Many years ago I remember watching a mini-series that is largely forgotten on Peter the Great with Maximilian Schell in the title role.
There was a key scene in the third episode that always stuck with me. Peter was looking for funds to build a fleet and expand his army and decided he would tax the Church. His political ally (played by Omar Sharif) is concerned about such a move and with the head of the Opposition and with the blessing of the Patriarch of the church leads him to a vault full of treasure put aside by his grandfather for “Russia’s rainy day”. The scene starts at 3:05
The Tsar’s reaction was telling:
I will use this…AND Tax the Church!
The sudden unexpected fortune was great, but taxing the hated church really rang his bells.
And that’s is what this Obamacare contraception mandate is really all about.
It doesn’t matter how much this move might hurt democrats in Red States, it doesn’t matter how bad the optics are going after elderly Nuns or how it undercuts places like Notre Dame that had him speak at commencement or that with the number of exemptions this administration to places like McDonalds and Unions giving one more for the religious faithful would be a drop in the bucket. It will hurt the hated Church so that’s as the Anchoress put it comparing it to Al Gore on global warming, what makes it worthwhile
I’ve long-believed that Gore’s rantings were given credence by all the “smart” people, and finally honored with Oscars and Nobel Peace Prizes, simply as consolation prizes for his losing Florida by so few votes in 2000. It was all meant to be — like the Nobel given to Jimmy Carter (and, I suspect, the one given to Barack Obama) — “a kick in the leg” to George W. Bush. A bit of self-satisfying spite against the hated other.
Rather like the entire HHS Mandate, in fact, a spiteful bit of law meant to discomfit religious institutions and personal religious conscience but never necessary to its purpose. If the government really wanted everyone to have access to free sterilization, free contraception, free abortifacients, it could have written that into law any number of ways, without going after human consciences. Which, again, the president swore to protect.
But an even greater prize than just injuring the church is taxing it. That’s a secular left wet dream. That the mandate allows the state to tax the church without the political risks of formally removing the Church’s Tax exemption is what really rings the bells for leftist pols who have to give lip service to religious freedom. They’ll fight for this more than anything else because belief in a moral authority above the state is the most dangerous concept to their plans.
Of course Faithful Catholics have a choice, they can take the easy path, sign away their faith in the church and replace it with faith in Obamacare and be spared the tax . The media and democrats around the country will be urging them to do so and if it happens they will smile and use it as a club for new laws to pry Christians just a little farther away from God.
But if they persist on clinging to their faith, putting it above The One™ then the Jiza must be paid for that impertinence and I think it’s that tax payment the left is dreaming of.
Closing thought: Some will no doubt use this post to claim I believe the president to be a Muslim. While he has many sympathies with Islam & the Muslim brotherhood , I can’t go along with the idea that he is an actual Muslim. Nobody is going to convince me Barack Obama worships anyone or anything above himself.
Update: Cleaned up that closing sentence read OK but sounded awful when I said it aloud.
Update 2: If you didn’t think the left really has it in for the Catholic Church then you will after you read this nonsense:
More than WASPS, Methodists, Jews, Quakers or Baptists, Catholics often try to impose their beliefs on you, me, public discourse and institutions. Especially if “you” are female.
Lots of reactions to this idiocy from Fr. Z:, Yid with Lid , Michael Potemra Deacon Greg, Michael Sean Winters The Anchoress to Captain Ed (yes I still call him that). All seem to convey a level of surprise at this piece.
Let me say categorically nothing in this piece remotely surprises me. I suggest this is what the prevailing media culture actually believes about the church and everybody better get used to that fact.
It’s Wednesday. 2014 has been here a full year and the good news is I’ve noticed a solid increase in baseline (that is non instalanche) traffic.
The bad news however is that in terms of da weekly paycheck the same has not been true. While this week’s traffic has been fine the last 7 days of DaTipJar have been awful.
Last week we didn’t make payroll, this week we’re only at 13% and despite a good amount of traffic things didn’t move a single bit.
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