A Petition For All Freedom Loving People to Sign UPDATED

Notice: This petition reached the goal and was responded to by the Administration.

Evidently, I’m getting ready for a Catholic Spring or something. After posting about the Facebook group all freedom loving people should join, see, I had another idea. After all, if I’m in for a penny, I’m in for a pound. Just like the Pamchenko, there is no “half way” with me. I’m either fully on, or fully off. And you knew John Wayne died a Catholic, right?!

So I drafted a petition to the White House regarding the HHS Mandate. Really. There’s a first time for everything, you know. If you would be so kind as to sign it, and share it with other like minded folks, that would be great. If you don’t think this applies to you, have a look at why it does here.

Here’s what the White House suggests I send folks regarding the petition:

Dear friends,

I wanted to let you know about a new petition I created on We the People,
 a new feature on WhiteHouse.gov, and ask for your support. Will you add your name to mine? If this petition gets 25,000 signatures by February 27, 2012, the White House will review it and respond.

Until 150 people sign it, however, it won’t be visible to folks on the site as a choice to sign. So if you can share it, and link to it through your blogs, social media, etc., to help get the word out, I would be much obliged.

We the People allows anyone (heh!) to create and sign petitions asking the Obama Administration to take action on a range of issues. If a petition gets enough support, the Obama Administration will issue an official response.

You can view and sign the petition here:

http://wh.gov/kl3

Here’s the wording of this petition:

We believe the Obama Administration should:

Rescind the HHS Dept. Mandate Requiring Catholic Employers to
Provide Contraceptives/Abortifacients to Their Employees

The present Administration, through the Health and Human Services
Department, is mandating that all employer healthcare insurance plans provide coverage for procedures which violate the beliefs of the Catholic Church, and Catholic institutions.

Basically, the new rules require the Catholic Church, and the institutions
operating faithfully under the aegis of the Church, to provide coverage for
contraceptive drugs and procedures. This requirement violates the beliefs of the Church.

Never before has the United States Government deigned to represent
“transcendental truth” on matters of conscience for any religion
within these United States. That in itself is unprecedented, which is also
why it is unconstitutional.

Sign to Let the present Administration know that this mandate cannot stand.

Be advised, it takes some time for the petition to load up when you click on the link, maybe even as long as one minute. Have patience, grasshoppers. Also, if you’re concerned about putting your location in, don’t be. Just leave the zipcode blank empty. And forget about the other scary thoughts that might keep you awake at night too.

Now, the faith part. All by myself, see, I don’t know 25,000 people. None of us do. But I have faith that by sharing this opportunity with all of you, you will do the same, and we’ll blow the doors off that little ol’ number long before February 27th. After all, St. Augustine said, “Pray as though everything depended on God and act as if everything depended on you.”

That’s the spirit! “But Frank,”you admonish, “everyone knows that petitions are worthless and weak. Besides, the bishops are going to fight this tooth and nail. Why should I bother to help?” Simple. How many bishops are there in the United States? 195. How many votes do they command? 195. If only the bishops speak, and there is no other tangible sign of support from the rest of us, you know, backing them up, they will just be perceived as barking in thin air. 195 + 25,000, on the other hand, might just get a little more notice.

UPDATE: As of 15:59(EST) on 2/07/2012, the 25,000 signature goal was met!. Help keep us flyin’ folks! More fuel is needed, and we want to keep this going, so please sign it and share it too.

UPDATE II: This process is easy, but not necessarily intuitive. Filling out the form, once it loads up, is a multiple step process. Here’s a video tutorial.

 

  • Faith Roberts

    I’ve been trying to sign the petition but because I am internet challenged, I can’t seem to do it. I created an account but whenever I click the sign in button, it takes me to another page and then I can’t get back to the actual petition to actually sign. The signing button on the petition doesn’t appear to be clickable until after I sign in. Catch 22! What am I doing wrong?

    • Frank Weathers

      I added a tutorial video in the update to the post. Give it another try Faith. Thanks!

      • Joanne

        It did that for me too. Sign out and then resign back in. It should let you do it after that.

  • Faith Roberts

    Thank you, Frank! Pathetically, I still couldn’t sign it until my college age son called me and walked me through it! But really, I think the site is a little glitchy because I had to keep signing in and then signing out until poof! the button suddenly became clickable. But I posted it to facebook and so did my two college kids!

    • Frank Weathers

      Way to hang in there Faith! Bravo Zulu.

    • Eric Cooney

      Ya Faith, the site really is horrible. It’s as if the administration doesn’t really want to listen to people! (read with a sarcastic comment)

      • amanda

        I just finished signing the petition. I agree the registration process and means to editing your profile is poorly designed. The layouts and the links are poor or missing. Rather an embarrassment for something that is supposed to be from the leader of our Country!

        Thank you Frank, and everyone else, just keep trying!

        • Frank Weathers

          “Never give up. Never surrender.” ;)

  • http://www.catholicfictionwritingchick.blogspot.com Janny

    Signed it, forwarded it to three people, scanning my e-mail box for more to send it to…

    Thanks for this!

    • Frank Weathers

      Thank you, Janny. Te Deum Laudamus

  • Tom

    Frank:
    I’ve been following the conversation re: the HHS ruling on Commonweal. While several bloggers agree that the ruling violates the church’s religious freedom – there are several cases including two recently where the Supreme Court refused to hear appeals by Catholic organizations who refused to provide ABC as mandated by state governments in California and New York. Though I’m unclear on the details of the case this doesn’t bode well if the USCCB files a lawsuit.

  • Name withheld by request

    The site told me I had already signed. I have not. I left a profane explanation of my feelings there. I would have signed, but they found a cute way to cut you off at your knees.

    Anyone else seeing this?

    • Frank Weathers

      You’ve signed it, let me assure you. Now…go back to the site and use the “Promote this Petition on Twitter” button until your mouse breaks. *Don’t use the Facebook one, because that one sends a dysfunctional link.

  • Gail Finke

    Can you amend that petition to not use the word “Catholic”? Although I am a Catholic and all for this, I don’t think ANY employer should have to follow this ridiculous mandate.

    • Frank Weathers

      I cannot. Once it was launched, it became un-editable.

  • Leon Suprenant

    I’ve had the same problem. I’ve logged into the White House site but the button won’t let me “sign petition.”

    • Frank Weathers

      Try opening it in a “new window” or “new page.” I hear that may help.

  • http://bigbfiles.wordpress.com Bryan Hewing

    Best to do it using Google Crome. There seem to be problems doing it in internet explorer.

    • Frank Weathers

      Try them all, folks. The one that works for you is the “best one.” For what it’s worth, the site wouldn’t allow me to upload the petition in Chrome. So I used Firefox and “presto.” The bottom line is similar to what I said above: adapt, improvise, overcome.

  • Ellen S.

    Frank and friends, the Catholic Church itself is actually exempt from the rule ro cover contraception. The rule covers affiliated groups, like universities and hospitals, that employ many people of all faiths. (the rule is posted on the HHS website.) Congratulations on entering the advocacy world – please inform the people who may have mistakenly signed your petition.

  • http://analogreigns.blogspot.com Ralph Davis

    I came to this website intending to sign your petition in whole-hearted support. I found however a half-hearted petition, asking the government to merely carve out a special exemption for one religious denomination, while leaving all other religious organizations, secular organizations and businesses, and individuals to the government wolves.

    Why should ANY business owner, be they the Roman Catholic Church organization, other churches, or just individuals…..be forced to pay for unethical services to their employees?

    Why should ANYONE be forced to go against conscience to pay for the culture of death?

    Re-draft this as a call for freedom of conscience for everyone–not just Roman Catholic organizations….then I’ll be happy to sign.

    • Frank Weathers

      Unfortunately, once it was uploaded, it was not “editable.” As I was limited to writing what was, in effect, an 800 word “tweet,” I chose to frame it as I did. The assault on the Constitution, though, is aimed at every citizen , despite my aiming the petition primary at a Catholic audience. I hope that makes sense to you, and that you will reconsider signing it and sharing it with others. Many of my Christian friends from other traditions have supported it willingly.

      Thanks for your comment.