Priests for Life joins the Resistance

Files suit against the administration.

Belmont Abbey also files suit.

Rick Warren says he will go to jail rather than knuckle under to the tyrant.

65 Orthodox bishops stand with the Catholic communion in opposing the tyrant.

Chris Mathews is frightened by the tyrant’s actions

The GOP suddenly feels it sails swell with a fresh breeze as the Obama Administration’s gratuitous act of spite against the Church hands them a fantastic, volatile issue. Is a lot of this political opportunism? Of course! But who cares? I don’t give a rip what somebody’s motivation is in opposing this act of tyranny. I care that they oppose this act of tyranny. Way to go, GOP! Welcome to the resistance!

Evangelicals ride to the aid of Gondor.

In a world where the overwhelming consensus of our Manufacturers of Culture is that Obama is just and wise and we should all salute his tyranny, dare to be this guy:

As a vastly better President once said:

In the long history of the world, only a few generations have been granted the role of defending freedom in its hour of maximum danger. I do not shrink from this responsibility—I welcome it. I do not believe that any of us would exchange places with any other people or any other generation. The energy, the faith, the devotion which we bring to this endeavor will light our country and all who serve it—and the glow from that fire can truly light the world.

And so, my fellow Americans: ask not what your country can do for you—ask what you can do for your country.

  • Alipius

    What do you make of this? Is this a serious poll or simply the work of some Obama-worshippers?

    • Dave

      Probably true, but doesn’t matter. The media can trot these types of stats out whenever they want…but the majority of Catholics in this country haven’t darkened the door of a church in years, or maybe they show up at Christmas and Easter. I’m sure that the number of Catholics who actually practice their faith that are against this edict is something on the order of 95%. And among those who don’t practice their faith, maybe 30% of them are against the edict.

  • Babs

    That is THE BEST photo ever.

  • Crude

    I’m glad to see that this is fast becoming a unifying issue, with many protestants and catholics getting behind opposition to this.


    The poll in question doesn’t make reference to the Church at all, I believe. Supposedly the issue was:

    “The Public Religion Research Institute found that 55 percent of Americans, and 58 percent of self-identified Catholics, agree with the following statement: “Employers should be required to provide their employees with health care plans that cover contraception and birth control at no cost.””

    Obviously, that leaves out the specifics of this case (no mention of abortifacients, no mention that the employer in question is the catholic church, etc).

  • Confederate Papist

    I even heard John “Effing” Kerry, who served in Viet Nam, is not supporting the HHS mandate. Surprised and glad to hear, if it’s true.

    Meanwhile Mark, in light of your efforts in this matter, I thought you’d better take a look at this:

    • Julie

      That would be great news about Kerry if true. As his constituent, I wrote to him to express my dismay at the mandate and request that he also oppose it, and I have yet to receive a response and cannot find any statement directly from him that he does oppose the mandate.

  • Mark S. (not for Shea)

    Only one minor quibble:

    I’ve never equated the Church with Gondor. Gondor was unearthly kingdom. I’ve always seen the Church as more like the Istari: ordained to be the a beacon in this present darkness.

    Otherwise, my geekness applauds everything else you wrote. ;-)

  • Mark S. (not for Shea)

    Terrific photo. What is the source?

  • Mark Windsor

    JFK? Seriously?

    “We shall nobly save, or meanly lose, the last best hope of earth.” Somewhat better quote, I think, by an even better president.

    • victor

      As an even BETTER president once said, we win every time we say “no”:

      • CJ

        Yeah, but he wasn’t president then. :-) Seriously, I love that ep, as well as ST: TNG’s “Chain of Command.” Resist the (fictional) tyrants!

        • victor

          Yeah, he wasn’t president until next season. “There are four lights!”

  • kevin

    That picture is hilarious. Who was that guy?

    • CJ

      Never seen that one either. The Tiananmen Square tank guy was awesome too.

  • Consistency

    The Silmarillion… The Emperor was right about you… You are powerful. (mixing awesome nerd references here.)

  • Peggy R

    Card. Wuerl penned an editorial w/Chuck Colson and a Jewish man I don’t know Meir Soloveicheck (spelling?)

    Indeed, Barack Obama has united the country. Halleluia! ;^D

  • Tom

    I hope this keeps up but I’m not confident. Back went Roe vs Wade was passed, ONE bishop, an auxiliary in Albany, got himself thrown in gaol and the rest shut up on the issue until now.

  • Mark S (not for Shea)

    According to this morning’s news, the White House has backed down. We won.

    • Dave

      When I read the article, I wasn’t so encouraged about it. The Administration is clearly casting about for a way that will allow them to look reasonable without really changing anything – at least that’s what I got out of it.

      • math_geek

        The Hill suggested they were going to change from requiring organizations to include contraceptives in health care plans to requiring organizations who didn’t include contraceptives to disclose that they weren’t doing so, and allowing employees to purchase contraception directly from the insurer at their own cost.

        That may not be true, but if it is, it’s a huge difference.

        • Dave

          That would be fine, if true. But that’s not what I am reading in the article posted by the Associated Press.

          Basically it is just saying that the insurance company has to cover it rather than the employer, which sounds like a distinction without a difference.

          • math_geek

            Yeah, I’ve seen that version too now. It’ll probably take a couple days before I can realistically make any sense of this. /stupid media.

          • Oregon Catholic

            And what if the Catholic institution is self-insured?

  • Wryman

    Game over. Catholics can now cheerfully vote for the most pro-abortion president in US history.

  • Ronald King

    What I got from it is God’s influence is always there.

  • Dave

    Regardless of what happens now, if Obama is willing to do this in an election year, what will he do when he doesn’t have to worry about re-election?!

  • Wryman

    AP: The change was quickly endorsed by the Catholic Health Assn., a group that gave crucial support to the president’s healthcare law but had sharply criticized the birth control rule.
    “The framework developed has responded to the issues we identified that needed to be fixed,” CHA president Sister Carol Keehan said in a statement. “We are pleased and grateful that the religious liberty and conscience protection needs of so many ministries that serve our country were appreciated enough that an early resolution of this issue was accomplished.”

    Gee, she could have waited to hear how the bishops responded. But everyone knows that the PR war is won by the firstest with the mostest.
    Another article says Planned Parenthood is ecstatic too. Game, Set, Match.

  • Chris

    This revision is arguably more insulting and insidious than the first.

    First, because it assumes we’re too stupid to see past their oh-so-clever semantic gymnastics to realize that this is just a shit-sandwich on rye instead of white.

    Second, because it aims to directly divide and conquer the Church by roping in the fawning adoration of moronic groups like CHA to give the “all clear” to concerned liberals while getting their backs stroked by their friends at Planned Parenthood.

    Third, because it seeks to break up the unity of the Bishops.

    Fourth, because it creates a nasty precedent in which it can force the Church to materially cooperate in ANY kind of evil, as long as there’s a rider which, in name only disassociates the connection.

    Fifth, because it guarantees that the President will not meet the Bishops demands, and thus this conflagration will grow.

    • Dave

      Chris, well said…I agree with you 100%. We’ll see if the bishops cave.

  • Wryman

    Chris, I’m afraid this means the whole issue is gone and that the bishops can go back to sleep.

    • Chris M

      Now, now, let’s not surrender to despair JUST yet.. at least wait until we hear the snoring.

      And then it’ll be up to us to try to wake them back up. The cynic in me “knows” this was just a typical policy ploy from the left.. state your position in unrealistically extreme terms.. let the brouhaha commence.. appear to be “reasonable” and “humbly compromise” without actually compromising in order to get what you want and come off smelling like roses.

    • Mark Shea

      Sheesh! What is it with you guys and your perpetual counsels of despair and defeat.? There are counterattacks in war. Deal with it stop being such wusses. Fight, dammit!

  • Confederate Papist

    I don’t trust them.

    I didn’t trust them before they did this.

    I won’t trust them after this so-called “back down”.

    I will never trust them. It’s the government, they should never be trusted…ever.

    I don’t care if the resident of the WH is a donkey or an elephant. I don’t care if congress is controlled by one or the other.

    • Dave

      Of course you don’t. 90% of them are odious so-and-so’s, with a few exceptions like Ron Paul, Rand Paul, Coborn. I’m sure there are a few more.

  • Andrew

    I’d hesitate before calling JFK vastly better.

    He’s the President which made public heresy mainstream for American Catholics. Read the speech to the Baptists ministers on his religion. It is quite clearly heretical. Of course what made matters worse, was the combination of silence and support coming from the American Bishops in response.