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A Catholic who follows Rome & the Magisterium. I'm against gay "marriage", abortion, embryonic stem cell research, euthanasia, human cloning. Altar girls, Communion in the hand, Eucharistic Ministers and "Protestant" music in the Church doesn't bother me at all. A proud American retired submarine sailor. Our borders should be secured with a 10 ft. high fence topped by concertina wire with minefields out to 20 yards on both sides and an additional 10 yards filled with warning signs outside of that Let's get energy independent NOW! Back Israel to the max, stop appeasing followers of the Pedophile Prophet. Pro 2nd Amendment, pro death penalty, Repeal all hate crime legislation. Back the police unless you'd rather call a hippie when everything hits the fan. Get government out of dealing with education, childhood obesity and the enviornment. Stop using the military for sociological experiments and if we're in a war don't micromanage their every move. Kill your television, limit time on the computer and pick up a book. God's will be done and may He have mercy upon us all.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

So how many women will suffer due to this?

BOSTON (Reuters) - A U.S. civil liberties group sued the federal government Monday, charging it violated the Constitution by contracting a Roman Catholic entity to help victims of human trafficking. (Who else would be contracted, Planned Parenthood? Maybe the National Organization for Women (NOW)? How about the National Abortion Rights Action League (NARAL)? Yeah, fat chance.)

The American Civil Liberties Union said the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops was imposing its beliefs on victims of human trafficking by not allowing federal grant money to be used for contraception or abortion. (It's called following religious beliefs, stupid. That would be the prime motivation for getting involved with these victims in the first place. Know any secular organizations willing to shoulder the load?)

When the bishops applied for the contracts, they said they would not work with subcontractors who provided abortion services or contraceptives, such as condoms, which conflict with Catholic teachings, according to the ACLU.

The suit filed in U.S. District Court in Boston said the Department of Health and Human Services violated the separation of church and state by giving the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops $6 million in grants from 2006 through 2008. (How many victims were helped by this "heinous" act of utilizing a religious organization? Did they do any research into that?)

Many women victims of human trafficking are forced to work as prostitutes, and face a high risk of assault and rape, the ACLU said in court papers. (Yep, and cutting off funding for a group that effectively aid them is SO sensible! Or not.)

The Department of Health and Human Services permitted the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops "to impose its own religiously based substantive restrictions on the use of grant funds," the ACLU argued. (Yeah, this was done regarding subcontractors to the USCCB! The victims still received help! Doesn't anyone get that?)

The suit asks the court to stop the department from allowing its grants being spent in a way that is restricted by religious beliefs. (Heaven forbid! Wait, can't say the "H" word can I? Sorry.)

Sister Mary Ann Walsh of the bishops' conference said the $6 million figure cited in the suit was the full amount authorized. But "far less" money had been appropriated, she said without giving a figure. (Yep, no dummy there. Cite a figure and the ACLU will demand payback. Let the bastards work for it! Go sister, go!)

"The problem of trafficking in this country is huge and serious and the Catholic Church has the best network of services bar none," she said. "Going to the Catholic Church for social services is very logical." (Unless you're a (likely) college educated idiot who wouldn't want the taint of religious beliefs attached to any help you receive. No problem there, I doubt any victim looking for help is so idiotically selective.)

Representatives of the Department of Health and Human Services did not immediately respond to calls seeking comment. (If I was a rep for the HHS I'd be out getting drunk over this shit. Really.)

This is insane. Is there anyone else out there willing to do the work of the Catholic Church in this area? If so, are they as effective? How come questions like that aren't asked when crap like this comes up?


Most Rev. Gregori said...

Many eons ago, when I was a little kid, it was the churches and religious organizations that took care of peoples social needs, and they did a far better job of then the government. The best part of it was, it didn't matter what religion you were, if you needed help they gave it. One year, my mother wanted to send me to summer camp for two weeks, it was a Jewish organization that helped (even though I was Roman Catholic at the time. I converted to Orthodox Catholic when I was 15). The Catholic Churches helped out Jews, Pentecostals, etc.

What a shame that the federal government had to stick their nose into it.

Subvet said...

Rev. Gregori, once the feds got involved everything went to Hell.

Which might be why Reagan got so much traction with his, "Government isn't the solution to the problem, government IS the problem!" statement.

Joe said...

The Catholic Church is light years more morally and spiritually advanced than the so-called American Civil Liberties Union.

What a terrible tragic shame that an organization that is supposed to be fighting for human rights instead is fighting to destroy human lives.

Shame on the ACLU.

MightyMom said...

well, my fav Reagan quote is "the scariest words spoken, 'Hi, I'm from the government and I'm here to help.' "

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