Brown Assaults Religious Liberty

John Seiler:

Gov. Jerry Brown likes to brag how he attended a Catholic Jesuit seminary half a century ago. Now and then he even drops a few lines of Latin, showing us how Superior he is to the rabble who attended government schools.

Catholics should be happy that he never was ordained. Because now he’s attacking religious liberty for them and everybody else. Brown has sided with President Barack Obama in insisting that the Obamacare Soviet medical scheme must include contraception coverage, even for those Catholic institutions that say it goes against their faith.

Brown said of Catholic leaders resisting Obama’s tyranny:

“They’re so far out of it. They’re talking about birth control. I remember when I was in the seminary in 1960 and Dr. [John] Rock invented the pill and this was a controversy. Now, we’re 50 years later … This is crazy.”

No, they’re not talking about “birth control,” which the U.S. Supreme Court said is a right in the 1965 Griswold vs. Connecticut decision.

They’re talking about freedom — the freedom to be left alone to follow their own religious practices without interference from a tyrannical government.

Brown, after leaving the seminary, went to Yale Law School. So presumably he read the First Amendment. Here it is:

“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.”

Brown and Obama clearly are violating the “free exercise” of “religion.”

The California Constitution also stipulates, in Article I, Section 4:

“Free exercise and enjoyment of religion without discrimination or preference are guaranteed.”

Brown clearly is violating the “Free exercise of religion” while conducting “discrimination” against one religion, in this case Catholics.

Violating Conscience

The Obama-Brown assault on religious liberty was made clear by Cardinal Francis George of Chicago:

“This year, the Catholic Church in the United States is being told she must ‘give up’ her health care institutions, her universities and many of her social service organizations. This is not a voluntary sacrifice. It is the consequence of the already much discussed Department of Health and Human Services regulations now filed and promulgated for implementation beginning Aug. 1 of this year.

“Why does a governmental administrative decision now mean the end of institutions that have been built up over several generations from small donations, often from immigrants, and through the services of religious women and men and others who wanted to be part of the church’s mission in healing and education? Catholic hospitals, universities and social services have an institutional conscience, a conscience shaped by Catholic moral and social teaching. The HHS regulations now before our society will make it impossible for Catholic institutions to follow their conscience.”

He then makes a crucial point about the different kinds of “religious liberty”:

“The provision of health care should not demand ‘giving up’ religious liberty. Liberty of religion is more than freedom of worship. Freedom of worship was guaranteed in the Constitution of the former Soviet Union. You could go to church, if you could find one. The church, however, could do nothing except conduct religious rites in places of worship-no schools, religious publications, health care institutions, organized charity, ministry for justice and the works of mercy that flow naturally from a living faith. All of these were co-opted by the government. We fought a long cold war to defeat that vision of society.”

So, that’s the choice America faces today: The Obama-Brown-Soviet view of religious “liberty,” or the real religious liberty guaranteed by the First Amendment. No amount of Jesuitical gibberish by Brown changes that.

March 9, 2012

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  1. Beelzebub
    Beelzebub 9 March, 2012, 09:47

    The Catholic Church is full of crap. There is nothing stopping the Catholics from soliciting group insurance for their members. Sure, birth control pills would have to be made available – but if nobody in their group used them the insurance rates would reflect that.

    You see, the truth is that 98% of Catholic women who are sexually active use some form of birth control. Only 2% use ‘natural’ methods. The Guttmacher Institute proved that in a fairly recent poll. In other words, the Catholic women totally ignore the church teachings. Naturally the bishops and priests would never tell you that. If the Catholic church banned their members who used birth control their pews and collection baskets would be empty. They know that too. They just aren’t being honest about it.

    The Catholic church never protested Obamacare before the contraceptive matter came to the forefront. As a matter of fact, the Catholic church supports ‘mandated coverage’ so that people who don’t want health insurance are forced to purchase it.

    Naturally, the Catholic church doesn’t protest that US taxpayers are forced to pay for illegal immigrant healthcare. Under Obamacare illegal aliens can still go to any US emergency room and get free health care (emergency and non-emergency) compliments of the public treasure. Do that Catholics cry over that? Nope. In fact they promote it.

    And, of course, the Catholics have never protested Medicaid or Medi-Cal either that provides free birth control and abortions even though the Catholics pay for it with their employment tax dollars.

    I vehemently oppose Obamacare but the Catholics need to be consistent on these public issues or shut the hell up!

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  2. CalWatchdog
    CalWatchdog Author 9 March, 2012, 10:09

    Mr. B: I figured we would get some agitated responses here. It’s totally irrelevant to the issue how much Catholics follow, or don’t follow, a particular Church teaching. Catholics also take the Lord’s name in vain at a high rate. So do people in other religions. That doesn’t mean we repeal the 10 Commandments. In Christian theology, we’re all sinners in need of repentance.

    You’re right that most of the American bishops — not “the Catholic Church” — stupidly have embraced universal health care and open borders. But not all bishops have done so. And that is merely their opinion, not Catholic teaching by any means. Whereas the contraception position is longstanding teaching.

    The bishops finally are realizing that their alliance with the welfare state is a deadly embrace. The younger generation of priests and bishops no longer has the memories of the JFK-era Catholics, and so realizes the threat the centralized U.S. regime poses to them, and to religious freedom in general.

    In any case, the welfare state is broke and deeply in debt, so all forms of welfare will be cut sharply. People will need to rely again on private charity, including religious hospitals — Luthern, Presbyterian, Jewish, etc., as well as Catholic. Which is how it should have been all along.

    — John Seiler

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  3. Beelzebub
    Beelzebub 9 March, 2012, 10:48

    J.S. – all I am asking for is consistency.

    If First Amendment rights are so important to the Catholic church – then the Catholic leaders should organize a conscientious dissent against their employment dollars being used to fund Medi-Cal which provides virtually free birth control AND abortions for the poor.

    When the Catholic leaders start excommunicating their members who use artificial methods of birth control – I will start showing some respect for their Church. Either enforce your damn teachings or shut up. And preventing insemination through artificial means is a much more heinous offense according to the Catholic doctrine than taking the name of the Lord in vain.

    Funny that the Catholic church promotes the government’s intention to force me to buy a healthcare insurance policy (and violate my right under the Commerce Act) yet expects me to support them on the BC issue.

    BTW, JFK was a hypocrite too. Now we know that. He forced his young intern to orally copulate one of his political cronies while he watched. The days of innocence are over. And I remember when the nuns who taught me used to worship him like a god! 😀

    All I want is consistency.

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  4. Eric in SR
    Eric in SR 9 March, 2012, 12:34

    No, it is NOT true that “98 percent of Catholic women who are sexually active use some form of birth control” (http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/291444/98-percent-catholic-women-use-birth-control-kathryn-jean-lopez). And Beelzebub, have you ever heard of the Sacrament of Reconciliation? You’re trying to have it both ways, and it’s obvious to everyone reading your posts that you’ll hate the Catholic Church NO MATTER WHAT it does.

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  5. Beelzebub
    Beelzebub 9 March, 2012, 13:09

    Read this, Eric:

    “The latest data is from the 2006-2008 National Survey of Family Growth (NSFG).

    The findings nearly match previous NSFG data from 2002, which showed that 97 percent of Catholic women were using birth control, and are consistent with a trend tracked over the last decade by Catholics for Choice”

    http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/04/13/us-contraceptives-religion-idUSTRE73C7W020110413

    So it’s not just the Guttmacher Institute. NSFG found virtually the same numbers.

    Considering that using an artificial means of birth control in the Catholic Church is considered to be a ‘mortal sin’ perhaps the Catholic Church should take a more active role in policing their members. It’s my recollection that if a Catholic dies with a ‘mortal sin’ on his or her soul – that person is sentenced to hell. That’s pretty serious stuff. You see, if the Catholics just stopped using artificial birth control and formed a collective group to solicit health care insurance only available for Catholics (totally legal) – their rate would be lower since no one would use BC pills or any other form of artificial contraception.

    I don’t hate Catholics. I just can’t stand hypocrisy. They don’t give a damn if my rights are violated and I am forced to buy insurance when I might not want it – to subsidize others – they only care when their ‘rights’ are violated.

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  6. CalWatchdog
    CalWatchdog Author 9 March, 2012, 13:57

    Mr. B: You have a point on consistency. That’s a big matter of contention within the Catholic Church in America, as you can read in the pages of The Wanderer. Since 1965, when Vatican II ended, the Church worldwide has been in a turmoil that only now is ending.

    It’s always a good question how strictly Church discipline should be enforced. The laxity of the last five decades hasn’t worked out well.

    There’s also a big problem that the departing generation of bishops bought into the whole “seamless garment” canard of the late Cardinal Bernardin, who is not missed. See: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-religion/1392184/posts

    The Obamacare debate has awakened Catholics to the danger of the vast powers government has assumed in recent years, including over medical care. President Obama promised that Obamacare would not force Catholics to violate their faith in medical care. He lied.

    The older generation of prelates doesn’t see the inconsistency that you pointed out. If the bishops should be exempted from Obamacare, as is right, then so should you — and anybody else. Some people, such as Wanderer writer Christopher Manion, have pointed this out for decades, saying that the Catholic Church should refuse all government money because, eventually, the government would insist on obedience to itself. They were not listened to.

    The younger genration does see this inconsistency, and is going to suffer because of the foolishness of their elders.

    — John Seiler

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  7. Beelzebub
    Beelzebub 9 March, 2012, 14:56

    J.S. Very reasoned analysis. I agree.

    I disagree with the governmment forcing all insurance plans to cover birth control pills, particularly w/ no copay, and I don’t see Obamacare as a solution to our health care issues. I see it as more fuel being tossed on the fire.

    Obama has lied about most of the critical issues that face our nation. Looking back, his 2008 campaign was built on a foundation of lies. But the American people have short memories and the media will not remind us or hold the President accountable. I believe there’s a decent chance Obama will be reelected even with the Catholic resistance. And giving him lame duck status is going to be a huge mistake.

    I see churches of every denomination becoming more active in political affairs. Maybe it’s time to lift the exemption on property taxes.

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  8. Rex The Wonder Dog!
    Rex The Wonder Dog! 9 March, 2012, 18:20

    Obamacare will be struck down by the SCOTUS, there is no doubt in my mind that will happen with the current make up of the court.

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  9. Beelzebub
    Beelzebub 9 March, 2012, 21:41

    “Obamacare will be struck down by the SCOTUS, there is no doubt in my mind that will happen with the current make up of the court”

    I hope so, Rex. I wonder if SCOTUS will delay the ruling until after the November election? The ruling would certainly impact the outcome.

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  10. Beelzebub
    Beelzebub 10 March, 2012, 14:06

    Keep in mind that health care organizations generally make money off selling birth control pills.

    There is so much competition in the BCP drug class that the pharma companies have to contract them at cutthroat rates with the managed care companies to get their product on the drug formularies. If a patient were to pay full price (no insurance) for a BCP monthly cycle pack at the pharmacy it would probably cost her $25-$35. But direct contract prices are more like $3-$9. So if the patient pays a co-pay of $15-$25 for a BCP cycle pack the managed care organization cut a profit. So these health care organizations were promoting the stuff to make money. Now that there is a mandated $0 co-pay for BCP’s somebody has to pick up the cost. I suspect insurance rates will go up as a result. Somebody has to subsidize that $0 co-pay.

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  11. David H
    David H 10 March, 2012, 20:25

    Honestly? Any student of history would know that Catholics urge and shout for religious liberty for themselves, but once it’s obtained for themselves, and they have the power, they deny the liberty to others. We have over 1000 years of history to prove it, and the doctrines have not changed.

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  12. David H
    David H 10 March, 2012, 20:55

    And your right John, the Catholics should refuse government money, then they could run their institutions without birth control. But that is not going to happen. The secret of the Papacy is about controlling State power, not relinquishing it. The combination of church and state with government subject to the church and supporting it’s institutions is the entire premise of Catholicism dating all the way back to Constantine. Our constitution is in the way, and as long as our constitution stands Rome will not have it’s way in our country.

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  13. queeg
    queeg 11 March, 2012, 08:26

    Stop the potty mouth on Catholics…..

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  14. queeg
    queeg 11 March, 2012, 08:28

    I want an apology for the vile remarks on Catholics!

    This site is show strong signs of bigotory…

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  15. David H
    David H 11 March, 2012, 09:21

    I’m with John Huss on this one;

    “Has not God himself instituted marriage, as a means to satisfy the craving for love in all men. … (Whose) heart is not unresponsive to nature, into which God has placed all creatures for enjoyment. … For those are speaking lies in hypocrisy, who have a seared conscience, who forbid a life in marriage and abstain from foods which God has created (1 Timothy 4:1-5). I hold this to be the seed of iniquity and the root of all evil.” – John Hus

    JOHN HUS (1372-1415ad), John Hus (John Huss or Jan Hus) was a Bohemian (Czech) Protestant Reformer. He was accused of heresy and lured to the Council of Constance with a promise of safe conduct. When he reached the Constance he was immediately imprisoned, tried, condemned and martyred at the stake in 1415, for his faith in the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

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  16. David H
    David H 14 March, 2012, 20:26

    queeg, I don’t think anyone here is being bigoted towards Catholics. Catholics certainly have every right in this country to be who they want to be as long as they abide by the constitution. If certain facts come out in the public about Catholic statesmen of prelates (Newts adultery or priestly child abuse for example), that’s not bigotry. If someone doesn’t like your religion because of what the Bible teaches and wants to expose your errors, that’s not bigotry. These are liberties guaranteed in our constitution. Our constitution specifically outlines freedom of the press to expose these types of things. Now bigotry would be if we would not let a Catholic run for public office, if we would not let people expose crime committed by religious persons. If we would not let people refute doctrinal claims of religious institutions or political parties. If we would not let Catholics peaceable assemble together. If we economically boycotted any group of persons. That would be bigotry. If your religion is true it will not resort to force or demand that the government supports and sustains it.

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