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  • NY Times Scolds Catholics, Calls HHS Mandate Lawsuits a “Stunt”

    05/30/2012 1:49:35 PM PDT · by NYer · 6 replies
    Cardinal Newman Society ^ | May 29, 2012 | Matthew Archbold
    The New York Times has been unsympathetic to Catholic protests against the HHS mandate, so it was not surprising that the Times editorial board had nothing but nasty things to say about the lawsuits that recently were filed against HHS by 43 Catholic plaintiffs in a Sunday editorial. Thirteen Roman Catholic dioceses and some Catholic-related groups scattered lawsuits across a dozen federal courts last week claiming that President Obama was violating their religious freedom by including contraceptives in basic health care coverage for female employees. It was a dramatic stunt, full of indignation but built on air. Building on mixed...
  • Maureen Dowd: Fight really about controlling women, not birth

    05/28/2012 5:02:13 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 58 replies
    The Contra Costa Times / The New York Times ^ | May 28, 2012 | Maureen Dowd
    Your parents spill a few secrets as they get older. One night at dinner with my mom, I ventured that the rhythm method had worked well for her, given that there were six years between my sister Peggy and my brother Kevin, and six more between Kevin and me. She arched an eyebrow. "Well, sometimes your father used something," she said. My parents were the most devout Catholics I've ever known. But my dad came from a family of 16 in County Clare in Ireland, and my mom's mother came from a family of 13 in County Mayo. So they...
  • Religious freedom vs. Obamacare

    05/28/2012 8:27:33 AM PDT · by Mark Landsbaum · 3 replies
    Orange County Register ^ | 5-27-2012 | The Orange County Register Editorial Board
    More than 40 Catholic individuals, dioceses and universities have sued the Obama administration to prevent trampling of their First Amendment right to practice religion by forcing them to pay for abortifacients, sterilizations, contraception, devices and pills that would violate their religious beliefs. We would be stunned and alarmed if the courts reject their arguments, grounded as they are in the constitutionally protected right to free exercise of religion...
  • Soul-searching for racial justice (Indescribable)

    05/26/2012 1:45:59 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    The National Catholic Reporter ^ | May. 26, 2012 | Professor Alex Mikulich
    It is a sign of the times that the Trayvon Martin case is waning away from public attention, and that the U.S. Catholic bishops have not addressed the fundamental issues of racial justice at stake for the nation. A failure to address the social structures and culture that is death-dealing for African-American and Latino men and women in America -- the context for the Feb. 26 killing of Martin -- is a “supreme dishonor to the Creator” in terms of the most basic tenet of Catholic social teaching: that we are all made in the image and likeness of God....
  • Are Catholic Leaders Attacking Obama to Help Republicans?

    05/25/2012 2:35:43 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 05/25/2012 | Napp Nazworth
    E. J. Dionne, a liberal columnist for The Washington Post, suggested in a Monday blog post that Catholic leaders who are opposing the Obama administration's birth control mandate could be doing so to help Republicans in the November elections. Dionne was responding to the Monday lawsuits from 43 Catholic agencies. They sued the Obama administration over the requirement to provide coverage for contraception, sterilization and some abortifacient drugs in their health plans. These agencies did not qualify for the religious exemption because the exemption defines religious groups as only those that primarily hire and serve coreligionists, and for which religious...
  • Obama, the born-again Catholic

    05/24/2012 5:54:09 PM PDT · by markomalley · 28 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 5/24/12 | Neil Munro
    Amid polls showing that his efforts to regulate religious institutions have hurt his image among Catholics, President Barack Obama has begun touting his early ties to the church. “My first job as a community organizer was with Catholic churches who taught me the power of kindness and commitment to others in neighborhoods,” he declared at a Hollywood fundraiser May 23. “When I was a young community organizer, I was working with Catholic churches and they taught me that no government program can make as much of a difference as kindness and commitment on the part of neighbors and friends,” he...
  • Mary Ann Glendon: Why the Bishops Are Suing the U.S. Government

    05/22/2012 11:24:42 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 20 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 5-22-12 | Mary Ann Glendon
    The main goal of the contraception mandate is not to protect women's health. It is a move to conscript religious organizations into a political agenda. This week Catholic bishops are heading to federal courts across the country to defend religious liberty. On Monday they filed 12 lawsuits on behalf of a diverse group of 43 Catholic entities that are challenging the Department of Health and Human Services' (HHS) sterilization, abortifacient and birth-control insurance mandate. Like most Americans, the bishops have long taken for granted the religious freedom that has enabled this nation's diverse religions to flourish in relative harmony. But...
  • Notre Dame sues Obama Administration over HHS rule

    05/21/2012 8:26:45 AM PDT · by theruleshavechanged · 54 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | May 21, 2012 | David Freddoso
    In 2009, President Obama delivered the commencement address at the University of Notre Dame. Now, Notre Dame is suing his administration over its insistence that Catholic schools and other institutions provide insurance coverage for sterilizations, contraceptives, and other abortifacient drugs without any meaningful opt-out for conscientious objectors. Rev. John Jenkins, the university's president, was given much grief over his commencement invitation to President Obama in 2009. Today, he sent the following email to Notre Dame employees, announcing and explaining the lawsuit.
  • First Shoe Drops: Catholic School Drops ObamaCare

    05/16/2012 5:22:07 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | May 16, 2012 | Editor
    Health Reform: Faced with being forced to abandon its conscience while emptying its bank account, a Catholic university finds its students can't keep the health insurance they like as it becomes prohibitively expensive. Franciscan University of Steubenville, Ohio, finding itself at the nexus of cost and conscience regarding the demands and expenses imposed on it and other Catholic institutions by the onslaught of ObamaCare, has announced it will neither comply nor participate in the nationalization of health care and drop the health coverage it offers to its students. It's the first shoe to drop in what will be a cascade...
  • Mitt Romney: Mormon Candidate at Baptist Liberty University Moves Catholic Editor

    05/14/2012 9:41:32 AM PDT · by tcg · 65 replies
    Catholic Online ^ | 5/14/12 | Keith A Fournier
    ...The fact that a Mormon, a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, would be the commencement speaker at the Baptist University founded by Dr Jerry Falwell speaks to the urgency of the hour. Add to this the fact that this Catholic Editor in Chief of Catholic Online would consider the speech important enough to make it the lead article, and the point is made even clearer... ...The Romney candidacy raises a certain irony. Here we had a Mormon candidate who went to Liberty University and addressed a crowd which has major disagreement with his religious...
  • Study: Over Half of South Jersey's Catholics Believe That Jesus Sinned

    05/07/2012 2:39:34 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 273 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 05/07/2012 | Jeff Schapiro
    Although the sinless life of Jesus Christ is a foundational tenet of the Christian faith, a study recently released by the Diocese of Camden found that 60 percent of practicing Catholics in southern New Jersey believe Jesus sinned during his time on Earth. "The number of Catholics who have a very flawed, a seriously flawed, understanding of who Jesus is, that's troublesome," Bishop Joseph Galante of the Diocese of Camden said during a press conference, USA Today reports. "We've got to re-focus on how we teach and inform people. Jesus is the foundation of who we are as Catholics." The...
  • Gallup: Catholic vote a tossup, 46/46

    05/03/2012 7:01:44 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 53 replies
    Hotair ^ | 05/03/2012 | Ed Morrissey
    In 2008, Barack Obama won the Catholic vote by nine points, 54/45, over John McCain on his way to a seven-point victory in the national popular vote. Three months after announcing the HHS mandate that would force religious hospitals, schools, and charities to fund contraception, sterilization, and abortifacients, Obama has lost that edge among the tens of millions of Catholic voters. A new Gallup poll shows Obama in a dead heat with Mitt Romney, at just about the same level as McCain got in 2008: Catholic voters in the United States are evenly split in their support for Barack Obama...
  • Catholic Bishops Call For Two Weeks of Action Against Obama

    04/24/2012 2:31:23 PM PDT · by Doc Justice · 30 replies
    Newsmax ^ | 4/24/2012 | Martin Gould
    Roman Catholic leaders are calling for two weeks of public protests against President Barack Obama's policies as they intensify their argument that the administration is engaged in a war on religion. The days between June 21 and July 4 have been set aside by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops which has sought to end the administration's contraception mandate, among other policies. The protests against the Obama administration’s policies could be “the game-changer” in the presidential election, one leading lay churchman told Newsmax on Tuesday. The protests, dubbed “A Fortnight for Freedom” will be an “unprecedented, aggressive attack” against policies...
  • Protest by Catholic activists may hamper Obama reelection bid

    04/24/2012 8:11:41 AM PDT · by bkopto · 40 replies
    The Hill ^ | Apr 24, 2012 | Alexander Bolton
    President Obama has seen his standing among Catholic voters, a crucial segment of the electorate, slip in recent weeks, and a looming confrontation with Catholic activists could make it worse. Democrats want voters this year to focus on what they have branded a war on women, but the flip side of the debate — the so-called war on religion — is not going away anytime soon. Earlier this month, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops called for two weeks of public protest in June and July against what it sees as growing government encroachment on religious freedom. The protests are...
  • E-mail your lists before Tuesday primaries

    04/23/2012 8:13:14 AM PDT · by butterdezillion · 50 replies
    I have to work today and tomorrow so I can't man any of Newt's phone banks, but if anybody can use this letter to forward in e-mails to your lists before tomorrow's primaries, please do so: Mitt Romney supports government-coerced abortion. He personally has made the decision to force people to provide abortions even though they believe it to be murder. Yes, he vetoed Romneycare because it mandated abortion insurance coverage, but in Dec 2005 after his veto was overridden and the Boston Globe printed an article noting that Catholic hospitals would be exempt from providing abortions to rape victims,...
  • To Newt Gingrich haters (vanity)

    04/14/2012 4:35:57 PM PDT · by CutePuppy · 228 replies
    Vanity | April 13, 2012 | CutePuppy
    I think you are missing something here. Newt would bring the ever Lurking Calista with him and she was the cause of divorce # 2. He was rubbing it in everybody's face that an old coot like him could get somebody like her. No matter how God awful she looked. He was delusional to think he could get the evangelicals with that approach. Newt is the one that shot himself in the foot not Hume. Hume is just another excuse for Newt in a long line of excuse's. He was rubbing it in everybody's face that an old coot like...
  • Welcome back, McCotter

    04/13/2012 3:18:34 AM PDT · by Josh Painter · 3 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 04/12/2012 | W. James Antle III
    Thad McCotter’s presidential campaign was a disaster. He finished last out of 10 candidates in the Ames, Iowa straw poll, despite being one of the GOP aspirants who bothered to show up. National surveys showed him taking about 1 percent of the vote. McCotter was the first major Republican contender to drop out of the race. So what could McCotter possibly teach Rick Santorum, who suspended his campaign after a surprisingly strong second-place finish to Republican front-runner Mitt Romney? Plenty, as it turns out. Consider some of the reasons Santorum came up short. The first problem that Santorum faced is...
  • Rick Santorum Was The Most Conservative, Authentic and Resilient Candidate of 2012

    04/10/2012 5:26:18 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 51 replies
    Telegraph(UK) ^ | April 10, 2012
    Rick Santorum Was The Most Conservative, Authentic and Resilient Candidate of 2012. Tim Stanley April 10th Rick Santorum's struggle touched a chord with many working-class Americans Rick Santorum said goodbye on Tuesday afternoon. It was a classic performance from the Rickster – heartfelt, overlong, a little bitter. He pledged to go on fighting for the little people but acknowledged that the race was over, brought to a close by his daughter’s illness and poor polling. To most people this means that it’s now between Romney and Obama. The only minority report on that will come from Newt Gingrich. You can...
  • Pope issues rare, forceful correction to dissident priests in Holy Week liturgy

    04/09/2012 6:08:04 AM PDT · by NYer · 72 replies
    Life Site News ^ | April 5, 2012 | HILARY WHITE
    VATICAN CITY, April 5, 2012 (LifeSiteNews.com) – In an extremely rare move, Pope Benedict XVI today issued a forcefully worded correction of a group of Austrian priests who last year issued a public letter calling on their fellow clergy to disobey Catholic teaching in key areas. “Recently a group of priests from a European country issued a summons to disobedience, and at the same time gave concrete examples of the forms this disobedience might take, even to the point of disregarding definitive decisions of the Church’s Magisterium, such as the question of women’s ordination,” the pope said. Speaking at the...
  • Election 2012 Preferences: Political Polarization among U.S. Faith Segments

    04/04/2012 5:47:44 PM PDT · by daniel1212 · 20 replies
    http://www.barna.org ^ | April 4, 2012 | Barna.org
    As the 2012 election campaign approaches phase two – when the major-party candidates have been selected and begin to square off – there is an unmistakable lack of ideological and political unity within the Christian community. A new national survey by the Barna Group among likely voters indicates that there are substantial differences across a wide spectrum of Christian subgroups, with only a one segment unwavering in its commitment to defeat President Obama in November. In the first of those contests Barack Obama and Mitt Romney were of equal appeal to all voters, with Mr. Obama holding a 52% to...
  • Obama paraphrases Rev. Niemoller: "First I lost Catholics, but I had other groups so I didn't care."

    04/04/2012 9:23:09 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 6 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 4/4/2012 | Kevin "Coach" Collins
    We’ve heard the words of German Pastor Niemoller who lamented that he stood by and did nothing as the Nazis murdered people by category. Niemoller said, “First they came for the Jews and I did not speak out because I was not a Jew,” and so on. For the past three years Barack Obama could be paraphrasing Niemoller. Obama might have said, “First I attacked Christians, especially Catholics trying to force them to violate their religious beliefs. When I lost them as supporters I didn’t care because I had lots of other supporters.” He could have said, “I attacked oil...
  • Contraception mandate violates federal law, say legal experts

    03/24/2012 7:39:49 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies · 1+ views
    Catholic News Agency ^ | March 24, 2012 | Michelle Bauman
    Legal experts believe that the Obama administration’s contraception mandate fails to meet requirements needed to limit freedom of religion under federal law. George Mason University law professor Helen Alvaré argued that “in many Catholic institutions, such as hospitals and universities, the refusal to insure for contraception is the single clearest statement the Church makes.” The contraception mandate will prohibit these institutions' ability to witness to their faith through their actions, she said. Alvaré participated in a March 22 panel on “Religious Freedom and Healthcare Reform,” sponsored by the Religious Freedom Project at Georgetown University's Berkley Center for Religion, Peace and...
  • Evangelical leaders urged to mobilize against administration contraception policy

    03/17/2012 10:48:50 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    CNN's Belief Blog ^ | March 16, 2012 | Jessica Yellin
    An influential Christian leader is calling for the evangelical community to match the Catholic church's efforts mobilizing against the Obama administration's policy on contraception coverage. "I'm asking evangelical churches to get as involved as the Catholic church has," said Chuck Colson, founder of the Prison Fellowship and the Christian radio broadcast Breakpoint. "Catechize members. If it's from the pulpit, that's fine. If by pastoral letter, that's fine. If by announcements at Bible studies, that's fine. The church in America is a sleeping giant. On an issue like this, it will be aroused." Colson e-mailed more than 500,000 people of faith...
  • Friday night news dump: Administration to move forward with and expand contraception mandate

    03/16/2012 8:35:09 PM PDT · by STARWISE · 93 replies · 2+ views
    Hot Air ^ | 3-16-12 | Tina Korbe
    The administration this afternoon released its “Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on preventive services policy.” Translation: President Barack Obama and HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius are moving forward with their controversial contraception mandate, which requires even religiously affiliated employers to provide their employees with insurance that covers contraception — even if those employers object to contraception on religious grounds. But don’t worry: Secretary Sebelius says your religious liberty is assured, so it is assured. “The President’s policy respects religious liberty and makes free preventive services available to women,” she said. ”Today’s announcement is the next step toward fulfilling that commitment.” Never...
  • Immigrant youth, adults gather for National Coming Out of The Shadows day

    03/16/2012 4:19:49 PM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 6 replies
    National Catholic Reporter ^ | Mar. 16, 2012 | Kaitlin Kimont
    CHICAGO -- In an effort to put a face on the need for comprehensive immigration reform, a group of college-age immigrant youths publicly declared themselves to be undocumented at a rally here on Saturday. "National Coming Out of the Shadows" is an annual week in Chicago where undocumented activists challenge the criminalization of immigrants by "coming out" and publicly telling their stories of struggles and hardships as undocumented youths. The event got its start in 2010. Members of three organizations led by undocumented immigrants in Illinois -- Nuestra Voz (NV), the Latin@ Youth Action League (L@YAL) and the Immigrant Youth...
  • Bigot Chris Matthews' War On Catholics And Mormons

    03/15/2012 5:17:37 PM PDT · by raptor22 · 23 replies
    IBD editorials ^ | March 15, 2012 | IBD staff
    Bias: Having lost that tingly feeling up his leg, MSNBC's Chris Matthews savages GOP presidential candidates as belonging to cults. Well, at least they didn't spend two decades listening to the Rev. Jeremiah Wright. Imagine the uproar if Rush Limbaugh had called Islam a cult. Yet there was Matthews, whose legs once twitched at every word coming from Barack Obama's teleprompter, telling fellow MSNBC left-winger Ed Schultz in the presence of the Rev. Al Sharpton that the GOP has "two RCs — Roman Catholics — running and a Mormon, so three cultists running." Having Matthews, Schultz and Sharpton on the...
  • Why Liberals Have Trouble Understanding The Birth Control Debate

    03/15/2012 11:34:58 AM PDT · by The Looking Spoon · 2 replies
    The Looking Spoon ^ | 3-15-12 | The Looking Spoon
  • A pinch of incense: How Obamacare resembles a Roman edict

    03/13/2012 7:03:50 AM PDT · by John David Powell · 3 replies
    Digital Journal ^ | 3/12/12 | John David Powell
    Woven within the myriad histories of peoples, politics, and religions is the common crimson thread of persecution. It is a thread that is spun out of anxieties that sprout from the seeds of uncertainty, or from the fears that grow into madness when survival appears to be threatened. At this time, in this country, lots of people and groups believe other people and groups are targeting them for persecution. Take the recent flap over whether the federal government can make the Catholic Church provide insurance coverage for benefits that are in contradiction to the official dogmas of the church. Ironically,...
  • Pope Denounces Gay Marriage Lobby To US Bishops [Denounces Failure To Teach Core Catholic Values]

    03/09/2012 11:26:06 AM PST · by Steelfish · 17 replies
    YahooNews ^ | March 09, 2012
    Pope Denounces Gay Marriage Lobby To US Bishops NICOLE WINFIELD — Pope Benedict XVI waded deep into U.S. campaign politics Friday, urging visiting U.S. bishops to beef up their teaching about the evils of premarital sex and cohabitation, and denouncing what he called the "powerful" gay marriage lobby in America. As debate over health care coverage for birth control rages in the United States, Benedict said there was an urgent need for Catholics in America to discover the value of chastity — an essential element of Christian teaching that he said had been subject to unjust "ridicule." Benedict has long...
  • Rush Limbaugh: Still has the biggest sponsor on his side

    03/05/2012 12:11:33 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 112 replies
    The Los Angeles Times ^ | March 5, 2012 | Rene Lynch
    Rush Limbaugh is probably not sweating this one, folks. The critics keep piling on. But the immensely popular talk radio host has the biggest "sponsor" of all on his side: Clear Channel radio network. Arizona Sen. John McCain, Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich, and New York's Cardinal Timothy Dolan are among the latest to criticize Limbaugh for calling a Georgetown University student a "slut" and a "prostitute" after she testified in favor of birth control insurance coverage. But Clear Channel's Premiere Radio Networks Inc., which hosts Limbaugh's conservative talk show, has voiced its unwavering support for Limbaugh, whose contract runs...
  • America's 12 Most Influential Catholics

    03/04/2012 4:58:44 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 33 replies
    CNN Belief ^ | 03/03/2012 | Stephen Prothero, Special to CNN
    Anyone who is old enough to remember Sen. John F. Kennedy’s run for president in 1960 knows that this used to be not just a Christian country, but a Protestant one. Admittedly, the Constitution makes the United States secular by law, but for most of our history, we have been Protestant by choice. All that has changed in recent years. We now have a Catholic speaker of the House (John Boehner), a Catholic House minority leader (Nancy Pelosi) and a Catholic vice president (Joe Biden). Six of the nine justices on the Supreme Court are Catholics. And that guy duking...
  • Cash-Strapped Italy Pushes Vatican to Pay More Taxes

    03/04/2012 4:48:42 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 03/04/2012 | STEPHAN FARIS / ROME
    Much of the coverage of a controversial new law winding its way through the Italian Parliament has portrayed the measure as a Nixon-to-China moment. It takes somebody like Prime Minister Mario Monti, the thinking goes, who is not only a practicing Catholic but also a graduate of a Jesuit school, to take on the Catholic Church in Italy and make it pay taxes on its commercial property. In truth, however, the proposed law would do very little to change the existing legal situation. While the current legislation is muddled in many ways, one thing is clear: religious organizations have been...
  • Mitt Romney trouncing Rick Santorum even among Catholics

    03/04/2012 4:44:49 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 65 replies
    Religious News Service ^ | 03/04/2012 | Daniel Burke
    (RNS) Mitt Romney has trounced Rick Santorum, an ardent Catholic, among Catholic voters, but Romney's support among evangelicals has wavered thus far in the GOP presidential primary, according to a new analysis of exit poll data. Though he won evangelicals in two states, in general Romney has performed 15 percentage points better among non-evangelicals, according to an analysis released Friday (March 2) by the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life. Exit poll data is available in seven of the 11 states that have held primary contests to date, according to the Pew Forum. More detailed religious affiliations are available...
  • Pelosi: Because 90% of Catholic women use contraception, we have to mandate Catholic orgs to buy it

    03/02/2012 12:33:14 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 31 replies
    Hotair ^ | 03/02/2012 | Ed Morrissey
    Let's see if we can follow Nancy Pelosi's logic in this statement. Because 90% of Catholic women of childbearing age can already access contraception when they want it, it's ... a public health crisis that demands that all employers provide free contraception. Make sense? CLICK ABOVE LINK FOR THE VIDEO Naaaaah: At a press conference on Capitol Hill, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi explained her support for the Obama administration’s decision to require religious institutions to offer health insurance plans that cover contraception.“I know that the records show that 90 percent of Catholic women of childbearing age use birth control,”...
  • Chicago's Cardinal Warns Of An ObamaCare Gulag

    02/29/2012 1:14:30 PM PST · by raptor22 · 38 replies · 1+ views
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | February 29, 2012 | IBD staff
    First Amendment: The ex-head of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops compares the administration take on freedom of worship to the Soviet Union's and says its contraceptive mandate will force church hospitals to close. On the first Sunday of Lent, Chicago's Francis Cardinal George issued his version of the letter issued by the USCCB he recently led. It shredded assurances by the administration that things could be worked out so that religious freedom would not be impaired and painted a bleak future that just might be the administration's intent. Going a bit further than his peers, Cardinal George essentially rejected...
  • Holder: 1st Amendment Allows Gov't to Force Catholics to Buy Sterilization- Contraception-Abortion

    02/29/2012 9:56:09 AM PST · by Nachum · 44 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | 2/29/12 | Fred Lucas
    The Justice Department will defend against any legal challenge to the new Obama administration mandate to force employers to provide abortion-inducing drugs, sterilization and contraception, even if it goes against their conscience, Attorney General Eric Holder told a House subcommittee Tuesday. The Department of Health and Human Services rule, part of Obamacare, violates the freedom of conscience for Catholics and other religious groups that expressed their objections to the mandate, opponents say. Already there is litigation asserting that the rule violates the First Amendment’s guarantee to free exercise of religion.
  • New Pew survey: Obama losing ground among Catholic, Jewish, Protestant and even atheist voters

    02/29/2012 9:35:05 AM PST · by Oldpuppymax · 13 replies · 1+ views
    Coach is Right ^ | 2/29/2012 | Kevin "Coach" Collins
    According to a Pew poll released earlier this month even before Barack Obama went public with his all-out war on the Catholic Church White non-Hispanic Catholics started moving away from the Democrats and toward a Republican self-identification. The quietly released survey, which contains lots of bad news for Democrats, was completed last December by the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life. What Pew found was as follows. The Democrat identification all Catholics (practicing and non- practicing) had in 2008 is gone. Democrat identification has slipped from 53/37 to 48/43 – again this was BEFORE Obama’s declaration of war. While...
  • The First Crusade, the true story

    02/27/2012 12:07:26 AM PST · by DeaconBenjamin · 38 replies · 2+ views
    ekathimerini.com ^ | By Peter Frankopan
    Why was there a sudden need to recover the city where Jesus Christ lived and was crucified? The answer, writes Peter Frankopan, lies in the imperial capital of Constantinople. On November 27, 1095, Pope Urban II stood up at the Council of Clermont in central France to make an important announcement. Persians (by whom he meant the Turks), “a people rejected by God,” had risen up against the Christians in the East, he said. It was imperative for the knighthood of Europe to rush to defend their brethren. Take up arms, he urged, and defend the faithful who were suffering...
  • Congresswoman Kathy Hochul Booed Over Birth Control Policy (videos)

    02/25/2012 11:49:17 AM PST · by STARWISE · 35 replies
    WGRZ ^ | 2-24-12 | Athan Kompos
    LANCASTER, NY - Representative Kathy Hochul (D - 26th District) was booed at her own town hall meeting on Friday morning in Lancaster. The packed crowd was critical of Hochul for supporting President Obama's plan to require religiously affiliated employers, such as hospitals and schools, to provide full contraception coverage to female employees. The plan was later altered. It now calls for those workers to get free contraceptive coverage from health insurers, thus sparing religious based groups, morally opposed to paying for birth control, from having to do so. Even though Hochul's town hall meeting was open to any topic,...
  • Gay marriage heads toward initiative vote (Another one ... Maine)

    02/23/2012 11:12:50 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies · 1+ views
    The Waterville Morning Sentinel ^ | February 23, 2012 | Susan M. Cover
    AUGUSTA -- Gay marriage advocates turned in more than enough signatures to move ahead with a citizen initiative that would allow gay and lesbian couples to marry in Maine, the secretary of state's office ruled Thursday. More than 85,000 signatures were declared valid. The groups needed only 57,277 signatures for their bill to get to the Legislature. The decision means lawmakers will now be presented with a citizen initiative to allow gay marriage in Maine. Currently, seven states and the District of Columbia allow gay marriages. While lawmakers have the option of passing the bill as proposed, most likely it...
  • EXCLUSIVE: Homeschooling families can’t teach homosexuality a sin in class says Alberta gvmt

    EDMONTON, Alberta, February 23, 2012 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Under Alberta’s new Education Act, homeschoolers and faith-based schools will not be permitted to teach that homosexual acts are sinful as part of their academic program, says the spokesperson for Education Minister Thomas Lukaszuk. “Whatever the nature of schooling – homeschool, private school, Catholic school – we do not tolerate disrespect for differences,” Donna McColl, Lukaszuk’s assistant director of communications, told LifeSiteNews on Wednesday evening. “You can affirm the family’s ideology in your family life, you just can’t do it as part of your educational study and instruction,” she added. Reacting to the...
  • [LDS elder Harry] Reid: Dem ‘caucus totally supports’ Obama’s fight against Catholic Church

    02/22/2012 4:49:28 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | February 7, 2012 | Nicholas Ballasy
    Acknowledging that it is “not good for Democrats” to go “head-to-head” with “any church,” Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid told The Daily Caller that he and his Democratic caucus “totally” support President Barack Obama forcing religious institutions to cover contraception in employee health insurance plans or pay a federal fine. Catholic bishops across the country are speaking out against this provision of the health care law. TheDC asked Reid if he thinks it is a good idea, politically, for the president to go against the Catholic Church on the issue. “Of course it’s not good for the Democrats to go...
  • Atheist Brian Bridson wants Catholics to be put in their place

    02/20/2012 3:21:09 AM PST · by cleghornboy · 12 replies
    La Salette Journey ^ | February 18, 2012 | Paul Melanson
    Saturday, February 18, 2012 Atheist Brian Bridson of "Philosopher's Haze": Catholics are bigots who should be told to shut up and who should be put in their place Brian Bridson, the same atheist mental midget who has referred to Pope Benedict XVI as "Ben-the-Dick," (which in itself reveals his adolescent mindset), is angry at the Catholic Church and is calling for Catholics to be "put in their place." And what is their place? For Bridson, it would be better for all Catholics to live at the Vatican because their views do not belong in the public square. Maybe he would...
  • Pelosi, Boxer and Judas — Obama Lied At Notre Dame

    02/17/2012 6:00:40 PM PST · by raptor22 · 6 replies
    Investor's BVusiness Daily ^ | February 17, 2012 | IBD staff
    Rights: The House Minority Leader says self-insurance is no protection against the government's contraceptive mandate, while California's junior senator says people have a right to be insured but no right to practice their faith. Lost in the phony "compromise" on the Health and Human Services mandate on religious institutions being forced to pay for contraceptive services was the fact that many such institutions are self-insured. So making insurance companies pay instead is a distinction without a difference. Sometimes these religious institutions are their own insurance company. Former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who once complained that her fellow Catholics had this...
  • Liberal Catholics challenge bishops on Obama's contraception rule

    02/16/2012 6:37:35 AM PST · by C19fan · 11 replies
    CNN ^ | February 15, 2012 | Dan Gilgoff
    America’s Catholic bishops have criticized the White House’s mandate for insurers to provide free contraception coverage to employees, but plenty of other Catholic groups have endorsed the plan – some taking swipes at the bishops in the process. “The Catholic bishops and their allies in the Republican Party are increasingly isolated,” James Salt, executive director of a liberal group called Catholics United, said in a statement over the weekend supporting the White House’s contraception rule.
  • Polls saying Catholics side with Obama in mandate showdown aren't fooling CINO Democrats

    02/15/2012 10:43:32 AM PST · by Oldpuppymax · 15 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 1/15/2012 | Kevin "Coach" Collins
    A poll taken Feb 1 – 5 shows that by a 58/ 37 margin “Catholics” support a government mandate requiring all employers who provide health care plans for their workers to include abortion and/or birth control coverage at no cost. Nevertheless, in spite of this 21 point edge some high profile “Catholic” Democrats are walking away from Obama on this issue. This begs an important question: Why would these CINO (Catholic In Name Only) abortion supporting Democrats be afraid to stand with Obama ? The PROOF that Catholics DON’T care is right there in black and white! It’s twenty one...
  • Obama blunder escalates Catholic holy war

    02/15/2012 10:06:30 AM PST · by cap10mike · 28 replies
    BizPacReview.com ^ | February 15, 2012 | Michael Dorstewitz
    President Obama firmly placed one foot into a political quagmire by supporting Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius’ decision to renege on the “conscience exception” to Obamacare. This allowed religious organizations to opt out of providing health care coverage for contraception and sterilization. Sebelius’ decision placed Catholic employers squarely on the horns of a dilemma. They could either violate their religious beliefs or pay a huge fine to HHS. When the president offered a compromise in response to mounting public outcry, instead of backing away from the controversy, he planted his other foot into the muck.
  • Divide and Conquer? (The Obama Administration Continues to Misread Catholics)

    02/15/2012 6:57:43 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies · 1+ views
    National Review ^ | 02/15/2012 | By George Weigel
    In 1849 and then again in 1852, the Catholic bishops of the United States petitioned the Holy See to grant the archbishops of Baltimore the title of “primate” of the Catholic Church in the United States: an honorific, to be sure, but one that implied that the head of America’s oldest Catholic diocese would enjoy a de facto preeminence as leader of American Catholicism. But the Vatican, nervous that an American “primate” would assert himself in some fashion against Rome, declined to bestow the title (although, interestingly, it didn’t cavil about the title “primate” being given to the archbishop of...
  • Urgent Calls Needed to Protect Religious Freedom and Conscience Rights

    02/15/2012 6:41:29 AM PST · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 1 replies
    Home School Legal Defense Association ^ | February 14th | William A. Estrada
    Urgent calls are needed to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (NV) and your two U.S. senators to urge them to support Amendment No. 1520 by Senator Roy Blunt (MO). This amendment would halt the Obama Administration’s new mandate requiring all employers—including religious employers—to violate their consciences and provide free birth control and abortion-inducing drugs to their employees. Action Requested Please do three things: Call Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (NV) and urge him to allow the Senate to vote on Amendment No. 1520, the Blunt Amendment. You can reach Majority Leader Reid at 202-224-3542. Call your two U.S. senators and...
  • A Contraceptive Just For Catholics

    02/14/2012 1:58:56 PM PST · by The Looking Spoon · 1 replies
    The Looking Spoon ^ | 2-14-12 | Jared H. McAndersen
    What a great topic of conversation for this years Valentines Day...thanks Obama! Also, last year for this occasion I created some candy hearts for liberals. You can check those out here here