Monday, March 21, 2016

Succinct Summary of the Case for the Little Sisters of the Poor-- Great Read in WSJ

John Garvey, president of Catholic University of America, has written an excellent opinion piece in today's Wall Street Journal.

An illustrious attorney himself, President Garvey boils the legal arguments down in a way that anyone can understand. Succinct and to the point, this essay is a brilliant summary of why the HHS mandate violates religious freedom.

I confess I did not know who John Garvey was before today. But on reading this piece my first thought was that the author must be an attorney. My second thought was I hope that the Little Sisters of the Poor, Catholic University of America, and all the other plaintiffs have an attorney who can explain things as well as Garvey can.

Here is a snippet:
The Affordable Care Act requires employers like Catholic University to carry health insurance. The problem we are trying to solve arises because HHS has imposed a further obligation to cover “preventive services,” and insisted that either we or our agent (the insurance company) pay for them. A more tolerant solution would be for the federal government to fund “preventive services.” But President Obama had to promise not to do that to get the law passed. A still more tolerant solution would be to exempt religious organizations like ours from a duty to pay for services that go against the fundamental tenets of our faith.
Read the entire piece "ObamaCare vs. Little Sisters of the Poor" at this link.

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Marco Rubio has suspended his campaign.

I voted for him. I voted for him because he was conservative, (Yes, conservative despite his attempts to arrive at a bipartisan solution for immigration. He approached the immigration issue with common sense and compassion), intelligent, articulate, and principled. Sadly, I see none of those qualities in the current front runner.

I voted for him because he seemed a man of strong faith. Before one of the debates he got down on his knees and wrote a cross on his nameplate.

He defended the family and the unborn. I believed he had a clear sense of right and wrong.

In short, I believed, and still believe, that Marco Rubio is a man of integrity.

Had I not been convinced of all these things, his speech last night would have done so. I hope you will listen to it, if the above link works. :-) Sometimes, it doesn't.

Here is the text of the conclusion (from the LA Times.)

.......And I want to leave with an expression of gratitude to God in whose hands all things lie. He has a plan for every one of our lives. Everything that comes from God is good. God is perfect. God makes no mistakes. And he has things planned for all of us. And we await eagerly to see what lies ahead. And so I leave tonight with one final prayer, and I use the words of King David because I remain grateful to God:
    “Yours O Lord is the greatness and the power and the glory and the victory and the majesty, indeed everything that is in the heavens and the earth. Yours is the dominion, O Lord, and you exalt yourself as head overall. Both riches and honor come from you and you rule over all. And in your hand is power and might and it lies in your hand to make great and to strengthen everyone.”
     May God strengthen our people. May God strengthen our nation. May God strengthen the conservative movement. May God strengthen the Republican Party. May God strengthen our eventual nominee. And may God always bless and strengthen this great nation, the United States of America. Thank you and God bless you all. Thank you very much.
These are the words of a good and decent man. Marco Rubio is young. I hope he will run again.