As others have commented, the Catholic Church is making the loudest noises about the new Obama Care mandate regarding birth control, abortifacients, and sterilization, but the policy is really a strike against everyone who is pro-Life in America. If you’re a pro-Life employer, you have to pay for your employees’ abortion pills. If you’re a pro-Life health insurance company (or health insurance company employee) you must write policies that cover every woman’s birth control, sterilization, and abortifacients. If you are a health insurance consumer (as we all must be in Obama’s America), you will pay for abortions.
Anybody with a pro-Life conscience, even if that person has arrived at that position without benefit of organized religion, is in the line of fire.
But if you’re thinking that Obama is hostile to religion, you’re right about that too. Check out the first update to the Anchoress’ post about the health care mandate, and you’ll see that Obama is starting to put the squeeze on in other areas when it comes to people of faith.
I’m hoping that hubris is driving the administration’s unpopular decisions now, in an election year. To date, though, the administration has shown itself to be sufficiently Machiavellian that I wonder if it knows something about the upcoming elections that the rest of us don’t know.
UPDATE: Oh, and for the pointedly humorous take on Obama’s policy stand, I know you’ll enjoy this. I’ve come to the conclusion that we live in a very peculiar world, one that sees me, a loosey-goosey theist (sort of), deeply offended by the federal executive’s full force attacks on religious freedom in America.
(And please sign the petition.)