The occasional, often ill-considered thoughts of a Roman Catholic permanent deacon who is ever grateful to God for his existence. Despite the strangeness we encounter in this life, all the suffering we witness and endure, being is good, so good I am sometimes unable to contain my joy. Deo gratias!

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

God Bless the "Dirty 100"

The self-proclaimed National Organization for Women (aka NOW) -- an organization paradoxically dedicated to eliminating its future membership by ensuring fewer and fewer baby girls are born -- has published its list of what NOW calls the "Dirty 100." The list includes100 of the plaintiffs currently suing the Obama administration's Department of Health and Human Services over the department's claim that Obamacare mandates birth control coverage. 

The list of plaintiffs includes a dozen Catholic dioceses and archdioceses: Atlanta, Beaumont, Biloxi, Cheyenne, Dallas, Erie, Fort Worth, Fort Wayne-South Bend, Nashville, New York, Pittsburgh, and St. Louis. Also listed among the 100 are the Michigan Catholic Conference, which represents the seven Catholic dioceses in the state of Michigan, and Archbishop Thomas Wenski of the Miami Archdiocese. Other Catholic organizations listed include: Ave Maria University, Ave Maria School of Law, Belmont Abbey College, Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN), Franciscan University of Steubenville, Little Sisters of the Poor, Priests for Life, and the University of Notre Dame. These Catholic plaintiffs are joined on NOW's list by a number of corporations -- including the now-famous Hobby Lobby -- and many other Christian organizations. (You can view the entire list here on the NOW website.) 

It's interesting that NOW would call this list of plaintiffs "dirty." But, I suppose like most on the far left, they cannot abide the fact that anyone might simply disagree with them. Yes, those dirty Little Sisters of the Poor really are nasty folks, aren't they?

I actually thank NOW for publishing the list and reminding us of these courageous organizations and companies whom we should applaud for their strong public support of the religious freedom guaranteed by the Bill of Rights of our Constitution. And make no mistake, the issue is all about religious freedom. In the words of Miami's Archbishop Thomas Wenski:

"The administration continues to insist that the issue is about contraception; we disagree. It is about the first freedom of our Bill of Rights: the freedom of religion and respect for the rights of conscience."
I've included a video prepared by the US Conference of Catholic Bishops on the subject of religious freedom and how it has been under assault in our country. Watch it...

...and pray for our nation.

God's peace.

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