Some months ago HHS refused to award an anti-trafficking grant to the U.S. Bishops' Migration and Refugee Services (MRS). It did so despite MRS's scoring higher on an objective scale (according to the government's independent advisors evaluating grant applications) than two of the three organizations that were awarded grants. (And two of those scored so low that they were deemed unqualified.) I suggested then that HHS had an ABC rule, "Anybody But Catholics." Now I wonder if ABC isn't also the answer to who gets freedom of religion.

Further Reading:

David Gibson: Bishops Feel Betrayed by Obam
Archbishop Dolan: Religious Freedom: The Cornerstone of American Government
Regnum Novum: A Primer on the HHS Rule; What you Need to Know
CNS News: Obama vs Catholics
Terry Mattingly: Pope Benedict, President Obama and Religious Freedom
Bishop James D. Conley "The Bell is Tolling"
William McGurn: Obama Offends the Catholic Left
Michael Sean Winters: Time for Civil Disobedience?
Daily News: Obama Administration takes a Wrong-Headed Line Against Church