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The Truth Behind Obama’s Truth Team

The political world is abuzz this week with the Obama administration’s unveiling of their ironically named “Truth Team”. In conjunction with, the Truth Team consists of three websites- AttackWatch, KeepingHisWord and KeepingGOPHonest. The goal of the Truth Team is to dispel the myths of Republican smears and tell the public the truth about Obama’s record. The Truth Team plans to gather volunteers and focus on swing states in an attempt to gather votes for Obama in the 2012 election.

Anyone familiar with the union thug tactics of SEIU and the oh-so-unbiased reporting of ‘news’ organizations like George Soros funded Media Matters employed in the 2008 election, is probably skeptical of the credibility of the Truth Teams. And rightly so.

Example- the Truth Team’s “Debunking of the so-called “War on Religion”

AttackWatch primarily refutes Mitt Romney’s statement that Obamacare’s contraceptive mandate for religious organizations is forcing religions to violate their conscious.

The Truth Team’s refutement of this rests on six points that Obama’s Deputy Campaign Manager Stephanie Cutter presents.

Her first point- contraception is important to women’s health. Her evidence? Scientists and medical experts agree with her! These scientists aren’t named in the Truth Teams explanation. But if you click on the text, you’re taken to the website of the Guttmacher Institute, whose website states that its goal is to advance reproductive health and rights. Their mission also states “The Institute’s overarching goal is to ensure the highest standard of sexual and reproductive health for all people worldwide.”

Cutter states that “The fundamental belief behind this decision is that women should have access to this care, without having to worry about cost.”

Here, the Obama administration’s assumption is that this is a women’s rights issue, which is not true. Where in the Constitution is there a clause mandating the government provide low cost contraception to women? From the start, the Obama administration obscures the issue- the principle at stake is women’s rights not religious freedom. Just a thought- it’s a lot easier to make people sound evil if they’re arguing against women’s rights.

Next, Cutter writes that churches are exempt from the rule, which is about the only true statement on the website. She also states that religious organizations (charities and hospitals) will be exempt for another year. Again true, although delaying government mandates against religion isn’t exactly a point on the side of the Obama administration.

Third, Cutter writes that individual religious beliefs will be protected. No woman will be forced to take contraceptives and no doctor will be forced to proscribe them. According to Cutter, this means that no one’s religious conscience is violated. Unless you’re the head of a Catholic hospital and you’re forced to pay the insurance policy for an employee receiving contraceptives as part of your medical care. Or do church officials not count as individuals with a right to conscience?

Fourth, Cutter has the audacity to claim that 75% of women are actually behind the Obamacare mandate stating that churches should be forced to provide contraception.
Their facts to back this up? They claim 71% of Americans and 77% of Catholic women support it (the mandate). They also state that 98% of Catholic women use contraceptives.

Now, there’s no data on AttackWatch, however there is a link embedded in the text which brings you to the source of the information- Planned Parenthood, the largest abortion provider in the country.

Here is Planned Parenthood’s breakdown of their survey:

• 71 percent of all voters, including men and women, say prescription birth control should be included as preventive health care services, covered without any out-of-pocket costs.
• Seven in 10 Republican women (72 percent) said that birth control should be included as preventive health care, covered without any out-of-pocket costs.

• 77 percent of Catholic women voters said that birth control should be covered as preventive health care without any out-of-pocket costs. 

Notice the question not asked- whether women, especially Catholic women, even though they use birth control, believe their Church should be forced to provide contraceptives. So the 75% of women who supposedly think the Church should be forced to violate its conscience live only in the progressive minds of the Obama administration. Also, if 98% of women already use birth control, is there really an availability problem. And if Planned Parenthood, the darling of the left, is doing such a good job providing reproductive services to women, why does the Obama administration need to force the Church to cover contraception?

Fifth, Cutter states that the mandate will reduce employer health care payouts by 15 to 17 percent. This might sound great until you realize that this is projected savings is a result of health care services for babies that will not be born. Not only that, but these savings are purely hypothetical. The savings comes from money that is projected to be spent on the medical services a baby requires. If a baby is never born, and those services are never billed, then no money was spent, hence there is no real savings.

Cutter’s sixth point and conclusion is- President Obama loves the religious community! Apparently, the health care mandate, which forces religious employers to violate their belief that abortion is wrong, is a shining example of his commitment to religious liberty. Which actually sums up the president’s views on religion pretty well- he thinks they’re wonderful as long as they do what he wants.

So there you have it, as AttackWatch says. Indeed- there you have it. Here you have a crystal clear example of Obama’s contempt for the Constitution, and his clear contempt for the thinking brains of the American people. His endorsement of such blatant lies shows his character clearly.

So please, as AttackWatch concludes- “Now we need your help to spread the word about the administration’s stance.” Stand for truth and religious freedom and spread the words about AttackWatch’s lies.

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Katherine Revello

A recent graduate of the University of Maine, where she majored in journalism and political science, Katherine Revello is an aspiring political commentator. Her focuses include theory, the philosophy of money and populism. Currently, she is a graduate student at Villanova University. She is the founder of The Politics of Discretion, a blog dedicated to advancing her philosophy of discretionism. Follow her on Twitter: @MrsWynandPapers

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