Catholics, Get Real: President Obama Is Abusing You
It’s time to recognize how dysfunctional the Obama-Catholic relationship has become, says Carrie Severino.
OK, folks, it’s intervention time. Many Catholics, despite the overwhelming evidence, have convinced themselves that President Obama is good for them and for people of faith. Someone needs to tell them the hard truth: you are being abused by Obama.
Just check out this list from the Mayo Clinic on abusive relationships and see if any of these sound familiar:
- Calls you names, insults you or puts you down [accusing people of faith of “bitter” and “cling(ing) to guns or religion … as a way to explain their frustration”]
- Prevents you from going to work or school [shifting from protection of freedom of religion to freedom of worship—which limits our First Amendment rights to something we do on Saturday or Sunday, not in the public square]
- Stops you from seeing family members or friends [as in the administration’s attempts to negotiate with certain Catholic groups while cutting out their spiritual fathers, the bishops]
- Tries to control how you spend money, where you go, what medicines you take or what you wear [HHS regulations, anyone?]
- Hits, kicks, shoves, slaps, chokes, or otherwise hurts you, your children, or your pets [the Obama administration recently gave religious groups a slap in the face by arguing that their constitutional right to freedom of religion does not include the right to choose their own ministers]
- Blames you for his or her violent behavior or tells you that you deserve it [for example, the administration’s excuse that it only defunded the Bishop’s Refugee Services because of the bishops’ obstinate refusal to offer the “full range of reproductive services”—i.e., abortion]
- Portrays the violence as mutual and consensual [evident in Obama’s “compromises” that all too many Catholic institutions have been willing to swallow]
The unwillingness to face obvious facts is characteristic of those who, sadly, return to their abusers. For example, even after the president went back on his assurances at Notre Dame that he would “honor the conscience of those who disagree with abortion, and draft a sensible conscience clause,” Nicholas Cafardi, dean emeritus of Duquesne University, said that “the Obama administration has said it wants to work with these organizations so they’re not required to violate their conscience. I’m sure they mean that in good faith.”
Right. That’s what Sheryl Crow said:Lie to me I promise I'll believe Lie to me But please don't leave
Let’s hope Americans who still care about freedom of religion—particularly Catholics, who have experienced the brunt of Obama’s abuse—wise up soon and seek help. After all, as the Mayo Clinic reminds us, “It can be hard to recognize or admit that you’re in an abusive relationship—but help is available. Remember, no one deserves to be abused.”