Obama’s war on Catholics (and other faith-based organizations)

Jonathan Last has as good a summation as any I’ve seen of the now open warfare between Barack Obama and his erstwhile ally, the fairly liberal American Catholic Church.  The article ends with an effort to understand why Obama would pick this battle, and why he would pick it now.  It’s certainly an interesting fight to pick during election year.

Last points out that, while the Catholic Church was blindsided, and most middle-of-the-road Americans were completely unaware that anything at all was happening, the MoveOn.org left has been agitating for comprehensive birth control and abortifacient coverage for months now.  In other words, forcing all employers to cover birth control and abortion drugs mattered to the base.   Did Obama not realize that being forced in that way would also matter to the Catholic Church?

Was Obama (and when I say “Obama” I’m referring to the president and all his minions) thinking that, when push comes to shove, Catholics, like Jews and blacks, will vote Democrat no matter what?  In that regard, Obama appears to be unperturbed by the fact that small, but significant, numbers of Jewish voters are shifting Republican.  It’s unclear if this shift is because even liberal Jews couldn’t take Obama’s continuous assaults on Israel or because even liberal Jews, looking at their white-collar world, are beginning to realize that Obama’s policies are not improving their situation.

Alternatively, was Obama thinking that an energized base is the most important thing of all, as that will be the engine that powers his election train?

Or, as some here have speculated, is this simply an example of Obama’s hostility to Western religious institutions?  After all, the man lives in a liberal bubble, and I don’t think he has the wit or imagination to understand how deeply committed religious organizations and religious people to the right to life.  To him, they’re wrong, and he’ll bring them to the light.  (This is a point Michael Ramirez nailed in his latest editorial cartoon.)

I’m asking here, not answering.  What do all of you think?  What would make Obama pick this fight in an election year?

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  • SADIE

    I don’t think he’s picking a fight – more like sorting the wheat from the chaff. Obama/DNC are counting heads before the GOP candidate is chosen – this is only a skirmish to test the strength of his party and media support.

     

  • Charles Martel

    Obama is also trying to drive a wedge between the country’s denominations. He would like to see open warfare between Reform Jews, Episcopalians, Unitarians, and other leftist religious groups on one side and Catholics, Baptists, Mormons, and Orthodox Jews on the other.
     
    Such a battle would keep the Reform Jews safely in the fold, given their carefully cultivated and cosseted antipathy toward practicing Christians, and set the stage for support from religious groups that are happily becoming more open about their hatred for orthodox believers of any stripe.
     
    Once overt hostilities erupt, the MSM will swoop to relentlessly reinforce the message about orthodoxy’s backwardness, misogyny, anti-modern fanaticism, and =GASP= support for Israel. SADIE is right—Obama is positioning the country for an old-fashioned civil war.

  • http://Smoothingplane.blogspot.com Kerry

    It was I  think, Ralph Peters writing about the jihadi terrorists and western intellectual/government type, saying the latter simply don’t understand that the jihadi’s really believe all their own religious ‘propaganda’.  That is in’t just another sort of posturing.  In the same way, the Mighty Kenyan and his acolytes have no idea whatsoever that people could possibly believe in The Trinity, or the Real Presence, or the Immaculate Conception.  It is beyond their belief.  I wonder if they see everyone as exactly like themselves, posturing and lying for power…?

  • cerumendoc

    1.  Foreign Born (I’ll believe that birth certificate when I see a chain of custody and corroborating evidence from a matching hospital stay).

    2. Marxist.

    3. Muslim. By Muslim tradition if you’re dad’s a muzzy, so are you.  Look at his choice of churches; about as anti-semitic as the Koran.

    Any questions? 

  • SADIE

    Obama is positioning the country for an old-fashioned civil war. Charles Martel, I take issue with “is” –  It’s been his position from day one. BAMN (by any means necessary). I enter into evidence ….      December 18, 2009
    Fifty-seven percent (57%) of voters nationwide say that it would be better to pass no health care reform bill this year instead of passing the plan currently being considered by Congress. The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that just 34% think that passing that bill would be better. And in closing …. What if they gave a war and nobody came? Why then the war will come to you! He who stays home when the fight begins And lets another fight for his cause Should take care: He who does not take part In the battle will share in the defeat. Even avoiding battle will not avoid Battle, since not to fight for your own cause really means Fighting in behalf of your enemy’s cause.    

     

  • SADIE

    Bookworm, Why just a war on Catholics, Jews when you can begin with the military. I won’t bother to link as I am sure you’ve read that Chaplains were forbidden to read the letter from the Pope.

        Obama Pulls Combat Pay for U.S. Troops | The Shark Tank.

     

    • http://bookwormroom.com Bookworm

      As some of you may have noticed, I’ve been trying to respond to individual comments today. I had the time, and everyone always writes such interesting stuff I feel you deserve more attention than I’ve been paying you guys. I won’t always have the time, but I will try to stay on top of the comments a little more.

      Having said that, I’m not going to write an individual response to each of you here because I agree with almost everything all of you wrote. The only point as to which I’m withholding judgment (as opposed to disagreeing) is that Obama is foreign born. I think the birth certificate is definitely a fake, but I’m still thinking it’s faked up to show that his father was Barack Sr., and not some other black man, known or unknown. Remember, Obama’s whole political identity is tied up in the African American father. He jumped to prominence with his Dreams book and, if it turns out that his Dad was just some American dude, people will know that the con began a long, long time ago.

  • http://ymarsakar.wordpress.com Ymarsakar

    They came for the Catholics and nobody did anything because they weren’t Catholic. They came for the car dealers and capitalists, and nobody did anything because they weren’t rich fat cat capitalists and never owned a car dealership.

    Yeah well, keep on thinking that people of America. 

  • http://ymarsakar.wordpress.com Ymarsakar

    Martel is quite correct in 2. Such that I might appoint him Master of Plots for the Left, if given the opportunity. Such vision and ability to see the world through Leftist malignant eyes, will be valuable come the Revolution.