Bishop Calls For Violent Opposition To Birth Control Mandate

At least one Catholic bishop has decided simply whipping the Republican leadership into a frenzy over birth control coverage isn’t enough. Walker Nickless, the Bishop of the Diocese of Sioux City is warning whoever will listen that the contraception mandate in health care reform is literally a plot by the Devil that required “violent opposition.”

The comment came on a webcast hosted by the conservative Family Research Council.

The interview was first flagged by Right Wing Watch with the video on their website. In the webcast the Bishop continued “[T]he power of evil, the devil, is certainly looking everywhere where the power of evil can make a difference.” “And that’s why we’ve got to stand up and violently oppose this,” he added, “we cannot let darkness overshadow us.”

I will give Nickless the benefit of the doubt here and suggest that he’s merely employing a rhetorical flourish than calling for actual violent uprising in opposition to women’s health. But even so, this is yet another example of conservatives using violent rhetoric and suggestions of violence as the solution to women seeking access to affordable health care services.

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Xil L.
Xil L6 years ago

"There are always those who take it upon themselves to defend God, as if Ultimate reality, as if
the sustaining frame of existence, were something weak and helpless. These people walk by a widow deformed
by leprosy begging for a few paise, walk by children dressed in rags living in the street and they think,
"business as usual." But if they perceive a slight against God, it is a different story. Their faces go
red, their chests heave mightily, they sputter angry words. The degree of their indignation is astonishing.
Their resolve is frightening.
These peope fail to realize that it is on the inside that God must be defended,
not on the outside. They should direct their anger at themselves. For evil in the open is but evil from
within that has been let out. The main battlefield for good is not the open ground of the public arena but the
small clearing of the heart.
Meanwhile, the lot of widows and homeless children is very hard, and it is to their
defence, not God´s, that the self-righteous should rush."
(Yann Martel / The Life of Pi)

Gina Caracci
Gina Caracci6 years ago

Ernest, why do you think the insurance companies are so greedy??who is allowing it and why? Who is getting a huge piece of the pie? THE GOVT of course!

The catholic church needs to stop trying to control everyone and everything...they should be focusing on stopping the sexual abuse by their own priests, help take care of the millions of children without families instead of trying to get every women pregnant etc ETC

IM SICK OF IT!! That bishop dares talk about evil???? THE CATHOLIC CHURCH changed the 10 Commandments..they changed the day of the sabbath..they molest children, they think women should be slaves, they judge and brainwash and are greedy. Thats a perfect example of the devil coming into the light..

William Y.
William Y6 years ago

@ Aravis O.You are partially correct in that conservatives would tend to teach the dangers of sex, but liberals do the same. The basic difference is that liberals don't ascribe to the "ignorance is bliss" syndrome nor to the "because I told her of the dangers it is not my responsibility."
Liberals see that there are a certain number of young people who will not simply follow what they have been told. They are the one's who need the birth control and the information about it. the old "an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure."

Aravis O.
.6 years ago


In response to your reply to my comment a few days ago. Your mom & dad had to be conservatives if they taught you the dangers of sex hen you were young, & if they wanted to punish you for having sex as an underage child. You didnt say if you see this as wrong, but I certinly see nothing wrong with this. It is called parenting & I think that is what is needed more today.

Secondly, you said "...but we (liberals) are REALIST and we believe in the freedom of choice. You see that is the main difference between a Liberal and a Conservative. A Liberal will stand beside you and help protect your beliefs even if they differ from theirs but a Conservative will stand against you and demand you give up your beliefs if they differ..."

Well yes, that is the difference between the liberal & the conservative, & that is exactly what I said & what you responded to. Conservatives care more about individuals than liberals do. Liberals do not care about the right or wrong of a situation or how it affects an individual. They believe more in rights & causes than in individual people. They do not look at the individual person. So teenaged girls dying from abortions or from pills, or getting pregnant or diseases from faulty preventive measures do not concern the liberal. Instead they just focus on the RIGHT to have an abortion & to use the pill.

Robby C.
Past Member 6 years ago

Ernest R- the govt is feeding us TO the greedy insurance companies. We are referred to as "units" under the federal healthcare plan. The gov has no right to "mandate" anything, especially healthcare. When Dr's are telling us that the quality of healthcare under the govt will suffer, we should listen. The govt ruins everything it touches- wtf would healthcare be any different? Furthermore, when we have surgeons telling us that they've read more of the healthcare bill & that those 70yrs & up are not allowed emergency surgery w/out government approval, we should refuse this. And that's part of what was in it that Pelosi, etc, didn't want us to know when they ran this crap through. Personally, I can't think of anyone who knows LESS about healthcare than the govt. This is NOT a good thing & the govt needs to be forced out before our healthcare ends up like our economy. Everytime the govt grows, the people suffer!

If you really feel the subject is important, then please, check this out...

Ernest R.
Ernest R6 years ago

Matt P. .. If you approve of this bishop and his pedophile priests pushing larger families on this already much overpopulated world , then you are a danger not only to society, but to the continued endurable existence of human beings on earth. That the Church, always as much of a vicious dictatorship as it could get away with should be considered a moral arbiter by anyone, should be an example to anyone but a Nazi, is a testament to the malleability of the human mind.

Dan B.
Dan Brook6 years ago

We should remove the tax-exempt status of the Catholic Church like Italy is doing.

The regressive Republican Party of No is obstructionist, mean-spirited, thuggish, religiously fanatical, scientifically ignorant, corrupt, hypocritical, xenophobic, racist, sexist, homophobic, evolution and global warming denying, oily, anti-environment, anti-health, anti-consumer, anti-choice, anti-education, anti-99%, union busting, Medicare and Social Security slashing, fiscally irresponsible, authoritarian, selfish, greedy, out-of-touch, lacking compassion, warmongering, and otherwise dangerous.

NEVER vote for Republicans.

Michael M.
Michael M6 years ago

When are we going to start taxing these "churches"?

Mary Robert
Mary Robert6 years ago

Wouldn't it have been nice if the bishops had been this outraged by widespread sexual abuse of children by priests?
I still fail to understand why those men aren't behind bars. I know there's a statute of limitations, but why isn't the Church raising a fuss to get that waived in the case of crimes against minors? That would show some actual concern for the lives of children.

Ernest R.
Ernest R6 years ago

@ Robby C…”healthcare is something the fed govt needs to stay the hell out of”
No, healthcare, and politics, is something the Church should stay the hell out of. It IS something the government should be involved in, especially when the greed of insurance companies has reached the level of destruction we see in the US.