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Even if Obama relents on the contraception mandate, as he is now being pressured to do, his word cannot be believed, as his pattern of broken promises demonstrates. He can only be actively opposed, as the contraception mandate reflects his true contempt of Christianity and of Christians.
And if this is the disdain Obama displays to Catholics during an election year, how much more fierce will be that disdain throughout a second term unencumbered by re-election concerns.
More local news including a great homily from Father Bienart of Our Lady of Pompei in Lancaster on the subject from WGRZ.
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The Obama administration have showed us once again that it fails to comprehend how a free society functions. The Department of Health and Human Services is now mandating that all employers extend insurance coverage to include contraception which means that Catholic organizations will have to fund something they have firmly and consistently regarded as an intrinsic evil.
WIVB reports that Bishop Kmiec of the Buffalo Diocese has courageously stood up to the federal leviathan and is encouraging the Catholic faithful to do the same.
We cannot-we will not-comply with this unjust law. People of faith cannot be made second class citizens. We are already joined by our brothers and sisters of all faiths and many others of good will in this important effort to regain our religious freedom. Our parents and grandparents did not come to these shores to help build America’s cities and towns, its infrastructure and institutions, its enterprise and culture, only to have their posterity stripped of their God given rights. In generations past, the Church has always been able to count on the faithful to stand up and protect her sacred rights and duties. I hope and trust she can count on this generation of Catholics to do the same. Our children and grandchildren deserve nothing less.
But this is to be expected from the militant secularists like Obama who constantly argue that the Church should have no role in the operation of the State but, at the same time, then use the coercive power of the government to force their own humanist agenda on others. This what the secular humanist State is all about. As Mao famously stated, “political power grows out of the barrel of a gun.” The State operates solely on violence by using force or the threat of the use of force to coerce others into doing what the State demands. In the end, the State becomes a glorified bully that throws its weight around telling others to “shut up and just do as you’re told or else…!!”
The end result of such an approach is a secular theocracy as David J. Theroux of the Independent Institute explains:
Hence, the secular theocracy exalts a sovereign and powerful state that pervades all of life and compels obedience not just to its mandates but to the secular nationalism of the Zeitgeist itself, for which the populace is forced to conform to and fund. This worldview dominates public schools, colleges and universities, elite media, entertainment, and an ever-expanding array of government domains in law, health care, welfare, retirement, transportation, commerce, parks and recreation, etc.
The solution that Theroux recommends is not to try to take over the State and use its coercive power for Christian means but rather to strip the unruly beast of its monopolistic power.
Moreover, the solution is to end secular theocracy by de-socializing the public square, not seek to “take over” this theocracy. This means privatizing government schools, transportation, welfare, retirement, parks and recreation, commerce, civic areas of all types, etc., and allowing covenants and other private institutions and communities to flourish. Those who believe that such government domains are workable and should be exempt from natural law tenets are hubristically fooling themselves and end up embracing the moral relativism of utilitarianism.
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Because of the awesome organization Live Action using Ostrowski-ish Direct Citizen Action, pro-lifers actually started a movement towards defunding government subsidized Planned Parenthood. Of course the souless, pro-death, lying Republicans are starting to glom onto it but Laurence Vance at LRC asks a good question:
Planned Parenthood received government grants and contracts of $305 million (34%) during fiscal year 2005-2006. During this time we not only had Bush the Republican president but also a Republican majority in Congress. Yet, Planned Parenthood was still funded. … Why wasn’t the Republican Party that concerned about abortion when clinics affiliated with Planned Parenthood performed 264,943 abortions in 2005?
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It seems like a new batch of pro-life activists are realizing that the past 40 years of seeking a political solution to abortion has been a failure. These new, young activists are taking a page right out of Jim’s book and applying some much-needed Direct Citizen Action!
The nationwide movement comes in the wake of revelations this week and last that numerous Planned Parenthood facilities are willing to aid and abet sex traffickers by helping them obtain birth control and abortions for their underage “sex workers,” no questions asked.
The revelations were made in series of explosive undercover videos released by the pro-life organization Live Action. Investigators with Live Action had posed as a pimp and a prostitute, and videotaped their conversations with Planned Parenthood staffers.
Watch the shocking videos here.
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