For a guy who grew up in Chicago politics, Obama’s broadside against the Catholic Church is incredibly stupid and like most of his politically inept maneuvers has an admixture of evil. Everyone must be the same. Religion does not matter. Public Health equals total control.
Basically he’s forcing Catholic schools, hospitals, and the like to fund insurance plans that pay for contraception. I listened to the annoying Judy Waxman wax ineloquently on Diane Rehm this morning about why this was an important “public health” issue and a question of women’s rights as if that settled the matter. The Catholic guy held his own. This has nothing to do with public health. Pregnancy is not a disease. Pregnancy is not particularly dangerous. For some reason, if the blank check of “public health” required Jewish schools, employers, nursing homes, etc. to serve pork, not least because it’s super tasty and good for you, I think she and most of leftist America would see the moral issues much more clearly. But anti-Catholicism is in the blood with certain people, and Obama apparently has the bug too.
Incidentally, one her arguments was that lots of Catholics use birth control and that we can ignore the Bishops who are out of touch with their own laity. The factual premise has some truth. Some think it’s right. Some don’t think much about it either way. Like lots of other sins, many think it’s wrong but figure they’ll get straight with God before they croak. But even not-terribly-devout Catholics have respect for the Faith, its teachings, and the historically precarious position of the Church. They may not always walk the walk, but that’s what Catholic guilt is for. They certainly know when their Church is being bullied, as it has been by pretty much every regime since the French Revolution. So they will take notice, particularly the Catholics that actually go to Mass and care a little about Church teachings, many of whom have a lot of other idiotic liberal views, but who won’t bring themselves to vote for an anti-Catholic bully, which is what Obama is showing himself to be.
I find this all pretty rich since this guy went to a Black Panther Rally masquerading as a Church for so many years. He clearly doesn’t understand the dynamics of normal, apolitical faith that most Catholics have. But it should take him two seconds to figure it out, as it is the same tribal loyalty that blacks feel when an OJ Simpson or Rodney King is in the news. They don’t want to air their dirty laundry or turn on their own in public, and Catholics have a bit of that too. Just as the US is inadvertently doing its best “nationbuilding” by unifying tribal backwaters like Afghanistan in opposition to our presence, Obama may be uniting American Catholics in his ham-handed move on contraception. Thanks Obama!
PS Perhaps Obama forgot all those guys named Kowalski out in Beverly and thought the Catholics of Hyde Park Chicago were pretty representative. I can assure everyone, they are not. We used to jokingly call the main Church St. Thomas the Apostate (nee Apostle) due its numerous and flagrant breaches from Church teaching and practice when I was there. Then again, I’m assuming Obama is thoughtful and deliberate, when he appears actually kind of lazy and instinctual on most matters of policy.