Obama’s war on religion (update #5)

Obama's War on Religion

Last week the Supreme Court heard arguments on the constitutionality of ObamaCare’s so called “individual mandate”. 26 states, along with the National Federation of Independent Business and two individuals, are plaintiffs. The issue is: does the federal government have the power to force people to buy health insurance.

No decision is expected until the end of June and it could go either way. Based solely upon the questions asked by the justices, it appears that a majority are leaning against the Obama administration. One of the topics they explored is if they in fact decide for the plaintiffs, what should be the scope of their finding (severability). This could range from blocking only the individual mandate to overturning ObamaCare in its entirety.

According to recent polls, the majority of Americans oppose ObamaCare. Few would argue that reform is desperately needed in healthcare, but this law on the whole will make things far worse. Rasmussen reports only 39% of the public now supports the law while CBS reports support at only 36%.

I stand with the majority for a multitude of reasons, but primarily because of its use against religious freedom. Even if, by some miracle, Obama decides to reverse course on his HHS mandate and not force Catholics to act against their conscience – the underlying threat remains. Nothing stands in his way from reversing course again after the November elections. Nothing stops any future (Democrat) president from doing likewise. How many other ways can this law be used to attack the Church?

If the court overturns the law completely (pray for that), it will be up to congress to pass a new law that passes constitutional muster. Of course, without complete control of both houses of congress as he had in his first 2 years, there is no chance that such an expensive, freedom quashing, bureaucrat regulated, healthcare system destroying law would be again passed. Most importantly, Obama’s HHS mandate attack on religious freedom will be DOA.

The constitution’s commerce clause says: [the Congress shall have power] “to regulate Commerce with foreign Nations, and among the several States, and with the Indian tribes.” If the supreme court somehow interprets that as granting the federal government the power to force citizens to purchase insurance, the matter will be far from dead. There are other suits behind this one. There are several challenges on religious freedom grounds. There is the November election – where we can fix this at the source.

My last summary was 2 weeks ago. This is the latest update. To see the whole series, click here.

Cardinal Dolan’s Interview

On Wednesday, Cardinal Timothy Dolan (President of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops) was interviewed by Bill O’Reilly:

Naturally, the left is not pleased with the slow but steady impact we are having. One of Obama’s surrogates appeared in a later discussion and as Father Z notes “stages a spittle-flecked nutty”:

Monica Crowley (a radio talk show host) does a good job laying out the issues His Eminence raised. Obama’s man is Christopher Hahn, a former aid to Democrat senator Chuck Schumer. In response to Hahn’s question “who cares (what the bishops think)?” she replies “I do!”

Among other lunacy, Hahn argues that in these tough economic times recreational sex is necessary because it is affordable – especially with free contraception. He goes on to quote scripture (out of context, of course), speaks of dogma he says we created ourselves in the 15th century and gives us advice on church attendance. Obviously little effort was made to hide his seething bigotry, contempt and hatred for the Church.

We all know that the Obama administration thinks this way. The surprising part is that this guy actually said it.

Further Reading

Here is a good sampling of the zillion new articles written on this topic in the last two weeks:

  1. Abortion funding still required under health care law
  2. Alabama Joins Becket Fund’s Fight Against Unconstitutional HHS Mandate
  3. Best Rally Sign I’ve Yet Seen!
  4. Bishop Cordileone: How Dare the Government
  5. Bishops Call Day of Prayer, Fasting, Abstinence for Religious Liberty
  6. Bp. Morlino on the mission of lay people in the public HHS mandate battle.
  7. Card. Dolan on Religious Freedom and Protecting Healthcare for Women and Children
  8. Cardinal Dolan says HHS mandate fight ‘tough’ but winnable
  9. Controlling Language in the “Contraceptive” Debate
  10. Fast and Pray for Religious Liberty
  11. Fr. Higgins’ Inspiring Speech at the Religious Liberty Rally
  12. How Will the Courts Decide?
  13. I Don’t Want Freedom of Religions
  14. Progressive Inhumanity, Part One: The State against the Family
  15. Progressive Inhumanity, Part Two: The State against the Churches
  16. Put on Your Shoes: We Can Win This One
  17. Religious Freedom and Protecting Healthcare for Women and Children
  18. Religious freedom, freedom of conscience
  19. Religious liberty group calls new mandate proposals inadequate
  20. Sebelius and Paying for Obamacare Through Death and Nonexistence
  21. The Catholic “Ghetto” as a Last Resort
  22. The Emptiness and Deceit of Cave-in “Catholicism”
  23. The War on Men
  24. Thousands of Pro-Life Advocates Rally for Religious Freedom
  25. To Isolate and Marginalize: Obama takes Cue from Castro
  26. US bishops launch prayer campaign for religious freedom
  27. US bishops set March 30 as day of prayer, fasting for religious liberty
  28. WWPPD (what would Planned Parenthood do?)
  29. Wait, I Thought Obama Was Beating the Church
  30. We Will NOT Render Unto Caesar What Belongs to God!
  31. When the Archbishop Met the President
  32. ‘Where are the women?’ Right here.
  33. Would Jesus’ Ministry Even Qualify for the Exemption?


  1. Christopher Hahn was harder for me to watch and listen to than I think Sean Hannity is for someone supporting the current president.

    I would have liked if Dolan were more open and honest in the who to vote for answer. In private with someone he trusts he might advise or agree. In a interview seen by millions he needs to keep on the full armor of God and not cast pearls before swine by sharing the truth that they round morph, play out of context and use to try to discredit him.

    Thank you for your work on this, George.

    • George M. Sipe says

      The obtuse voting guidance from the bishops has always been frustrating to me. It is this way because of IRS concerns, but also because the laity is split between political leanings and so are the bishops. Political parties do not matter to a well formed conscience.

      Unfortunately, as a practical matter Democrats make it all but impossible IMHO for faithful Catholics to vote for due to their abortion and gay marriage agendas. In my ideal world, Democrats would drop these gravely immoral platforms so that faithful Catholics would not have to vote for Republicans. Issues have weight with abortion and marriage outweighing social justice issues per genuine Catholic social teaching. (I am not conceding at all that the Democrats are any better on social justice issues than Republicans, BTW.)

      Outside of the bishops’ conference there are highly respected apologetics sources which are free to be more direct. Catholic Answers publishes a booklet and audio CDs explaining in detail the Five Non-Negotiables in deciding who to vote for (a summary is here). EWTN also provides A Brief Catechism for Catholic Voters. Raymond Cardinal Burke has given an interview entitled Pastoral Letter on Voting.

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