When considering the Presidents attack on the 1st Amendment, and the resistance of the bishops, we have to remember another point.
The bishops supported Obamacare in principle. They thought they wanted to support an Obamacare without things that the Church objects to. They thought they wanted a top down healthcare much as what Vatican City State and Roman Curia employees get.
The problem with buying into top down health care is that, once you permit it to take over, you won’t be able to stop whatever its adminstrators want to impose.
I have been listening to White House shills and surrogates hammer away that “preventive health” is a “right”. Remember the adage: make the lie big, keep the lie simple, and repeat the lie until everyone believes it.
Today I also heard a story about a women who wanted to be a man, and who went through some transgendering surgical mutlilation to simulate that aspiration. Apparently “he” just gave birth… as a “man”. That’s going to be a “right”, mark my words.
Think about what is down the pike, folks. Even if the bishops win this battle over “exemptions”, Catholic institutions will be forced to acquies to any “right” the government begins to tout as a right.
Think about how complicated things will get when the administrators of top-down health care start determining matters of brain death and when organs can be transplanted.
Think about how end of life issues will be determined and who will be involved.
The US Bishops put their foot wrong on the first rung of the ladder into the tarpit.
We are probably going to have to get out of hospitals or lose our identity.
None of this means that we should stop fighting the Obama Administration’s attack on the 1st Amendment. We must not comply with what they want to do to us as Americans and as Catholics. But let’s not be naive about how we got here in the first place.
Since I wrote this, I found THIS.