From WaPo and AP I just learned that Pres. Obama’s campaign director David Axelrod has said something revelatory about the administration’s ultimate goals.
Obama’s senior political adviser urges all sides in birth control fight to ‘lower our voices’ [Get that? It’s time for Catholics to shut up.]
By Associated Press, Updated: Tuesday, February 7, 8:15 AM
WASHINGTON — A political adviser to President Barack Obama said Tuesday the administration didn’t intend to “abridge anyone’s religious freedom” [B as in B. S as in S.] with its regulation requiring church-affiliated employers to cover birth control for their workers.
“This is an important issue. It’s important for millions of women around the country,” said Axelrod, the political adviser to Obama’s re-election campaign. “We want to resolve it in an appropriate way and we’re going to do that.” [I think their “appropriate” and mine might be widely divergent.]
Roman Catholic leaders have assailed Obama and Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius for the new rule, [NO AP! NO WaPo! The Obama Administration has assailed the Catholic Church!] arguing that it tramples on their religious beliefs. Religious groups that oppose the regulation say that it forces people of faith to choose between upholding church doctrine and serving the broader society.
[Watch this weasel language…] In an interview Tuesday broadcast on MSNBC, Axelrod said, “I’m less concerned about the messaging of this than finding a resolution that makes sense.” He noted that these institutions have roughly a year and a half to comply with the new regulation, saying “I think we need to lower our voices and get together.” [Get that? The resolution that “makes sense” to David Axelrod, and there is surely NO DAYLIGHT between what he says on this and what Pres. Obama thinks, is that Catholics had better SHUT UP AND COMPLY.]
At the same time, Axelrod acknowledged the dispute has caused a rift between the White House and the Roman Catholic Church.
“We have great respect for the work that these institutions do, and we certainly don’t want to abridge anyone’s religious freedom,” he said. But Axelrod also said the administration was struggling to strike a balance between a stance that “guarantees women the preventive care [The language is Orwellian.] they need” and one which respects the prerogatives of religious institutions.
“There are tens of thousands, hundreds of thousands of women who work in these universities who are not Catholic,” he said. “The question is whether they’re going … to have the same access to basic preventive care.” [In every interview, press release, White House statement, the language they must have polled to be adequately deceptive is “preventive care”.]
Axelrod said Sebelius had acted on a recommendation by the Institute of Medicine’s recommendation and that she exempted churches themselves from the rule. [“SHE exempted”?!? SHE?] Asked if the White House had consulted religious leaders before acting, he replied, “The bottom line is, this was a decision made with the interest of the health of millions around this country in mind.” [In other words, if they did, it didn’t matter one little bit.]
Axelrod accused Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney of seeking to “turn it into a kind of political football,” saying he considered Romney’s stance “ironic” because the former Massachusetts governor led a state that has a similar policy. [Very clever. He pivots away from the real problem, which is a clear violation of the 1st Amendment, to make objections in a partisan political issue.]