Obama's Newest Shell Game

The Obamanistas are saying that the new mandate requiring all employers – including Catholic institutions – to provide free birth control insurance to every employee does not violate the religious freedom of those institutions. They claim this is so because an exemption is granted to those religious-based organizations that primarily minister to members of their own faith.

According to this standard, the only way a Catholic hospital would qualify for this exemption would be to fire all of its non-Catholic employees and replace them with Catholics. The problem is, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 specifically prohibits employment discrimination based on race, color, RELIGION, sex, or national origin.

If we assume that the Obama administration is aware of the 1964 Civil Right Act, the only rational conclusion is that they intentionally designed a scheme in which any institution that attempted to qualify for their exemption would be in violation of federal law. To carry it one step further, it could be argued that the only way a Catholic hospital would ever be eligible for this exemption is if they also had an admissions policy that only accepted Catholic patients. I also suspect that even Catholic patients would have to be turned away if they were brought into the emergency room by non-Catholic ambulance drivers.

All I can say it that you have to hand it to the Obamanistas. They may be thoroughly evil, but they are crafty.

Time to Exhale

By now, most people probably know about the Susan G.Komen/Planned Parenthood fiasco. To recap, Komen announced that it would no longer give money to Planned Parenthood; the baby-killing lobby immediately went into an apoplectic rage; right on cue, the mainstream media piled on Komen with an attack so vicious it could almost make you feel sorry for them. Finally, wearing their best "deer-in-the-headlights" look, Komen's leadership rescinded the funding prohibition, rolled over onto their back and started begging Planned Parenthood not to hurt them anymore.

And with that, the curtain came down. Planned Parenthood had taught Komen that when you ride on the back of a shark, trying to dismount is dangerous.

After the smoke had cleared, a truly laughable moment was provided by godless-left gadfly, Anna Quindlen. She told a gathering of Planned Parenthood degenerates in Fort Worth that the lesson to be learned from this episode is that, "When you poke us women, we poke back." Given that, by this point, Komen and Planned Parenthood had already kissed and made up, this warning was clearly directed at anyone who might, in the future, be tempted to challenge Komen or Planned Parenthood – most notably, the pro-life movement. Apparently, Quindlen had convinced herself that she could rattle her little pink saber and we would all go screaming into the night and cower under our beds.

But all I could think about was, "What the hell is this nitwit talking about?" I mean, this was basically a cat-fight within the pro-choice camp in which the pro-life movement was little more than a spectator. But somehow, these people are strutting around like it was us who ended up groveling at the feet of Planned Parenthood.

The reality is, from the perspective of the pro-life movement, everything ended up at the same place it started. In the beginning, an organization comprised of morally bankrupt pro-aborts was giving money to the country's number one abortion profiteer. In the end, that was still the case.

However, even though the journey ended where it started, that doesn't mean nothing good was accomplished along the way. It was.

First, the aura of credibility and prestige that the Susan G. Komen Foundation had cultivated was finally exposed as a fraud. They have long been tied to the abortion lobby and, now, everyone knows it.

Second, the stench of being associated with abortion was reinforced one more time. Once again, the public saw that abortion is a 220-volt wire that even its most ardent advocates do not want to touch.

Third, for this thing to unravel in just three days is a testament to Komen's pathetically weak leadership. Furthermore, it is now going to give an untold amount of its donor's money to a New York public relations agency in an attempt to repair the damage.

Fourth, the public saw Planned Parenthood turn on one of its own donors like a pack of rabid hyenas. It was a savage and low-class response that is completely within the character of Planned Parenthood. Hopefully, that fact won't be lost on potential donors in the future.

Fifth, the media's shameless bias and incompetence was again put on public display. When Komen said that they were discontinuing their funding to Planned Parenthood, the media instantly portrayed it as a result of pressure brought by "anti-abortion bullies and terrorists." They did this despite there being no evidence to support this assertion and despite Komen's assurances that it was not true. It should also be noted that, when Komen flopped, none of these people attributed it to bullying or terrorism by Planned Parenthood fanatics.

Now, in an effort to justify Komen's decision to restore Planned Parenthood funding, its defenders are resorting to some of their stale old arguments. For example, they are saying that Planned Parenthood is the only source of healthcare for many poor women. This ignores the fact that every dollar given to Planned Parenthood can be just as easily given to a legitimate healthcare provider. It is a scandal and an obscenity that we relegate the poor to getting their healthcare from abortionists. Be assured that, among the wealthy, the political power structure, the media elite, and all the others who are so quick to tout Planned Parenthood's virtues for the poor, none of them would be caught dead getting their own healthcare from these people.

Another tactic Komen defenders are using is to claim that the money it gives to Planned Parenthood does not promote or pay for abortions. This is nonsense. Once a dollar is put into an organization's account, it is indistinguishable from any other dollar put into the account. It's like pouring water from several sources into a bucket. Once it's poured in, there is no way to restrict which water can be taken out and used for a particular purpose. The fact is, as long as Planned Parenthood is doing abortions, it cannot be honestly stated that money given to them is insulated from abortion.

Komen's people are also defending their actions by contending that abortion is only a tiny percentage of what Planned Parenthood does. There are, of course, several flaws with this claim – not the least of which is the fact that it is a lie. Simply analyze Planned Parenthood's own financial data and it becomes clear that abortion is, in fact, a major part of their business. It should also be noted that the pro-life movement has never claimed that killing babies is all that Planned Parenthood does. We have merely pointed out that they kill more babies than any one else. And that is undeniable.

But even if it were true that abortion is only a small part of what Planned Parenthood does, it's irrelevant. It's no different than some apologist for Adolph Hitler saying that killing Jews was only a small part of what the Nazis did, or someone defending the Klan by claiming that lynching was only a small part of what they did. Or imagine some guy convicted for bank robbery whining that his trial was unfair because he wasn't given credit for all the banks he didn't rob.

Another excuse offered by Komen's defenders is that many of Planned Parenthood's facilities don't even do abortions. And once more, this is completely irrelevant. The fact is, there is not one Planned Parenthood facility in America that does not either do abortions or refer for abortions. And whether the people associated with the Susan G. Komen Foundation or Planned Parenthood want to own up to it or not, the blood of any child snuffed out by abortion is on the hands of every person who played a role in making that abortion happen. To put it bluntly, they don't have to actually hold the knife in order to be responsible for the killing.


Mark Crutcher of Life Dynamics