The Obamacare Jiza on the Catholic Church

by Datechguy | January 8th, 2014

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The Obamacare Jiza on the Catholic Church

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 GregMichael 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.

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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 GregMichael 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.

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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.

All the traffic in the world won’t make up for bills not paid. If you think this site is worth your time, please consider kicking in to Datipjar, $5 $10, $25 any amount will shrink our $298 defect this week.

It will be very appreciated.

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