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Nancy Pelosi and Her Misunderstanding of Catholicism.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said Thursday she supports same-sex marriage because her Catholic faith “compels” her to “be against discrimination of any kind.”  Catholic teaching on the matter states, ” While opposing “unjust discrimination” against homosexuals, the Catechism of the Catholic Church says that homosexual acts are “contrary to the natural law” and can never be approved and that marriage is the sacramental union of a man and a woman.”

“My religion has, compels me–and I love it for it–to be against discrimination of any kind in our country, and I consider this a form of discrimination. I think it’s unconstitutional on top of that,” Pelosi said during her press briefing.  Pelosi called President Obama’s statement on same sex marriage, “a great day for America.”  She had didn’t comment on the fact that he felt different on this same subject two years ago.  Nonetheless, she went on to say,  “I hope this will bring people together on the same issue.  It’s a matter of time, it’s all a matter of time.  On these issues, what is inevitable to some of us is inconceivable to others. What we want to do is shorten the difference between the inevitable and the inconceivable and I think the president went a long way in doing that yesterday.”

You can watch the video here from CNS News:  http://cnsnews.com/news/article/pelosi-her-catholic-faith-compels-her-support-same-sex-marriage





Could Obama’s “contraception requirement” be on the way out?

From the Wall Street Journal:

The White House said Thursday it has no plans to reverse course on its decision to require that all employers cover contraception in their insurance plans, despite a wave of criticism from Republicans and Catholic leaders.

After a bruising week for health officials on the issue, the White House arranged a conference call with reporters to address what it called “confusion” over the policy. It also put up a blog post by Cecilia Munoz, director of the House Domestic Policy Council, pointing out that “no individual health care provider will be forced to prescribe contraception” and “no individual will be forced to buy or use contraception.”

And White House press secretary Jay Carney said at Thursday’s afternoon briefing that there was “not a debate” over reversing the decision. “The decision has been made, and it was made after careful consideration,” he said.

So the White House says that its decision on forcing American businesses to cover contraception is final.  That’s cute and all, but it is just one more example of the foolishness of this president and the way his health care law was written.  It also serves as a great illustration of why our federal government’s dependence on executive agencies as a whole is incompatible with effective government.

Despite what President Obama may like to believe, this issue is far from dead.  The contraception requirement isn’t a law that was passed through Congress – it’s just a regulation that came out of the Department of Health and Human Services.

That means that when a Republican president is inaugurated in 2013, he can simply get some new people in place at HHS that will repeal it for him.  Then, the next time a Democrat is elected president, he can reinstate the contraception requirement.  And back and forth forever.  How stable!!  That will definitely help businesses plan for the future.

This instability is one of many reasons that rule-making by executive agency wasn’t provided for in the Constitution.  By creating a fairly deliberate law-making process (along with electing only 1/3 of the Senate every two years), our Founders made it much less likely that one Congress would pass a law only to have the next come along and immediately repeal it.  That type of stability and dependability create exactly the type of environment that is necessary for freedom and economic prosperity to thrive.

So despite the laughable insistence by the White House that this issue has been decided, the debate has only begun.  That is good news for any one who believes that the President has no business dictating what Americans spend their money on.  The bad news is, the threat posed to everyone’s freedom by our government’s crack-like dependence on executive agencies to make laws doesn’t seem to be going away anytime soon.

H/T to Tina Korbe at Hotair.com.

One Liberal at a Time

Have you ever jumped into something and then realized that you have just entered a lion’s den and shut the door? That happened to me a little over a decade ago when I married my beautiful wife. Leaving the single life behind and tying the knot isn’t what I’m talking about. The fact that this Conservative country boy married into a Liberal family was what upset my happy little world. It is said that love is blind and that God has a sense of humor… I would have to agree!

To give you a little background, my in-laws were die-hard Democrats and considered it a sin to vote for anybody other than a Democrat, no matter who was running. My father-in-law was a 20 plus years union member who considered Republicans to be an evil force that needed to be eradicated. Living in liberal L.A. for most of their lives, they had been thoroughly indoctrinated into mainstream liberalism. I knew these things before we got married, as there were many differences between my in-laws and me. You see, I’m a “white” Conservative Protestant country boy marrying into a Hispanic, Catholic, city raised family.

When politics would come up between my father-in-law and myself, we would find ourselves sitting alone within a few minutes. I would bring up the fact that the candidates that he supported voted against what he said he stood for from his Hispanic and Catholic upbringing. He would usually respond with something about keeping his politics and religion separate.

In 2004, my father-in-law accused me of corrupting his daughter when she openly said she had not voted for John Kerry because she did not agree with his views. My beautiful wife took some heat from her dad for awhile over that one, but did not back down for voting against the Democratic party.

In one of our heated political debates, he made the comment that I would never vote for a Democrat because I was a Republican. I gave him a great shock when I told him I had voted for a Democrat many years ago when I was in Louisiana, because the Democrat candidate had views more in line with my own.

Quite a few years have passed since my wife brought home this Conservative country boy, and in the years to follow more of us have shown up. One of my wife’s sisters married a Conservative member of our great United States Army, and she has also crossed over from the “dark side” into the light. Two other of my wife’s sisters are in long term relationships with Conservatives. Last, but certainly not least, is her baby brother, who seems to be leaning towards the Conservative side as well.

There are times that we don’t feel like putting forth the effort or energy to get liberals to see our point because in can be a daunting task. When, and if you get to that point, just remember this old saying;

“Even the mighty oak was once only a nut.”

You might be viewed as a nut by the liberals you encounter, but if you hold your ground, you might be that one “nut” that started an entire forest.