Thursday, May 17, 2012

Good For Franciscan University...

On the side
of the angels
Franciscan University of Steubenville is dropping student medical insurance over the HHS contraception mandate.  Of course, this is going to smoke out all the so-called social justice-minded Catholics into screaming "SEE!! SEE!!" about FUS while ignoring the blatant tyranny of the Obama administration's edict, but then again, very little of this surprises me.

Those people ultimately don't care.  Why? Because politics and party affiliation come first.  Being Catholic comes second (maybe).  If being Catholic came first, then this sort of governmental overreach would have never made it past the Oval Office because "good Catholics" like Biden, Sebelius, Pelosi, et al would have ensured it never saw the light of day.

There is a reason why freedom of religion (note the "of", not "from", and likewise note "religion", not "worship") is part of the 'first freedoms'.  However, between Obamacare and the recent (politically expedient) push for same-sex marriage (an issue of its own) coming from the White House, that particular freedom is under massive assault, and there is a large percentage of people in the population who don't care, or are even actively cheering on said assault.  Of course, if the shoe were on the other foot and a Republican administration were mandating that everyone go to a Christian church, they would be screaming bloody murder and about how their constitutional rights were being trampled.  But in this instance?

The silence is deafening.  Crickets can be heard from sea to shining sea.

Therein lies the problem.  What's good for the goose is good for the gander, but apparently, people are too shortsighted to see that issues will arise if you give the government unchecked power to do what it pleases.  Just look at the issue of detention of terror suspects.  A lot of conservative and Republican types were cheering it on under Bush, but then decried it under Obama.  Can't have it both ways - goose, meet gander.

So I applaud Franciscan's decision.  They are taking a principled stand that has long term ramifications.  For people who wish to argue with me - please, please do NOT try to tell me that Franciscan University is depriving students of their right to "health care".  They aren't - they are standing up for their own freedom of conscience in deciding which benefits they wish to make available.  Health care may be a right, but having a third party pay for elective drugs is not.  You will never convince me otherwise.

Fight the good fight.

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