Where's Jon Stewart when you need him? Or The Daily Show's John Oliver for that matter. It's too bad they're on vacation this week, because Fox's Liz Trotta just continues to prove that she is one nasty, mean piece of work.
On this Sunday's America's News Headquarters, Trotta read an on-air editorial attacking the Affordable Care Act's contraception mandate, once again playing the victim card for the poor, downtrodden Catholic church and those bishops who are still out there carping, even though the administration has been jumping through hoops to try to placate them. Par for the course, it's packed full of lies and over the top hyperbole, with what sounded like a not so thinly veiled threat to House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi at the end.
TROTTA: But this isn't the only part of Obamacare the social engineers are facing. The U.S. Catholic bishops and leaders of other faiths told the administration that the latest rewrite of the so-called contraception mandate is not acceptable. What the Obama people don't get is that forcing people to buy into a plan that subsidizes contraceptives, abortion inducing drugs and sterilization is a brazen violation of the separation between church and state.
It is above all a matter of conscience, a moral standard foreign to Obama's secular creed. This is an administration that routinely runs roughshod over the sanctity of human life, a core value of Christians, Orthodox Jews and many others, appalled at the President's mean audacity. It's called religious liberty and it is the bedrock of this country's founding principles.
Archbishop William Lori of Baltimore told Congress last year and I quote, “This is not even a matter of whether contraception may be prohibited by the government. This is not even a matter of whether contraception may be supported by the government. Instead, it's a matter of whether religious people and institutions may be forced by the government to provide coverage for contraception or sterilization, even if that violates their religious beliefs.”
The Obama administration has made several bad faith attempts to fiddle with the contraception mandate's punitive character by juggling the bookkeeping methods, but the stern consequence remains. Those who don't agree to sign up must be punished and pay the exorbitant fines.
Driving Obamacare is an eagerness to placate perpetually outraged feminists and press home fidelity to secularism at the expense of religious freedom. Their zeal to stamp out insurance to faith and conscience is extraordinary really. It's difficult to imagine any past president taking such license in this matter of faith and morals.
Consider the Diocese of Pittsburgh which has filed one of the more than sixty law suits against the Obama White House. Pittsburgh church officials want to know how the Department of Health and Human Services developed the onerous regulations, and they've been stonewalled at every turn.
The feds told them that responding to freedom of information requests as to how the Obamacare architects created the new rules will cost about two million dollars and a wait of five years. A lawyer for the diocese rightly calls it a shocking disregard for their obligations as government officials.
Some would add that such disregard is deeply rooted in the extraordinary creeping paganism that makes a mockery of the so-called separation between church and state, not to mention the President's very oath of office.
Small wonder the Wall Street Journal calls the Affordable Care Act “a fiasco for the ages.” How does this President utter the words of our National Anthem while pursuing this blatant attack on an American birthright?
And how do Vice President Joe Biden and Rep. Nancy Pelosi, both loudly professed Catholics, defend their shilling of this clear violation of church teaching? Biden actually went on record saying “Obamacare is no threat to religious liberty.”
As for Ms. Pelosi, she famously said “I'm a devout Catholic and I honor my faith and love it.” But they have this conscience thing. Reread your catechism Nancy. And by the way, stay out of my local church. Yes. I saw you.
Stay away or what, Liz? Anyone who is willing to make their living lying for Fox ought to tread lightly when it comes to telling someone else to stay out of church.
h/t Media Matters