Catholics for Obama are getting paid back.Expect an announcement from Obama later today. This fire is quickly getting out of hand and the campaign is starting to get hurt.
The political math is that most Americans are lax when it comes to church. American Catholics are cafeteria Catholics, picking and choosing among the principles that suit them. Even among anti-abortion Catholics, a good portion favor the death penalty and support wars. One of the problems Mitt Romney faces is that he is a Mormon. Not because Americans oppose Mormonism, but because he has a religion and he actually follows it. His generosity in general and his generosity to his church in particular are used against him, and apparently that works.52 years ago, Americans feared having a Catholic president until Jack Kennedy assured them that he just went through the motions.Now Americans fear a president who has any religion. Barack Obama assured them he wasn’t paying attention when Jeremiah Wright was preaching his craziness.The polls show Obama that trashing religion means votes, so now is a good time to trash the Catholics.The plan may be backfiring. While most Americans are not particularly religious, they like to defend freedom of religion when the religion does not threaten them. Most Americans (including Catholics) use birth control, so the Church’s edict on birth control is seen as harmless and as quaint as the Amish in their buggies. Obama’s attack on Catholics may turn out to be as popular as attacking the Amish. That is a pretty big mistake.
UPDATE: Word is Obama will be making the announcement at 9:15 am Pacific time.
UPDATE: This is what Obama calls an "accommodation":
@McCormackJohn: .... religious institutions will still have to offer insurance plans that violate their beliefs.This is far from over. Planned Parenthood approves Obama's "accommodation" which means it's bad for Christians. They're mutually exclusive.
@jstrevino: White House is trumpeting the support of Planned Parenthood for its fraudulent "compromise." Yeah, that ought to win over Catholics.
UPDATE: Obama's "accommodation" says the Catholic Church will not have to pay for contraceptive coverage for their employees, but here's the punchline: The insurers will have to provide the coverage for "free". Of course, that completely ignores the reality of economics. Everyone knows those costs will be passed along to the church in the form of higher premiums. It's the old "find the galoshes" principle (check the link for an explanation). The Catholic Church will be paying for something they think is immoral whether they like it or not.