The Worst Case Scenario
We the Government of the United States, in order to form a more secular Union, establish our will, insure domestic income, provide the commoners with contraceptives, promote Planned Parenthood, and secure the Blessings of the media elite to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this new and improved Constitution for the United States of America.
We live in dangerous and odd times where we now have a right to free contraception but not a right of religious expression. This administration is seeking to destroy religious liberty and we have Catholic bishops vowing civil disobedience. Odd times.
Even President Obama may be in a bit of a panic about the effect of Catholic outrage on his election chances. Some reports say that he didn’t expect the Catholic bishops to speak out so strongly in near unaninimity against the contraceptive mandate. And he certainly didn’t expect the Catholic left to join in the outrage which many have to their credit.
In this election year, Obama may be looking for a way out. I’ve seen some reports that the administration, afraid to anger the liberal wing of their base, may seek out a middle ground by announcing the possibility of a waiver. Much like McDonalds received a waiver from Obamacare, Obama will be expecting Catholic institutions to go from lawsuits and protests to lining up on the White House lawn begging for a waiver if offered.
My advice to Catholic institutions - don’t do it. The supposed cure in this case would be as bad as the problem it would be created to fix.
In a practical way, it’s just not smart because even if Obama approves waivers now, there’s no telling what he would do after the election. Any waiver would likely have the lifespan of a campaign promise like the one he gave on the campus of Notre Dame for “sensible” conscience protections.
If Catholics were to drop their protests and focus on being granted a waiver it would be calamitous to the cause of religious liberty in this country.
There can be no compromise on unalienable rights. Compromise in this battle is supplication. Too many have died to preserve our freedoms to allow this administration to simply waive them away. Applying for a waiver grants the government the power to grant or deny religious liberty. Don’t do it. It would turn the founding ideas of this country on their head. This country was founded on the idea that “we the people” are endowed by our Creator with unalienable rights. To allow the administration to grant waivers would place President Obama in the role of a capricious Creator who endows those whom he favors with very alienable rights. And how would one curry favor with such a capricious creator? Silence. Silence in face of the destruction of constitutional rights, silence as the first amendment is excised and edited, and silence as secularism marches toward victory.
I urge Catholics not to be tempted by the waiver. In order to get the waiver you must surrender your God-given rights. You must ask yourself how can you so easily give away something God gave you.