Prayer works wonders, but we have to believe. Be courageous in your prayer.
Times like these, I am glad that I have faith in something larger. So many, with all of the most honorable intentions, talk of keeping others in their “thoughts”. I have never seen a “thought” make something better for something or someone else, but I have experienced many times that a prayer has. I hope and pray that others may experience that same sort of peace and belief that prayer works. If you really are keeping people in prayer, may you have the courage to say so without being afraid that you will offend them.
- The HHS mandate isn’t about health care: Contraception neither treats nor prevents any disease.
- The HHS mandate isn’t about making contraceptives available: They are already widely available at low cost; 85% of corporations cover them, nearly all government jobs do, and Planned Parenthood and HHS clinics offer them free or practically free to fill the gaps.
- The HHS mandate isn’t about fairness: Under it, if you want a birth control pill you don’t have to worry about co-pays. If you need to take a drug to keep you alive, you have to come up with money for the privilege.
So, what is the HHS mandate about?
- Weakening the First Amendment. The HHS mandate reshapes constitutional rights. It makes a new “right to free contraception” a more fundamental right than the right than to free exercise of religion.
- Neutralizing Opponents. As Cardinal Francis George put it, the HHS mandate “attempts to weaken the unity between the bishops and the faithful.” As George Weigel and Ross Douthat put it, it is a political “divide and conquer” strategy.
- Expanding Executive Power. The HHS Mandate was a giant power grab. Cardinal George, as early as 2009 was warning that it was Obama’s opposition to health care conscience rules (despite his promise to the contrary at Notre Dame) that “could be the first step in moving our country from democracy to despotism.”
Look at the IRS scandal and you find the same contours.
- Weakening the First Amendment. The IRS scandal violates both the “freedom of speech” clause of the First Amendment, demanding Tea Party groups tell it the content of their speeches, and the “freedom of religion” clause, and demanding pro-life groups tell it the content of their prayers.
- Neutralizing opponents. Salon magazine reminds us of four political foes that may have been targeted when George W. Bush was president. The Wall Street Journal objected at the time. So did the NAACP, one of the targets, and congressional Democrats, who called it political “intimidation.” Their words are well-taken. Apply them to Obama’s IRS and the outrage should be exponentially higher with nearly 500 organizations targeted.
- Expanding Government Power. Ironically, the IRS scandal targeted groups whose very purpose is to warn Americans that the government is grabbing too much power through taxes: King George’s taxation without representation. The IRS’s “taxation as vexation” goes one step further.
So does the HHS Mandate.
|—||-Pope John Paul II (via is-it-easier-to-look-away)|