My first reaction is, geez, Obama keeps trying to compromise with people, and every time he gets bashed. Poor guy. And I’m no big fan of Obama, but at a certain point, one starts to cheer for the underdog. And Obama certainly seems to be that every time he tries to compromise. Also, the USCCB doesn’t come off very pretty here: they, like the Republican caucus, are trying to threaten the president’s attempt at compromise with the continued support of law suits against the health care coverage. My pappy always said, “you’ll get more flies with honey than with vinegar,” but Cardinal Dolan’s probably never heard of compromise.
One of the bishops’ complaints is
“It appears that the government would require all employees in our ‘accommodated’ ministries to have the illicit coverage—they may not opt out, nor even opt out for their children—under a separate policy,” he said.
I’m not sure what Dolan and the USCCB expect here. How can one legitimately opt out of something completely like this? It’s as if public schools could opt out of teaching evolution because some of their science teachers don’t believe in evolution. Or, as has been said over and over in social media, a Christian Scientist could stop his child from receiving necessary medical care because of his religious beliefs? The Court has never upheld that right. But, of course, with this Court, it might do so by a 5-4 margin. And it wouldn’t mind that this puts us right back in Jim Crowe land — maybe my religion means I don’t have to serve homosexuals at my restaurant. Or my hospital. Or my church. Really, can Dolan open his eyes enough to see the problem here, or is he just so caught up in his passion for free-market libertarianism that he can’t see it?
Do you really like think I am being unfair to Dolan and the USCCB? Than how do you explain this:
Cardinal Dolan also said the proposal refuses to acknowledge conscience rights of business owners who operate their businesses according to their faith and moral values.
Yes, Dolan immediately follows that statement with another more damning one:
“In obedience to our Judeo-Christian heritage, we have consistently taught our people to live their lives during the week to reflect the same beliefs that they proclaim on the Sabbath,” Cardinal Dolan said. “We cannot now abandon them to be forced to violate their morally well-informed consciences.”
So, Cardinal Dolan, when was the last time you went to a rich donor’s house and asked that donor to give all of his wealth to the poor? When was the last time you visited a business owner and said that, regardless of the law, he must provide immediate health care coverage for all of his workers? And a fair, living wage? When was the last time you spoke with George W. Bush and said he could not kill people on death row?
I know nothing of Cardinal Dolan, so maybe he has done these things. But if so, that should be at the center of his entreaty to negotiate a compromise with Obama. Not a threat of legal action in the courts. Because, despite what my pappy said, my Lord Jesus said to turn the other cheek and to love thy neighbor as thyself. But maybe Dolan and the USCCB enjoyed going to court over and over again because of the sex-abuse scandal.