Tag: Little Sisters of the Poor

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The Johnson Amendment which prohibited the religious and charitable organizations from engaging in political activity has been weakened by executive order; the IRS now has discretion about enforcing the regulation. (And if Lois Lerner has taught us anything, it is that the IRS will always use discretion wisely.) The President’s executive order will also provide regulatory […]

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Mona Charen noticed.  So did Mollie Z. Hemingway.  They are close readers of our mass media journalism.  They called them out this week for bias.  The Leftist mass media reported on an important and long-awaited Supreme Court ruling.  They were clearly disappointed in the ruling, but they gave the facts.  What Mona and Mollie noticed […]

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SCOTUS Decision on Little Sisters of the Poor an Opportunity for White House, Congress

 

Little Sisters of the PoorThe Supreme Court sent the latest challenge to Obamacare — for requiring religious organizations to provide contraceptives as part of the health care insurance offered to employees — back to the lower courts. Expect liberal commentators to complain that the Court’s failure to decide the case is another example of the disaster for the judiciary unless the Senate confirms Merrick Garland as a Justice.

Claims that the Court urgently needs a ninth Justice are silly. In fact, this case highlights why. Our nation has 13 appeals courts, which decide as a final matter more than 95 percent of all federal cases. Obamacare will continue to operate in violation of the Free Exercise Clause, in my opinion, throughout most of the country. In one part of the country, the mandatory contraceptives requirement will not. Conflicts in federal law can often persist for years, if not decades. While our federal system abhors inconsistent interpretation of federal law throughout the country, it can wait until the new President and Congress are seated in 2017.

In fact, the Court’s refusal to delay offers the political branches some much needed breathing room. One thing we know for sure is that the primary pusher of this conflict — President Obama — will exit the political scene in January. The next President, whether Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump, can end this encroachment on the Free Exercise rights of religious organizations by ordering the regulation dropped. Congress can also end the fight by granting religious groups a clear exemption to the law.

Adios Francisco

 

PopeAirToward the end of last week, a Jewish friend asked me what I thought of Pope Francis’s performance on his North American tour. I hesitated to answer. What I wanted to say was that he’s driving me crazy. “I’m conflicted,” was the best I could come up with.

I’m the type who thinks you don’t talk smack about the pope. Call it the Catholic version of Ronald Reagan’s eleventh commandment.

Yet I struggle, like so many of my conservative Catholic friends, to hold my tongue when the Holy Father pronounces on such non-dogmatic issues as capitalism and climate change, or when he scolds the American bishops for being “harsh” and “divisive.” So much of what he says—and how he says it— seems deliberately aimed at Catholics who actually stuck with the church all these years, defending her honor against those who would run her out of the public square. We feel like we’re being singled out for criticism.