As regular readers know, I am a practicing Catholic.
The lawsuit the Catholic Church has filed against President Obama on coverage for contraception isn’t about freedom of religion. It isn’t even really about contraception. It’s much more about abortion and defeating President Obama.
Back in 2004, Catholics voted for Bush over Kerry, 52 to 47%. In 2008, despite being harangued by their priests not to vote for someone who is pro-choice, Catholics voted for Obama over McCain, 54 to 45%. The Church is determined to reverse that result in 2012. They want Mitt to win.
Having failed to get their flocks sufficiently “wee wee’d up” about abortion in 2008, the Church is now trying to convince them that freedom of religion is under assault.
But if that’s the case, why hasn’t the Church made a big fuss about contraception coverage at the state level, where it’s been in place for years. Many states have coverage rules that are stricter than the Obama compromise. The Obama rule makes things easier for the Church in those states. This mandated contraception coverage exists in the vast majority of states, including big states like California and New York, and red states like Arkansas.
Back in 2005, then Gov. Huckabee of Arkansas signed a contraception coverage law that was like Obama’s original proposal that drew such outrage. So Obama’s compromise puts him to the right of Mike Huckabee!
I feel as if some of the money I put in the collection basket at my parish church is in effect a political contribution to Mitt Romney because it will be used for this ridiculous lawsuit and attendant publicity to try to hurt Obama. That’s a donation I have no interest in making. Then as a taxpayer, I am paying to defend the lawsuit. I would rather that both my church money and my tax money help feed and care for the people who are struggling right now. I think that’s what Jesus would prefer as well.