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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If there is one theme we have seen over and over again It’s how important it is to do things in a bi-partisan way.

The media has made a career of telling the American people how the GOP has to start working across the Aisle to create solutions.

Today the Upton bill allowing people to keep their health insurance plans passed the house with a vote of 261-157 with 39 democrats 18.5% of the Democrat caucus voting yes.

While those 39 votes are far shy of the 100 voters democrat votes that people were talking about before the president’s speech those 39 members of congress who crossed the aisle are 39 more than the number who did so to vote for the initial Obamacare law when it passed.

Now that a bi-partisan solution has passed the house I’m sure the mainstream media will celebrate its passage as a symbol of what can be done when both sides work together and Harry Reid in that same spirit of bi-partisan problem solving will bring it up for a fast vote so the White House can talk about how successful government can be when people of both parties work together to solve problems.

HA AH HA HA AH AH HA HAH AH HAH (SNORT)

I hope none of you were drinking anything when you read that.

Update: Via Gateway pundit the MSM on the Upton bill

NBC called it the “biggest defection of the year.”

Note the use of language here:

When the GOP votes with Democrats it’s “Bipartisan”
When Democrats vote with the GOP they are “Defections”

Politico:

The White House reiterated its veto threat of a just-passed House bill to allow insurance companies to continue selling insurance plans that don’t meet the minimum requirements of the Affordable Care Act.

After all it’s not “Bipartisan” bill it’s a bill passed via “Defections”
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The Hill notices that the SEIU is saying one thing

The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) is lobbying hard against the amendment offered by Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.) to repeal the healthcare reform law.

SEIU has sent e-mails to Senate offices urging lawmakers to vote against the proposal to unwind President Obama’s signature domestic initiative.

Their lobbying has proved effective:

every last Democrat voted no (Lieberman and Mark Warner missed the roll), which is a credit either to Reid and Durbin in keeping the caucus together or to the nutroots in intimidating vulnerable Dems with the prospect of primary challenges in 2012. For cripes sake, even Ben Nelson voted against it.

Meanwhile as they preserve the law for us for themselves it’s another story

SEIU’s outspoken defense of the law has prompted charges of hypocrisy from Republicans, given that some of the union’s chapters have sought waivers exempting them from a key provision of the law requiring the phaseout of health plans with low caps on annual benefits.

Michelle Malkin has been all over this

And the Service Employees International Union, which poured $60 million into Democrat/Obama coffers in 2008 and millions more into the Astroturf campaign for the federal health care takeover, added four new affiliates to the waiver list:

– SEIU Local 2000 Health and Welfare Fund, representing 161 enrollees
– SEIU 32BJ North Health Benefit Fund, representing 7,020 enrollees
– SEIU Local 300, Civil Service Forum Employees Welfare Fund, representing 2,000 enrollees
– SEIU Health & Welfare Fund representing 1,620

That’s in addition to three other previous SEIU waiver winners: Local 25 SEIU in Chicago with 31,000 enrollees; Local 1199 SEIU Greater New York Benefit Fund with 4,544 enrollees; and SEIU Local 1 Cleveland Welfare Fund with 520 enrollees — which brings the total number of Obamacare-promoting SEIU Obamacare refugees to an estimated 45,000 workers represented by seven SEIU locals.

And a fuller list listing all the other unions, is available here with the following note:

It is worth noting that there are 166 union benefits funds now exempted from this requirement, which account for about 40 percent of the exempted workers. This means that although there are only 14.6 million unionized employees in the United States, and 860,000 of them are already exempted from this provision of Obamacare.

Unions are huge democratic contributes, anyone who think this is a coincidence is fooling themselves

Reid BTW was very smart to get this vote over with ASAP, but I’m REALLY surprised that he didn’t give any of his folks cover. Either he figured it was early enough or that because of the first vote it wouldn’t have made a difference.

The Media will want to move away from this ASAP but the GOP will keep this vote in front of the faces for quite a while and if the opinion of the people I talk to door to door has any weight, it will be crushing come 2012.

Update: Hot air notices

The Obama administration seems very eager to impose regulation on everyone except their bestest buddies. If these policies are so bad that Obama’s friends and political allies need waivers to get around them, then perhaps they shouldn’t be in place at all. And perhaps the Obama administration should learn something about the rule of law, rather than the rule of whim — or as the rest of us call it, The Chicago Way.

Yup.