The Obama administration is forcing religious affiliated institutions to provide free abortions and contraceptives to all employees as a part of their mandated health plans.
The Catholic Bishops are objecting, claiming this infringes on the free exercise of religion.
The Obama administration claims that women's health matters more than religious freedom, and that free contraceptives are the cornerstone of women's health.
I have several thoughts on this:
He who dines with the Devil should bring a long spoon: The Catholic church has been a supporter of and willing accomplice to the leftist agenda for 50 years. When the Democrats started building the welfare state the Catholic church went right along with it, calling it 'charity', and proclaiming it to be the moral thing to do. When Obamacare was being debated the church came out and supported it, again under the auspice of Christian charity. Well now they are hoist on their own petard. The Left is not a friend of religion, and only regards the Catholic church as useful idiots. Now that they are no longer needed, the Church will be attacked and destroyed.
Free Lunches are the key to a socialized future: Obamacare is the Trojan horse for socialized medicine and a single payer system. Once the nation has such a system, freedom and liberty are doomed. But people will not give up Liberty for nothing. They must be bought off with baubles and trinkets. The 'free' goodies in the early years of Obamacare are the key to locking this system in place forever. Once women get used to the idea that free contraceptives are a god given right, it will be impossible to repeal the health care law. Obama is fighting hard for this because he knows that once people start getting free stuff, they will sell their souls to keep the swag flowing.
Ex-communication is under rated: The Pope should immediately excommunicate the politicians who passed this bill or support this law. A Catholic can, as an individual, go astray from the teachings of the Church without being removed from the church. If we could not, well, there would be a lot fewer Catholics. But there is a huge difference between personal sin and passing laws forcing other people to sin. People who use government power to force people to commit sins are agents of the devil, and as such, should not be allowed to call themselves Catholic. The Pope should give notice that any politician casting a vote that forces Catholics to violate the teachings of the Church will be removed from the Church. The Democrats can advance their evil plans, but they should not be able to claim they are Catholics while doing it.
Waterloo for Catholics: This crisis will be a defining moment for the future of the Catholic Church in the United States. If the Church takes a firm stand and wins, it will energize the laity and reshape the political landscape. If it loses, however, it will mark then end of the Church as an influence in American life. If the Church cannot defend it's teachings in such an obvious and important area, it is doomed to the shadows of ineffectiveness.
All of this will turn on one simple question: will Catholic women side with the teachings of their faith, or will they deny the Church and line up for free goodies from Obama? At this point I am betting on the filthy lucre.