The following comes from a July 14 LifeNews article by Steven Ertfelt:
In a surprising decision, a federal appeals court has determined that a Catholic religious order, the Little Sisters of the Poor, must comply with Obamacare’s abortion mandate. The mandate compels religious groups to pay for birth control and drugs that may cause abortions.
Without relief, the Little Sisters face millions of dollars in IRS fines because they cannot comply with the government’s mandate that they give their employees free access to contraception, sterilization, and abortion-inducing drugs.
Previously, the U.S. Supreme Court temporarily protected the Little Sisters from the mandate. The Little Sisters then went before the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver to extend that protection, but the appeals court ruled against them. Today, the appeals court upheld that ruling.
Sr. Loraine Marie Maguire, Mother Provincial of the Little Sisters of the Poor responded to the appeals court ruling in an email to LifeNews.com: “As Little Sisters of the Poor, we simply cannot choose between our care for the elderly poor and our faith. And we should not have to make that choice, because it violates our nation’s commitment to ensuring that people from diverse faiths can freely follow God’s calling in their lives. For over 175 years, we have served the neediest in society with love and dignity. All we ask is to be able to continue our religious vocation free from government intrusion.”
Mark Rienzi, Senior Counsel of the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty and lead attorney for the Little Sisters of the Poor told LifeNews he is disappointed by the ruling and promised to review a possible appeal to the Supreme Court.
“We’re disappointed with today’s decision. After losing repeatedly at the Supreme Court, the government continues its unrelenting pursuit of the Little Sisters of the Poor. It is a national embarrassment that the world’s most powerful government insists that, instead of providing contraceptives through its own existing exchanges and programs, it must crush the Little Sisters’ faith and force them to participate,” he said. “Untold millions of people have managed to get contraceptives without involving nuns, and there is no reason the government cannot run its programs without hijacking the Little Sisters and their health plan.”
What is also so terrible is that Mr. Obama flat-out lied once again to the American people. He needs to be held accountable for the long list of evil he had rendered on the citizens of our nation. Our form of government is dying as Mr. Obama and his devilish minions are turning it into a socialist, maybe even communist government with an ugly muslim influence and tone. This is what we get for electing him stupidly twice and all that rotten deceiving that politicians that follow his lead, demoncrat and rhinos. It is not what we truly deserve, not with so much deception by these evil politicians. Pray and vote for their expulsion/impeachment and their fair and honest criminal trials.
The OBAMA Administration supports:
Abortion (including abortion-inducing drugs, Contraception, Sterilization,
Sodomy and Sodomy Marriage, Embryonic Stem Cell Research, and soon – Euthanasia.
(This also means that the Federal Governments RULES for all Grants and any kind of Government funding/payments will also support these intrinsic evils.)
Hillary Clinton has publically stated that religious beliefs must change.
When are the Bishops going to stand up for our Faith ?
To answer your question, when the devil needs ice skates. Years ago, I abandoned the Democratic Party entirely because they ceased to represent anything but evil ideas, concepts and goals. They left me, actually. The current occupant of the White House personifies all that his party represents, and so does Hillary Clinton. She must be stopped, whatever it takes.
Needs REPEATING – ” It is a national embarrassment that the world’s most powerful government insists that, instead of providing contraceptives through its own existing exchanges and programs, it must crush the Little Sisters’ faith and force them to participate,” he said.
“Untold millions of people have managed to get contraceptives without involving nuns, and there is no reason the government cannot run its programs without hijacking the Little Sisters and their health plan.”
The Democratic Party and the Obama Administration are bullies and intolerant bigots who hate the 1st Amendment to the Constitution which includes: “Freedom of Religion”.
This is an absolute disgrace, why must the government continue this unrelenting pursuit of the Little Sisters of the Poor? Where will this end?
This article is incorrect in its facts. It says, “The mandate compels religious groups to pay for birth control and drugs that may cause abortions.” This is incorrect.
Religious groups such as this order must EITHER pay for insurance coverage that pays for birth control OR it must sign a form saying that it’s insurance coverage doesn’t pay for those things [because of moral objections]. The poor sisters didn’t want to sign a form saying they didn’t want to provide coverage. They had already been excused from paying for that coverage under Obamacare.
yfc, Spin it anyway you want, the “law” is draconian. We no longer enjoy the freedoms our forefathers once did.
“Hippie America” is a TOTAL DISGRACE to God, and to the world! America was not originally founded upon unrestricted, immoral, irresponsible, BABYISH, so-called “personal freedoms!” America was founded solidly upon a Judeo-Christian backbone– with legitimate freedoms– within the context of service to a far higher good– God, family, and country! “Hippie America” must be destroyed– or else, in time, God Himself will destroy it!
A sinful Nation that evilly seeks to destroy worship of God, and all religion and morality– will someday have a terrible consequence to face, from God Himself! God will have the final say, someday, in all of this! Religious orders such as the Little Sisters of the Poor are doing good works, for God’s Kingdom! Beware, sinful Obama, and all your leftist, hippie, Satanic legions of filth!
How does Sister Carol Keehan, DC, President & CEO of the Catholic Health Association (apparently in-name only) justify her deliberate, immoral, disobedient, far-reaching, damaging role in the Obamacare debacle to the Little Sisters of the Poor and the many whose religious freedom has been trounced on and removed?
Apparently Obama excluded include The Little Sisters of the Poor in his “I just love nuns” comment as guest speaker by Sister Carol at the recent CHA meeting in Washington, DC.
Catholic Law vs. Modern Law
“Modern law is based on man. Catholic law is based on God. Catholic law looks at things from the angle of man’s supreme and last end – that is to say, God in Three Divine Persons; modern law from that of man as his own self-sufficing end. Catholic law begins by taking account of the dependence upon God of ever created thing, and especially of every community and every State. Modern law bases that union of wills on which a community is founded, merely on the will of each of the component individuals, independent of the Divine Will. Catholic law is the establishing of the reign of God by His own right over the individual and over society. Modern law is the practical negation of Catholic truth and of all…
I despise the strong arm of government.
Governmental Safety Net = something that entraps