The Little Sisters of the Poor, really? In my ignorance I did not know there was really an organization called the Little Sisters of the Poor. I always remember that term when football coaches, explaining a tough game coming up, would say, "we're not playing the little sisters of the poor". All this time, I had no idea there really is a "Little Sisters of the Poor." From their web site they describe their mission: "The Little Sisters of the Poor are an international congregation of Roman Catholic women religious founded in 1839 by Saint Jeanne Jugan. Together with a diverse network of collaborators, we serve the elderly poor in over 30 countries around the world."
God bless the "Little Sisters of the Poor". Thank you for your work and thank you for standing up for your beliefs and standing up to the Obamacare bullies.
The Obama administration is trying to bully these nuns who care for elderly people all around the world, into clearly violating their strong religious tenets by providing contraceptive and abortafacient pills in their health care coverage. Even the liberal Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor granted a temporary injunction on New Years Eve to stop the Obamacare enforcers from bullying the Little Sisters of the Poor. These nuns are now asking relief from the entire Supreme Court of the US to not require them to follow the birth control mandate which violates their religious beliefs. The Obama administration has countered if they would just sign this letter that would stipulate they are opposed to the mandate, but would still allow the insurance companies to pay for the contraceptives, everything would be good. But it wouldn't be good for the nuns as that would still violate their beliefs and they could not in good conscience sign such a letter. So, the "Little Sisters of the Poor" courageously will not give in to the bullies of the Obama administration and are taking their case all the way to the US Supreme Court. I think the Obamacare religious bullies have met their match.
This all began with the passage of Obamacare and with the HHS department under Kathleen Sebelius being given the power to issue mandates that must be followed in everyone's health care insurance plans [with a waiver given to churches but not to other organizations that have a religious link to the churches].
From my post on Feb. 14, 2012 "It's Not About Contraceptives" I wrote this:
The Constitution of the United States of America: The First Amendment:
"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances."
It is no coincidence that the first freedom protected in the constitution was religious freedom. The founders understood without this freedom, we would not be free.
The Obama administration, if they care about the Constitution [and that is very dubious] should read that Amendment again [or maybe I should say for the first time]. The recent HHS ruling, to this constitutional novice, seems to be contrary to the freedom of religion clause.
On January 20, 2012 The Department of Health and Human Services [HHS] Secretary, Kathleen Sebelius, announced the decision that while churches [Catholic] would not have to pay for contraceptives [and day after pills, and sterilizations], other associations linked to churches, such as schools, hospitals and charitable agencies would not have any exemption. ...
This shows one of the main oppositions to Obamacare. It gives HHS the power to determine what is and what is not included in our health insurance plans; whether we want them or need them or whether it goes against our religious teachings. Congressman Nancy Pelosi, D-CA, said "we would find out what is in it [Obamacare], after we pass the bill." Now we are sadly finding out. Believe me, this is just the beginning.
The HHS determined that the day after pill is a medical preventative measure and must be included in Obamacare insurance. The Obama administration has said that having contraceptive measures included in every one's insurance plan actually saves money, because it would lead to not having to deal with health measures in the future [i.e., no baby with health problems to deal with].
Couldn't they also make the same arguments about abortion. They could say that it is a preventative measure and would save money [in future health payouts], so it must be included in every health insurance plan. If Obamacare is not ruled unconstitutional, or abolished in congress, what is to stop them? Then, they could force the Catholic Church through their charities and hospitals to cover abortions in their health insurance plans. They would call it a woman's rights issue and arrogantly tell the Church not to worry because the insurance companies will pay for it. What would be the difference of that and what they are doing now?
A big majority of Americans [including me] are in favor of contraceptive measures when trying to delay having a baby. But that is not the issue here. Obamacare [through the HHS] is forcing the Catholic Church [through their hospitals, schools, charities etc.,] to require coverage on something that is deeply against their religious teachings. You may not be Catholic, and you may disagree strongly with the teachings of the Catholic Church, but how would you feel if the federal government forced your religion to go against its principles and beliefs? Wouldn't you want people who believe in religious freedom to speak out on your behalf then?
The Obama administration is trying to portray this as a woman's right issue, i.e., that women should not be denied contraception. That is totally bogus. No woman would be stopped from getting contraceptives if this ruling was not in there. It would just mean that not every health care insurance plan would be forced to pay for them. ...
While this ruling may seem to be an assault on the Catholic religion, it is really an assault on all religious freedom. ...
I put it this way: You don't have to be Catholic to think that the first amendment to the constitution must be obeyed.
I am not against contraceptives. I am against any law or mandate that violates religious freedom.
Unfortunately, Chief Justice Roberts regrettably stretched to find a reason to make Obamacare deemed constitutional. So, now it is in effect and we are seeing the devastating results. Just one of those, the assault on religious freedom.
Really, Obama administration? You are going after the "The Little Sisters of the Poor?"
May Mother Teresa rest in peace. If she were alive today she might have to watch her back because the Obama administration would be just around the corner.
Update - This just in from Catholic Culture.org:
"In a ruling that just came down from the Supreme Court today, January 24, 2014:
The Little Sisters of the Poor have won an injunction, issued by the Supreme Court, that temporarily bars the Obama administration from enforcing the HHS contraceptive mandate against them.
In a terse judgment issued on January 24, the Supreme Court ruled that if the Little Sisters of the Poor assert in writing "that they are non-profit organizations that hold themselves out as religious and have religious objections to providing coverage for contraceptive services," the administration is barred from enforcing the requirement for contraceptive coverage in employees' health-care plans."
YEAH!! Let's see, you have The Little Sisters of the Poor on one side and the Obama administration on the other side. Is there any doubt whose side God is on?