Liberals Believe in Separation of Church and State--But Only for Everyone Else

On the same day that President Obama tells the National Prayer Breakfast crowd that Jesus told him to enact ObamaCare, his staunchest ally in Congress declares that she will stand against the Christian community and support Obama's decision to order Christian organizations to violate their conscience and bow down to ObamaCare.

Talk about irony.

On the one hand, Obama declares that he would be “remiss” if his Christian values “were limited to personal moments of prayer or private conversations with pastors or friends,” and that he must make sure his values “motivate me as one leader of this great nation."

On the other hand, Pelosi – a professed Catholic – declares that Catholics must accept government limiting their faith to very kind of “personal moments of prayer or private conversations” that Obama described.

As CNSNews.com reported, Pelosi vowed today that she will join with the Obama administration in standing up against the Catholic Church in defending a new regulation that will require Catholic individuals to buy, and Catholic institutions to provide, health insurance plans that cover sterilizations and artificial contraceptives, including those that induce abortions.

The Catholic church teaches that sterilization, artificial contraception and abortion are morally wrong and the Catholic bishops of the United States have argued that forcing a Catholic individual to purchase a health insurance plan that covers these things--or forcing a Catholic institution to provide such a plan--forces Catholics to act against their consciences and is a violation of the First Amendment right to free exercise of religion.

In letters being read from the pulpit in Catholic parishes across the nation, Catholic bishops are saying: “We cannot - we will not - comply with this unjust law.”

When Pelosi was asked about this yesterday, she called the administration's edict “a very courageous decision” and stated she would support the administration against the Catholic church's position. Must be nice for her to see her own values not being "limited to personal moments of prayer or private conversations with pastors or friends."

Unfortunately, neither she nor Obama wants to allow devout Catholics a chance to do the same.

Matthew Sheffield
Matthew Sheffield
Matthew Sheffield, creator of NewsBusters and president of Dialog New Media, an internet marketing and design firm, left NewsBusters at the end of 2013