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  • 20 Catholic (and Christian) Institutions Opposing Obama/HHS Mandate

    02/09/2012 7:32:53 PM PST · by Salvation · 22 replies ^ | February 9, 2012 | thomas Peters
    20 Catholic (and Christian) Institutions Opposing Obama/HHS Mandate by Thomas Peters10 hours ago (February 9, 2012) My list of bishops who have publicly condemned the Obama/HHS mandate is now at 171 (representing almost 95% of Catholic dioceses). Only 4 bishops have yet to issue statements — and I expect they will shortly!Now I’d like to begin compiling a list of Catholic (and Christian) institutions who have said publicly they will fight or oppose the mandate.A few ground-rules: I’m only going to include institutions that have issued public statements online or a statement to the press which is available online....
  • Land Says Obama Mandate Most Anti-Catholic Government Action in 150 Years

    02/09/2012 12:51:33 PM PST · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    Associated Baptist Press ^ | 2/7/12 | Bob Allen
    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (ABP) – The Southern Baptist Convention’s top public-policy expert said Feb. 4 that President Obama’s health-care mandate covering contraception is the most anti-Catholic action by government since the denial of taxpayer funding to parochial schools. “This ruling by the Obama administration is the most transparently anti-Catholic action by the federal government since the Blaine Amendment was proposed in 1875,” Richard Land, head of the SBC Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, said during his weekly broadcast of the Richard Land Live radio program. The Blaine Amendment would have amended the U.S. Constitution to prevent the use of taxpayer funds...
  • Churches Backing Obamacare Contraception/Abortifacient Mandate?

    02/09/2012 12:37:52 PM PST · by marshmallow · 31 replies
    "Are coercive government control and subsidized sexual freedom more important than religious freedom?" -- Mark Tooley, IRD President WASHINGTON, Feb. 8, 2012 /Christian Newswire/ -- The United Methodist General Board of Church and Society, along with the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice, which includes the Episcopal Church, Presbyterian Church (USA) and United Church of Christ, have stunningly endorsed Obamacare's mandate that all religious hospitals and charities must provide insurance coverage for contraceptives, abortifacients, and sterilization, despite religious objections. In contrast, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America, National Association of Evangelicals, Southern Baptist...
  • The Censoring Of Our Right To Religious Freedom

    02/08/2012 11:28:36 AM PST · by Uri’el-2012 · 13 replies
    the wisdom woman blog ^ | 2/8/2012 | Cathie Miller
    I believe that our right to religious freedom is now being censored. Each day as I write this message, I wonder if it will be my last. For those of you who “pooh pooh” that, and think it is a gross exaggeration, think again.
  • Outrage!… Military Tells Chaplains What They Can and Can’t Say About HHS/ObamaAssault on Religion

    02/06/2012 10:03:45 AM PST · by Sons of Union Vets · 22 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | February 3, 2012 | Jim Hoft
    Military Chaplains are being forbidden from reading the letter from the bishops protesting the HHS mandate. If they do, they are considered seditious. ht Gateway. The emerging conflict between the Catholic Church and the Obama administration may have a new front: in the U.S. military itself. The Catholic Church is fighting mad about an HHS ruling that would have them buy insurance for things they consider sinful–contraception, sterilization and abortion. All the bishops in the country sent out a letter to be read in their parishes promising that the Church “cannot-and will not-comply with this unjust law.” Even Archbishop Timothy...
  • Florida Family Association fights creeping Shariah

    02/05/2012 2:43:52 PM PST · by forty_years · 4 replies ^ | 2/5/2012 | netwmd Staff
    ...If Florida courts accept provisions of Islamic Sharia law or other foreign laws and legal codes which are inconsistent with American laws it will undermine public policies enacted by our representative form of government and change our value system. ... - Florida Family Association The dangers of Shariah should be self-evident and, thankfully, the good people of the Florida Family Association (FFA) are working against Islamism in their home state. The Obama administration, some other Western governments, and the Western mainstream media are generally soft-peddling the dangers of radical Islam, so people who value freedom and democracy should be...
  • Many missed the point: Obama quoting Jesus means ALL elected officials get to do the same

    02/03/2012 8:45:30 AM PST · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 26 replies
    2/3/2012 | Laissez-faire Capitalist
    Obama's erroneous interpretation of Luke 12:48, which drew a rebuke from Sen. Orrin Hatch (over the invoking of the scripture not the interpretation of it) now opens up the door for ALL elected officials to talk about Jesus and how His words apply to political positions or policies on a host of issues, be it tax policy, marriage, the sanctity of life, abortion etc. while some already have done this... You see, others have talked about "God" and "my faith dictates that I do this or that" but never has anyone went so far as to invoke Jesus' name in...
  • Mohler [Southern Baptist] Says Insurance Mandate Not Just 'Catholic' Issue

    02/01/2012 12:35:01 PM PST · by marshmallow · 45 replies
    Associated Baptist Press ^ | 1/31/12 | Bob Allen
    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (ABP) – A Southern Baptist seminary president applauded Roman Catholic bishops for refusing to obey an insurance mandate forcing employers to offer coverage for contraceptives and sterilization, and predicted that evangelical leaders will soon face similar choices. “Our religious liberty is being similarly subverted and attacked,” Albert Mohler, president of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, said of the Obama administration’s inclusion of pregnancy in “preventive services” that health insurers must provide. In his daily podcast briefing Jan. 31, Mohler commented on a letter from bishops read in Catholic churches Jan. 27 stating in part, “We cannot -- we will...
  • The Pope Told You So

    02/01/2012 8:19:19 AM PST · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | 1/31/12 | Rev. George W. Rutler
    Our many fellow Catholics now enchained for the Faith of our Fathers in such places as China, Syria, and Egypt are, as Father Faber’s hymn says, “in heart and conscience free.” But what happens when a government tries to chain the conscience itself? A few weeks ago, in a remarkably unanimous decision, the U.S. Supreme Court rejected the attempt of the present Administration in Hosanna-Tabor Evangelical Lutheran Church and School v. EEOC to restrict religious freedom by interfering with the hiring of ministerial personnel. Chief Justice Roberts wrote that the Administration’s argument that the First Amendment does not guarantee the...
  • An Open Letter to President Barack Obama Concerning Recent Tyranny (With Pictures!)

    01/31/2012 7:29:32 PM PST · by Not gonna take it anymore · 5 replies
    Patheos ^ | January 30, 2012 | Marc Barnes
    Dear Mr. President, I am fully aware that these are days in which the federal government is — for all practical purposes — unlimited in its power. As it stands, you — sir — can detain any American citizen without due process simply because you suspect him of being a terrorist, you have magically managed to become the Chairman of the UN Security Council without the approval of Congress — despite that awkward Article 1.9 of the Constitution — and you — along with the FCC — seem to think the Internet is thine to regulate. Now I’m sure this...
  • Back to the Future in Ireland

    01/31/2012 7:04:27 AM PST · by marshmallow · 1+ views
    Catholic Culture ^ | 1/30/12 | Dr. Jeff Mirus
    I doubt things have deteriorated quite enough for this to go anywhere, but the logic of a recent hate crime complaint in Ireland is intriguing. Humanist John Colgan argued that a recent homily of Bishop Philip Boyce of Raphoe constituted a hate crime under an act passed in 1989. Before I point out what is so interesting about this particular case, let me first acknowledge that the interplay of opposing factions in any culture is complex and varied. When groups disagree on fundamental issues, they naturally view any advance of the values of their opponents as a threat to, and...
  • T he Beginnings of Social Justice advocacy AD33

    01/30/2012 1:35:46 PM PST · by mdmathis6 · 11 replies
    vanity posting | 1/30/2012 | Micahel Mathis
    “ought not that box of perfume, had been sold and given to the poor”
  • Bruskewitz: Fight Insurance Ruling [Sebelius a "bitter, fallen away Catholic"]

    01/30/2012 7:19:23 AM PST · by marshmallow · 15 replies
    Omaha World Herald ^ | 1/29/12 | Leslie Reed
    LINCOLN — Bishop Fabian Bruskewitz has issued a blistering letter calling on Roman Catholics in the Lincoln Diocese to fight a federal decision requiring all employers to provide health insurance that pays for birth control, female sterilization procedures and "the morning after" pill. U.S. bishops had asked for an exemption from the rule for employers such as Catholic hospitals and social services agencies. That request was denied this month by Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, a Catholic. "The present secretary, Kathleen Sebelius, a bitter fallen-away Catholic, now requires that all insurance, even when issued privately, must carry coverage...
  • Bishop Blasts Secularist Intolerance, Calls For ‘Assertive Action’ to Defend Church

    01/27/2012 6:52:07 AM PST · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    Noting that “American Catholics have in recent decades become remarkably passive even in the face of relentless hostility from the media, the entertainment industry, and now from some politicians,” Bishop Daniel Jenky of Peoria has issued a pastoral letter on secularism. The letter, issued on January 8, received a wider audience when it was published in the January 26 issue of Origins. “The Catholic Diocese of Peoria now exists in a political reality that is increasingly secular in outlook and today is often specifically hostile to the convictions of our Faith,” he said. “Atheists and secularists have long realized that...
  • The March for Life Photos You Probably Haven't Seen

    01/25/2012 7:27:29 AM PST · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    Our Sunday Visitor ^ | 1/24/12 | y Mary DeTurris Poust
    If your local newspapers are anything like mine, you probably didn't see more than two inches of copy devoted to the annual March for Life and the thousands of people who walked in the rain to stand up for the unborn. The secular world doesn't like to focus on that story. There were even some Catholics -- visible bloggers -- out there yesterday pontificating about why they don't support the march, about the lack of "diversity," and the self-important attitudes of the marchers, so I thought I'd share some awesome photos by Matt K Cassens of St. Blogustine that show...
  • Occupy Protestors Disrupt Washington Pro-Life Prayer Vigil

    01/24/2012 7:17:37 AM PST · by marshmallow · 11 replies
    Life Site News ^ | 1/23/12 | Steven Ertelt
    A peaceful religious tradition was disrupted today as the pro-abortion version of Occupy Washington attempted to surround and overwhelm a group of prayerful pro-life advocates in front of the Supreme Court. For the last nine years, CEC For Life has sponsored a prayer vigil for unborn babies on the morning of the March for Life. Opposition from pro-abortion advocates is always expected, but often minimal. This year, however, CEC For Life found themselves quickly surrounded by a much larger and far more hostile group than usual, according to Fr. Terry Gensemer of the o0rganization. Gensemer said that, as those leading...
  • Abortion. It Ain’t An Easy Question.

    01/24/2012 7:05:25 AM PST · by EnglishCon · 123 replies
    EnglishCon ^ | 01/245/12 | EnglishCon
    One of the questions I get a lot is what is my stand on abortion. To be flippant, I don’t stand on abortion, that is a heavy enough load for me to need to sit down and catch my breath. Flippancy doesn’t really cut it. I believe that, outside certain specific circumstances, abortion is wrong. I believe it is right for pregnancies which imperil the mother. Triage is an old part of medicine, and you save the one that is most likely to be salvagable. Usually, that is the mother. Rarely, it is the child, yet it happens. I believe...
  • The Pope's Alarming Message on American Religious Freedom

    01/22/2012 2:55:21 PM PST · by marshmallow · 44 replies
    Catholic Culture ^ | 1/19/12 | Phil Lawler
    Is it humiliating for American political leaders to read that Pope Benedict sees an erosion of religious freedom in our country? It should be. If there is one boast that Americans have traditionally made before the world, it is the claim that our country is a bastion of freedom. And of all the freedoms we cherish, religious freedom takes pride of place. In our nation’s history it was the search for religious freedom that drove the Pilgrims to Massachusetts. When the founders presented the people of the newly independent States with a proposed Constitution, popular demand required the addition of...
  • Belmont Abbey College Is the Last Best Hope for Religious Liberty

    01/22/2012 2:48:51 PM PST · by marshmallow · 9 replies
    It’s David vs. Goliath.It’s the small Catholic college in North Carolina vs. the Obama administration. The outcome will decide the fate of religious liberty in this country. When it was announced last year that the Obama administration intended to force religious institutions to pay for contraceptive drugs –including those that would cause abortions there were letters sent by many of the leading Catholic organizations, press statements delivered, and meetings with the Obama administration held asking for a wider religious exemption. But it wasn’t the Catholic Health Association which had endorsed Obamacare, not Catholic Charities, not Notre Dame which had honored...
  • 10 Things Christians and Atheists can - and must - agree on

    01/21/2012 12:39:39 PM PST · by emax · 4 replies