Taxpayer Abortion Funding in Healthcare Bill-Unacceptable to Catholics
Shorts from John Schroeder and Lowell Brown of the Article 6 Blog

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Prop 8

Most proponents of same-sex marriage consider opposition to it to be definitionally “anti-gay bias.”  So I found this little tid-bit fascinating.

The SF Chronicle offers this very interesting report, which begins: “A federal judge said sponsors of California’s ban on same-sex marriage may not delay in handing over campaign strategy documents to gay-rights groups that are looking for evidence of anti gay bias as they try to overturn the measure.”

Do you sense a continuation of the witch hunt that has followed in the wake of the propositions passage?

Catholics in the Crossfire

Mormons are only the most recent religious group to take flak for their actions in the public square.  Catholics have been in that crossfire for some time, and today’s Political Diary (a subscription-only Wall Street Journal bulletin) has an account that is right in this blog’s wheelhouse.

It seems that Cardinal Francis George, the Catholic archbishop of Mr. Obama’s Chicago hometown and president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, told the Journal’s editorial board that  “every one of the health-care reform bills passed by congressional committees allow for taxpayer funding of abortion – and therefore are ‘unacceptable’ to Catholics.”  Noting that Cardinal George’s “voice carries great weight in Catholic policy discussions” because of his leadership position with the Conference of Bishops, the Journal reports this tidbit:

The cardinal, in a visit with the Journal’s editorial board, described his top priority for health-care reform: “Nobody should be deliberately killed.” He added that his understanding is that President Obama has promised federal funding will not go to any health plans that cover abortion. “The President has made promises and the Democrats should keep them,” said the cardinal.

If his non-negotiables are met, would the cardinal support health care reform? He says that many in his flock lack insurance, and the church wants health care to be available to all people. But as for endorsing a particular legislative remedy, the cardinal said, “That would be a big mistake.”