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  • Are We Being Too Hard On John Roberts?

    07/05/2012 7:14:59 PM PDT · by Salvation · 175 replies ^ | July 5th, 2012 | Ken Connor
    Are We Being Too Hard On John Roberts? OpinionJuly 5th, 2012 Ken Connor † ďMembers of this court are vested with the authority to interpret the law; we possess neither the expertise nor the prerogative to make policy judgments.† Those decisions are entrusted to our nationís leaders, who can be thrown out of office if the people disagree with them.† It is not our job to protect the people from the consequences of their political choices.Ē -Chief Justice John Roberts in†NFIB vs. Sebelius †Conservatives are apoplectic that John Roberts, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, sided with the liberal wing...
  • 1,968 New and Expanded Secretarial Powers in Health Law (Jan 2011)

    06/30/2012 4:40:20 PM PDT · by GeorgeWashingtonsGhost · 14 replies
    US Action News ^ | January 19, 2011 | US Action News
    The Center for Health Transformation (CHT) released a new chart revealing the nearly 2,000 new and expanded powers given to Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius under the healthcare law. The chart, titled ďThe New and Expanded Secretarial Powers in the Health Reform Law,Ē shows the exact legislative language from the 2,409-page law and the 1,968 grants of new and expanded powers to the secretaries of Departments of Labor, Treasury and Health and Human Services. The overwhelming majority of which will fall under HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, from powers over access to drugs and insurance coverage to care...
  • Obama administration and states move forward to implement health care law

    06/30/2012 12:14:56 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 25 replies
    U.S. Department of Health & Human Services ^ | June 29, 2012 | U.S. Department of Health & Human Services
    Obama administration and states move forward to implement health care law Administration makes resources available to help states implement Affordable Insurance ExchangesHealth and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced today a new funding opportunity to help states continue their work to implement the health care law -- the Affordable Care Act.† When the law is fully implemented in 2014, the affordable insurance exchanges will provide people and small businesses with one-stop shops to find, compare and purchase affordable, high-quality health insurance.† Todayís announcement makes more funding available to build all models of affordable insurance exchanges available to states. HHS also...
  • Obamacare Waivers ? How can "Taxes" be waived by HHS and friends ?

    06/29/2012 1:39:20 PM PDT · by tflabo · 41 replies ^ | 6.28.12 | Jay Tee
    If the MANDATE in Obamacare only survives as a Tax, as ruled by the Supreme Court, how can anyone Waive Taxes with Obamacare Waivers ? This and other questions still need to be answered, because we have Videos of Obama saying "This is not a Tax". ...
  • Court ruling allows religious freedom lawsuits to proceed with hope

    06/29/2012 5:35:00 AM PDT · by NYer · 10 replies
    cna ^ | June 29, 2012 | Michelle Bauman
    Hannah Smith, Senior Counsel. Courtesy of the Becket Fund. Washington D.C., Jun 28, 2012 / 02:07 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In the wake of the Supreme Court‚Äôs decision to uphold the 2010 health care law, a leading religious freedom law firm has new confidence in the future of its lawsuits against the federal contraception mandate. Hannah Smith, senior counsel at The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, explained that the arguments against the law that were recently rejected by the court are ‚Äúseparate and distinct legal challenges‚ÄĚ from those being brought against the contraception mandate. In a June 28 press call...
  • ĎSharply dividedí Supreme Court postpones ObamaCare decision

    06/21/2012 3:31:32 PM PDT · by NYer · 58 replies
    Life Site News ^ | June 21, 2012 | KATHLEEN GILBERT
    WASHINGTON, D.C., June 21, 2012, ( - The U.S. Supreme Court has pushed back the hotly-anticipated ruling on the federal health care law, as Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg disclosed that the Court was ‚Äúsharply divided‚ÄĚ over the question - but gave no hint as to the outcome. Although media were preparing for a ruling on Thursday, the high court was silent on the health care lawsuit, leaving Monday as the next possible date for a decision. Court watchers have said that the justices‚Äô reactions during the three days of hearings in March gave little indication of where the Court would...
  • Princetonís Peter Singer Solves Rel Liberty Problem: Canít Catholics Just Close Their Universities?

    06/22/2012 7:30:29 AM PDT · by NYer · 38 replies
    Cardinal Newman Society ^ | June 21, 2012 | CARDINAL NEWMAN SOCIETY
    Good news! Peter Singer, the infanticide promoter at Princeton University, thinks he has has solved the religious liberty problem in America. Singer writes that, if Catholics don‚Äôt like the HHS contraception mandate, they can just close their universities and hospitals, or hand them over to secular interests.It‚Äôs just that simple!‚ÄúThe Obama administration¬ís requirement to provide health insurance that covers contraception does not prevent Catholics from practicing their religion,‚ÄĚ Singer writes in a progressive journal. ‚ÄúCatholicism does not oblige its adherents to run hospitals and universities.‚ÄĚ Therefore, Singer argues, the government can tell Catholics how to run these institutions without infringing...
  • "Open Letter on Religious Freedom" (Religious leaders protest HHS mandate)

    06/21/2012 5:27:16 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 9 replies ^ | June 21, 2012 | 25 religious leaders, plus cover letter by LCMS President Harrison
    FREE EXERCISE OF RELIGION:Putting Beliefs into PracticeAn Open Letter from Religious Leaders in the United States to All Americans Dear Friends, Religious institutions are established because of religious beliefs and convictions. Such institutions include not only churches, synagogues, mosques, and other places of worship, but also schools and colleges, shelters and community kitchens, adoption agencies and hospitals, organizations that provide care and services during natural disasters, and countless other organizations that exist to put specific religious beliefs into practice. Many such organizations have provided services and care to both members and non-members of their religious communities since before the Revolutionary...
  • Michele Bachmann: Washington is taking notice of HHS mandate backlash (exclusive)

    06/19/2012 2:05:07 PM PDT · by NYer · 5 replies
    Life Site News ^ | June 19, 2012 | KATHLEEN GILBERT
    WASHINGTON, June 19, 2012 ( - For opponents of the HHS mandate who are worried that the mainstream media has blacked out their message, one advocate on the Hill has an encouraging message: lawmakers in Washington are definitely taking notice. Former presidential candidate Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) told that opposition to the mandate, which drew tens of thousands of Americans to over 160 rallies across the country earlier this month for the second time this spring, was ‚Äúnot invisible at all‚ÄĚ to her fellow lawmakers on Capitol Hill. The Congresswoman spoke at the D.C. rally against the mandate, where...
  • A rat has very quietly run down the gangplank of the SS ObamaCare

    06/17/2012 10:02:51 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 9 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 6/17/2012 | Kevin "Coach" Collins
    The fakes in the Obama Administration Ė you remember them the guys running the most transparent Administration in history Ė always save their worst news for after 5 PM eastern time on Fridays. That way the Democrat cheerleaders in the media can hide it in the ďCajun CookingĒ section in a Saturday newspaper not many people will read. Friday at 5:36 PM Eastern, the Obama Administration announced the resignation of the stooge who would have been the overseer of implementation of the hated Obamacare. Whether he ďfell or was pushedĒ is immaterial except for the fact that it adds fuel...
  • Catholic Health Association reverses course on mandate accommodation

    06/16/2012 2:59:54 PM PDT · by NYer · 7 replies
    cna ^ | June 15, 2012 | Kevin J. Jones
    Sister Carol Keehan, CEO and president of CHA. Washington D.C., Jun 15, 2012 / 05:12 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In a call for broader religious exemptions, the Catholic Health Association has backtracked from its initial support for the Obama administration‚Äôs compromise on a rule that mandates employer coverage of contraception and sterilization. ¬† The association said it is ‚Äúimperative‚ÄĚ that the administration abandon its ‚Äúnarrow‚ÄĚ definition of religious employer and exempt not only churches but also Catholic hospitals, health care organizations and other Church ministries. It said it is ‚Äúdeeply concerned‚ÄĚ by the administration‚Äôs approach to ‚Äúcontraceptive services, especially abortifacient...
  • Bachmann: 'Is Government God? ... That's Really the Issue at Hand'

    06/12/2012 3:54:45 AM PDT · by rhema · 11 replies
    CNS News ^ | 6/8/12 | Elizabeth Harrington
    In explaining her opposition to a Health and Human Services regulation that requires virtually all health-care plans to cover sterilizations, artificial contraception and abortifacients, Rep. Michele Bahmann said Friday that the issue involved in this mandate was whether the government could place itself before God and prevent institutions and people from following their faith and their consciences. ďThe people want to have their liberties back and they donít like to see religious institutions, particularly the Catholic Church, have to be forced to deny their sincerely held faith and the doctrine of their faith in order to be in compliance with...
  • 160 cities across U.S. gear up for rallies protesting Obama mandate Friday

    06/07/2012 3:02:34 PM PDT · by NYer · 8 replies
    Life Site News ^ | June 7, 2012 | CALVIN FREIBURGER
    June 7, 2012 ( - On Friday, tens of thousands of pro-life Americans in 160 cities across the United States will rally against the Obama Administrationís abortifacient birth control mandate. Organized by Pro-Life Action Leagueís Eric Scheidler and Citizens for a Pro-Life Societyís Monica Miller, the national Stand Up for Religious Freedom Rally has chosen Friday, June 8óthe 223rd anniversary of James Madisonís introduction of the Bill of Rights to the first Congressóto protest the U.S. Department of Health and Human Serviceís policy forcing religious employers to provide contraception, sterilization, and abortion-inducing drugs. Almost 100 pro-life and religious liberty organizations,...
  • Rallies Call for Standing Up for Religious Freedom

    06/07/2012 12:50:12 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 1 replies ^ | June 7, 2012 | Marybeth Hicks
    When historians one day look back on the rise and fall of the American republic, it wonít only be our habitual deficit spending and lack of financial discipline they blame for our demise, but the deficit of faith and lack of religion in our childrenís generation. The beliefs and values that once served as the foundation for our government and the moral compass for our society already have been so undermined among our youth that it may take a miracle to restore them. The Bible says nothing is impossible with God. The spiritual revival we need may test that...
  • Sebelius: ĎWeíll be readyí if Supreme Court strikes healthcare law

    06/07/2012 10:48:18 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 136 replies
    Sebelius: ĎWeíll be readyí if Supreme Court strikes healthcare law By Elise Viebeck - 06/07/12 11:53 AM ET President Obama's top health official told an audience Thursday that the administration will be prepared to react if the Supreme Court strikes down its healthcare reform law. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said she is "confident and optimistic" that the high court will uphold the law, but added "we'll be ready for contingencies" if it does not. The remark, at a White House town hall on women's health, comes as the president and Democrats brace themselves for the court's decision,...
  • Rallies call for standing up for religious freedom (Friday, June 8, Noon)

    06/06/2012 1:45:24 PM PDT · by iowamark · 2 replies
    Washington Times ^ | June 5, 2012 | Marybeth Hicks
    When historians one day look back on the rise and fall of the American republic, it wonít only be our habitual deficit spending and lack of financial discipline they blame for our demise, but the deficit of faith and lack of religion in our childrenís generation. The beliefs and values that once served as the foundation for our government and the moral compass for our society already have been so undermined among our youth that it may take a miracle to restore them. The Bible says nothing is impossible with God. The spiritual revival we need may test that theory....
  • U.S. Bishops: Catholics should prepare for civil disobedience to HHS mandate

    05/31/2012 2:57:17 PM PDT · by NYer · 32 replies
    Life Site News ^ | May 31, 2012 | CHRISTINE DHANAGOM
    May 31, 2012 ( - Catholics in the United States should be prepared to engage in civil disobedience if the HHS mandate requiring employers to pay for contraception, sterilization, and abortion-inducing drugs is not rescinded, says a new document from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. The USCCB released the one-pager as a bulletin insert to be distributed in Catholic Churches during June, in preparation for the Fortnight for Freedom, a two week period of prayer and fasting for the rescinding of the mandate. ďSome unjust laws impose such injustices on individuals and organizations that disobeying the laws may...
  • Henninger: Church Is Still Not State

    05/31/2012 4:51:23 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 9 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 5-31-12 | Daniel Henninger
    How ironic it will be if Catholic voters, about 27% of the electorate, put the first Mormon in the White House some 50 years after John F. Kennedy became the first Catholic president. More telling, though, about the current state of the American mind will be the fact that after more than a thousand days and events in Barack Obama's presidency, the reason for this result will be an unexpected reaffirmation of an American principle older than the country's first presidential election: the free exercise of religion. Also telling about the current American mind is that the Democratic progressives who...
  • Religious liberty group launches massive HHS mandate site

    05/30/2012 1:57:06 PM PDT · by NYer · 3 replies
    cna ^ | May 30, 2012 | Michelle Bauman
    Washington D.C., May 30, 2012 / 02:11 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A legal group that aims to defend religious freedom has launched a new website offering a wealth of resources on the contraception mandate, and the various lawsuits that have been filed against it. ďThere was a lot of misinformation out there on the mandate,Ē said Emily Hardman, attorney and communications director for the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, a D.C.-based organization.Hardman told CNA†on May 29 that the Becket Fund ďwanted to provide an accurate, concise and useful resource for reporters and the general public.ĒShe explained that when the information...
  • NY Times Scolds Catholics, Calls HHS Mandate Lawsuits a ďStuntĒ

    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...
  • White House to Spend $20 million to Pitch ObamaCare

    05/23/2012 8:45:57 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 29 replies ^ | May 23, 2012 | Bob Beauprez
    Ever since the Democrats passed ObamaCare "so we could find out what's in it," Americans have overwhelmingly said they didn't like the new law.† Now, the Obama Administration is spending $20 million of taxpayer money on a new public relations campaign to try to sell us, yet again, on this unprecedented intrusion into our lives by legislation that 72% of Americans believe violates the Constitution.The new public relations campaign "will inform the American people about the many preventative benefits" of ObamaCare according to the White House spin machine.†††Porter-Novelli, one of the planet's glitziest consumer marketing firms, has been awarded the...
  • Legatus Files Federal Lawsuit Challenging the HHS Mandate

    05/23/2012 6:01:10 AM PDT · by topher · 3 replies
    Thomas More Law Center (Michigan) ^ | May 8th, 2012 | News Release
    ANN ARBOR, MI Ė The Thomas More Law Center, a national public interest law firm based in Ann Arbor, Michigan, today announced it has filed a federal lawsuit challenging the HHS mandate, on behalf of Legatus, the Nationís largest organization of top Catholic business CEOs and professional leaders. Also joining in the lawsuit as Plaintiffs are the Weingartz Supply Company, a Michigan retailer since 1945, and its President who is a member of Legatus. The 42-page Complaint was filed late yesterday afternoon against the Obama administration in the Federal District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan. LegatusĒ is the...
  • HHS signs $20M PR contract to promote healthcare law

    05/22/2012 7:06:10 AM PDT · by jakerobins · 20 replies
    The Health and Human Services Department has signed a $20 million contract with a public-relations firm to highlight part of the Affordable Care Act. The new, multimedia ad campaign is designed to educate the public about how to stay healthy and prevent illnesses, an HHS official said. The campaign was mandated by the Affordable Care Act and must describe the importance of prevention while also explaining preventive benefits provided by the healthcare law. The law makes many preventive services available without a co-pay or deductible, and provides new preventive benefits to Medicare patients.
  • 43 Catholic organizations, including Notre Dame, sue Obama administration over HHS mandate

    05/21/2012 2:59:33 PM PDT · by NYer · 22 replies
    Life Site News ^ | May 21, 2012 | BEN JOHNSON
    SOUTH BEND, INDIANA, May 21, 2012, ( ¬Ė In a coordinated defense of religious liberty, at 11 a.m. 43 Roman Catholic organizations filed a dozen lawsuits nationwide to strike down the HHS mandate. The plaintiffs include some of the most significant organs of the U.S. church, including the Archdioceses of New York, Washington, D.C., and St. Louis; the Dioceses of Dallas, Fort Wayne-South Bend, Ft. Worth, the Michigan Catholic Conference, Pittsburgh, and Rockville Centre; the University of Notre Dame, Catholic University of America, and the Franciscan University of Steubenville; and Our Sunday Visitor. The Archdiocese of Washington has created a...
  • Catholic Caucus: 43 Catholic organizations [Notre Dame+] sue Obama over HHS

    05/21/2012 2:38:52 PM PDT · by topher · 24 replies ^ | May 21, 2012 | by Ben Johnson
    News Print Article | Email Friend | Reprint Permissions Breaking: 43 Catholic organizations, including Notre Dame, sue Obama administration over HHS mandate by Ben Johnson Mon May 21, 2012 11:53 EST Comments (6) Tags: franciscan university of steubenville, hhs mandate, notre dame SOUTH BEND, INDIANA, May 21, 2012, ( Ė In a coordinated defense of religious liberty, at 11 a.m. 43 Roman Catholic organizations filed a dozen lawsuits nationwide to strike down the HHS mandate. The plaintiffs include some of the most significant organs of the U.S. church, including the Archdioceses of New York, Washington, D.C., and St. Louis; the...
  • 43 Catholic institutions file suits over HHS mandate

    05/21/2012 12:18:19 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies
    Hotair ^ | 05/21/2012 | Ed Morrissey
    Today's Roman Catholic calendar lists May 21st as the feast day of St. Christopher Magallanes, a martyr killed for celebrating Mass during the Cristero War in Mexico. Perhaps Catholics today may want to recall St. Thomas More -- the patron saint of lawyers, who was executed for refusing to agree to a mandate that gave Henry VIII the prerogative of defining religious expression in England. Dozens of Catholic institutions filed lawsuits today against the Department of Health and Human Services over its mandate and its narrow definition of religious practice: Catholic archdioceses and institutions filed suit in federal district courts...
  • Cardinal Dolan, Cardinal Wuerl, Notre Dame, 40+ Catholic Organizations--Sue Obama

    05/21/2012 10:52:30 AM PDT · by topher · 20 replies
    CNS News ^ | May 21, 2012 | Terence P. Jeffrey
    ( - The Archdiocese of New York, headed by Cardinal Timothy Dolan, the Archdiocese of Washington, D.C., headed by Cardinal Donald Wuerl, the University of Notre Dame, and 40 other Catholic dioceses and organizations around the country announced on Monday that they are suing the Obama administration for violating their freedom of religion, which is guaranteed by the First Amendment to the Constitution. The dioceses and organizations, in different combinations, are filing 12 different lawsuits filed in federal courts around the country.
  • 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.
  • Protestors interrupt Kathleen Sebelius speech at Georgetown

    05/18/2012 8:39:28 AM PDT · by theruleshavechanged · 46 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | Friday May 18, 2012 | Charlie Spiering
    Anti-abortion protestors interrupted HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius' commencement speech at Georgetown University this morning.
  • Profs at Jesuit universities lash out at bishops for opposing HHS mandate, gay Ďmarriageí

    05/17/2012 11:12:04 AM PDT · by topher · 9 replies ^ | May 17, 2012 | Kathleen Gilbert
    May 17, 2012 ( - Professors at four Jesuit-run Catholic universities have recently stepped into the media to voice their disagreement with Catholic bishops on church teachings, including on contraception and the nature of marriage, and condemning the prelates for promoting an ďidiosyncratic minority viewĒ as Catholic dogma. The professorsí statements come at the same time that Pope Benedict has emphasized to U.S. bishops that reform of Catholic universities in the United States is the ďmost urgent challengeĒ facing the Church in the country. The pope told U.S. bishops who were visiting Rome recently that a lack of progress towards...
  • Florida Catholic Univ considers dropping student health plan, on heels of Ohio decision

    05/17/2012 7:08:41 AM PDT · by NYer · 4 replies
    Fox News ^ | May 17, 2012 | Judson Berger
    On the heels of an Ohio school's decision to abandon its student health insurance plan, another Catholic university in Florida is considering whether to follow suit over concerns about premium costs associated with the federal health care overhaul, has learned.† The school, the private Ave Maria University, is voicing both moral and economic concerns. Like Franciscan University -- the Steubenville, Ohio, school that just announced it is dropping student coverage -- Ave Maria officials are opposed to the so-called contraceptive coverage mandate. But for both schools, premium costs associated with new coverage requirements appear to be fueling their anxiety.†...
  • Over 26,000 petitions sent to Georgetown opposing invitation to HHS Secretary Sebelius

    05/16/2012 3:15:37 PM PDT · by NYer · 7 replies
    Life Site News ^ | May 16, 2012 | KathLEEN GILBERT
    WASHINGTON, May 16, 2012 ( - The Cardinal Newman Society is sending to Georgetown University President John DiGioia the names of more than 26,000 people who joined an open letter urging Georgetown to cancel an invitation to Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to speak at a diploma ceremony this Friday. The petitions are also being shared with Cardinal Donald Wuerl of Washington, D.C., and Pope Benedict XVI¬ís ambassador to the United States, Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano. ¬ďThese signers are students, alumni, Catholic families, pastors and others who can no longer tolerate Georgetown University¬ís betrayal of our Church and...
  • Obamacare's Patient-Dumping, Privacy-Meddling Scheme

    05/15/2012 10:16:54 PM PDT · by smoothsailing · 3 replies
    Townhall ^ | 5-16-2012 | Michelle Malkin - Commentary
    May 16, 2012 Obamacare's Patient-Dumping, Privacy-Meddling Scheme Michelle Malkin The stench of Chicago cronyism over the White House just got fouler. Inhale this: A shadowy $10 billion Obamacare agency with zero oversight just awarded first lady Michelle Obama's pet patient-dumping scheme at the University of Chicago Medical Center a $5.9 million taxpayer-funded grant. It will enable Mrs. Obama's cronies to build a government-sponsored electronic medical record-sharing system. The Chicago program, known as the Urban Health Initiative, is run by one of President Obama's closest golfing buddies, scandal magnet Eric Whitaker, who has been entangled with Illinois corruption celebrities Rod Blagojevich...
  • It begins: Catholic university drops all health-insurance coverage in response to HHS mandate

    05/15/2012 10:31:14 AM PDT · by C19fan · 11 replies
    Hot Air ^ | May 15, 2012 | Ed Morrissey
    Actually, itís not just the mandate, but also the costs that will drive Franciscan University to bail out of the health-insurance business. Before now, the Catholic institution required all students to carry health insurance; those who did not have them were required to buy insurance through the school. Thatís not entirely dissimilar to the ObamaCare mandate, although of course attendance at the school is entirely voluntary. Franciscan University put the HHS contraception mandate as its first justification, however:
  • Archdiocese of Washington speaks out over choice of Kathleen Sebelius as Speaker at Georgetown

    05/14/2012 2:59:51 PM PDT · by NYer · 4 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | May 13, 2012 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    The Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Washington, Bishop Barry Knestout forwarded the following editorial from the Catholic Standard, the official newspaper of the Archdiocese. He asked the we priests share it in any way we deem appropriate with the people of the Archdiocese. In this matter.Many of you write me and ask when and if the Archdiocese will speak out on this or that matter. In this matter, I am able to report that it has. And frankly the editorial pull no punches, as you will see. The original text is below in bold black italics. My comments are...
  • HHS Sends $5.9 Million to Program Run by Obama Buddy (U of Chicago program tied to MO)

    05/14/2012 11:49:21 AM PDT · by STARWISE · 26 replies
    White House Dossier ^ | 5-14-12 | Keith Koffler
    The Department of Health and Human Services last week announced it had awarded a $5.9 million grant to a University of Chicago Medical Center program tied to Michelle Obama and run by Eric Whitaker, one of President Obamaís closest friends. The Urban Health Initiative, which received the award, was originally based on a smaller program launched during the last decade by Michelle Obama, who was an executive at the University of Chicago Medical Center before she departed to become first lady. The UHI is headed up by Obama basketball and golf buddy Whitaker, who has known the president since Obamaís...
  • Religious Freedom, Limited Gov't, Political Liberty (How Catholic Church empowered Obama)

    05/11/2012 3:02:26 PM PDT · by NYer · 6 replies
    Ricochet ^ | May 11, 2012 | Paul A. Rahe
    Do atheists and agnostics have a stake in religious liberty? At first glance, it is hard to see why. But I think otherwise, and I addressed this question (among others) in a public lecture entitled ďObamacareís Assault on Religious Liberty,Ē now available on YouTube, that I delivered a month ago today at the Allan P. Kirby Jr. Center for Constitutional Studies and Citizenship established not long ago by Hillsdale College in Washington, DC: "Obamacare's Assault on Religious Liberty" Here I propose to return to one of my lectureís themes Ė the connection between religious freedom, limited government, and political liberty....
  • Outrage!! Catholic Georgetown Chooses Sebelius For Commencement (Petition against this linked)

    05/04/2012 7:45:32 PM PDT · by Salvation · 72 replies ^ | May 04, 2012 7:06 PM | Pat Archbold
    Outrage!! Catholic Georgetown Chooses Sebelius For Commencement † by Pat Archbold Friday, May 04, 2012 7:06 PM† I can't believe it. I can, but I can't.One of the leading ostensibly Catholic Universities, Georgetown, has invited the author of the virulently anti-Catholic HHS mandate, HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, to be one of its commencement speakers.There is no way to interpret this other than a direct slap and challenge to the USCCB.† Georgetown needs to lose its Catholic certification immediately.† The Cardinal Newman Society reports: In what can only be interpreted as a direct challenge to Americaís Catholic bishops, Georgetown University has...
  • Catholic Bishops Call For Two Weeks of Action Against Obama

    04/24/2012 3:01:53 PM PDT · by NYer · 17 replies
    Newsmax ^ | April 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‚Äôs policies could be ‚Äúthe game-changer‚ÄĚ in the presidential election, one leading lay churchman told Newsmax on Tuesday. The protests, dubbed ‚ÄúA Fortnight for Freedom‚ÄĚ will be an ‚Äúunprecedented, aggressive attack‚ÄĚ against policies...
  • The Baehr Essentials (Obama reelection)

    04/24/2012 12:43:19 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 5 replies
    American Thinker ^ | Richard Baehr
    ~snip~ 2. It is pretty apparent that the Obama Administration will do pretty much anything to get Obama re-elected. But this takes the cake: $8 billion of federal money from the Department of Health and Human Services that is available for experiments, will instead be used to extend the Medicare Advantage program that ObamaCare would have curtailed. Medicare Advantage is a program very popular with seniors, and the money shuffling will extend the program through the date of the elections. An experiment to judge a program that is already in effect? huh? The cuts in Medicare Advantage were part of...
  • About Those Anti-Smoking Commercials

    04/22/2012 10:10:28 AM PDT · by relictele · 29 replies
    Vanity | 22 Apr 2012 | Self (Vanity)
    By now most have viewed at least one of the HHS anti-smoking commercials featuring victims of various cancers and other ailments caused - they say - by smoking and tobacco use. It's a cliche but still true: these are our tax dollars at work. Your government commissioned these ads and purchased the airtime with your cash. HHS Secretary Sebelius and her minions risk another sort of medical problem - namely, rotator cuff injuries from patting themselves on the back for foisting these grotesque, voyeuristic images on an unsuspecting, undeserving public. This isn't a tear in the eye of Iron Eyes...
  • The Pope Told You So [Ecumenical]

    04/17/2012 6:31:35 PM PDT · by Salvation · 9 replies ^ | April 17th, 2012 | Rev. George W. Rutler
    The Pope Told You So Media & CultureApril 17th, 2012 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 Faberís hymn says, ďin heart and conscience free.Ē†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†Administrationís argument...
  • Pastor Rick Warren Decries Obama Contraception Compromise

    04/09/2012 3:11:47 PM PDT · by NYer · 13 replies
    National Journal ^ | April 8, 2012 | Alex Roarty
    Influential evangelical pastor Rick Warren said Sunday that he is not satisfied with the Obama administrationís compromise on a requirement that religious-affiliated organizations provide contraception coverage to employees, and said religious freedom is at stake.ďThe issue here is not about womenís health,Ē Warren said on ABCís This Week. ďThere is a greater principle, and that is do you have the right to decide what your faith practices?ĒThe controversy has animated political discourse the last several months, with Republicans charging that Democrats are waging a "war on religion" while Democrats retort that Republicans are fighting a "war on women." The initial...
  • FReep this poll!!! Cardinal Timothy Dolan: TIME magazine 100 poll

    04/04/2012 1:16:27 AM PDT · by koinonia · 16 replies
    TIME Magazine ^ | March 29, 2012 | TIME Staff
    Timothy Cardinal Dolan Age: 62 Occupation: Prince of the Catholic Church The man most likely to give Barack Obama fits on the way to Election Day is the newly birettaed Archbishop of New York. Affable, jolly and theatrical, Dolan deploys these genial weapons as the Catholic Church's point man in the battle against the Obama Administration's policies on contraception and abortion. The President barely won the Catholic vote in 2008; without an accommodation, Dolan could turn away enough voters to tilt a close election ó all with a smile.
  • If the Health Care Mandate is Unconstitutional, Then What?

    04/01/2012 7:12:16 PM PDT · by Salvation · 39 replies ^ | March 30, 2012 | David J. Porter
    If the Health Care Mandate is Unconstitutional, Then What? PoliticsMarch 30th, 2012 David J. Porter Editorís note:†A version of this article first appeared in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Neither Porter nor his firm are involved in the ACA litigation. This summer,†the Supreme Court will decide whether Congress violated the Constitution when it enacted the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, which contains an ďindividual mandateĒ requiring virtually every American to purchase health insurance. Based on the Constitutionís text and structure, and judicial interpretations of the relevant provisions, the mandate should be struck down. Pennsylvania is one of 26 states to have...
  • Dolan describes Obamaís about-face on contraception mandate

    04/01/2012 6:16:01 AM PDT · by NYer · 69 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | March 31, 2012 | Catherine Harmon
    The Wall Street Journal‚Äôs James Taranto has a fascinating interview with New York‚Äôs Cardinal Timothy Dolan, in which the president of the US bishops‚Äô conference discusses the interactions he‚Äôs had with President Barack Obama over the last several months regarding the birth-control mandate handed down by the Department of Health and Human Services. Dolan describes the 45-minute meeting he had with Obama last November, at which he understood the president to say that the Catholic Church‚Äôs religious freedoms would be protected as the health-care law was implemented: ‚ÄúI said, ‚ÄėI‚Äôve heard you say, first of all, that you have immense...
  • 'War on women?' Beware the liberal hyperbole

    03/29/2012 7:30:11 AM PDT · by rhema · 1 replies
    St. Paul Pioneer Press ^ | 3/28/12 | Jennifer A. Marshall
    America is in the midst of a gravely serious debate about religious liberty. It was touched off by news that President Obama's health-care law will coerce some religious groups to violate conscience by covering certain products and services in their health plans or face steep fines. Sadly, liberals have conjured up distractions from this critical constitutional issue. They're charging defenders of the First Amendment with waging a "war on women." Yes, it's an absurd stretch. So is the claim that defending employers' ability to manage their own health plans - free from the dictates of the health-care law - amounts...
  • HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor hanging out at Restaurant

    03/26/2012 7:48:32 PM PDT · by Nachum · 48 replies · 148+ views
    Fire Andrea Mitchell ^ | 3/26/12 | staff
    What an amazing coincidence. After the first day of the ObamaCARE hearings, and the night before the most important day in the hearings, Obamaís Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and Obama appointed far left Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor happen to be dining for dinner at Nora Restaurant, at the same time of night. Of all the restaurants in the Washington DC area, I find quite fishy. Does Nora Restaurant serve fish? I donít know if they were sitting together or not, but it still is just another amazing coincidence. Katie Harbath @katieharbath Sec Sibelius and Justice Sotomayor...
  • HHS Messes with Texas. Obamaís real agenda is clear: abortion.

    03/22/2012 6:31:34 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    National Review ^ | 03/22/2012 | Patrick Brennan
    While opposition to the HHS mandate has caused many liberals to accuse Republicans of a ďwar on women,Ē the Obama administration itself has just declared the first front in its own war on womenís health care. Its casus belli? The Texas governmentís restriction on funding for abortion providers. As of last week, President Obamaís Department of Health and Human Services has withdrawn $30 million worth of funding from a Texas Medicaid program that provides health-care services for low-income women. This HHS policy begins to confirm what conservatives have suspected all along: While the Obama administration has made it clearer than...
  • Time to FREEP Rally for Religious Freedom - Roanoke 3/23 Who's coming?!!?

    03/21/2012 7:00:56 PM PDT · by Huber · 6 replies
    When and Where: 12-1 at the Poff Federal Building, 210 Franklin Rd., SW, Roanoke, VAó(meet at the corner of 3rd St. and Franklin Rd.) Folks - You know what to do. We need a real FReeper showing in Roanoke this Friday. If you're on Facebook, sign up for the Rally, if not, let me know here if you'll be there. Bring your most creative signs and MOABs. (Remember to keep it polite, there are likely to be a lot of nice church people there who may not be used to high sarcasm or Protest Warrior tactics!) Try to get there...