THE WAR ON CATHOLIC HOSPITALS
Catholic League president Bill Donohue comments on attempts to force Catholic hospitals to perform abortions:
For the past six months, the ACLU has been trying to persuade the Obama administration to force Catholic hospitals to perform emergency abortions. It has written to the Department of Health and Human Services, led by pro-abortion zealot Kathleen Sebelius (the good friend of the late partial-birth abortionist George Tiller), asking them to look into this matter; the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services are currently considering action against Catholic hospitals.
Now the ACLU, to the joy of the New York Times, is pressing this issue again, citing the case of a Phoenix Catholic hospital, St. Joseph’s, which recently performed an abortion. The nun who approved the abortion has been excommunicated, and the hospital has been stripped of its Catholic affiliation.
The hero is Phoenix Bishop Thomas Olmsted: he stood on firm civil-rights grounds when he ordered sanctions against those who believe that the unborn have no rights which the born need respect. But, of course, the New York Times says the hero is the former Catholic hospital: in today’s editorial, it says the hospital made a “commendable decision” by choosing to abort the baby. Disingenuously, the editorial says, “No one has suggested that Catholic hospitals should be required to perform nonemergency abortions.” Really? Is there anything in the ACLU’s record which suggests it would rally to the defense of Catholic hospitals if the Church amendment (which bars federal agencies from forcing religious hospitals to perform abortions) were repealed?
Where the Obama administration will go with this issue is unclear. But we know that anti-Catholics have been welcome in this administration, and at least one (failed) nominee, Dawn Johnsen, sought to strip the Catholic Church of its tax-exempt status. We stand with brave bishops like Thomas Olmsted, encouraging more Catholics to defend their First Amendment right to religious liberty, while standing fast on the rights of all children.
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Congress Declared Christmas To Be A Federal Holiday In 1870.
Christmas honored values such as home, children and family life, customs like exchanging gifts, cards, and the decoration of evergreen trees. Congress proclaimed Christmas a Federal holiday in 1870. In 1999, a Federal Court acknowledged the secular aspects of Christmas in rejecting a claim that the holiday impermissibly endorsed and furthered a particular religious belief. This decision was upheld by The United States Supreme Court in 2000.
Walter Reed Hospital
Their Defense: “We send e-mail messages out for all the holidays”
Published on December 22, 2010
Commander Col. Van Coots of the Walter Reed Army Medical Center found his office phone ringing furiously off the hook on Wednesday. Activists read from blog sites that he sent an e-mail to his staff and patients recognizing the Islamic new year.
DECEMBER 8TH. 2010
“It was a message sent entirely out on Walter Reed Army Medical Center announcements to my staff just letting people know that this was theIslamic new year and wishing everyone Muharram Mubarak,” Colonel Cootstold me on Wednesday.
DECEMBER 23RD. 2010
What may have been unknown to these blogs, however, according to Colonel Coots himself, was that he previously sent out a Hanukkah message a few weeks ago and plans to send a
Christmas message to both staff and patients tomorrow. LEAVING 1 DAY TO ARRIVE BEFORE THE NATIONAL HOLIDAY THAT CELEBRATES JESUS CHRIST’S BIRTH. He also mentioned
he sends out messages for all the “major holidays” including: the
Fourth of July, Ramadan, Thanksgiving, and Rosh Hashanah.
“First and foremost this was a message to my command group, so somehow or another it got forwarded to the outside, but that’s neither here nor
there. But this is simply a message from the commander to the commanders
troops,” said the Colonel. “It’s nothing more than that. And I noticed
there are number of websites that have been really taking this on and
have really gone viral and crazy with it. That is what is beyond my
Below is the e-mail Colonel Coots sent out on December 8:
From: WRAMC [Walter Reed Army Medical Center] Announcements
Sent: Wed 12/8/2010 11:19 AM
To: WRAMC Master Mail List
Subject: WRHCS [Walter Reed Health Care Service] Commander’s Muharram Greeting (UNCLASSIFIED)
Yesterday we began the first day of the Islamic New Year with the month of Muharram, one of four sacred months out of the twelve months of the
year. This is a time of fasting, prayer, and reflection. I and the
command group wish each of you Muharram Mubarak.
Van Coots, MD
“This e-mail was sent out as you can see on that one website as an announcement from Colonel Coots to the staff, because we do have staff
members and patients who are Muslim and he always recognizes religious
holidays, Jewish faiths, Christian faiths, and the Muslim faith,” said
Terry Goodman deputy spokesman for Walter Reed Army Medical.
“It was just a holiday to those Muslims to have a great new year,” he said.
Mr. Goodman continued, “He feels that he should recognize when there is significant date or time frames of those religions. We sent out a happy
Hanukkah message. It went out a few weeks ago for our patients and
staffers of the Jewish faith and our Christmas message will be going out
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