White House takes down petition asking it to stop pretending that Catholic institutions aren’t being forced to pay for ideologically offensive products

This morning, I linked to a very clever post that Bad Catholic put up, chastising the Obama administration for doing a sleight-of-hand, completely fake “compromise” regarding its demand that religious organizations fund birth control, sterilization and abortifacients.  At the end of the post, Bad Catholic invites readers to sign a petition urging the administration not to make an ass of itself with regard to the issue.   If one clicks on that link, one finds oneself on a page that is part of the White House’s own citizen petition website, which it patriotically calls “We the People.”  That is, the White House invites citizens to create and circulate online petitions using the White House’s on server and website as the host:

Welcome to We the People on WhiteHouse.gov. This tool provides you with a new way to petition the Obama Administration to take action on a range of important issues facing our country. If a petition gets enough support, White House staff will review it, ensure it’s sent to the appropriate policy experts, and issue an official response.

Well, that’s exactly what Bad Catholic did:  he petitioned “the Obama Administration to take action on [an] . . . important issue[] facing our country” — namely, the issue of religious freedom.  Incidentally, unlike those on the Left, we conservatives define religious freedom, in accordance with the Founder’s understanding and the explicit Constitutional language, to mean that the federal government may not use its coercive powers to interfere with religious doctrine or practice.

The petition which, unfortunately I didn’t copy, was very funny.  The worst word in it was “ass” as in the remonstrance that the federal government “cease being an ass.”  In simple, amusing, non-violent, non-threatening, non-intimidating language, Bad Catholic stated that the so-called “compromise” did not fool Catholics or other pro-Life individuals and organizations, since it still requires all employers to fund insurance that pays for birth control, sterilization, and abortifacients.  Bad Catholic then politely asked that the White House withdraw this mandate.

Well, the White House did withdraw something:


Yes, the White House, rather than withdrawing the mandate, withdrew the petition.  Nor did I inadvertently link to the wrong page.  As you can see from my helpfully placed red arrow, I linked over to the correct petition, since the tab and the URL both still refer to a petition entitled “Keep Calm and Cease Being an Ass Towards the Catholic Church.”

That’s Obama democracy in action.  Now we know what happens when we ” petition the Obama Administration to take action on . . . important issues facing our country.”  The White House deliberately deletes and ignores us.

Just to give you a little perspective on this, I feel it’s worthwhile reminding you that, in George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four, Winston Smith’s job was to engage in historical revisionism.  In other words, Winston erased history, ensuring that the present always comported with the government’s current political needs and posture.

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  • Old Buckeye

    And at the same time, they’ve reconstituted the goon squad to squeal on rabble rousers who might be saying bad things about the regime. http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2012/02/team-obama/ I think we are well past Orwellian reality.


    This administration is somewhere between an evil cartoon network and an even dumber version of the A-Team. No doubt in my mind that one of them shouted, “I love it when a plan comes together.”  

    Does the newer version comes with a button or does the current version come with Brown Shirts or are they SEIU purple.



  • JKB

    So just so we’re clear, the people may petition the government but the petitions are subject to moderation and approval as well as terms of participation? Nice.

    Well, let’s see they are doing a number on freedom of religion and freedom of speech, the press is their puppet, their thugs interfere with peaceful assemblies so I guess petition was the only thing left to do in number 1.  Now on to number 2.

  • MacG

    Sadie, I pity da fool that disses the A Team!   Now there’s a thought BA Barackus for President. And he’d cut the travel expenses cuz he was a afraid to fly :)


    MacG, I just knew that BA Barakus wouldn’t get by you. Speaking of teams … did you (anyone) read the article at The Hill. Here it is …
    Obama cabinet secretaries open to appearing at super-PAC events
    By Daniel Strauss – 02/13/12 06:45 PM ET

    Four Obama administration cabinet members suggested an openness to appearing at pro-Obama super-PAC events. iWatch News at the Center for Public Integrity reports that spokesmen for Education Secretary Arne Duncan, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk and Energy Secretary Steven Chu suggested that their bosses would be willing to raise money for the super-PACs. A week earlier, after previously criticizing the legal ability of super-PACs to raise unlimited amounts money for their candidates, President Obama signed off on some of his wealthiest supporters donating to the pro-Obama super-PAC, Priorities USA. The spokesmen for the cabinet secretaries all said their participation would not violate any campaign finance laws. It is illegal for cabinet members to raise money for candidates. It is not illegal, however, for cabinet members to simply appear at events. 

    Sadie here:
    They’ll show up with baskets strapped to their backs like Peruvian farmers.

    White House spokesman Jay Carney has said that members of the Obama administration who might appear at super-PAC events would not be soliciting funds. Obama’s new stance on super-PACs is meant to protect his reelection campaign from being outgunned money-wise by super-PACs supporting his GOP rivals, some of which have outraised pro-Democratic super-PACs.


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  • http://ymarsakar.wordpress.com Ymarsakar

    Hey, I liked the A-Team. I watched those episodes whenever I could as a kid on reruns. I think. Maybe it contributed, a little bit, to my perceptions on violence.


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  • http://OgBlog.net Earl

    I hope that Bad Catholic doesn’t let one take-down discourage him/her…..
    Get back on there with another petition!!
    In fact, LOTS of people need to put up similar petitions — all different levels of invective, from calm to impassioned.  Let the Obama people show what they’re REALLY made of!

  • http://OgBlog.net Earl

    Off Topic a bit, but perhaps someone can explain to me about the Administration’s “compromise” on the mandate…..
    A “compromise” entails that both sides give up something they desire, in an attempt to reach an accommodation, correct?
    Well…the Admin “compromise” was that while all employees would still get abortifacients covered in their health insurance plans, objecting employers wouldn’t have to pay for those abortifacients.
    So….the employers were expected to give up something they desired – not having abortifacients covered by the health plans they offered to their employees – and the Administration gave up: What?
    Well, they SAID they gave up forcing Catholic (and many other) objecting employers to pay for abortions.  But, giving it up implies that one of the things they DESIRED initially was to force people of conscience who objected to abortion to have to pay for it……right?  (At this point, it’s immaterial whether the “compromise” actually DID force the government to give that up.)  So, is the Admin admitting that they actually DESIRED a regulation that forced (some) employers to act against their consciences?  What is the right descriptor for someone who wants to do that……?
    I can’t see any other way to look at it….because if it weren’t true, they would have proposed their alleged “compromise” in the first place…..right?
    Of course, the “compromise” is no compromise at all – because objecting employers are STILL going to be paying for the abortions, since money doesn’t grow on trees, and the insurance company WILL charge its policy-holders for the cost of the abortions.  And that only doubles down on the despicable nature of this whole thing….the Administration *IS* attempting to force people to do what their conscience says they must not do….and Obama is lying to us about it.
    Where is the flaw in this chain of logic…..?


    Earl, no flaw in your thinking. Obama applies the same thought process as do the Palestinians with Israel. Give us the land and we won’t kill you [as much as we really want to].

  • http://ymarsakar.wordpress.com Ymarsakar

    Obama’s evil. End of story if you ask me. His mentor, Ayers, is also evil. Ayers that launched the ship that capsized the US. None of this surprises me. All of it is in line with expectations, more or less. The LEft is the Left. This is what they do, people: to people even.


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