Skip to comments.Obama Deceives Catholics on Compromise
Posted on 02/19/2012 7:27:27 PM PST by jazusamo
Give the Obama administration their due, they sure are great deceivers. In an effort to escape the firestorm engulfing them because of the ObamaCare mandate that forces churches to violate their theology, the president announced a compromise on February 10. The details of this compromise demonstrate that President Obama simply cannot be believed.
Naturally, the Washington Post, either as compliant dupes or dishonest confederates, ran with the front page headline: Obama shifts course on birth control rule to calm Catholic leaders outrage . The headline contained a falsehood, the shift, as well as the administrations messaging to Catholics, calm.
N.C. Aizenman, Peter Wallsten, and Karen Tumulty, authors of the Post story, claimed the White House alter[ed] a new birth control rule. It characterized the announcement as a new policy. Most deceptive of all, the Post said the announcement amends a rule announced in August.
First, nothing was changed from the original rule. The Department of Health and Human Services, Friday night, hours after Obamas big compromise, issued the final regulation in exact form as the regulation first issued in August 2011 without changes. Church-affiliated entities, such as Catholic hospitals, were still not exempted in the issued final regulation.
Next, the final rule issued the evening of the compromise provided absolutely no relief from the sterilization mandate. Remember, this fight is not just about contraception, though the White House seeks to steer the debate in that direction. ObamaCare also mandates that Catholic institutions provide sterilization services and abortifacient drugs, something squarely at odds with Catholic theology. The Washington Post and White House usually omit the pair when discussing the issue.
Worst of all, the compromise was not a formal rule or promulgated regulation issued to correct the original rules. No law or rule changed. Instead, it was an empty promise, like the thirty pieces of silver given to former Representative Bart Stupak to obtain his vote for ObamaCare. HHS merely mentioned an intent to develop future regulations that would apply the rule differently. These safe harbors wouldnt even be available until 2013. The compromise was theoretical, delayed, and meaningless. Phony is another word that fits.
Even under the phony compromise, if an employee of a religious institution wants contraception or sterilization coverage, the religious employer is still forced to pay for it as part of the employers insurance plan. Church-affiliated money will still be forced to flow in directions contrary to church teaching.
Simply, Obamas compromise is what many suspected a phony, politically expedient diversion that relies on the stupidity of the American people or the active collaboration of the media. As I have written before, the administration simply doesnt understand what it is up against. They dont seem to understand the resolve of their opponents on this issue.
The original ObamaCare mandate was a frontal assault on constitutionally protected religious liberty. The White House compromise has piled deception onto the already rancid history of ObamaCare.
With this administration, nothing is surprising anymore.
Time and time again, I watched liberals in the church stand up and speak up in favor of socialized medicine, calling it a great equalizer, and all but gave it the mandate from heaven.
The chickens have come back to roost.
Fork meet tongue.
I think Catholics should break out that video of Obama talking about bowling like a “retard”.
I don’t belong to a government-recognized organized religion but participating in murdering pre-born human beings does violate my conscience. Where is my exemption?
Only those who want to be deceived.
But I think anyone had bothered to read the bill couldn't claim to have been deceived; nor anyone with even a thimblefull of common sense about people.
This is just another example of Obama’s ruthlessness. He will walk into a political minefield on this issue and doesn’t care about anything but getting his agenda rammed down the throats of the American public. Obama scares me as he will do anything constitutional or not to get his way. If God forbid we re-elect Obama I would expect that the 2016 elections will be a sham with only Obama’s hand picked candidates much like Chavez and Danny Ortega rig their elections.
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Those deluded Catholics and other Americans who voted for him were the same delusional morons who voted for Clinton TWICE.
I knew of MANY women who INSISTED that the myriad of Clinton's moral lapses just weren't important for being a president. These same morons vote with their behinds, not their brains.
He is still deceiving those who want to believe him.
Next time you come across a die-hard Democrat that is a friend, ask them if they intend to vote for Obama again.
They do and they will. They wear Blinders.
I agree...He bit off more than he can chew on this and it could very possibly be his downfall, praying it is.
Compromise? No, a distinction without a difference.
You’re absolutely right from what I’ve seen. His compromise was a sham and many are aware of it even if that doesn’t include the enemedia.
agreed- as a practicing Catholic i have said all along the Bishops of this nation deserve as much blame for the current situation as obama- for them to nod their heads up and down and agree to legislation from a POS who would not take a stand against live birth abortion, has been as pro-abortion as any president in this nation from the get go and made the public statement he would not want one of his daughters to be “stuck with a mistake” in reference to an unplanned pregnancy was utterly foolish and they now look ridiculous....
Obozo may deceive Catholics (I doubt it).
But Obozo will never deceive God.
When he meets him, would not want to be Obozo.