by Nathan A. Cherry, 03/02/2012
Martinsburg, WV – I can hardly believe the words as they came out of my mouth. I was sitting at my desk, reading an article and suddenly I said “I agree with Biden.” After three years in office I can honestly say it is the first time I have ever uttered those words (and most probably the last time). Nonetheless I said them, and I am sticking to what I said.
Here’s why I agree with Biden. It comes back to the Obama insurance mandate that has the whole country fighting mad over trampling our religious liberty while forcing us all to fund contraception, sterilization, and abortifacient drugs. What many people don’t know about this story is the people on the committee that formed the mandate and then pushed the president to make it law. That is where things get interesting, as Lifenews.com reported:
“Jake Tapper of ABC News wrote a remarkable story last week revealing the players in the Obama administration’s internal debate on the contraception mandate…According to Tapper, President Obama’s top advisers on the issue included Vice President Joe Biden, former White House Chief-of-Staff Bill Daley, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, former Domestic Policy Council Director Melody Barnes, White House Senior Advisers Valerie Jarrett and Pete Rouse, former White House Communications Director Anita Dunn, two U.S. Senators – and Planned Parenthood Federation for America CEO Cecile Richards.”
What is most interesting about this group of people (other than Leon Panetta being on it – I’m not sure what contraception and defense have in common) is that only one person stood to gain financially from this decision – Cecile Richards and Planned Parenthood. And who do you think was most vocal about the mandate? Yep, Cecile Richards and Planned Parenthood.
So this interesting group of people is debating on the mandate when Biden (and Daley and Panetta) make the following statements:
“The Vice President and others argued that this wouldn’t be seen as an issue of contraception – it would be seen as an issue of religious liberty…[Biden, Daley and Panetta] argued, saying that the Obama administration couldn’t force religious charities to pay for something they think is a sin….”
Just when I thought Biden couldn’t say anything worth remembering he goes and sticks up for religious liberty. Now, does he really believe this, or is he just making a politician’s argument? I don’t know, but he and others argued for the fact that Obama could not “force religious charities to pay for something they think is a sin.”
But Biden and others opposing the mandate lost in the end to the liberal, pro-abortion feminists the president has surrounded himself with recently. It’s more than obvious that Planned Parenthood is a major voice in the Obama White House and that Cecile Richards has put her organization in a position to gain millions of dollars thanks to this new mandate. Steven Aden commented on this fact in a Townhall blog article recently:
“In fact, the federal government has a vested interest in Planned Parenthood, which owes fealty to the government that’s funded them so well that the abortion provider now claims over a billion dollars in net assets…When you think about Richards’ support of the birth control/abortion pill mandate in this light, it’s easy to see past her veiled ‘women’s rights’ mantra. Planned Parenthood stands to gain even more money if employers are forced to provide ‘free’ abortion pills, sterilization, and contraceptives for their employees…It’s also easy to see that what’s being portrayed as a fight solely between Obama and the Roman Catholic Church can be more accurately described as a new battle in the fight for life over death, and for conscience over subservience, for people of all walks of life.”
And if you think all this is bad, just wait, it gets worse. A recent Wall Street Journal article gives the scary details on what’s in store in the very near future. But the bottom line goes something like this:
“In the future, thanks to ObamaCare, the government will issue such health edicts on a routine basis—and largely insulated from public view. This goes beyond contraception to cancer screenings, the use of common drugs like aspirin, and much more.”
It appears that, unless something changes in 2012, we will see more mandates like this one that tramples religious freedoms; and most likely a host of other freedoms.
About Nathan Cherry
Nathan Cherry is the chief editor and blogger for the Engage Family Minute blog, the official blog of the FPCWV. He serves also as the Regional Development Coordinator as a liaison to the pastor's of West Virginia. He is a pro-life, pro-traditional marriage, pro-religious freedom conservative. He is also a husband, father, pastor, author, musician, and follower of Jesus Christ.