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Last week I said to Christians that they were fools if they bought this line coming from the Obama Administration that they are interested in compromising and "working things out" with this rights of conscience-denying dictate from ObamaCare regarding insurance contraceptives and abortifacients. The left (and Obama) have been assaulting the conscience of a Christian worldview for over a generation. They have no desire to change now - unless it is a temporary fix during an election year, only to be met with aggressive hostility once the election is secured.
Luckily, Catholic bishops and other Christian leaders aren't as foolish as some of those supposedly pro-life Democrats were when Barack Obama said he would sign a meaningless piece of paper promising that ObamaCare wouldn't spend tax dollars on abortions. That deal was about as meaningful and serious as the one he tried to make on this contraceptive mandate recently. The big difference is that all these supposedly pro-life Democrats like Bart Stupak and Joe Donnelly jumped at the chance to take Obama at his word.
And listen, I know that there are plenty who will say that Congressman Donnelly may not be the sharpest tool in the shed. I've heard that, but I'm not willing to give him that easy of an out. I don't think for a second that Joe was so ignorant that he couldn't see through that - that he didn't know that the Executive Order Obama signed did absolutely nothing to prevent what was clearly required by ObamaCare - the funding of abortion coverage. I think Joe knew it was a bunch of nonsense, but he just went with it hoping no one else would know.
The Christian leaders aren't falling for it. And hats off to them. Because first of all, this is not a compromise that the Administration is offering. Far from it, actually. Paul Ryan did a great job of pointing that out to George Stephanopoulos on This Week. Not surprisingly, George was playing the part of a Democrat Party hack. Here was the exchange:
GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS, "This Week" host: I know you're opposed to the compromise the president announced this week on this contraception coverage, but do you have the votes in the House to block it?
REP. PAUL RYAN (R-Wis.): Absolutely, we do. Look, to paraphrase the bishops' letter, this thing is a distinction without a difference. It's an accounting gimmick or a fig leaf. It's not a compromise. The president's double -down.
What I see here in this whole episode, George, is it's a real teachable moment for America in two ways. Number one, they're treating our constitutional First Amendment rights as revocable privileges from our government, not as an inalienable rights from our creator. And number two, if this is what the president's willing to do in a tough election year, imagine what he will do in implementing the rest of his health care law after an election.
That's a couple great points by Ryan. Obama believes that your rights are merely a courtesy extended by the government. As such, when he chooses to suspend them or violate them, you should have no right to complain. This man and his administration are about as far removed from our Founders' vision of good government as you can be. Ryan went on to explain the hoax that is this supposed "compromise" offered by Obama:
RYAN: It's a distinction without a difference. It's really an accounting trick. It forces the insurance company that they have to pay to do the coverage. So instead of making the institution itself, it reinforces the insurer. And a lot of these Catholic institutions are self-insured, and all insurers under this rule must provide these mandated benefits. So it really is a distinction without a difference. This should be rescinded, not compromised like this, because I would, again, say it's not a compromise. The president's doubling down.
Precisely. Obama got caught trying to infringe the rights of conscience of millions of Americans. Rather than backtrack and correct that mistake, he is merely trying to deceive those same Americans into thinking that's not really what he's doing. It is. And let's just hope Americans aren't as easily misled as those supposedly pro-life Democrats were to begin with when they voted for this disaster.