President Barack Obama spoke Thursday about religious freedom as a key component of United States foreign policy at the National Prayer Breakfast, noting that freedom of religion is central to human dignity.
"Today we profess the principles we know to be true," he said. "We know that each of us is wonderfully made in the image of God. We therefore believe in the inherent dignity of every human being – dignity that no earthly power can take away. And central to that dignity is freedom of religion – the right of every person to practice their faith how they choose, to change their faith if they choose, or to practice no faith at all, and to do this free from persecution and fear."
The United States leads the world in promoting religious freedom, which is one of the main foreign policy goals of the United States, Obama declared. more >>
On January 28, nineteen U.S. Senators and 91 members of the House of Representatives, all Democrats, filed briefs with the U.S Supreme Court supporting the Obama administration's legal war against Hobby Lobby, a family-owned chain of craft stores that provides health insurance for employees but refuses for religious reasons to cover morning after pills such as Plan B and Ella.
Senator Patty Murray claims, "what is at stake in this case before the Supreme Court is whether a CEO's personal beliefs can trump a woman's right to access free or low cost contraceptives under the Affordable Care Act. "
Nonsense. Not one word in the Affordable Care Act guarantees that health plans cover birth control products. There is no such right. Sect. 2713 of the law says insurers must cover whatever services the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force rates A or B, and empowers the Secretary of Health and Human Services – a presidential appointee – to add others. The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force doesn't call for covering birth control. more >>
A majority of Americans are now opposed to Obamacare (which has the euphemistic title of the "Affordable Care Act"), even those who supported it earlier. Once the program began, sticker shock set in.
Long before any of us heard of Obamacare, P.J. O'Rourke famously said: If you think health care is expensive now, wait until it's free.
Particularly painful to watch is a recent video of the candid reactions of employees of a small business in Pennsylvania. A TV crew captured the initial response a handful of workers had to finding out what Obamacare meant to them personally. more >>
There was "not even a smidgen of corruption" at the Internal Revenue Service, President Barack Obama said Sunday regarding the scandal involving the targeting of conservative groups. If that is true, reporters and Republican members of Congress are asking, why is there an ongoing FBI investigation into the scandal? And why is the FBI refusing to provide Congress details of its investigation?
"There's an active Justice Department investigation. Doesn't the President prejudge that investigation when he tells Bill O'Reilly there's not a smidgen of corruption?" ABC's Jonathan Karl asked White House Press Secretary Jay Carney Monday.
Carney answered that the president's statement is backed up by what he has "learned through the independent inspector general and through the testimony that we've seen." more >>
"Get right with the law" is the trendy new poll-tested slogan that's supposed to make both amnesty-resistant Americans and illegal aliens accept whatever so-called immigration reform Congress considers. Alas, playing with words will not sell amnesty to Americans or non-amnesty to illegals.
House Republicans went into a "retreat" in a Maryland hideaway to consider a statement of "principles" put before them by the House leadership. Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., immediately said they are "the same recycled talking points, crafted with the help of the same consultants and special interests," and that the proposed legislation "ensures only the amnesty and not the enforcement."
Continuing, Sessions said the Republican so-called principles "would surge the already unprecedented level of legal lesser-skilled immigration to the U.S. that is reducing wages and increasing unemployment." While the Republican goal should be "to transition millions of struggling Americans from welfare and joblessness to work and rising wages," President Barack Obama's plan is to force "legislation that drastically surges the future flow of new immigrant workers competing against unemployed Americans." more >>
A favorite tactic of this Administration is to engage in outrageous behavior, and then – with the support of its allies – put its opponents on the defensive by accusing them of engaging in the conduct of which it is in fact guilty.
So, for example, the Obama Administration takes far-out positions on social issues- then labels as "extreme" anyone who stands up for mainstream values. The White House promotes monetary policies that destroy jobs– and then attacks the business community for driving "income inequality."
The latest example of this "jujitsu" maneuver involves the Health and Human Services contraceptive mandate under the Affordable Care Act. The mandate tramples on the religious freedom of religiously-affiliated organizations like the Little Sisters of the Poor and model employers like Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood, by attempting to force them, under the threat of crippling IRS fines, to participate in the provision of potentially life terminating drugs that violate their deeply held religious beliefs. more >>