Posted by The P/Oed Patriot

It would seem that Obama has possibly been defeated in his war on religion, maybe (but not really).

According to an article on CBS News, Obama is now backtracking on his birth control mandate for religious organizations:

“After weeks of growing controversy, Obama backed off a recently announced requirement for religious-affiliated employers to provide free birth control coverage even if it runs counter to their beliefs. Instead, workers at such institutions will be able to get free contraception directly from health insurance companies.

“Religious liberty will be protected, and a law that requires free preventive care will not discriminate against women,” Obama said in an appearance in the White House briefing room.

“I understand some folks in Washington want to treat this as another political wedge issue. But it shouldn’t be. I certainly never saw it that way,” Obama said. “This is an issue where people of good will on both sides of the debate have been sorting through some very complicated questions.”

Cardinal-designate Timothy Dolan, head of the nation’s Roman Catholic bishops, said the changes were a “first step in the right direction.” But he also said there were too few details to know whether the changes addressed the church’s objections.”

 

 

 

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  1. I agree with the Cardinal . . . . . this is no surrender by a very long shot. Who is going to pay for the free birth control directly from insurance companies? It seems to me that this is simply a shell game and that the Catholic Church will STILL be paying for something that is against their religious principles.

  2. Nothing was won here. Zero continues to rule by dictate which our Constitution does not allow. Rush said it best today:

    http://www.rushlimbaugh.com/daily/2012/02/10/obama_didn_t_cave_on_the_hhs_mandate_he_s_making_an_unprecedented_power_grab

  3. Same plan,just different words.

  4. I was under the impression that the President’s role in the lawmaking process was to sign or not sign legislation passed by both the House and Senate. Since when does the president get to dictate policy to businesses? The direct control of private business by government is fascism plain and simple.

  5. Obama hasn’t capitulated on a damn thing. In the first place he had no authority to take away anyone’s religious freedom. Therefore, he cannot give back that which was not his in the first place. Bishops need to stand united on this.

  6. I don’t know what happened, but that link will get you there.

    It is about Liberty, folks. It is about a president who continually ignores his limits as provided by our Constitution, that far to many people fail to grasp, as his continuing grab for power continues unabated.

  7. This was no surrender

  8. Bill Donahue and Catholic League say it perfectly:

    catholicleague.orghttp://www.catholicleague.org/obama%e2%80%99s-ploy-adds-insult-to-injury/
    OBAMA’S PLOY ADDS INSULT TO INJURY

    February 10, 2012 by admin
    Filed under Latest News Releases

    Catholic League president Bill Donohue comments on President Obama’s revised healthcare plan as it affects Catholic institutions:

    President Obama’s latest ploy just adds insult to injury. If the insurance plan of a Catholic institution must cover services it deems immoral, then such a healthcare plan is offensive, plain and simple.

    The Catholic League, for example, uses Christian Brothers as its insurance carrier. So if a future employee of ours were to demand free abortion-inducing drugs, and she is allowed to request free drugs from Christian Brothers, then the rest of us would, in effect, be subsidizing her abortion. This is outrageous and will not stand judicial scrutiny.

    When it comes to the First Amendment, there is no such thing as a half loaf. We want now, and in the future, the same rights we have enjoyed since the beginning of the republic.

    The Obama ploy is also cynical: its effect is to peel off liberal Catholic opposition to Obamacare. In other words, the old divide and conquer strategy is in play. But it won’t work as nicely as they think: there are too many practicing Catholics who will only be impelled to revolt.

    Obama has decided to turn up the heat. He’ll soon see how hot things get when Catholics team with Protestants, Jews, Mormons and others to recapture their First Amendment rights. Indeed, President Obama will now be remembered as the president who brought the culture war to a boil.
    Written by admin

  9. Instead, workers at such institutions will be able to get free contraception directly from health insurance companies.
    +++

    FREE ?
    Yeah right

  10. Bull, Obama is an evil liar.

  11. There has been no change. I will not comply with the dictates of a man who tramples the constitution and the freedoms won by the sacrifice of men ionfinitely more worthy of the office than he could ever be.

    I will not comply.

  12. “I understand some folks in Washington want to treat this as another political wedge issue. But it shouldn’t be. I certainly never saw it that way,” Obama said.

    Bald faced lie.

    “This is an issue where people of good will on both sides of the debate have been sorting through some very complicated questions.”

    There are no complicated questions. Contraception is readily available and cheap. If a woman wants to contracept, that’s her business and she should buy it herself. Do not put it on those who are morally opposed.

  13. Obama doesn’t believe in the Separation of Powers.

    It was Obama that said “the Constitution is a charter of negative liberties”

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OkpdNtTgQNM&feature=related

    During his appointment of the “chief consumer watchdog” back in early January,

    “And I refuse to take ‘No’ for an answer. I’ve said before that I will continue to look for every opportunity to work with Congress to move this country forward. But when Congress refuses to act in a way that hurts our economy and puts people at risk, I have an obligation as President to do what I can without them.”

    http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2012/jan/4/sources-obama-buck-gop-will-ok-consumer-watchdog/

    And now he goes around Congress, and is going to force insurance companies to pay for abortions and the morning after pill?

    He’s not a President, he’s a Dictator.

  14. Mr LetEmDieIfTheyAreBornAlive is lying. His Media minions are touting his ‘compromise’ but it’s a head-fake. Obama is saying providers can mix the additional charges for ‘free’ BC/Abortions in with the bills for everyone so those providers still have to provide it and still facilitate it… AGAINST THEIR RELIGIOUS BELIEFS… but they can lie about it.

    Of course… the LibRules completely don’t understand the Bitter Clingers refusal to lie.

  15. The President’s solution follows the same logic as Sharia finance. If the Muslims are dumb enough to fall for that, why won’t Christians fall for this?

  16. Sounds like Dolan and the USCCB are ready to roll AGAIN! When are they going to start doing their damn jobs?

  17. “…and a law that requires free preventive care will not discriminate against women,” Obama said in an appearance in the White House briefing room.

    Did that chauvinist just imply that birth control is only the concern of the woman?

    If birth control is not paid for that discriminates against women? Why would men have any interest in condoms or vasectomies? That’s all up to the woman, right Mr. President?

    These guys ought to think these things through before accusing others of “discrimination”.

  18. “workers at such institutions will be able to get free contraception directly from health insurance companies.”

    According to FOX News…”Many insurance companies are saying, this is the first time they heard about it…”

  19. Folks, this is nothing more than a shell game being put on the American people by the Deceiver in Chief. Let’s use the Keep it Simple principle, and look at this excerpt from Ace at AOS:

    http://ace.mu.nu/

    “So here’s how this works.

    I’m an insurer. Here were your two options, before Obama’s brilliant solution:

    I could cover your employees for x dollars.

    If you want birth control/abortifacient coverage, we’ll add that rider for y dollars. So this option is x + y dollars.

    Obama’s genius solution is:

    Hey, we’ll cover your employees for x + y dollars as a baseline. But we’ll toss in abortifacient coverage for 0 dollars.

    Uhhh… That x+y is what it cost to have base insurance + birth control/abortifacient coverage. All that’s being done here is that people are lying about the costs — now the insurer and the contracting party lie and pretend the base insurance cost is x + y (which it isn’t; it’s x) and also pretend the cost for the birth control coverage is 0 (which it isn’t; it’s y).

    All Obama’s doing is mandating that employers enter into a contract with insurers in which both parties pretend that the base cost of the service is higher than it is, and that abortifacient coverage now costs zero dollars.

    Obama’s mandate solution is now just to force the conscience-objectors to lie about it.”

    Apologies because I don’t know the html thingie to do for a block quote.

  20. If you remember back to when this started, this was Obama’s blatant assault on Religious Freedom.

    It’s a shame that all of you have forgotten about how Obama went out of his way for a certain group of people to defend their Religious Freedom.

    From ABC News, August 14th, 2012.

    President Obama seemed to dial back today on his statement of support for plans to build a mosque two blocks from Ground Zero, the site of the terror attacks of 9/11.

    During a visit to the Gulf Coast today, Obama said that while he believes Muslims have the right to build the mosque and community center so close to where two hijacked jetliners slammed into the World Trade Center towers on Sept. 11, 2001, killing 3,000 people, he is not sure it’s a good idea.

    (here we go)

    “As a citizen, and as president, I believe that Muslims have the same right to practice their religion as anyone else in this country,” he said Friday evening.

    “That includes the right to build a place of worship and a community center on private property in lower Manhattan in accordance with local laws and ordinances,” he said. “This is America, and our commitment to religious freedom must be unshakable.”

    http://abcnews.go.com/WN/president-obama-supports-building-mosque-ground/story?id=11401964

    Isn’t just interesting that he doesn’t have the same passion towards the Catholic Church?



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