance is understandable! Unless he turns to THE CREATOR he (Obama) will continue to look like the LEADER OF THE LOST that he is!!!

    16. Marc Harper says:

      Edmond Burke said, "Evil triumphs when good men do nothing". Much thanks to Rick Warren for stating what a normal response should be to this Obamination.

    17. Todd Evans says:

      Pro-Life Caucus Chairman Chris Smith weighed in:
      The so-called new policy is the discredited old policy, dressed up to look like something else. It remains a serious violation of religious freedom. Only the most naïve or gullible would accept this as a change in policy.
      The newest iteration of Obama’s coercion rule utterly fails because it still forces religious employers and employees who have moral objections to paying for abortion inducing drugs, sterilization and contraception to pay for these things, because it is still the employers who buy the coverage for their employees.

    18. Jeanette says:

      So what happens if the president does tred water and "change his mind" Will all these folks who are upset rejoice in their victory and reward the president with four more years in the White House? After all they are the folks who put him there the first four four years. Come January 2012 when the president continues to strip us of our freedom just what kind of leverage will they have to use then? None!! Folks we are in the bad dream stage now, if this man is our president for four more years this is nothing compared to that nightmare.

      • Daniel says:

        AMEN, it is a slippery slope our freedom is on. Many liberties will go the way of 40,000,000 murdered infants. Shame on us, God is has been and will continue to punish us, the same as he did his people Israel many many times. I cannot believe all the comments in this paper from Christian leaders complaining about these rules impeding our Faith right, and not one quoted scriptures where God tells us not to allow government to infringe on our beliefs. I apologize for not quoting it here, I need to study more also to make my point. Thank you and may God forgive us someday.

    19. Ruth Altrui says:

      This was supposedly done in the name of women's healthcare. If true, what about the women who can't afford insurance but earn too much to qualify for Medicaid? Who pays for their "necessary" birth control. We all know what this is about, and it's not women's health!

    20. Lloyd Scallan says:

      Too many people still believe the lies and distortions of the Dem lackeys Obama trots out in the media. It's not about "religious rights". The Catholics will cave and flock back to Obama, at the urging of their bishops, when gives the Church a waiver. It's about Obama's agenda for government control, full government control of every aspect of our lives.

    21. mary ann d'amata says:

      First, everyone please call your Congress person now and ask them to impeach Obama.

      Second, ask what that Rep. is doing about it.

    22. Lowell T. says:

      This country was founded on the principal of freedom of religion or protection from religion. Have it your way. The government should not be allowed to interfere in any manner. This does and just barley gets the government foot in the door. This will not be the end. Obtain and watch, Agenda, Grinding Down Of America. You will better understand where this president is coming from.

    23. WHATS WRONG says:

      I don't think this president knows the constitution exsists, let alone what is says.
      I believe all Obama supporters should call him and tell him we have one.

      • U R AWESOME!!! says:

        should we ever be so lucky, as for people to accept this. but we all like the easy way out. and believe me. that has more root in ti then you will ever know.

    24. Jeanne Stotler says:

      This man was suppose to have taught the Constutional law, What Consttution was h teaching?? The first Admendment of the one I have read says "Congress shall make NO LAW respecting an establishment of Religion, or PROIBITING the FREE PRACTICE THEREOF; He canges wording and says it's a compromise, I always thought it took 2 parties, bringing suggestions to the table, to have a compromise, BHO just made another mandate, which he has NO authority to do, just read he Articles of Confederation.

    25. Dennis Crouch says:

      This is clearly a matter of violating the U.S. Constitution, which upsets me immensely. Very simply, this is a violation of Religious Freedom and Liberty guaranteed by our constitution. Every congressman and the President of the United States accepted under the oath of office that he/she would "Defend the constitution of the United States." This ruling by the administration is a clear violation of our constitution and President Obama is in violation of his oath of office. We are either a nation of laws put into place by our U.S. Constitution or we are a country that is losing our way and a country that is losing our freedoms specified in the constitution and our bill of rights. This is a matter of freedom.

    26. Mike says:

      Obama does not have the authority to do this. Why is the Senate going along with this by not doing anything to stop him? Our Republican leaders will not lift a finger to show the public that they realize Obama has NO AUTHORITY. I'm telling you, the Republicans in the SENATE are in on this ALSO…………….

    27. RennyG says:

      If this guy gets in for another four years he will discard the constitution concerning the length of time a president can serve. He will open up the door to become the "KING" of our country. This is his plan!! Put that in your back pocket while you are PRAYING!!!

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