Thursday, March 15, 2012

Prayers and Politics

Anyone who knows me, knows that I ardently avoid political news and mainstream news coverage.  I much prefer my friends' Facebook links to let me know what to read.  9 times out of 10, what they link to is much more positive, informative and entertaining than what's on the Yahoo news page, or on Google's list of headlines.

I don't even read the CatholicVote blog, for which the Chef is a frequent writer.  It depresses me.

But according to St. Paul, we must "fight the good fight by having faith and a good conscience."   (1Tim1:19-20)

Perhaps, you've already heard about this lawsuit filed today in the name of religious liberty and private Catholic business owners against HHS. You probably didn't know that the Mr. O'Brien, the plaintiff in the case, is my dad.

Brian Burch sent me this email today:

All —

In case you do not receive the CatholicVote emails, I wanted to alert you to a new lawsuit we filed this morning on behalf of Jessica's father Frank O'Brien.

The suit is the first legal challenge to be brought by a private business owner challenging the HHS mandate.  Each of the the previous cases filed have involved religious institutions (EWTN, Belmont Abbey, Ave Maria, etc.).  Mr. O'Brien's case is especially significant given that the new mandate makes no exceptions whatsoever for private businesses or citizens.  The Bishops have been trying to make this point for some time, namely, that the assault on religious freedom is not limited to the lack of an exemption for religious groups.

Please pray for the success of this suit.  And pray for Mr. O'Brien and his family.  It takes courage to do this, and no doubt he will be subject to all kinds of attacks.

CatholicVote.org is funding the case along with lawyers from the American Center for Law and Justice.


Brian
Brian Burch, President
CatholicVote.org





Whenever I see my dad, he never fails to tell me, "I'm so proud of you." 

I'm pretty darn proud of him, too. 

If you clicked on the article, you may have seen all the hateful comments.  So, say a St. Michael prayer for my dad.  I'll be keeping my head in the sand and clutching my rosary until it's all over.  May God's will be done. 

6 comments:

  1. Hurray Hurray for your Dad! I'm so thankful that he's somebody that is in the position to challenge the HHS from the small business owner perspective.

    I'll clutch a rosary with you. And I'm feeling the need to plaster my body with St Michael medals the last few days.

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  2. Wow, the article is generating a lot of responses! Some were very nasty, but the majority (I felt) were very supportive! Your dad is not alone in public opinion...the Truth will prevail!

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  3. This comment has been removed by the author.

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  4. I'd like to emphasize that I'm asking this as an honest question and request for information, not as a criticism. I just really don't understand this issue, and I would very much like to. I am, as you may or may not know, a Quaker and I deeply empathize with the desire to avoid compliance with laws you find morally repugnant. At the same time, I have made my peace with the fact that at least 1/5 of my federal taxes go directly to support the Department of Defense and actually killing people in Iraq, Afghanistan, sending "military aid" that our allies in Bahrain use to crush peaceful civilian protests, and so on. Why is it so much worse to comply with a law to buy health insurance that includes the option of birth control--which employees aren't obligated to use?
    Again, I am asking this out of honest, respectful curiosity, and I hope that you will take my question in that spirit. I have nothing but respect for you, your family and your practice of your faith.

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    1. Thanks, RAD. I truly appreciate your gentle request. Here is my clumsy and ill worded explanation.

      I, too, am not happy with where my tax money goes, whether it is ending up in the hands of Planned Parenthood or whether it is funding military actions that I am not comfortable with, and that I do not think coincide with Catholic teachings of just war theory. But I, like you, have "made my peace" with the fact that I cannot opt out of taxes. I think that the only difference is that churches(and other religious organizations) and private business owners are not being asked to directly provide military aid by writing checks to the military. However, they are being forced to directly pay for controversial "healthcare," not through the federal tax system, but through direct payments to health care providers.

      None of the employees of my dad's company are expected to comply with his religious beliefs regarding contraception, he just doesn't want to pay for it. He does, however, pay his taxes.

      Related to, but off topic, I do find it odd, ironic, absurd, that while the federal government is going above and beyond to ensure that every woman has access to free birth control, I cannot get my labor and delivery costs covered by health insurance without paying substantially more for an extra insurance rider, 12 months in advance to giving birth. Anyway, that's a different issue.

      Again, I really appreciate the way you worded your question. Thoughtful dialogue among thoughtful people is always a pleasure.

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    2. Thank you for your explanation. I may not still entirely agree, but I think I understand somewhat better now. Thanks for taking this nosy Protestant's question in the spirit in which it was intended!

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Thursday, March 15, 2012

Prayers and Politics

Anyone who knows me, knows that I ardently avoid political news and mainstream news coverage.  I much prefer my friends' Facebook links to let me know what to read.  9 times out of 10, what they link to is much more positive, informative and entertaining than what's on the Yahoo news page, or on Google's list of headlines.

I don't even read the CatholicVote blog, for which the Chef is a frequent writer.  It depresses me.

But according to St. Paul, we must "fight the good fight by having faith and a good conscience."   (1Tim1:19-20)

Perhaps, you've already heard about this lawsuit filed today in the name of religious liberty and private Catholic business owners against HHS. You probably didn't know that the Mr. O'Brien, the plaintiff in the case, is my dad.

Brian Burch sent me this email today:

All —

In case you do not receive the CatholicVote emails, I wanted to alert you to a new lawsuit we filed this morning on behalf of Jessica's father Frank O'Brien.

The suit is the first legal challenge to be brought by a private business owner challenging the HHS mandate.  Each of the the previous cases filed have involved religious institutions (EWTN, Belmont Abbey, Ave Maria, etc.).  Mr. O'Brien's case is especially significant given that the new mandate makes no exceptions whatsoever for private businesses or citizens.  The Bishops have been trying to make this point for some time, namely, that the assault on religious freedom is not limited to the lack of an exemption for religious groups.

Please pray for the success of this suit.  And pray for Mr. O'Brien and his family.  It takes courage to do this, and no doubt he will be subject to all kinds of attacks.

CatholicVote.org is funding the case along with lawyers from the American Center for Law and Justice.


Brian
Brian Burch, President
CatholicVote.org





Whenever I see my dad, he never fails to tell me, "I'm so proud of you." 

I'm pretty darn proud of him, too. 

If you clicked on the article, you may have seen all the hateful comments.  So, say a St. Michael prayer for my dad.  I'll be keeping my head in the sand and clutching my rosary until it's all over.  May God's will be done. 

6 comments:

  1. Hurray Hurray for your Dad! I'm so thankful that he's somebody that is in the position to challenge the HHS from the small business owner perspective.

    I'll clutch a rosary with you. And I'm feeling the need to plaster my body with St Michael medals the last few days.

    ReplyDelete
  2. Wow, the article is generating a lot of responses! Some were very nasty, but the majority (I felt) were very supportive! Your dad is not alone in public opinion...the Truth will prevail!

    ReplyDelete
  3. This comment has been removed by the author.

    ReplyDelete
  4. I'd like to emphasize that I'm asking this as an honest question and request for information, not as a criticism. I just really don't understand this issue, and I would very much like to. I am, as you may or may not know, a Quaker and I deeply empathize with the desire to avoid compliance with laws you find morally repugnant. At the same time, I have made my peace with the fact that at least 1/5 of my federal taxes go directly to support the Department of Defense and actually killing people in Iraq, Afghanistan, sending "military aid" that our allies in Bahrain use to crush peaceful civilian protests, and so on. Why is it so much worse to comply with a law to buy health insurance that includes the option of birth control--which employees aren't obligated to use?
    Again, I am asking this out of honest, respectful curiosity, and I hope that you will take my question in that spirit. I have nothing but respect for you, your family and your practice of your faith.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks, RAD. I truly appreciate your gentle request. Here is my clumsy and ill worded explanation.

      I, too, am not happy with where my tax money goes, whether it is ending up in the hands of Planned Parenthood or whether it is funding military actions that I am not comfortable with, and that I do not think coincide with Catholic teachings of just war theory. But I, like you, have "made my peace" with the fact that I cannot opt out of taxes. I think that the only difference is that churches(and other religious organizations) and private business owners are not being asked to directly provide military aid by writing checks to the military. However, they are being forced to directly pay for controversial "healthcare," not through the federal tax system, but through direct payments to health care providers.

      None of the employees of my dad's company are expected to comply with his religious beliefs regarding contraception, he just doesn't want to pay for it. He does, however, pay his taxes.

      Related to, but off topic, I do find it odd, ironic, absurd, that while the federal government is going above and beyond to ensure that every woman has access to free birth control, I cannot get my labor and delivery costs covered by health insurance without paying substantially more for an extra insurance rider, 12 months in advance to giving birth. Anyway, that's a different issue.

      Again, I really appreciate the way you worded your question. Thoughtful dialogue among thoughtful people is always a pleasure.

      Delete
    2. Thank you for your explanation. I may not still entirely agree, but I think I understand somewhat better now. Thanks for taking this nosy Protestant's question in the spirit in which it was intended!

      Delete