Obama’s war on religion (update #4)

Obama’s brazen assault on religious liberty remains intransigent. His political calculus has apparently determined that faithful Christian voters are not part of his base. Yet, this issue is so much broader than one demographic. This is yet another extralegal step, disregarding the Constitution of the United States and his oath of office. It certainly is not the first one (e.g. refusing to enforce laws he personally disagress with like the Defense of Marriage Act).

Before he enter on the execution of his office, he shall take the following oath or affirmation: “I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States.”

US Constitution, Article II, Section 1

The possible resolutions are:

  • Obama reverses course and either drops this mandate or provides at least minimal conscience protections that he has promised again and again.
  • This administrative action is overridden by a law, with a veto proof majority. This has already been tried but failed in the Democrat controlled senate.
  • The courts rule against it. This seems very probable, but will take a long time.
  • Obama is not reelected. It is a certainty that a different administration will correct this.

This issue is too important not to cover, but I also want to keep my normal publishing schedule of Tuesday and Friday open for my regular content. Therefore, beginning today this update (and any future ones on this topic) will be published on Sundays as needed.

My last summary was 2.5 weeks ago. This is the latest update. To see the whole series, click here.

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

First Amendment to the United States Constitution

Further Reading

Here is a good sampling of the zillion new articles written on this topic in the last two and a half weeks:

  1. “The HHS Mandate is Demeaning to Women.” And Women Are Speaking Out
  2. “Well, basically, we’re not looking to the Constitution on that aspect of it”
  3. ‘Decrease in Human Beings Will Cover Cost of Contraception Mandate,’ Claims Sebelius
  4. ‘Unified, focused’ bishops pledge to continue religious liberty defense
  5. ‘We Are Crossing the Rubicon': House Tackles HHS Mandate Threat
  6. 98% of Obama Supporters Do Not Understand Statistics
  7. A sermon explaining what Pres. Obama is doing.
  8. Abominations Will Be Forced On Us By The Government
  9. Administration ‘Taking another Mulligan’
  10. Americans Strongly Oppose Obama Mandate, New Poll Shows
  11. Amish, Ok. Catholics, No.
  12. An Embarrassing History Lesson
  13. And Upon This Poll I Will Build My Church
  14. Becket Fund on Bill O’Reilly: Misconceptions and New Polls
  15. Biden: We “Screwed Up” Conscience Issues in the Mandate
  16. Bishop tells committee about ‘absurd’ effects of contraceptive mandate
  17. Bishops Call Day of Prayer, Fasting, Abstinence for Religious Liberty
  18. Bogus Birth Control Controversy
  19. Bp. Lori responds for USCCB to America Magazine’s cave in on Pres. Obama’s HHS attack
  20. CL: Lefty ‘catholics’ shilling for Pres. Obama
  21. Cardinal Dolan Implies That Obama Lied To Him
  22. Cardinal Dolan Voices Dismay At Handling By White House In Letter Updating Bishops On HHS Mandate Controversy
  23. Cardinal Dolan’s Update on the HHS Mandate Fight
  24. Cardinal Dolan: religious liberty concerns ‘off the table’ for White House
  25. Cardinal George: All Catholic Hospitals Will Close in Two Years Under HHS Mandate
  26. Cardinal George: All Catholic hospitals will close in two years under HHS mandate
  27. Catholic laity urged to bring faith-based convictions to public square
  28. Church plans to redouble effort for law to protect religious conscience
  29. Church’s Alliance with Government Comes Crashing Down
  30. Contraception Not as Important as Abortion to Obama
  31. Contraception hurts minorities, says African American leader
  32. Contraception, Against Conscience
  33. Controlling Language in the “Contraceptive” Debate
  34. Debunking Obama’s Myths About Catholics and Contraception
  35. Diverse panel testifies against contraception mandate
  36. Does the ObamaCare individual mandate make contracts unenforceable?
  37. Don’t Claim to Speak for All Women
  38. Driving The Narrative
  39. Ethics group says babies are not “actual persons”, and killing them is fine.
  40. Executive Overreach: The HHS Mandate Versus Religious Liberty
  41. First They Came for the Catholics: Obama’s Contraceptive Mandate
  42. Forcing A Kosher Deli To Sell Ham Is Akin To Forcing A Catholic to Pay For Contraception
  43. Free Beer Mandate
  44. Freedom of Worship?
  45. HHS Issues New Rule on ObamaCare Scheme to Fund Abortion Insurance
  46. HHS Mandate Creates Absurd Results, Bishop Lori Tells House Judiciary Committee
  47. HHS Resources
  48. Have Laws Been Replaced by Decrees?
  49. Holder: First Amendment Allows Us to Force Catholics to Buy Contraception
  50. House Judiciary Hearing Raises Concerns of Government Intrusion Into Family Life
  51. HuffPo: We Must Regulate Fertility Industry
  52. In defense of the Catholic Church
  53. Interesting Glen Beck video
  54. Joe Klein Shocker: Requiring Insurers to Cover Birth Control ‘Major Overstepping of the State’s Role’
  55. Laughable Hypcorisy from Obama
  56. Leaving the Democrats
  57. Legion Of Evil (Senate) Kills Blunt Amendment
  58. Lutheran leader sides with Catholics on contraceptives issue in fiery testimony
  59. Missouri Synod President tells House Committee: LCMS ‘religiously opposed to supporting abortion-causing drugs’
  60. National rallies seek religious freedom restoration on March 23
  61. New Poll Shows How Strongly Americans Oppose the HHS Mandate
  62. Non possumus! We Cannot!
  63. Not about Catholics or Contraception
  64. Now is Not the Time For Silence or Compromise
  65. Obama Abandoning Pro-Life Embryo Adoption Program
  66. Obama Admin Cuts Off Birth Control Funding for Low-Income Women in Texas
  67. Obama Admin lectures Card. Dolan and USCCB. Dolan responds
  68. Obama Admin’s HHS kills Texas women’s health program because State prohibits money to help Planned Parenthood
  69. Obama Administration Takes Another Pass on Defending HHS Mandate
  70. Obama Mandate Could Fine Religious Groups $2,000 Per Employee
  71. Obama Risks $100 Billion If Catholic Hospitals Close
  72. Obama VS. Religious Freedom – Don’t Let the Point Get Lost!
  73. Obama gives Amish complete exemption. Catholics? Talk to the hand! Why? Why do you think?
  74. Obama’s Remaking of America
  75. Obamacare Regs 2.5X As Long as the Bible
  76. Pa. bishops respond to HHS mandate with day of fasting and prayer
  77. President Obama: Render Unto God the Things that Are God’s
  78. Pretending Contraception is the Crisis
  79. Religious Freedom: It’s not just Pakistan and China
  80. Senate Dems stop “conscience exemption” to Obama birth control coverage policy
  81. Sleeping Giant-A Parody of All Along the Watchtower Concerning the HHS Debacle
  82. Speaking Loudly About Human Liberty
  83. Spoon-feeding partisan talking points
  84. Stand Up For Religious Freedom on March 23
  85. Tell your Senator: Stop HHS Mandate!
  86. The Bogus Birth Control Debate
  87. The Evolution Of A Right
  88. The Forgotten Birth Control Battle
  89. The Mandate Controversy and the Bishops’ Response
  90. The Senate Betrays the People
  91. The Suppositions Behind Obama’s Contraception Coverage
  92. The right to conscientious objection
  93. U.S. Senate Defeats Amendment to Protect Religious Liberty
  94. Umbrellas in a Tornado
  95. United for Religious Freedom
  96. WH to Dolan: We’re not listening but you should!
  97. We don’t need no stinking Bishops!
  98. What if Catholic bishops aren’t bluffing?
  99. What the heck does that have to do with our freedom of religion?
  100. What’s Going On?
  101. White House Tells US Bishops’ Staff How To Interpret Catholic Teaching
  102. Why the State Must Respect Your Conscience
  103. Women’s voices you don’t hear in the mainstream media
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Comments

  1. It’s amazing and overwhelming the press this has gotten within a short time. Thank you, again for keeping up with this.
    Are you absolutely “certain” that a different administration would resolve the issue? It’s hard to know, but one would hope so.

    • George M. Sipe says:

      It is impossible to know with absolute certainty exactly what another administration would do, but short of absolute certainty I am personally confident that at least conscience protections for religious institutions would be restored. I would hope for much more in reversing the seemingly countless ways this administration has promoted (even forced) the abortion agenda here and worldwide. I really can’t picture another administration of either party being this bad.

  2. I hope so. It’s very hard to get rid of incumbent, though. The religious liberty may have to be adjudicated by the courts, ultimately.

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