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FamResCouncil: Pulling the Woolsey over Our Eyes

NOW LIBERALS ARE ATTEMPTING TO USE THE IRS TO QUASH OUR RELIGIOUS FREEDOMS.


November 10, 2009

Pulling the Woolsey over Our Eyes

Is the Democratic Party an official sponsor of the IRS? It certainly feels that way, with the Left repeatedly plugging the agency as its go-to source for scrubbing religion from the public square. Since last week, liberals have tried to sic the agency on everything from congregations in Maine to the Catholic Conference in D.C.–all in a desperate attempt to toss the Church out of the public policy process. Today that strategy took a ridiculous turn as Rep. Lynn Woolsey (D-Calif.) published an absurd op-ed in Politico, calling for an IRS investigation into the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) for its work in passing the pro-life Stupak amendment. In the article, “IRS Should Scrutinize Bishops,” she writes, “I expect political hardball on any legislation as important as the health care bill. I just didn’t expect it from the United States Council [sic] of Catholic Bishops (USCCB). Who elected them to Congress? … [They] managed to bully members of Congress to vote for added restrictions on a perfectly legal surgical procedure.” First of all, the Stupak amendment did nothing to restrict abortion–only the taxpayers’ unwilling involvement in it. Secondly, Woolsey must be confusing the Bishops for social liberals, because unlike the Left, they don’t bully people to get what they want. Since when has the Left had a problem with intimidating people? (Homosexual activism, anyone?) More importantly, our First Amendment strongly protects everyone’s right to speak out no matter what their religious affiliation. It’s a sad commentary on our Congress that members like Lynn Woolsey were elected to office without that basic understanding of the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights. Call Woolsey’s office today at 202-225-5161 and remind her that the public square is a big place–and Christians, including Church leaders, have as much right to it as anyone.

Health Care Bill or Abortion Bill?

After promising that “his plan” doesn’t fund abortion, President Obama should be pleased to see the U.S. House passed the Stupak amendment. But in an interview with ABC’s Jake Tapper, the President hinted that an outright ban on taxpayer-funded abortion wasn’t what he had in mind. When asked about the future of the Stupak amendment, the President was careful to say that “neither side” of the abortion debate should feel “betrayed,” which many took as confirmation that he would work to water down the language that 71% of America supports. “There are strong feelings on both sides,” he said, “and what that tells me is that there needs to be some more work before we get to the point where we’re not changing the status quo.” The 240 congressmen who voted for it understand the Stupak amendment is the status quo. It builds on 32 years of federal law that exempts taxpayers from the bloody business of abortion. President Obama told ABC, “…[T]his is a health care bill, not an abortion bill.” Funny you say that, Mr. President, because that’s exactly the point of the Stupak amendment. It can’t be an abortion bill if abortion isn’t included. So let’s keep it that way?

The Rising PC Causality Count

The Left would have us believe that political correctness never killed anyone. But there are 13 fresh graves in Fort Hood, Texas to prove them wrong. When Army Major Nidal Hasan opened fire on a crowd of his own military brothers, the tragedy that followed should warn Americans of the devastation that can come from putting blind tolerance ahead of national security. By his own admission, Major Hasan was a radical Muslim who expressed an incredible hostility for the very military in which he served. Yet despite his anti-Americanism, outreach to Al-Qaeda, and jihadist views, Hasan was “treated with kid gloves.” Lt. Col. Val Finnell, a student with Hasan, said his superiors were afraid of offending the shooter, even after a poor performance review. “This wasn’t about anyone questioning his religious views. [It’s] different when you are a civilian than when you are a military officer,” Finnell said. And he’s right. As a soldier, political correctness is much more dangerous. It shackles our troops’ sensibilities and opens the country up to attacks from within. Obviously, our commanders can’t force their men to believe in the mission, but if a soldier has moral objections, then he should be excused from duty. Anything less than zero tolerance for radicalism is destabilizing to our military. This was never a question of Hasan’s religious freedom but of his loyalty to the country he was sworn to defend. Leaving a Muslim extremist to preach hatred about the U.S. Army is a deadly negligence that cost 14 people their lives. (There was a pregnant mother among the slain). Diversity is an honorable goal–until it compromises American security. President Obama said we shouldn’t “jump to conclusions” about Hasan. But, as Jonah Goldberg points out, we shouldn’t jump away from them either.

A Fact a Day Keeps Obama’s Doctors away…

While the House health care bill contains some protection for the unborn (at least for now), the rest of H.R. 3962 has plenty of problems that make the legislation dangerous for the American people. Section 571 would not only rewrite the current tax law but also redefine the family by giving “domestic partners” a tax break that treats homosexuals as the equivalent of married spouses. The text in the health care bill is almost identical to the text of a bill that Human Rights Campaign has been pushing, H.R. 2625. This has been a top priority for homosexual lobbying groups and signifies a major shift in U.S. federal policy, yet it was slipped into the bill without any debate or committee action–by the Sponsor of H.R. 2625, Rep. Jim McDermott (D-Wash.).

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