Tuesday, November 1, 2011
To: Friends & Supporters
From: Gary L. Bauer
Obama Continues Assault On Values
As part of its continuing assault on traditional values, the Obama Administration has put out a not-so-subtle message when it comes to who qualifies for government grants: "Catholics Need Not Apply."
Today's Washington Post reports on the ongoing feud between the Obama Administration and the Catholic Church. As we previously reported, Archbishop Timothy Dolan has criticized the Obama Administration for undermining traditional marriage, thereby setting the stage for a "national conflict between Church and State of enormous proportions." Now the church hierarchy is fighting back against Obama's aggressive promotion of abortion.
Two recent rulings from the Department of Health and Human Services are clearly biased against the Church. The first came in an August mandate that insurers must now provide free contraceptives, including abortion-inducing "emergency contraceptives," in all policies.
Now comes news that HHS has denied a grant to the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops to help victims of human trafficking. According to the Post report, the Catholic Church had been awarded this grant every year since 2006, but was turned down this year after political appointees intervened. Consider this excerpt:
"On the trafficking contract, senior political appointees at HHS awarded the new grants to the bishops' competitors despite a recommendation from career staffers that the bishops be funded based on scores by an independent review board… That prompted a protest from some HHS staffers, who said the process was unfair and politicized… Their concerns have been reported to the HHS inspector general's office. Under HHS policies, career officials usually oversee grant competitions, and priority consideration is given to the review board's judgment."
Moreover, in defending previous grants against a lawsuit filed by the ACLU, the Post reports that Justice Department lawyers argued that "the bishops had been 'resoundingly successful in increasing assistance to victims of human trafficking.'"
So an independent review board recommended that the grant to the Catholic Church be renewed due to its "resoundingly successful" work, but Obama's appointees overruled the board and career staffers. Why? Abortion. Because the Catholic Church would not refer trafficking victims for abortions, Obama is no longer interested its help.
That this administration would have a pro-abortion litmus test in order to receive funding to help victims of human trafficking is a disturbing example of Obama's extremism. And it also exposes the lie that ObamaCare won't fund abortions with your tax dollars.
ACTION ITEM: Our friends at Catholic Advocate are calling on Obama to live up to his promises to seek common ground and cooperation on values issues. Click here to sign their petition.
The U.N.'s Anti-Israel Bias
The United Nation's anti-Israel bias is nothing new. But here's the latest example. In an interview last week, Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas was asked about the status of negotiations between Israel and the Palestinian Authority. Here was his response:
"First of all, let me make something clear about the story of the 'Jewish state.' They started talking to me about the 'Jewish state' only two years ago, discussing it with me at every opportunity, every forum I went to -- Jewish or non-Jewish -- asking: 'What do you think about the 'Jewish state'?' I've said it before, and I'll say it again: I will never recognize the Jewishness of the state, or a 'Jewish state.'"
So, once again, the Palestinian leadership is denying the right of Israel to exist as a Jewish state while demanding the creation of yet another radical Islamic state. Let's not fool ourselves. Were "Palestine" to come into existence tomorrow, it will not be a model of tolerance and democracy. It will devolve into "Hamastan" in no time at all -- just as the mullahs control Iran, as the Muslim Brotherhood is about to control Egypt and as the Islamists are promising Sharia law in Libya.
And what was the response at the United Nations to Abbas' rejection of Israel's right to exist? Yesterday it rewarded him by granting "Palestine" membership in the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The vote was overwhelming -- 107-to-14 with 52 abstentions. Ironically, UNESCO says its mission is to "contribute to the building of peace" based upon the observance of "human rights" and "mutual respect."
For the past two years, the Obama Administration has repeatedly lectured us about the importance of these international organizations and working with the "world community." Fortunately for Israel, we are almost one year away from the elections. Under pressure, the Administration cut off funding for UNESCO, which gets 22% of its budget from the U.S.
More OWS Extremism
If you needed more evidence of the nuttiness that is running rampant within the Occupy Wall Street movement, our friends at The Weekly Standard have it. They have posted a video of OWS protestors blaming Israel for 9/11. It didn't take long before chants of "Free Palestine" could be heard along with "Occupy Wall Street."
These extremists have turned reality on its head. To them the Jews are the enemy, the Islamists are the victims, socialism is good and capitalism and America are evil. And this is the movement that Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi and so many Democrats rushed to embrace.