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Fighting Irish Stiff-Arm Barack
Townhall.com ^ | December 16, 2013 | Katie Kieffer

Posted on 12/16/2013 10:34:05 AM PST by Kaslin

Leave it to the Fighting Irish to vanquish the sheepish, the snobbish and the priggish. This month, the University of Notre Dame (UND) re-filed its lawsuit “for relief against” the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) mandate which is set to take effect January 1, 2014.

Forget the Audacity of Hope. There’s nothing audacious or courageous about a president who flits about, attacking religious freedom, while he poses for selfies during funeral ceremonies. Let’s come together under the Courage of Catholics at the University of Notre Dame.

Certainly, the Catholic Church and some of her leaders have stumbled. Notre Dame made the blunder of bestowing pro-abortion President Obama with an honorary degree and inviting him to deliver the May, 2009 commencement keynote address. Recently, the Pope tried to play economist and made statements that seemed to bless anti-Catholic and anti-logic economics. (In truth, capitalism glorifies God.) Nevertheless, Catholics are learning from their mistakes, especially at the University of Notre Dame, and reassuming a role of public leadership.

You and your friends should know the full story of how we found ourselves in a position where a pre-eminent Catholic institution is compelled to sue the federal government in order to defend its First Amendment rights to free speech and free expression of faith.

You may recall my column from last year (Catholics! Fight! Fight! Fight!) where I told you about UND’s first lawsuit against the federal government. On May 21, 2012, UND filed suit over the HHS mandate requiring religious organizations to offer contraceptives, sterilization methods and abortion-generating prescriptions in their private insurance plans.

On New Year’s Eve, December 31, 2012, U.S. District Judge Robert L. Miller Jr. dismissed UND’s first lawsuit on grounds that the plaintiff’s complaint was “unripe.” Judge Miller said that the “present regulatory requirement isn’t sufficiently final for review to be ripe” since the federal government had “announced [the mandate] will be modified.” (If you ever receive an invitation to a New Year’s party at Judge Miller’s house, don’t go. He probably won’t let you celebrate the New Year because it’s “unripe,” and instead you’ll be entertained by his rulings against freedom.)

The Catholic Church has an extensive history of providing quality healthcare to all Americans, including the poor. It is mind-blowing to think that the Obama administration is preaching to the Church on how to “improve” its care, while the same administration encourages Americans to risk identity theft by signing up for healthcare plans on a website that security experts warn is still glutted with vulnerabilities; an administration whose signature law is so onerous, costly and anti-health that it is compelling many existing doctors to shutter their practices early—leaving fewer doctors to care for more patients.

UND and the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) have negotiated for over a year with the administration to protect their freedom of faith in a peaceable manner. Obama simply refuses to negotiate. Period. Obama likes to say he won’t negotiate with “a gun at my head.” But no one, especially a bishop, has ever held Barack at gunpoint.

The administration has proffered an “accommodation” on the HHS mandate for religious organizations that amounts to a false accommodation whereby religious institutions may pretend to wash their hands of questionable practices. Under the so-called accommodation, religious employers like Notre Dame still have to provide their employees with access to insurance contracts that cover contraception, sterilization and abortion-inducing drugs for their employees—but the insurance company, not Notre Dame, has the duty of “notifying” Notre Dame’s employees that they are entitled to this coverage through an additional contraception-only plan at no cost to the employee.

So, nothing changes. Catholic employers must condone and play a role in providing their employees with alternative services that violate their faith and mission. Additionally, Catholics who work for or hold stock in insurance companies must compromise their First Amendment rights, and this “…compels our faithful people in business to act against our teachings, failing to provide them any exemption at all,” point out the U.S. Bishops.

University of Notre Dame President, Rev. John I. Jenkins makes a strong case for why this second lawsuit has implications for all Americans that extend: “well beyond any debate about contraceptive services. …For if one Presidential Administration can override our religious purpose and use religious organizations to advance policies that undercut our values, then surely another Administration will do the same for another very different set of policies, each time invoking some concept of popular will or the public good, with the result that these religious organizations become mere tools for the exercise of government power, morally subservient to the state, and not free from its infringements. If that happens, it will be the end of genuinely religious organizations in all but name.”

All of us—Catholic, Jewish, Baptist, Protestant, Hindu and atheist alike—have an interest in Notre Dame’s lawsuit. Let’s come together in supporting their efforts to protect our natural right to free speech and free expression.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial; Government
KEYWORDS: catholic; hhsmandate; irish; lawsuits; notredame

1 posted on 12/16/2013 10:34:05 AM PST by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin
Didn't ND just authorize a GLBT (whatever) chair, or something like that ?
2 posted on 12/16/2013 10:40:36 AM PST by knarf (I say things that are true .. I have no proof .. but they're true.)
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To: Kaslin

Notre Dame will never recover in the eyes of the Catholic community after inviting Obama to speak and honoring this most vile pro abortion President with an honorary degree. They have learned nothing.


3 posted on 12/16/2013 10:50:13 AM PST by allendale
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To: Kaslin
Certainly, the Catholic Church and some of her leaders have stumbled. Notre Dame made the blunder of bestowing pro-abortion President Obama with an honorary degree and inviting him to deliver the May, 2009 commencement keynote address.

Sow the wind... Reap the whirlwind.

No sympathy for Notre Dame University.

4 posted on 12/16/2013 10:53:01 AM PST by Haiku Guy (Health Care Haiku: If You Have a Right / To the Labor I Provide / I Must Be Your Slave)
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To: knarf

Rabbit trailing, here? Or outright thread-jacking? Inquiring minds want to know.


5 posted on 12/16/2013 10:56:23 AM PST by RitaOK ( VIVA CHRISTO REY / Public education is the farm team for more Marxists coming.)
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To: allendale

They have mountains to move if they’re looking for redemption in the authentic catholic community
The catholic college circuit is a whole different story. They, except a notable 20 or so, have pro abortion leftist s speak all the time. They cover up crucifixes for them


6 posted on 12/16/2013 10:59:41 AM PST by stanne
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To: knarf
From the article:

All of us—Catholic, Jewish, Baptist, Protestant, Hindu and atheist alike—have an interest in Notre Dame’s lawsuit. Let’s come together in supporting their efforts to protect our natural right to free speech and free expression.

7 posted on 12/16/2013 11:00:56 AM PST by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: Kaslin

The Jenkins quote speaks for every freedom loving American. That is, if Americans bother to show up at all.

Seems there are plenty taking their cue from Baracko’, preferring to balcanize both brains and brawn, to delay and deny any and all force of unity around anything, even a hang nail.

Thanks for posting.


8 posted on 12/16/2013 11:03:40 AM PST by RitaOK ( VIVA CHRISTO REY / Public education is the farm team for more Marxists coming.)
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To: Kaslin

Go Rutgers. Kick their azzes.


9 posted on 12/16/2013 11:20:37 AM PST by showme_the_Glory (ILLEGAL: prohibited by law. ALIEN: Owing political allegiance to another country or government)
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To: Kaslin
Good try, but there is no power in the entire Country that is strong enough to make a difference. We are communists controlled with King Obama, the communists BLACK Muslim, at its head.
10 posted on 12/16/2013 11:46:13 AM PST by Logical me
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To: RitaOK
http://corecouncil.nd.edu

What is rabbit trailing? Turns out the poster is right.

11 posted on 12/16/2013 12:47:05 PM PST by Mamzelle
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To: allendale
It was more than just inviting Obama to speak and giving him honors.

There were about 80 (I think) priests and lay people who were praying the rosary in protest on the campus.

Notre Dame had them arrested, they pressed charges and had the priests under threat of criminal prosecution for almost a year.

I think one of these arrested priests was in his eighties.

12 posted on 12/16/2013 1:00:56 PM PST by eCSMaster ("It is not the color of his skin, ... it is the blackness that fills his soul")
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To: eCSMaster

No decent person has forgotten that atrocity.


13 posted on 12/16/2013 1:03:19 PM PST by allendale
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To: Kaslin

Impeachment File for for the 2014 Impeachment of “B. Hussein Obama,” aka Barry Soetoro, a documented legal citizen of the Sovereign Nation of Indonesia.


14 posted on 12/16/2013 1:08:55 PM PST by Graewoulf (Democrats' Obamacare Socialist Health Insur. Tax violates U.S. Constitution AND Anti-Trust Law.)
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To: eCSMaster; shibumi
eCSMaster:

The priest in his 80s who was prosecuted at the insistence of Jenkins was the now deceased Fr. Norman Weslin, who had worked for Mother Teresa in New York City and had spent a lot of time in jail leading the most militant abortion mill Rescues in the country. I had the privilege of representing him elsewhere and he was a living saint. Jenkins is not fit for the priesthood much less to shine Fr. Weslin's boots.

Not only did Jenkins welcome the White House antichrist to be honored at Notre Shame but the university itself has degenerated massively and forfeited any claim to Catholicism under Frs. Theodore Hesburgh, Monk Malloy and Jenkins. Think of ND as an anti-Catholic institution that sometimes has good football teams. Don't look too closely at what happens daily on campus.

As to the lawsuit against Obozocare, that's nice but I would feel the same way about any litigation against ANYTHING Obozo does. If Jenkins and Notre Shame had not been soooo verrrry eager to sanitize Obozo and, in effect, show him every support, perhaps he would not have been POTUS in the first place. Of course that would have also required a GOP with ideological backbone to name cqndidates worth electing.

15 posted on 12/16/2013 1:38:03 PM PST by BlackElk (Dean of Discipline, Tomas de Torquemada Gentlemen's Society: Rack 'em, Danno)
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To: eCSMaster; BlackElk; Mamzelle; allendale; knarf


16 posted on 12/16/2013 1:47:47 PM PST by shibumi (Cover it with gas and set it on fire.)
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To: Kaslin

I suspect what triggered the lawsuit was that the White House denied a request by Notre Dame for an exemption from the mandate.


17 posted on 12/16/2013 1:49:49 PM PST by DPMD
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To: knarf

I do not recognize Notre Dame as a Catholic college.

Not as long as Jenkins is running it.


18 posted on 12/16/2013 2:16:18 PM PST by Venturer (Half Staff the Flag of the US for Terrorists.)
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To: BlackElk

IMO Jenkins has no business speaking for any Catholic.


19 posted on 12/16/2013 2:21:15 PM PST by Venturer (Half Staff the Flag of the US for Terrorists.)
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To: eCSMaster

That’s why their name is Notre Shame.


20 posted on 12/16/2013 3:18:30 PM PST by editor-surveyor (Freepers: Not as smart as I'd hoped they'd be)
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To: editor-surveyor

Boggles my mind how one can call oneself a Christian and vote abortionist party (d-rat, for those in rio linda)


21 posted on 12/16/2013 5:44:07 PM PST by bicyclerepair (TERM LIMITS TERM LIMITS TERM LIMITS)
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To: Mamzelle; trisham

I’m sorry. Silly me. I thought the point was ALL about rallying together around an obviously mutual threat to all faith persuasions and even none at all. (Ref. #7, up thread, for instance.)

Directing to a different issue entirely is a “rabbit trail”, without a word on the subject from the thread, whether the trail is true or not.

Referencing another link, for example, while ignoring the point of this thread is an attempt to redirect away from this thread. This is known as a “highjack”.

Thx, Rita


22 posted on 12/16/2013 5:44:58 PM PST by RitaOK ( VIVA CHRISTO REY / Public education is the farm team for more Marxists coming.)
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To: RitaOK; Mamzelle
I thought the point was ALL about rallying together around an obviously mutual threat to all faith persuasions and even none at all.

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Yes. We desperately need to come together on this issue, because as Christians, we are all under attack. Squabbling amongst ourselves will only defeat us.

23 posted on 12/16/2013 5:52:37 PM PST by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: bicyclerepair

Every ‘catholic’ college in the country boggles my mind.

They all embrace Marxism and the death culture.


24 posted on 12/16/2013 7:24:34 PM PST by editor-surveyor (Freepers: Not as smart as I'd hoped they'd be)
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To: bicyclerepair
That happens when we let the GOP-E buy the GOP nomination for baby-murdering trash like Romney and and also nominating Ryan who was willing to be Romney's running mate. But, but Ryan is a FISCAL conservative...as anyone can see by this week's craven sellout to Patty Murray and the Demonrats.

The situation did not cause any conservative to vote for Obozo/Biden but it did cause many of us to refuse to vote for either major party candidate. If the GOP wants our votes, it will have to earn them the old-fashioned way now and forever by nominating candidates worth voting for.

AND the GOP-Elitists have no kick coming after the shameful way they treated Ken Cuccinelli in Virginia with GOP-E uber RINO and incumbent Lieutenant Governor Bolling openly supporting Terry McAwful. The Junior Leaguers and the boys down at the polo club took a walk because their elitist Lieutenant Governor could NOT be nominated for Governor without involving leftist voters.

OTOH, there can be little doubt that Jenkins, et al., voted for Obozo.

25 posted on 12/17/2013 6:10:30 AM PST by BlackElk (Dean of Discipline, Tomas de Torquemada Gentlemen's Society: Rack 'em, Danno)
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