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And The Hate Machine Rolls On: HHS, Obama and the Catholic Church

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As part of an ever growing controversy, the Catholic Church has thrown a penalty flag in the game against Health and Human Services upon its handing down of a decision to not expand the religious employer exemptions for HHS mandated preventative health services for its employees working in Church affiliated institutions like Hospitals, Hospices and Charity Organizations. Here we go again: Another wing of the Obama hate machine has found a niche to nest in and another Martyr's Cross to drag along the ground. 

As if taking a page directly out of the neo-conservative playbook, the Catholic Church has concentrated their efforts to condemn the current administration for  violating their conscience  and their religious Liberties with the recent H.S.S. decision.  From right wing politicians to red state talk show personalities and Clergymen of the Catholic Church, the call of "foul" has been fervently exclaimed against Obama's " continued assault on Catholics ".

In an editorial written for the  Wall Street Journal , Cardinal-designate Timothy Dolan is archbishop of  New York City   and president of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops, argued that the new mandate is an offense against religious freedom. As also reported by   Annunciation Radio ;

"Cardinal-designate Timothy Dolan of New York, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), sharply criticized the decision by the Obama administration in which it "ordered almost every employer and insurer in the country to provide sterilization and contraceptives; including some abortion-inducing drugs, in their health plans." He made the statement in a web video posted at: ."

Part of the mandated health insurance policy which the Church must employ is for employees at indirectly involved organizations and only provides employees with contraceptives if they so desire to take them.  Somehow, the Church has managed to turn the issue into the perception that Obama is forcing Catholics to become sterilized or have abortions against their will and their faith. Given this argument, one can only imagine women and men forced to the ground and force fed abortion pills, birth control and water boarded until they use condoms.  What a horrifying image, wouldn't you say?

As was to be expected or possibly even calculated, the right has wasted no time in attacking Obama on this topic.   As Michelle Malkin states ; "President Obama and his radical feminist enforcers have had it in for Catholic medical providers from the get-go." Really?  Now we have Feminist Radicals on the March? Oh, the horror!  What's next; liberal women wanting insurance to cover the Hospital expenses incurred after a dis- honest rape" ?

Forbes writer, Rick Ungar is one who has helped to find the reason in this insanity of this fight with the following information in his article " The Truth About Contraception, Obamacare And The Church ";

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