President Barack Obama quoted C.S. Lewis on Thursday morning, and normally that would have made my day. The president is good at talking about his Christian faith, as he did at a National Prayer Breakfast, and ought to do more of it if he wants to relieve Americans of some of their most basic misconceptions about him.
But far more than I want to hear him tell how the Rev. T.D. Jakes drops by the Oval Office now and again, I want to know why he repaid Sister Carol Keehan, who carried health-care reform around on her back for him, with a betrayal that could lose him the Catholic vote and his reelection bid.
If that’s what happens, he’ll have no one to blame but himself, after a recent edict by his Department of Health and Human Services effectively denied conscience protections to church-run schools, hospitals and social service agencies, which under his Affordable Care Act must provide free contraception to employees in violation of church teaching.
To review, there would be no Affordable Care Act without people like Keehan, the president of the Catholic Health Association, who incurred the wrath of the bishops for standing up for the legislation, and for the truth that there isn’t any abortion funding in it.
There would be no Affordable Care Act if not for the Democratic abortion opponents in the House, notably Bart Stupak, Mich., who was reviled by his fellow party members, accosted by critics in airports and sent at least one death threat. He decided not to seek reelection because of it.Continue Reading on www.southbendtribune.com