Becket Fund: Obama Offers False Compromise

Friday, 10 Feb 2012 01:41 PM

By Marti Lotman

  Comment  |
   Contact  |
  Print   |
    A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, in a press release following President Barack Obama’s backpedaling on his stance on the abortion-drug mandate, said that the Commander in Chief has only offered a false “compromise,” and that many religious organizations are still going to be forced to violate their religious ideologies.

“This is a false ‘compromise’ designed to protect the President’s re-election chances, not to protect the right of conscience,” Hannah Smith, Senior Legal Counsel for The Becket Fund said.

“Hundreds, if not thousands, of religious institutions are still left out in the cold and will be forced to violate their religious convictions,” Smith lamented.

Smith refers to a White House statement earlier today that announced some religious employers will no longer be coerced into providing insurance coverage for contraception, sterilization, and abortifacient drugs.

However, coverage for all three will be provided, for free, by insurance companies.

According to Smith, this raises a trifecta of problems.

First, many religious organizations self-insure, which means that they will still be paying for services that they believe stand in stark opposition to their religious beliefs.

The second quandary is that the President has made it intentionally nebulous as to which religious organizations are exempt under the new rule and whether it will extend to for-profit organizations, individuals, or non-denominational organizations.

Lastly, Smith notes, money is considered fungible, and religious organizations may object to the idea of being forced to pay money to an insurance company that may, in turn, provide contraception to its employees free of charge.

“It is especially telling that the details of this supposed ‘compromise’ will likely not be announced until after the election. Religious freedom is not a political football to be kicked around in an election-year. Rather than providing full protection for the right of conscience, the administration has made a cynical political play that is the antithesis of ‘hope and change.’”


© 2014 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

  Comment  |
   Contact  |
  Print   |
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Country
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
 
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
Top Stories
You May Also Like

Dershowitz: Hollywood Should Have Followed Rushdie Example

Thursday, 18 Dec 2014 22:29 PM

Hollywood should have rallied around Sony Pictures and released "The Interview" jointly online, says Harvard law profess . . .

Army Pulls ROTC Job Posting Requiring Christian Candidates

Thursday, 18 Dec 2014 22:18 PM

The Army has pulled a job posting at an Illinois religious college that required leaders of its ROTC program to be Chris . . .

Military Analysts: Bergdahl Report to Show He Deserted

Thursday, 18 Dec 2014 21:52 PM

The Army's report on Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl will show he deserted, but not that he is a traitor, two military analysts famil . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved