It’s come to this: The Obama administration vs. Little Sisters of the Poor Home for the Aged.

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Eric Holder’s Justice Department is now taking on America’s biggest problem right now: Some nuns helping the poor. Nice.

Obamacare proponents say all the nuns would have to do is sign a form and they’d be able to opt out of the birth control mandate on religious grounds, but…

The Catholic nonprofit argued that, while it would not directly have pay for the benefits under ObamaCare regulations, opting out would simply “authorize someone else to provide” services to which it objects.

And that’s the crux of opt-outs allowed under the law — Obamacare is the Hotel California: You can check out any time you like but you can never leave. The nuns are pushing back against the entire law, not just the birth control mandate. They’ve now become a threat, and the Obama administration will put them down if it means gagging them with their own rosaries.

Here’s the view of the nuns’ lawyer (leave it to the Obama administration to force “Little Sisters of the Poor” to retain an attorney), who has a good point:

“Unfortunately, the federal government has started the new year the same way that it ended the old one: trying to bully nuns into violating their religious beliefs.

“The government demands that the Little Sisters of the Poor sign a permission slip for abortion drugs and contraceptives, or pay of millions in fines. The Sisters believe that doing that violates their faith, and that they shouldn’t be forced to divert funds from the elderly poor they serve to the IRS.

“The government now asks the Supreme Court to believe that the very thing it is forcing the nuns to do—signing the permission slip—is a meaningless act. But why on earth would the government be fighting the Little Sisters all the way to the Supreme Court if it did not think its own form had any effect? The government’s brief offers no explanation for its surprising insistence on making the Little Sisters sign a form the government now says is meaningless.

Full letter here.

In the battle of Obama administration vs. the Little Sisters of the Poor, my money’s on the nuns.

Probably the quickest way to get Eric Holder to leave them alone would be to convince the DOJ that the Little Sisters are illegal aliens.

Comments

7 Responses to “DOJ to Little Sisters of the Poor: Fall in line, Obamacare hating nuns”

  1. ChapBix on January 4th, 2014 10:03 pm

    This would not be a problem if they were Muslim illegal aliens or Amish.

    And the people they serve, the elderly poor, are not the ones the Obama administration wants to community agitate.

  2. Truesoldier__ on January 4th, 2014 10:45 pm

    So is this in response to Justice Sotomayor (yes that Sotomayor) placing an injunction blocking the enforcement of the contraceptive mandate on the nuns?

    In a temporary injunction issued by Justice Sotomayor just hours before she helped usher in the new year in New York City's Times Square, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services was blocked “from enforcing against [the Little Sisters of the Poor] the contraceptive coverage requirements imposed by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.”
    http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2014/jan/1/ru

  3. Doug on January 5th, 2014 1:18 am

    Yeah, that was the DOJ's response to Sotomayor's temp. injunction, but probably next week we'll see what's decided by Sotomayor (if it's anything but a 100% agreement with the DOJ's response I'll be shocked).

  4. Marshall_Will on January 5th, 2014 1:25 am

    "leave it to the Obama administration to force “Little Sisters of the Poor” to…"

    The entire scenario these clowns have forced, is truly saddening. Yes, we can now officially say they are being persecuted for their religious beliefs. All, in favor of Progressives 'religious' beliefs.

    Here's the real crux, I've seen it for years, rubbing elbows w/ left-leaning housing bubble bloggers. There is a core belief that "the religious Right/moral majority/anyone that isn't an atheist" is that we are hoarding/hiding millions perhaps even BILLIONS of dollars "sheltered under the arches of their 'churches' all under the guise of being a non-'profit' organization!"

    And it INFURIATES them..! Yeah, the LSOTP are stockpiling cash, maybe even gold bullion in the basement of the rectory……… I'm sure it's a revolving "escrow account"/money laundering operation for "rich, white country clubber hypocrites!

  5. Truesoldier__ on January 5th, 2014 2:25 am

    It would be shocking, but would be kinda interesting turn of events. Roberts ends up siding with Dear Leader, Sotomayor goes against him…..ok, now I am sounding like I am coming up with a plot for a made for tv political thriller.

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  7. rosa on January 7th, 2014 2:10 pm

    But, but .. it's only a pinch of incense! No harm in that, right?

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