START A PETITION 25,136,189 members: the world's largest community for good
START A PETITION
x
1,187,545 people care about Politics

Santorum Invents New Front In Fake War On Religion: Obama Wants Female Catholic Priests

Santorum Invents New Front In Fake War On Religion: Obama Wants Female Catholic Priests

 

Written by Ian Millhiser

For weeks, Republicans have pretended that President Obama is waging some kind of war on religion because his administration recently approved regulations requiring insurers to cover contraceptive care ó spurred on in large part because the conservative U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops opposes the contraceptive care regulations. Their claim is utterly absurd. The new rules exempt churches from the requirement to offer insurance that covers contraception. And they align closely with the beliefs of actual Catholics, 58 percent of whom believe that employers should be required to provide insurance that cover contraception.

On Fox News this morning, GOP presidential candidate Rick Santorum doubled down on this bizarre claim that Obama is going after religion ó falsely claiming that the president wants to tell Catholics who they can hire as priests:

What theyíve done here is a direct assault on the First Amendment, not only a direct assault on the freedom of religion, by forcing people specifically to do things that are against their religious teachings. . . . This is a president who, just recently, in this Hosanna-Tabor case was basically making the argument that Catholics had to, you know, maybe even had to go so far as to hire women priests to comply with employment discrimination issues. This is a very hostile president to people of faith. Heís a hostile president, not just to people of faith, but to all freedoms.

Watch it:

Itís not clear exactly which First Amendment Santorum is talking about here, because he clearly isnít talking about the First Amendment to the United States Constitution. As conservative (and Catholic) Justice Antonin Scalia explained in a Supreme Court opinion more than twenty years ago, a law does not suddenly become unconstitutional because someone raises a religious objective to it ó if this actually were true, anyone at all could immunize themselves from paying taxes or from any other law simply by claiming they have a religious objection to being a law-abiding citizen.

Moreover, Santorumís claim that the Obama Administration wants to force Catholics to hire female priests (something which, incidentally, 53 percent of Catholics support) is the opposite of true. The Obama Administrationís brief in the case Santorum cites expressly stated that it would be unconstitutional to tell the Catholic church to do so, a fact that Santorum would have been aware of if he had actually bothered to read the Supreme Courtís opinion in Hosanna-Tabor. That opinion explains that the administration ďgrant[s] . . . that it would violate the First Amendment for courts to apply [anti-discrimination] laws to compel the ordination of women by the Catholic Church or by an Orthodox Jewish seminary.Ē

Ultimately, however, Santorumís objection to the president doesnít come down to some paranoid debate over whether President Obama is hostile to ďall freedoms,Ē but a very important debate over what the word freedom actually means. President Obama does believe that womenís access to contraceptive care is fundamentally important to ensuring their freedom to participate in society and the in the workforce. Santorum, on the other hand, harshly criticized the Supreme Courtís longstanding decision saying that woman have a constitutional right to use birth control at all. Given that Santorumís long history of radicalism on womenís health and the Constitution, itís no surprise that he couldnít be bothered to check basic facts before mouthing off about what the Obama Administration does and does not believe.

This post was originally published by ThinkProgress.

 

Related Stories:

Catholic Colleges Up In Arms Over Contraception Ruling

South Dakota Votes to Put Bible Study in Public Schools

Student Harassed After Successfully Having School Prayer Mural Removed

 

Read more: , , , , , ,

Photo from Gage Skidmore via flickr

quick poll

vote now!

Loading poll...

have you shared this story yet?

some of the best people we know are doing it

175 comments

+ add your own
3:55AM PDT on May 15, 2012

"Affirmative action does not belong in religion, if anywhere at all".
Oh, really ?

3:38AM PDT on Mar 25, 2012

Gloria, I doubt that, there have been nuns that have been just as bad, even if for different reasons.
Chari S, the Bible points out that God is a He.
Annmari L, watch what you say about meter man, my father was one and he'd never lie to save himself.

11:01AM PDT on Mar 24, 2012

The priesthood flows from, through and in the body of Faith in Christ Jesus...OUR High Priest.
OUR High priest... ....the works of faith in believing are manifest in ALL who believe. who are called according to His purpose and Will.... it is not an old boys' fraternity.

6:45PM PST on Feb 20, 2012

.....yea yea santorum, and the catholics believe they are the 'chosen ones' that will be the 'only' ones to go to Heaven. Hasn't anyone ever told him that the Jewish people were the 'chosen ones' & the first religion? I would LOVE to see the Book these radical right-wing so called 'Christians' use...b/c the garbage they try to give to us certainly is NOT the Bible I read!
I saw a saying that sums it up: "I have a Relationship NOT a Religion" I have NOT as yet seen ANY Spirituality come from ANY of the repug clowns!!
What a joke this man was (as senator in pa. where I live) & is to even be thought of at all as a serious candidate. He's even more moronic than the other repug candidates, and I thought they were the worst! I'd rather vote for Roseanne Barr & THAT'S ludicrous!!!!

10:46AM PST on Feb 15, 2012

How do you know Santorum is lying?
His lips are moving!
(Goes for all politicians/priests/cops/meter men/etc.)

2:17PM PST on Feb 14, 2012

Affirmative action does not belong in religion, if anywhere at all.

12:05PM PST on Feb 14, 2012

Any religion that prohibits women from any role is simply stupid. And they may be shocked if God turns out to be a woman! I feel very sorry for the religious right. It must be horrible to live your live in such fear and without enjoying the mind we were given.

11:54AM PST on Feb 14, 2012

And we see more and more why he's in 3rd place even in the clown race.

7:08PM PST on Feb 13, 2012

Santorum is a joke; unfortunately the religious right doesn't get the joke. I hate to be mean but Santorum is a male Bachmann. He can't tell the truth or he doesn't know it. He makes facts up. I saw an interview where he inferred Romney was paying people to come and vote for him. The interviewer asked him whether or not he had proof Romney had done this, Santorum repeated someone had done it; he wasn't going to say the name, but that's the reason the person who did it had so many votes, and of course Romney had the votes. Then, he gave his great smirk. So now he tells us, Obama wants female priests. If Obama announced that, it would be national news. The opening statement on all news channels. So let's see is Santorum telling the truth or is he lying. I bet lying!!!

10:35AM PST on Feb 11, 2012

Rick and all his "Christian" Republican wanna be dictators have no respect for the LAW OF THE LAND. WOMEN HATING is UNAMERICAN! This religious rhetoric is all bullshit. The Catholic
Church just wants CONTROL OVER WOMEN'S VAGINAS!!!!! The Pope's a BIGOT and Republicans are BIGOTS. They can EAT IT!!!!!

add your comment



Disclaimer: The views expressed above are solely those of the author and may not reflect those of
Care2, Inc., its employees or advertisers.

ads keep care2 free

Recent Comments from Causes

I've read a lot about renewable energy recently, but I was focusing on wind and haven't come across this…

We've pretty much established that being mean to people doesn't stop them from doing drugs. Using things…

What a horrible thing to say! Imagine: Tell Jews not to cheat! Tell Blacks not to steel! It is worth…

meet our writers

Julie M. Rodriguez Julie M. Rodriguez is an arts, green living, and political writer based in San Mateo, CA. Her work... more
Story idea? Want to blog? Contact the editors!

more from causes

Animal Welfare

Causes Canada

Causes UK

Children

Civil Rights

Education

Endangered Wildlife

Environment & Wildlife

Global Development

Global Warming

Health Policy

Human Rights

LGBT rights

Politics

Real Food

Trailblazers For Good

Women's Rights




Select names from your address book   |   Help
   

We hate spam. We do not sell or share the email addresses you provide.