At Least the Republican Party Isn’t Against Religion

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The Republican Party may be a lot of things but at least it isn’t against religion. The other side, not so much.

The Obama administration has continued its war on religious freedom and Catholics in particular. First is his refusal to bend on the HHS Mandate which forces employees to purchase healthcare coverage for all employees even if it is against their religious beliefs, now it is preventing Catholic chaplains from performing Mass.

At issue are the Catholic priests who are contracted by the government to celebrate Mass, perform weddings, baptisms and funerals. Because of a shortage of chaplains who are enlisted in the Armed Forces, the government has been hiring them as sub-contractors. They have even been told they cannot volunteer their services on the bases.

According to Archbishop Timothy Broglio of the Archdiocese of the Military Services, “They were told they cannot function because those are contracted services and since there’s no funding they can’t do it – even if they volunteer.” John Schlageter, the general counsel for the Archdiocese wrote this week on the Military Archdiocese’s website that the priests could be arrested if they try to minister on base.

The First Amendment of the United States Constitution reads as follows: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.” Prohibiting the priests from celebrating Mass is clearly violating the First Amendment by “prohibiting the free exercise thereof.” It can’t be any clearer than that.

All week during the government shutdown the Obama administration has been picking and choosing what will close and what will stay open including keeping WWII veterans from visiting their memorial to not letting children visit the White House on school trips. It should be clear that they are picking the closures based on what will anger American citizens the most so they can continue to blame the Republican Party. They have even stooped so low as to close streets and parking lots around places they don’t own, such as Mt. Vernon, George Washington’s home so people can’t access them. When asked about why they were doing this at Mt Vernon a park ranger said “It’s a cheap way to deal with the situation. We’ve been told to make life as difficult for people as we can. It’s disgusting.”

The Obama administration has already shown it has no tolerance for the Catholic Church. Despite many objections they have refused to exempt Christian organizations from the individual mandate of Obamacare which mandates that certain coverage be provided by employers to their employers. If they don’t offer this coverage they will be heavily fined. These include contraception and abortion inducing drugs. Both abortion and contraception go against the teachings of the Catholic Church. While the administration has come up with a religious exemption it is so narrow that even Catholic nuns don’t qualify. This has resulted in numerous lawsuits being filed throughout the country, the most notable is the one filed by Hobby Lobby. These will ultimately end up in the Supreme Court. Those who practice the Muslim faith have been exempted from Obamacare.

Forbidding priests from performing Mass is a clean violation of the First Amendment. No matter what religion one belongs to, this is just the beginning, first the Catholics, then the Protestants. The Obama administration is out of control as this issue proves. Blaming the Republican Party is fine, but stopping people from practicing their religion is wrong.

Update: It has been reported that the House of Representatives voted today to affirm the right of all chaplains to perform services tomorrow. It has been sent to the Senate.

Commentary by: Paul Roy

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27 Responses to "At Least the Republican Party Isn’t Against Religion"

  1. CPT_Who   October 7, 2013 at 1:46 am

    I’m Sorry, you don’t seem to understand two things: One: Uniformed Chaplains are still able to do their job only because of H.R. 3210. Two: The Contract Chaplains (something I’ve never heard of in 17 years in service) would not be allowed even to volunteer, not because the President isn’t allowing it, but because Congress has made it a felony to spend unappropriated funds or to conduct business as usual without pay without specific Congressional approval, and H.R. 3210 does not include Contractors.

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  2. Idiot Biggets   October 6, 2013 at 9:38 pm

    Yeah. Republicans are pro-religion as long as it is conservative and christian. u dumb cunts.

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  3. S. Wells   October 6, 2013 at 4:21 pm

    So if my employer is against say gambling, would it be able to dicatate where I spend my paid vacation? Couldn’t go to Vegas, or Atlantic City?

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  4. Christian   October 6, 2013 at 1:15 pm

    As my republican neighbor says…”This is why I voted for Zachary Taylor!” No, really, he is that old.

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    • Paul Roy   October 6, 2013 at 3:43 pm

      So aren’t I

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  5. Akai Koru   October 6, 2013 at 12:44 pm

    Quick look over here before you notice that the Republicans are destroying the economy!

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    • Paul Roy   October 6, 2013 at 1:14 pm

      Really? What has the unemployment rate been since 2008? How many part time jobs have been created because people can’t find full time jobs? How about because of Obamacare?

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  6. Joe   October 6, 2013 at 7:22 am

    “”The First Amendment of the United States Constitution reads … thereof.” It can’t be any clearer than that.”

    The author conveniently ignores the no-less-clear fact that it also means that the Armed Forces should not employ chapains in the first place.

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    • Paul Roy   October 6, 2013 at 10:36 am

      The Armed Forces have chaplains of all faiths and religions.

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  7. Jerry Johnson   October 6, 2013 at 6:50 am

    This just in: The mullahs of Iran aren’t against religion either!

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    • Paul Roy   October 6, 2013 at 10:38 am

      Not as long as it is just one.

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  8. Aduro Veritas   October 6, 2013 at 5:58 am

    Wow, the job market must be amazing right now if the guy who wrote this is finding work. God bless you Obama!!!

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    • Paul Roy   October 6, 2013 at 6:24 am

      In site of Obama I have work. Thanks for the comment/

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      • Paul Roy   October 6, 2013 at 10:37 am

        That should be in spite of Obama

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  9. Judas   October 6, 2013 at 5:07 am

    No, they are not against religion, They fool the religious folk and manipulate them wholeheartedly. Using Abortion as a wedge issue they have swayed the religious right and played them election after election. Jesus ministered to the poor and fed the hungry something religious folks have forgotten and the GOP never got. Their is a alot more in the Bible about taking care of folk than abortion,

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    • Paul Roy   October 6, 2013 at 6:26 am

      Jesus also taught to help those who help themselves, he wasn’t so kind to those who refused to help themselves like is the case with many who take from the government.

      I am retty sure Jesus was also against killing the innocent.

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  10. Danny Snyder   October 6, 2013 at 4:17 am

    OK so another pundit puts out another propaganda peice.

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    • Paul Roy   October 6, 2013 at 6:27 am

      Keeps me busy.

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  11. Jerry   October 6, 2013 at 12:01 am

    The shutdown has nothing to do with pride. It has everthing to do with the Affordable care Act. Many if not most of the Rightwing Republicans ran more as Christians than Republicans. If the Affordable Care Act is implemented the nation would find out that these “Christians” are blatant liars. It is their “honorable reputations” they are trying to protect -at all costs.

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    • Paul Roy   October 6, 2013 at 6:28 am

      How so?

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      • phil   October 6, 2013 at 7:14 am

        Because in Christianity it is said that the meek shall inherit the earth. The meek are the poor and innocent, the ones we should all be looking to find ways to help as Jesus did. They are the ones helped most by the Affordable Care Act. I make enough money that I am not benefited by the ACA and may even pay a little more for health care now, but the meek will be helped. Many of these Tea Party Republicans have ran on new earth creationist platforms but don’t live up to the moral imperatives of the bible. They have no plan to help the poor. They have the support of super rich donors on their minds. The democrats have super rich donors on their minds just as much, but they rarely run on a platform held up by religion.

        Actions speak louder than words, and in action the Democrats support the key moral imperatives of Christianity more than the Republicans who pander to the ultra conservative religious to get votes, but in reality work against the same groups interests.

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        • JF   October 6, 2013 at 11:48 am

          No individual party is in perfect alignment with the aims of Christianity. This being said, the Democrats are in support of immoral acts that are not negotiable, such as abortion in a way that Republicans are not. Democrats have been active in curtailment of first amendment rights through their legislation and punitive systems. Rather than try to work with religious institutions in their aims to feed and shelter the poor, and provide healthcare, the Democratic party has been working to supplant or convert them into secular institutions by way of coercive law.

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  12. Jason Patrick   October 5, 2013 at 9:21 pm

    Really? Really?!! Ask the Republican party what it thinks of Islam in America.

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  13. liz   October 5, 2013 at 6:45 pm

    Religious organizations are exempt from covering contraceptives. The organizations you are referring so are not religious organizations, but businesses. Discussing businesses as though they should be allowed religious exemptions is disingenuous at best and dishonest at worst.

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    • Paul Roy   October 6, 2013 at 6:30 am

      An order of Catholic nuns is a business? But that doesn’t matter, why should I have to pay for coverage I don’t want, need or believe in? That is what I am being forced to do.

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      • liz   October 6, 2013 at 9:24 am

        If the nuns are working for a government funded agency then they are required to abide by the laws of the US

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        • jmd   October 6, 2013 at 10:49 am

          And the supreme law of the land expressly and primarily grants free exercise of religion. Not just the parts of a religion the government is okay with.

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