Smart lawyer types and the USCCB and various other religious folk who bid fair to be screwed by this tyrannical act will have to take the magnifying glass to it and figure out what it all means but it’s not a very encouraging sign.
Here’s Ezra Klein’s first draft of history. As a non-lawyer type, my first response is “Why specify that this applies to ‘large faith-based hospitals and universities”. Why not anybody that wants to be exempted for the sake of conscience?” It reads like, “If your pockets are deep enough and you have enough legal firepower, we’ve decided its too much hassle to fight you. The rest of you little guys, get in line or we will smash you. And when we are finally strong enough, we’ll be back to smash the ones we exempted–for now.”
Am I missing something?
Still and all, a sign that our Ruling Class can’t *always* call the shots. After all, if they were in total control, they wouldn’t have to create these ruses.
Keep up the court challenges till they really back down:
ALLIANCE DEFENDING FREEDOM COMMENTThe following quote may be attributed to Alliance Defending Freedom Senior Legal Counsel Matt Bowman regarding Friday’s announcement by the Obama administration regarding certain exemptions to its abortion pill mandate:
February 1, 2013 – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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“All Americans, not just those in church organizations, are guaranteed freedom of conscience in their daily lives and work. The administration’s narrow gesture does nothing to protect many faith-based employers or religious families from the unconstitutional abortion pill mandate. The government has no business putting religious freedom on the negotiating table, or picking and choosing who is allowed to exercise faith.”
“The administration must immediately abandon the idea that it has the power to withhold or dispense our fundamental freedoms to whomever it chooses. The mandate is losing in court. The only acceptable solution is for the administration to obey the Constitution and its legal duty to protect religious freedom.”
Alliance Defending Freedom is litigating numerous lawsuits against the abortion pill mandate.
Alliance Defending Freedom is an alliance-building legal ministry that advocates for the right of people to freely live out their faith.