Be skeptical of this stunt

White House's altered birth control stance barely dents mandate

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The White House recently released a silly photo of President Obama supposedly skeet shooting, which he claimed he does “all the time.” Right.

The ploy was a little creepy, in that it mirrors the kind of bare-chested manly-man propaganda pics put out by Vladimir Putin’s handlers – which the communist dictator had to admit last year were staged.

Likewise, no one is fooled by the White House’s stunt. In fact, it mostly fed the Photoshop junkies, who’ve been using the computer software program to have fun with the photo at the president’s expense. One editorial cartoonist parodied the photo by depicting Obama shooting skeet – with drones.

No one in the right-to-bear-arms crowd suddenly believes they’ve got a friend in the White House.

Similarly, we would think religious liberty advocates would be duly skeptical of the administration’s recent offer to be more flexible in its mandate that employers offer free birth control in insurance policies.

Up to this point, the administration has shown near-zero concern for how its birth control mandate tramples on pro-life sensibilities and First Amendment religious beliefs that abortion is morally repugnant. Even when religious organizations and others filed lawsuit after lawsuit, the administration pretty much stood its ground.

Maybe that was just during the election year, during which the Obama campaign wanted to curry the favor of the Democratic left-wing. There was a right-wing “war on women” to be waged, after all, don’tcha know, since not everybody was on board to give out free contraceptives to support unrestrained, indiscriminate sex. It’s so good for the country!

Maybe the administration’s new stance – that some employers can have employees go through third parties for birth control – is a genuine effort to compromise. Looks more like a Hobson’s choice to us – a take-it-or-leave it offer that really doesn’t change the original tender.

Regardless, Obamacare still blankets too many employers with a morally offensive mandate. The administration’s definition of religious organizations that are exempt is still too narrow – and doesn’t extend the exemption, either, to secular businesses whose owners are pro-life.

This mandate isn’t like any other in American history, and can’t be compared with any other choice a business is confronted with. It forces employers to fund or arrange for services that end human lives.

We doubt such organizations or companies can trust this administration to fully respect their First Amendment rights to religious freedom. So we expect the government’s power to enforce such mandates will have to be tested before the Supreme Court.

“My concerns,” one Catholic bishop was quoted, “include the fact that the (Department of Health and Human Services) mandate maintains inaccurate distinctions among religious ministries and the fact that the mandate still does not offer conscience protections to individuals and employers who object to providing health insurance coverage for services they find morally objectionable.”

This is not about the government ordering a restaurant, for instance, to serve alcohol because that’s what the government thinks ought to be offered. This is a matter of life and death to a lot of folks.

We can pretty safely say the alcohol mandate wouldn’t ever be tried.

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Jon Lester
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Jon Lester 02/11/13 - 03:33 am
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Communist dictator?

What are you talking about?

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Riverman1 02/11/13 - 05:40 am
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The Communist Dictator Is

The communist dictator is Vladimir Putin as the editorial says. Obama is simply the leftist dictator, but if you want to say he's Communist, that's up to you and I can understand such feelings.

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carcraft 02/11/13 - 06:25 am
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Aee we headed to dictatorship?

Instead of worrying about name calling I am far more concerned about our liberties. The Prsident seems to want to define the extant of American liberties to suit his political agenda! All of a sudden the President has power to kill citizens that he thinks are a clear and present danger, even if they are 16 year old and thousands of miles away, never mind any semblance of due process. http://nworeport.wordpress.com/2013/02/05/obama-drone-strike-killed-16-y... All the liberals that insist terrorist should be treated to Miranda rights etc. have gone strangely silent, I wonder why? Afraid of being seen as a clear and present danger? All of a sudden it is the President and his administration that defines our religious freedom. The President seems to feel he can decide what is covered under the second amendment. On and on it goes. Starting to look like a dictatorship to me, or a good start on one!

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deestafford 02/11/13 - 07:14 am
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I look at Obama as a cross

between Hugo Chavez and FDR.

Willow Bailey
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Willow Bailey 02/11/13 - 11:10 am
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If you take a good look at

If you take a good look at what Obama studied under his law professor at Harvard, Saul Alinsky and mentors, Frank Marshall Davis, Jeremiah Wright, Bill Ayers, Mohammed Hasen Chandoo, etc., you will have a much greater understanding of the man and his plan.

Alinky's model for discussion to destroy America was the Kingdom of Lucifer and the necessity of becoming the master of deceit.

It's no longer just a friendly debate between American political parties; it's serious business, and your country's economy, security, freedom, and future is at stake.

CobaltGeorge
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CobaltGeorge 02/11/13 - 11:42 am
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WB

You are so right!

harley_52
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harley_52 02/11/13 - 12:31 pm
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Willow...

Let me propose you add Columbia University Professors Cloward and Piven to your list of Obama mentors. They are, of course, the ones who believed in the use of Alinsky techniques to bring down the government. Simply stated, their model was to use Alinsky techniques to force the government to make so many promises, of so much financial support, to so many people that the government couldn't possibly keep all the promises and the government (and the economy) would collapse of its own weight in revolution. That's precisely the model the President has been following.

And don't forget Karl Marx's part in this. The haves vs the have nots. The rich vs the poor. Marx Called it the proletariat vs the bourgeoisie. Whatever you choose to call it, the President has been encouraging the resentment and hatred that would inevitably lead to revolution and collapse of the system. Of course the President throws in a few more sources of friction to assist the process like race, guns, and age. The Occupy Wall Street movement was an attempt to get the process moving more quickly, but it fizzled.

President Obama's plans have been only thinly disguised. He told us from the beginning he wanted to "fundamentally change" America. Some knew what he meant, others have chosen to ignore it.

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OJP 02/11/13 - 12:49 pm
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This article has definitely attracted the conspiracy kooks.

And @Willow Bailey: The President was 11 - yes, ELEVEN - when Saul Alinsky died. That "conspiracy" is on par with moon landing deniers.

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ultrarnr 02/11/13 - 12:51 pm
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First Amendment Rights
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What about freedom from religion? What about providing contraceptive coverage to cut dowm on abortions? Several studies have shown that providing free or affordable contraceptive coverage along with counseling significantly reduces abortions.

harley_52
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harley_52 02/11/13 - 01:05 pm
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OJP

Are you suggesting one can only be influenced by another if the one providing the influence is alive and present?

If yes, consider the Bible.....then reconsider.

harley_52
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harley_52 02/11/13 - 01:09 pm
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"I look at Obama as a cross between Hugo Chavez and FDR."

I think he's smarter than Chavez and way further left than FDR. Besides, I think FDR's motives were to make the Country a better place.

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Darby 02/11/13 - 01:20 pm
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"The President was 11 - yes, ELEVEN....

- when Saul Alinsky died...."

And just how old were the current crop of Christians when Jesus died?

On the dark side, how old were today's radical Islamists when Mohamed died? How old were todays neo-nazis when Hitler died?

You must have been trying to make a point, but I think you missed it completely.

Or you made one for the opposition....

Darby
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Darby 02/11/13 - 01:22 pm
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"There are four stages in the metamorphosis.....

of butterflies and moths: egg, larva, pupa, and adult"

There are likewise four stages in the metamorphosis to dictatorship: Freedom, Liberalism, Socialism and Communism.

We're almost halfway there.... It's not too late to stop it.

CobaltGeorge
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CobaltGeorge 02/11/13 - 06:32 pm
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Metamorphosis

The first 4 years of life span covered: Freedom/Liberalism.

The Next 4 years of life span will cover: Socialism/Communism.

Instead of a butterfly... this is a life span of a Destructive Killing American Virus.

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chascushman 02/11/13 - 08:42 pm
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(If you take a good look at
Unpublished

(If you take a good look at what Obama studied under his law professor at Harvard, Saul Alinsky and mentors, Frank Marshall Davis, Jeremiah Wright, Bill Ayers, Mohammed Hasen Chandoo, etc., you will have a much greater understanding of the man and his plan.)
WB, well said, he is one evil ***. The masked will slowly come off.

Darby
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Darby 02/11/13 - 09:52 pm
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Someone said recently that the admonition against.....

Photo-Shopping Obama's "Skeet" picture came too late. It had already been Photo-Shopped...... to add the shotgun.

Good for a laugh anyway.

Obama with a gun, sending a message to the folks, saying "Look at me, I like guns too."

Sort of reminds me of the closet racist saying "I like black people, some of my best friends are black people."

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