It is over this proposed expansion of governmental authority that we find the president pondering:
President Barack Obama has not yet decided whether to go forward with a proposed regulation under the health care law he signed last year that would force Catholic individuals and institutions to act against the teachings of the Catholic church.NARAL Pro Choice America issued a statement urging Obama to “stand firm against anti-birth control organizations.”
O, let their bodies follow, my dear liege,The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops responded:
With blood and sword and fire to win your right!
In aid whereof we of the spiritualty
Will raise your Highness such a mighty sum
As never did the clergy at one time
Bring in to any of your ancestors.
"Such nationwide government coercion of religious people and groups to sell, broker, or purchase 'services' to which they have a moral or religious objection represents an unprecedented attack on religious liberty."White House Press Secretary Jay "Chili-con" Carney said the president seeks to strike a balance on the matter.
"You can be sure that we want to strike the right balance between expanding coverage of preventive services and respecting religious beliefs. And that’s the balance that will be sought as this decision is made."Put in another way: 'We are weighing the politics of it and are considering if we can get away with another infringement on individual liberty and religious freedom. If we can take this away from people, we will for all intents and purposes have succeeded in bringing down the greatest free people the world had ever seen.'