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Obama vs. the Little Sisters: Waivers for Unions but not for the Nuns
National Review ^ | 01/07/2014 | Rich Lowry

Posted on 01/07/2014 7:06:14 AM PST by SeekAndFind

It takes some doing to get embroiled in a court fight with nuns who provide hospice care for the indigent. Amazingly, the Obama administration has managed it.

Its legal battle with the Little Sisters of the Poor is the logical consequence of Obamacare’s conscience-trampling contraception mandate. The requirement went into effect January 1, but Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor issued a New Year’s Eve injunction against enforcing it on the Little Sisters.

They are Catholic nuns who follow the doctrinal teachings of the church and therefore oppose contraceptive and abortive drugs and sterilization, all of which Obamacare mandates that employers cover in their insurance plans. Given the ongoing delays, waivers, and exemptions associated with the law, it would seem natural simply to let the Little Sisters go about their business of pouring out their hearts for the sick and dying.

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But this is a fight the administration won’t walk away from. For this White House, it is a matter of principle. And the principle is that the state trumps the convictions of people with deep-held religious beliefs.

When the contraception mandate first caused an uproar, the administration contrived a so-called accommodation for religiously oriented groups (actual churches have always been exempt). But whoever crafted it had a sick sense of humor. The very same document by which a group registers its moral objection to contraceptives and abortifacients also authorizes the insurer to cover them for the group’s employees. What the accommodation gives with one hand, it takes away with the other.

The Little Sisters refuse to sign such a document. They happen to be in an unusual situation because they get their insurance from another religiously affiliated organization opposed to contraceptives and abortifacients, so it may be that these drugs don’t get covered no matter what. But the Little Sisters can’t be sure of this — the regulations are complicated and subject to change.

Regardless, they don’t want to sign. They want no part in authorizing coverage of contraceptive or abortive drugs. Enthusiasts for the mandate scoff. What the nuns are objecting to, they insist, is just a piece of paper.

Just a piece of paper? So is a mortgage. So is a wedding certificate. So is a will. How would the board of directors of NARAL react if the government forced them to sign a “piece of paper” tacitly condemning contraception or abortion? Would they shrug it off as a mere formality?

The Little Sisters deserve deference. Their religious sensibility is different than — and, one hazards to say, more finely tuned than — that of the mandarins of President Barack Obama’s administrative state. In a dispute over what their conscience tells them to do or not to do, the Little Sisters are better positioned to know than anyone else.

Besides, who is harmed if the Little Sisters don’t provide contraception coverage? They are a voluntary organization. They aren’t imposing their views on anyone. Who, for that matter, is harmed if a secular organization run by people with moral objections to contraceptives and abortifacients refuses to cover them? Employees are still free to go out on their own and get contraceptives, which are widely available. If this sounds like an outlandish imposition, it is what people managed to do throughout American history all the way up to last week.

The contraception mandate has always had a strong ideological impetus. Opponents of the mandate “want to roll back the last 50 years in progress women have made in comprehensive health care in America,” Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius notoriously declared in 2011. “We’ve come a long way in women’s health over the last few decades, but we are in a war.” By this bizarre way of thinking, a small congregation of nuns that cares for the most vulnerable is somehow complicit in a war on women’s health.

Instead of respecting the moral views of the Little Sisters, the administration hopes to grind them under foot by force of law. For shame.

— Rich Lowry is the editor of National Review. He can be reached via e-mail: comments.lowry@nationalreview.com.



TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: contraception; contraceptionmandate; littlesisters; lsotp; lsp; obama; obamacare; obamacarewaivers

1 posted on 01/07/2014 7:06:15 AM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

Waivers for Muslims and Scientologists, but not for the Catholics. How is this legal?


2 posted on 01/07/2014 7:07:35 AM PST by txrefugee
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To: txrefugee

Legal? What is this “legal” of which you speak? Obama is Evil in a dinner jacket.


3 posted on 01/07/2014 7:09:27 AM PST by madison10
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To: SeekAndFind

Obama has to make an example out of the Little Sisters of the Poor and crush them to show that opposition to his policies is futile.

They are enemies of the state now.


4 posted on 01/07/2014 7:09:57 AM PST by sickoflibs (Obama : 'If you like your Doctor you can keep him, PERIOD! Don't believe the GOPs warnings')
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To: txrefugee

RE: Waivers for Muslims and Scientologists,

Could you kindly give us a link or source for this piece of news?


5 posted on 01/07/2014 7:10:16 AM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind
I believe the end game will be to totally take the contraceptive mandate out of Obamacare and increase the funding for Planned Parenthood....since that's what it's all about in the first place.

Time to really go after Roe vs Wade. Abortion is murder....period.

If you shake a one year old and the kid dies, you go to jail.

If you suck a baby out of a womb and the baby dies, the government pays for it.

What's wrong with this picture?

6 posted on 01/07/2014 7:14:00 AM PST by Sacajaweau
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To: SeekAndFind

Every time Obama is properly identified as a vile Catholic bashing bigot, he simply waves the honorary degree he received at Notre Dame. No decent Catholic should send a dime to Notre Dame.


7 posted on 01/07/2014 7:18:07 AM PST by allendale
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To: SeekAndFind

Obama’s war on the Catholic Church continues


8 posted on 01/07/2014 7:32:03 AM PST by realcleanguy
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To: SeekAndFind

"You think I am going to let a group of sniveling nuns stand in my way?

9 posted on 01/07/2014 7:37:00 AM PST by Slyfox (We want our pre-existing HEALTH INSURANCE back!)
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To: allendale

No practicing Vatholic has any respect for that degree. It’s another of his Nobel prizes. His having it diminishes its prestige.

On the other hand BO has no respect for these nuns nor their own authority

He may never gain respect for them, but they will never give in to this mandate

They are having the resistance the Al Smith Dinner attending USCCB should be having, and BO is mistaking where the authority of the Church lies

He, like many Catholics think the Church is a democrat political organization It is not. The Bible, the Magesterium and tradition is the head of the Church. It doesn’t waver. People do but the authority does not
These Catholic, habit wearing nuns with their service, vocation and ministry to the poor have zero interest in political position, avoiding propaganda, finance nor fame.

BO and his news media have zero power over them.

BO etal can either ‘be gone’ or stay in to lose, but these nuns will not ever comply with contributing to birth control. They won’t try to make others comply with their own belief in this tenet, but they will never participate

BO thinks he understands the church as does the media as they surround themselves with people who say they’re catholic but have no connection to its leader nor its tenets beyond a second grade level, when they themselves stopped listening and practicing or beyond their fighting it their entire adult lives

But he has no clue


10 posted on 01/07/2014 7:38:18 AM PST by stanne
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To: SeekAndFind
It takes some doing to get embroiled in a court fight with nuns who provide hospice care for the indigent.

Democrats are up for this job - - I hear they're going to take on blind children next...

11 posted on 01/07/2014 7:45:10 AM PST by GOPJ ("Remember who the real enemy is... ")
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To: GOPJ

Hey. You know what they say about the meek. Or is it the Bible? Psalms?

BO has no comprehension of yielding to an authority. He bows at will, just to stay out of trouble, and does so inappropriately to his position because it is a meaningless gesture to him

He is way out of his league here


12 posted on 01/07/2014 7:51:07 AM PST by stanne
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To: SeekAndFind
"Obama vs. the Little Sisters: Waivers for Unions but not for the Nuns"

Obama vs. the Little Sisters: Waivers for Unions, Muslims, Amish, Scientologists, etc. but not for Nuns or other Christians.

There, fixed it!

13 posted on 01/07/2014 7:56:06 AM PST by zerosix (Native Sunflower)
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To: txrefugee

Legal has nothing to do with it.

If it’s traditional, if it’s based on Christian values, he will oppose it.


14 posted on 01/07/2014 7:57:39 AM PST by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: SeekAndFind
Obama vs. the Little Sisters: Waivers for Unions but not for the Nuns

Talk about a War on Women ...

And 'Outcome Inequality'!

DemocRATS = Hypocrites

15 posted on 01/07/2014 7:58:01 AM PST by Servant of the Cross (the Truth will set you free)
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To: stanne
Matthew 5:5

4 Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted. 5 Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth. 6 Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled. 7 Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy. 8 Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God. 9 Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.

16 posted on 01/07/2014 8:05:03 AM PST by GOPJ ("Remember who the real enemy is... ")
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To: SeekAndFind

This is the same mac daddy who would gleefully support his daughters aborting if they became pregnant before marriage so they would not be burdened with a baby.

Such a great supportive father figure = oh wait I forgot it has nothing to do with the innocent baby or the daughter, it’s all about him and how it would effect him and only him.


17 posted on 01/07/2014 8:09:01 AM PST by chiefqc
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To: zerosix
Obama vs. the Little Sisters: Waivers for Unions, Muslims, Amish, Scientologists, etc. but not for Nuns or other Christians.

Democrats waging war against Catholic Nuns serving the poor... It's beyond shameful...

18 posted on 01/07/2014 8:09:12 AM PST by GOPJ ("Remember who the real enemy is... ")
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To: GOPJ

As Charlie Daniels said those Nuns are the only one he seen that stands up to the Democrats.


19 posted on 01/07/2014 8:15:03 AM PST by scooby321
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To: madison10

“Obama is Evil in a dinner jacket”.

Bingo!!


20 posted on 01/07/2014 8:16:07 AM PST by laplata (Liberals don't get it .... their minds are diseased.)
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To: SeekAndFind

I am on the side of the nuns.

However, I have one question to ask them and the voting Catholics in America.

How many of you voted for Obama at least twice and helped him by reelecting pro abortion $inators and Congre$$its like Pelosi and Reid?


21 posted on 01/07/2014 8:59:21 AM PST by Grampa Dave ( Obamacare is a Trinity of Lies! Obamaganda is failing 24/7/365! Obamaganda will fail 24/7/365!)
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To: GOPJ

Not enough coffee this morning I guess

Jesus aid it

It’s one of the Beatitudes


22 posted on 01/07/2014 9:29:06 AM PST by stanne
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To: Grampa Dave

I have omre answer for you

You can hate catholics all you want and with bigotry common here not listen to what i have to say, but what I am going to say is true:

46% of Catholics did not vote for Obama. That’s a lot more than Freepers ever give credit to.

George Weigel says there is no Catholic vote. Catholics do not vote in a bloc. His view is that there is a practicing religious bloc. In that case, these nuns could use support, as 46% of Catholics who did not vote for Romney, including, likely, these practicing religious habit wearing nuns could use support and not anti catholic bigotry at the moment

And before you spread any more of it, why don’t you ask them directly. Their home base is in Denver


23 posted on 01/07/2014 10:05:28 AM PST by stanne
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To: Grampa Dave

You are wasting your time asking Catholics who voted for Obama why they did it. You may as well ask them why they identify themselves as Catholic.

The answer is always the same: “I was born a Catholic, and I as born a Democrat” Amen.

Unfortunately they are not practicing Catholics and only know they were baptized. Since Democrats continue to give away goodies to them they think they are good Christians to vote for the Dems.

OK, OK! I actually do know an elderly couple at my parish who are daily Mass goes. They are staunch Democrats, and would “never think to vote for a Republican.” So, my above statement is only half true. I do stand by my belief that they are born Catholic and Democrat - and they think the two are the same.


24 posted on 01/07/2014 10:39:22 AM PST by Gumdrop
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To: stanne
In Christianity, the Beatitudes are the set of teachings by Jesus that begin "Blessed are...", and appear in the Gospels of Matthew and Luke. The term beatitude comes from the Latin adjective beātitūdō which means "happy", "fortunate", or "blissful".[1][2][3] In the Vulgate (Latin), the book of Mathew titles this section Beatitudines, and "Beatitudes" was anglicized from that term. The Beatitudes describe eight blessings in the Sermon on the Mount in Matthew. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beatitudes ______________________________________________________________ It's recorded in Matthew... but you're right, it's from the Sermon on the Mount... Thanks for the clarification.
25 posted on 01/07/2014 4:03:55 PM PST by GOPJ ("Remember who the real enemy is... ")
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To: stanne
In Christianity, the Beatitudes are the set of teachings by Jesus that begin "Blessed are...", and appear in the Gospels of Matthew and Luke. The term beatitude comes from the Latin adjective beātitūdō which means "happy", "fortunate", or "blissful". In the Vulgate (Latin), the book of Mathew titles this section Beatitudines, and "Beatitudes" was anglicized from that term. The Beatitudes describe eight blessings in the Sermon on the Mount in Matthew.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beatitudes

It's recorded in Matthew... but you're right, it's from the Sermon on the Mount...

Thanks for the clarification.

26 posted on 01/07/2014 4:05:43 PM PST by GOPJ ("Remember who the real enemy is... ")
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To: scooby321

I like Charlie Daniels - glad he’s with us.


27 posted on 01/07/2014 4:07:28 PM PST by GOPJ ("Remember who the real enemy is... ")
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To: GOPJ

Happy, fortunate and blissful are those nuns.

BO will continue to be baffled by them.

Baffled are the power hungry, I guess.


28 posted on 01/07/2014 4:27:48 PM PST by stanne
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