My column in today’s American Spectator discusses the coordinated nationwide legal action taken against the Obama admininistration by dozens of Catholic organizations (in twelve seperate lawsuits):
If the President and his apparatchiks at HHS thought the outrage voiced by various cardinals, bishops, and countless lay Catholics over the anti-conscience mandate was mere bluster, they got a wake-up call yesterday.
On Monday, 43 high-profile Catholic organizations, including the Archdiocese of Washington, D.C. and the University of Notre Dame, filed suit against the Obama administration.
In an open letter, the Archbishop of Washington summed up the collective position of the plaintiffs by explaining that the mandate ‘fundamentally redefines the nation’s long-standing definition of religious ministry… HHS’s conception of what constitutes the practice of religion is so narrow that even Mother Teresa would not have qualified.’
The Obama administration and the “news” media will claim these lawsuits are an attempt to restrict the ‘reproductive rights’ of women. This is BS. It is, in fact, the Obama administration that seeks to deny millions of Americans freedom of conscience. As Cardinal Wuerl put it yesterday:
The lawsuit in no way challenges either women’s established legal right to obtain and use contraception or the right of employers to provide coverage for it if they so choose.… This lawsuit is about religious freedom.
To read the rest of the column click here.