HHS Forced Sex Changes? There Ain’t No Fait Accompli For The Church Here

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“Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to thy protection…

Over at Get Religion, Terry Mattingly wonders why journalists have basically ignored the possibility that the HHS Department has language in their Final Rule Implementing Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act that indicates all recipients of monies from HHS must perform gender reassignment surgeries, no religious exceptions allowed.

Like, if you wanted that kind of surgery, you’d want the folks least experienced in providing it to start honing their skills by learning on you. [Read more…]

On the HHS Mandate, We’re Approaching the Line of Departure REVISITED

Crossing the LD, the old fashioned way…

I didn’t know it at the time this was originally written, but the Little Sisters of the Poor were our other secret weapon, aside from prayer. Their stand against the Administration was the ultimate “soft tactic” in a hard war.  In a nutshell, see,  of all of the groups that filed suit against the HHS Mandate, they were the target that could fell the giant.

Here’s the post published on June 4, 2012 in which I described the way that we could win the day against the HHS Mandate. As I recall, it wasn’t very popular among the armchair Catholic warrior types. C’est le guerre.

Here’s the original post. It’s long, so you might want to linger over it with your favorite adult beverage…

Currently, the bulk of our forces are  still in the Assembly Area, marshalling troops, building logistics trains, and communication networks, etc.  The dozen lawsuits that were launched a few weeks ago? Probes, really, looking for areas of strength and weakness. They crossed the line of departure a few weeks back as a reconnaissance-in-force.

Over at NRO Online, Mark L. Rienzi gives a recap of what we know so far. Basically, it’s the tale of a media blackout, which we are all familiar with, [Read more…]

President Obama Embraces the Fait Accompli He Wasn’t Looking For UPDATED

"I don't know what I was thinking, Your Holiness..."

“I don’t know what I was thinking, Your Holiness…” Photograph paid for with our tax dollars.

What a difference 4 and 1/2 years makes. Wait. It’s been 5 1/2 years? Has it really only been that long since I wrote the post saying that the HHS Mandate struck at the heart of religious freedom?

Has it really been that long since I climbed into a cockpit, strapped on a White House Petition, and rocketed toward the very edge of the atmosphere, hoping to send a message to the POTUS to let religious liberty be what it always has been?

Has it really been that long since, in his hubris, President Obama had his Press Secretary (poor Jay Carney) proclaim that the HHS Mandate would be a fait accompli? He had his HHS Secretary (poor Kathleen Sebelius) working for months, and months, on an accommodation that would have financially destroyed all those “not quite churchy enough” religious non-profits who refused to bow to Caesar? [Read more…]

BREAKING: SCOTUS Decides Not To Decide On The HHS Mandate UPDATED

Perhaps it’s a positive development. The Becket Fund is calling it a win for the Little Sisters of the Poor. First, the news from CNN,

Washington (CNN) The Supreme Court on Monday avoided issuing a major ruling on a challenge brought by religiously affiliated non-profit groups to the Affordable Care Act’s contraceptive mandate.

The justices, in a unanimous decision, wrote that they were not deciding the case on the merits but instead sent the case back down to the lower courts for opposing parties to work out a compromise.

The decision to send the case back to the appellate level appears to be a direct impact of Justice Antonin Scalia’s death in February. Scalia, a stalwart conservative, would likely have ruled against the Obama administration.

In its ruling Monday, the court said it is not deciding whether the religious exercise of the challengers has been substantially “burdened.”

“When all is said and done, the challengers may well get what they want — not having to directly provide contraceptive coverage against their religious beliefs,” Vladeck said. “But if the court gets its way, that will be the result of a pragmatic compromise, not a legal ruling about the balance between individual rights and religious freedom.”

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The Little Sisters Of The Poor Take Their Case To SCOTUS

Photo Credit: The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty

Photo Credit: The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty

A few days ago, I was going to mention that the main reason why some cases are settled justly the first time, while others aren’t, has a lot to do with which circuit court the case is heard in. When a lower court decides against a plaintiff, the next step is to appeal the judgement.

To the highest court of the land, then, is where the Little Sisters of the Poor are headed. Again. [Read more…]

Confused About The HHS Mandate And Bullying The Little Sisters Of The Poor?

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St. Jeanne Jugan, Foundress of the Little Sisters of the Poor
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Join the club.Evidently there isn’t enough important stuff happening in the world these days, so the Obama Administration plays a game of chicken with the Little Sisters of the Poor.

Go figure.

Perhaps doing so makes the Administration feel powerful, while they neglect to do much of anything of substance in other spheres?

Here’s the Wall Street Journal interviewing Stephanie Barclay of the Becket Fund For Religious Liberty. Roll tape. [Read more…]

In D.C., The Battle Against The HHS Mandate Rages On…

FYI, the good guys took a licking in the last skirmish. You can read the details in The Register. The upshot? The Archdiocese of Washington will likely appeal the ruling to the Supreme Court.

Likely to be used as a springboard for the appeal are the following thoughts from the dissent of Judge Janice Rogers Brown, joined by Judge Karen Lecraft Henderson. Therein are some very clear arguments regarding religious liberty. You know, the kind that are deep in history.

Take a look, [Read more…]

Yet Again, The Supreme Court Hammers Away At The HHS Mandate

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The Beckett Fund For Religious Liberty shares the news,

Washington, D.C. – Moments ago, for the sixth time in a row, the Supreme Court took steps to protect another religious objector from the contraceptive mandate. It ordered a lower court to reconsider its ruling that denied a group of Catholic ministries in Michigan the freedom to follow their faith. [Read more…]

On The HHS Mandate, The State Can’t Win For Losing…

Supreme_Court_US_2012_Chief Justice RobertsHere’s your quote of the week,

How many times must the government lose in court before it gets the message? For years now the government has been claiming that places like Catholic Charities and the Little Sisters of the Poor are not “religious employers” worthy of an exemption. That argument has always been absurd. Every time a religious plaintiff has gone to the Supreme Court for protection from the government’s discriminatory mandate the Court has protected them. That’s what happened to the Little Sisters of the Poor, Wheaton College, Notre Dame, and Hobby Lobby. The government really needs to give up on its illegal and unnecessary mandate. The federal bureaucracy has lots of options for distributing contraceptives–they don’t need to coerce nuns and priests to do it for them.

—Lori Windham, Senior Counsel for the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty

 

Read all about the fifth victory in a row at the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty.

The Obama Administration Issues Revision #8 To The HHS Mandate

Of course, the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty has the scoop. This is what  Lori Windham, Senior Counsel for the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty had to say on this development. [Read more…]


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