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…]

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…]

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…]

Federal Appeals Court Denies Injunction For Michigan-based Catholic Charities, And Other HHS Mandate News

As everyone waits to see how the U.S. Supreme Court rules on the Hobby Lobby case, the U.S. Sixth Circuit handed an unfavorable decision yesterday.

LANSING — A federal appeals court has denied the Michigan Catholic Conference’s request for a preliminary injunction to exempt Catholic charities from the contraception mandate of the Affordable Care Act. [Read more…]

The HHS Mandate Loses Again

This time to a couple of private, religious universities in the state of Texas, and a seminary in Pennsylvania. Good news from the front, via The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty.

Washington, D.C. – Today a Houston federal court delivered a major blow to the controversial HHS mandate ruling in favor of East Texas Baptist University and Houston Baptist University. In a 46-page opinion, the court ruled that the federal mandate requiring employers to provide employees with abortion-causing drugs and devices violates federal civil rights laws, and issued an injunction against the mandate. Religious plaintiffs have now won injunctions in 9 out of 12 such cases involving non-profit entities challenging the mandate. [Read more…]

Remember All The “Premature” HHS Mandate Lawsuits? They’re Mature Now…

I reckon they were in the incubator long enough, because they can head to court once again. Remember when Belmont Abbey College tried to sue the HHS Department back in February, 2012? By summer, two lower courts had dismissed the Colleges’ case as  being premature. But now, the time is right. [Read more…]

Do Business Owners Lose Their Constitutional Rights When They Earn A Living?

Um, put your pencil away, Mr. President.

The short answer is, “No.” The long answer is “show me where it says that (or even implies it) in the Constitution, and the amendments to the same (particularly in the Bill of Rights).”

What about when it comes to the HHS Mandate, which requires nonreligious entities provide coverage for artificial contraceptions, abortion services, etc.? [Read more…]

Meanwhile, Back in the USA, the HHS Mandate Fight Continues…

What the HHS Mandate game is like…

It’s kind of hard to tear ourselves away from all of the historic goings-on in Vatican City. But just as the angels asked folks why they were standing around looking up at the sky after Jesus ascended into heaven, so too must we get back to the task of fighting for our freedom to follow the teachings of His Church. [Read more…]