Conservative commentator Pat Buchanan contends that President Barack Obama’s so-called accommodation on the birth-control mandate still requires Catholic employers to violate religious principles.
Buchanan said on Tuesday that the birth-control compromise would not have sat well with his father, whom he described as a devout Catholic and partner of an accounting firm in Washington, D.C.
“It was the largest of the smaller firms, not the big eight. He was a devout Catholic,” Buchanan told Charlie Rose on “CBS This Morning.”
“Under Obama's rule he would still be required in that firm to provide healthcare, which meant distribution of condoms, it meant sterilizations and things like that. He would engage in civil disobedience rather than do that.”
A compromise Obama offered would force health insurers, instead of religious-affiliated charities, to pay for contraceptives for employees of those institutions, something that conservatives still view as an infringement on the First Amendment's right of religious freedom.
Buchanan, whose book "Suicide of a Superpower"
led to a decision by MSNBC to part ways with the commentator after 10 years, added that the U.S. government is encroaching on the Catholic Church.
“The government of the United States has got enormous power, and it's growing in power, and it has driven Christianity out of the public schools and out of the public square. Now it is encroaching on the realm of the church itself,” Buchanan said.
Obama has driven Catholic bishops to take a stand because they oppose being forced to provide birth control to thousands of female employees at Catholic schools, hospitals, and other church-affiliated organizations, Buchanan said.
“Look, these Catholic bishops, they're not natural-born fighters, say, like Pat Buchanan. They don't want to fight with President Obama,” Buchanan said.
Buchanan also defended his book, which contains chapters titled, "The End of White America" and "The Death of Christian America," which critics have labeled as racist, anti-Semitic, and homophobic.
“The critics should read the book instead of trying to blacklist and censor the book,” he said. “Any individual can be a good American. When I was a young man in 1960, because of the melting pot, we had all come together — Irish and Germans and English and Polish and Jewish and Czech and Greek — into one nation and one people under God.”
Diversity alone is not what makes America strong, the former GOP presidential candidate said. “It is the unity we finally had in the Depression and World War II, in the 1950s. We were one people united under God, indivisible in one nation,” he explained.
“What is happening now is that the elites in this country have taken the melting pot and thrown it out. They're saying to people, 'Come to America, keep your culture, keep your separate religion, keep your separate different beliefs.' America is becoming a nation of nations,” said Buchanan, who believes that Western civilization is in its “Indian summer” and may not survive the century.
“And what I'm warning about in our country is that the United States of America — which is shifting to become a multicultural, multinational, multi-ethnic, multilingual country — there is nothing that's going to hold us together if we lose our common language, our common Christian, Judeo-Christian faith, our common moral consensus, which we are losing,” Buchanan said.
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