Never has religious liberty been more seriously threatened than it is today. That the man responsible for this all-out assault professes to be a Catholic is all the more offensive. It is his Office of Civil Rights and Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) that are leading the charge.
News of Biden’s latest war on religious liberty was selectively leaked to the media this week. A draft memo by the civil rights office to HHS indicates the Biden administration is planning to revoke the Trump administration’s policies governing religious liberty, including conscience rights.
HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra, who has long record of trampling on religious liberty, is working in tandem with civil rights office to eviscerate the Religious Freedom Restoration Act. In his capacity as California Attorney General, he sued the Little Sisters of the Poor for resisting the HHS mandate of the Obama administration; it tried to force the nuns to provide for abortion-inducing drugs in their healthcare plans.
The Office of Civil Rights is contending that the Trump administration “took an expansive view of the use of the religious freedom act that resulted in negative impacts for underserved communities.” Translated this means that attempts of radical homosexual and transgender activists to impose their secular agenda on religious institutions and agencies were blocked from doing so by the previous administration. The Biden team wants to undo all of that.
We are delighted that Sen. James Lankford has called out the Biden administration on this issue. Unfortunately, another news story has just broken, detailing how matters have only worsened.
Becerra is actively seeking to gut a wide range of religious liberty exemptions that lawmakers and the courts have granted. He is doing an end run around legislators, appealing to the courts to satisfy his agenda. In court filings obtained by the Catholic Benefits Association, there is a symbiotic relationship between HHS and left-wing activist organizations, the most prominent of which is the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights.
The evidence shows that transgender rights and abortion rights are being pursued full throttle. Their success depends on the destruction of religious liberty exemptions put in place by the courts, lawmakers and administrative agencies. More than any other entity, it is Catholic institutions that are under the most severe attack.
If Biden gets his way, Catholic doctors and hospitals will lose their autonomy. They will either have to shut down or bend to the anti-Catholic norms of his administration. It’s just that serious.
Currently, no Catholic doctor can be forced to perform gender-transition surgery, and Catholic hospitals can refuse a request by a transgender woman—meaning a woman who claims to be a man—from doing a hysterectomy. Biden wants to change that. He wants to force Catholic hospitals to perform abortions. Not to be outdone, Biden wants to deny Catholic hospitals the right not to hire abortionists, doctors who perform abortions.
Biden has invented a new right: the right of “socially infertile” single persons and homosexual couples to receive fertility treatments. His administration actually believes that these people cannot “reproduce via sexual intercourse due to social factors (my italic).” And what might these social factors be? A “lack of a partner or because of a person’s sexual orientation.”
In other words, it is not biology that stops single people and homosexual couples from having babies—it is society. This is the kind of insanity that happens when nature, and nature’s God, are dismissed and disdained. Regrettably, not only is this nonsense accepted by left-wing organizations, it is embraced by the ruling class, including elites in the healthcare industry. None of them have the guts to call this out for what it is—madness. They are complicit in this contrived universe.
Similarly, denying a woman an abortion, or what Biden prefers to call “termination of pregnancy,” is a matter of sex discrimination. He and those who work for him contend that men can also become pregnant. Yet none of them can provide a scintilla of evidence—taken from any country in the history of the world—to verify this baseless claim.
There are several pieces of legislation written by Democrats, such as the Equality Act, that are designed to crush Catholic institutions, but they have been stalled in committee due to their lack of public support. That is why the civil rights office and HHS have elected to bypass Congress and seek court approval for their extremist policies.
The Leadership Conference, which is feeding the Biden team, is composed of many familiar left-wing organizations. The ACLU, American Atheists, the Anti-Defamation League, the Human Rights Campaign, the Southern Poverty Law Center, Planned Parenthood, and the Center for American Progress are all on board. Their hostility to religious liberty in general, and Catholic rights in particular, are well known. What is not widely known is that AARP is a member of this organization. Catholics take note.
We are contacting every senator, in both parties, about our concerns. We ask that you contact your own senators. It is also important to let the civil rights office know of your objections to its radical agenda.
The above comes from a November 18 posting on the site of the Catholic League.
Will Archbishop Gomez finally restrict Becerra from receiving communion? It’s about time
Um… Biden’s not running the administration. Most people realize that truth. Biden’s handlers and people behind the scenes are running the country.
YFC and the LGBT syndicate will be overjoyed
Your correct, Biden is not running this country it’s Susan Rice, Ron Klain and yes Obama has his hands in this as well, Biden has no idea where the hell he is most days and we all know it.
Biden has gone along with all of it. So has Pelosi. Neither gets a pass.
Now is the time for the bishops to gain a backbone and as one forcefully stand against this insanity. Biden et al. have pushed so hard against the Natural/Moral Law that there is no longer any place for the bishops to scatter. Let them start a letter-writing campaign in every parish in the country to every politician in their district and let them write amicus curiae to every judge with standing in the matter. Galvanize the flock (at least those not already sold out to leftist causes) for action. I sincerely hope the culture wars are not so lost that this is possible. Let the next REC in Los Angeles have as its theme “Threats to religious freedom and what to do about it.” Let the bishops stand forcefully against any catholic schools, Jesuit or otherwise, opposing this counter-offensive. Am I dreaming?
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I think a lot of the way that Catholics are raised dissolves our backbones. Sometimes the way you get a backbone is by giving in to others and then realizing that you were just pushed around or manipulated or deceived and you lowered yourself to a level that you never would have gone to without that other person’s pressure.
Nine Ways of being accessory to another’s Sin
By praise or flattery
By defense of the ill done
Actually, Trump, Putin and QAnon are running the country. Biden is just a figure head.
I’ve always wondered what “QAnon” is. . Do they have a website? Do they publish a newsletter? Do they have members? Or are they just a figment of the Left’s evil imaginati9on that they use to slander the Right or anyone who disagrees with what they stand for, or do.
There is a website named 4chan where anyone can post anything. Somebody who called themselves Q started to post things as did other Anonymous people claiming to have inside information about the political scene or other conspiracy theories. Some people believed these things. Some people got so into it that it was like they were brainwashed by a cult (if you are old enough to remember those)