For months, American cities were held hostage by the hooliganism that is the Occupy movement (which brought with it loitering, destruction, drug use and violence). It is a movement, however, that had great support from 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. They viewed it as a fine form of democracy at its best ; a shining example of the first admendment. When the lawlessness of many of the protesters was raised, the administration’s whitewash attempt of such incidents was the term “civil disobedience”. They brandished that term like a badge of honor. Civil disobedience…hmmm.
Fast forward to this past week as Army chaplains were instructed not to read a letter in Mass on Sunday that expressed disapproval of a new regulation in the administration’s health care law. It was thought that the language in the letter spoke too strongly against the President.
According to a senior Army official, Chief of Chaplains Donald Rutherford was asked not to let chaplains read the Jan. 26 letter sent by Archbishop Timothy P. Broglio because of the sentence that states: “We cannot — we will not — comply with this unjust law.”
“There was a worry that would be a call for civil disobedience,” said a senior Army official. CIVIL DISOBEDIENCE, you say? Hmmmmm…
The letter states in part, that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services rule that requires coverage of sterilization, abortifacients and contraception be included in virtually all health plans is a direct violation of the First Amendment allowing religious liberty.
It continues, “As a result, unless the rule is overturned, we Catholics will be compelled to choose between violating our consciences or dropping health coverage for our employees (and suffering the penalties for doing so),” he wrote.
“We cannot — we will not — comply with this unjust law. People of faith cannot be made second-class citizens. We are already joined by our brothers and sisters of all faiths and many others of good will in this important effort to regain our religious freedom”.
Now let me see if I am fully understanding this. Let’s contrast and compare when Civil disobedience is ENCOURAGED by this White House and when it has the rug swiftly pulled from underneath it by the SAME administration.
THE OCCUPY MOVEMENT:
As of January 30, 2012, 6,455 arrests connected to the Occupy protests have been documented. Protesters have been charged with a number of crimes, including rape, arson, vandalism and assault.
Jim Hoft of Gateway Pundit notes:
It’s certainly not the first time the occupy criminals have resorted to violence. In fact, the occupy movement is based on lawlessness and destruction. So far we’ve witnessed:
– 9 deaths, 5 found dead in tents, One found dead after 2 days – 2 murders – Tens of millions of dollars in damages, layoffs, vandalism, law breaking – Multiple Rapes – Thousands of arrests – Public masturbation – Feces – Child molestation and baby abuse – strangled parents in a PT Cruiser
Nevertheless, Democratic lawmakers – including the President – continue to support the movement.
One should not be surprised the administration would turn a blind eye to the violent nature of the movement that has been endorsed by Communists, Nazis and Islamists worldwide. They have, in fact, stood in solidarity with the Occupy protesters from the very beginning.
Now contrast the White House’s allegiance to Civil disobedience as it applies to Occupy, with its disdain for the Catholic church’s stand on the violation of their religious liberties as pertaining to HHS. They Church, thru Army chaplains, let their dissent be known – or tried to let it be known- and they were shut down from the get go. WHERE IS THE ACLU screaming about First Amendment rights and Free Speech? Does Civil disobedience get protected only when those in power agree with their agenda. The Occupy movement is glorified in the Media, while people of faith are portrayed as ignorant, narrow minded bigots. The media and this White House want to marginalize believers and their voices. Free Speech for ALL Mr. President, otherwise, we are sliding down the slippery slope of thought policing.